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What’s Up with Li & Fung?

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Just over three years ago, Supply Chain Matters declared outsourcing services provider Li & Fung Ltd. a supply chain competency success story. This company was on a roll exercising a successful supply chain outsourcing strategy for firms in need of supplier sourcing of apparel and toys. Its customer base included many well-known retailer labels with […]


Artic Sea Ice Melting at Extraordinary Rate- Concern vs. Opportunity

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On the eve of Hurricane Isaac’s predicted strike on the shores of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans, along with numerous typhoons that have also struck parts of China, japan, Korea , the Philippines and other Asian countries during these past two months, comes the disturbing news that Artic sea ice has reached record […]


Will Apple and Samsung Enter a New Phase of Relationship?

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In the wake of Apple’s highly publicized $1 billion plus victory over Samsung in their recent patent infringement lawsuit encounter, the open question for supply chain management communities is how, if at all, the aftermath of this lawsuit will impact the ongoing relationship of Samsung in being a major strategic component supplier for Apple. Supply […]


Home Improvement Retailer Wars- August 2012 Update

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As a highlight of our continued deeper focus on specific industry supply chain challenges and learning, Supply Chain Matters has featured an ongoing series of specific commentaries titled the home improvement retailer wars.  Our stream of commentary began in early 2010 with Home Depot and its efforts to overcome recognized supply chain fulfillment capabilities gaps […]


The Implications of a Building Inventory Glut Across China

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The following is this author’s weekly guest commentary appearing on the Supply Chain Expert Community web site. Last week, a Twitter alert from Steve Keifer, Vice President of Global Marketing at GXS made reference to a New York Times published article, China Confronts Mounting Piles of Unsold Goods. (paid online subscription or free metered view). […]


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