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Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Two

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On the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S., a holiday to look back and reflect on the blessings of family and life, it is also our time to reflect and scorecard our Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains which we published nearly a year ago. Our annual process is to first scorecard the current year’s predictions before publishing our upcoming 2013 predictions during December. Our scoring process this year will be on a four point scale.  Four will be the highest score, an indicator that we totally nailed the prediction.  One is the lowest score, an indicator of; what were we thinking? In our Part One posting, we reflected on the initial three predictions issued nearly a year ago. In this Part Two posting, we move on to Predictions Four. 2012 Prediction Four: Three specific industry sectors, B2C, Pharmaceutical and High Tech, will be […]


Nintendo Supply Chain Facing Big Challenges This Coming Holiday Season

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An interesting twist to the upcoming 2012 holiday buying surge are reports that Nintendo Company’s new Wii U gaming device, which was introduced to the market this weekend, is already expected to be in short supply.  Both a Bloomberg published article and a CNET news article indicate that Nintendo’s executives expect supply shortages due to late start in production ramp-up. Bloomberg reports that more than 500,000 worldwide customers are currently on a GameStop waiting list awaiting the device. The Wii U features a tablet controller allowing for more game interaction as well as adding more online interaction in the playing of games. However, this first new video-game console for U.S. homes since 2006, won’t offer the Nintendo TVii service that the Kyoto, Japan-based company has touted as a centerpiece of its capabilities. The feature will be available sometime in December, the company said on Nov. 16, without being specific. According […]


Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part One

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As we pen this commentary, we are entering the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S., a holiday to look back and reflect on the blessings of family and life.  It is also our time to reflect and scorecard our Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains which we published nearly a year ago. Our annual process is to first scorecard the current year’s predictions before publishing our upcoming 2013 predictions during December. Our scoring process this year will be on a four point scale.  Four will be the highest score, an indicator that we totally nailed the prediction.  One is the lowest score, an indicator of; what were we thinking? Let us therefore revisit our 2012 predictions. 2012 Prediction One: A continued year of high uncertainty of events related to the global economy will provide another year of multiple challenges in global supply chain’s ability […]