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Supply Chain Matters Update Two- Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. Northeast

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We continue with ongoing Supply Chain Matters commentaries regarding the supply chain impacts of Hurricane Sandy as it continues to impact the Northeast portions of the U.S.  Prior commentaries can be viewed here and here. Today, news and social media has provided stark visual images of the initial destruction across states such as New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and other Northeast states. The death toll has surpassed 80, tragic on its own, but could have been far worse given the sheer scale of this storm. Buildings with back-up generators have come to discover the weak link, placement on ground level when flooding compromises reliable operation. Newark Airport began very limited service today while LaGuardia Airport is expected to open tomorrow for limited activity.  Rail, air and surface transportation has also begun to recover but there is much backlog and highly congested roads and many infrastructure issues to overcome. Initial reports […]

News Concerning JDA Software

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Yesterday, a report published in Reuters indicates that supply chain technology and planning vendor JDA Software is exploring a sale.  This report has been picked-up by a number of other web sources. The report which originated from Reuters in Bangalore notes that according to sources familiar with the matter, JPMorgan Chase & Company has been engaged to advise on the process and that this process is already at an advanced stage.  The report indicates that JDA has received interest from multiple parties, including private equity firms and strategic buyers. This morning, Supply Chain Matters directly reached out to sources directly within JDA and has received a “no comment” response. A lack of full denial usually indicates that there may be some substance to the report. We have also been contacted by IDC media for additional background comment that is now featured on Computerworld. Our first reaction to this report was […]

Supply Chain Matters Interview with E2open: Supply Chain Control Tower Readiness

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Supply Chain Matters continues with its featured market education series of commentaries directed at the goal of providing broader education to the concepts, business benefits and capabilities being articulated by industry supply chains in their evaluating and deploying of Supply Chain Control Tower initiatives. The goal of this series is to provide broader education for our readers by featuring interviews with those closest to this emerging area of interest.  Our interviews include technology and service providers along with supply chain functional teams evaluating the deployment of control tower capabilities. In light of this week’s unprecedented storm impacting the entire U.S. Northeast, this topic and the capability remains very timely. In this posting, we provide highlights from an interview with Rich Becks, General Manager, High Technology Business Unit at E2open, Inc.     Question: How would you describe the current market and/or customer interest level regarding Supply Chain Control Tower capabilities? […]

Supply Chain Matters Update: Effects of Hurricane Sandy- Posting One

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This commentary is an initial preliminary update after our initial alert regarding the supply chain impacts of Hurricane Sandy as it continues to impact the Northeast portions of the U.S. The storm itself was massive and met initial reports of being unprecedented in terms of scope and impact.  Sandy made landfall off the coast of New Jersey at about 8pm eastern with storm related effects extending up to 1000 miles from the center of the storm.  As expected, after traveling parallel to the U.S. east coast, it suddenly turn westward and accelerated speed, packing sustained winds of 90 miles-per-hour with higher gusts. The coastal regions of New Jersey and New York suffered the greatest impacts, with reports of up to 12 inches of rain impacting the immediate coastal areas when the storm came ashore. At midnight, a storm surge estimated to be 9-12 feet inundated lower Manhattan, flooding streets, businesses, […]

Supply Chain Disruption Alert: Major Storm to Significantly Impact the U.S. Northeast

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As we pen this posting, Hurricane Sandy has been churning up the U.S. east coast and is forecasted to combine with another winter storm and Jetstream forces in a significant storm with major destructive implications. The storm is expected to turn westward and make a direct strike on one of the heaviest populated areas of the U.S., namely the New Jersey and New York regions. The effects of this storm in terms of hurricane force winds and very heavy rains are extend to over 500 miles from the center of this storm. Weather forecasters have termed this storm to be one of “historic proportions” especially for certain portions of the U.S. northeast, with impacts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including New England. Widespread and long-duration electrical power interruptions are further forecasted.  Some forecasters are already speculating upwards of $15-$20 billion in expected economic damage. No doubt, supply chains in the northeast […]

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