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Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions- Honarable Mentions

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Today we completed all seven parts of our deep dives into our Supply Chain Matters ten predictions for global supply chains in 2013.  We trust that our readers will gain benefit and insights from reviewing each of the predictions.  As noted, we will monitor each of these predictions in the coming year. Every year that we develop and assimilate annual predictions brings certain amounts that do not make it to the final cut.  These are predictions that merit a brief, honorable mention, which we address in this posting. The following 2013 predictions were also on our mind: Prediction: Another significant and costly earthquake event originating from Asia’s “Ring of Fire” disrupts global supply chains. We read a mid-December commentary published in the Guardian Express  which notes that geologists believe that a 7.9 magnitude earthquake could hit the “Ring of Fire” sometime next year.  The “Ring of Fire” is an arc […]


Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Seven

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Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog provide a series of predictions for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of the blog in 2008. Readers can view the entire listing by clicking on this web link: 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains.  In our Part One posting, we explored our first two predictions for 2013, the overall economic and business challenges, and our prediction of inbound commodity prices. Part Two posting explored predictions #3 and #4, which noted a continued renaissance in U.S, based manufacturing and the very important challenge of supply chain skills development and retention. Part Three posting dived into Prediction #5, our industry specific supply chain challenges prediction. Our Part Four posting address the critical need for supply chain resiliency and responsiveness in 2013 as well […]


Guest Posting- The Learning for Retailers from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season

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For the past six weeks, this author has been penning a series of three ongoing commentaries on the Infosys Supply Chain Management Blog regarding the 2012 holiday buying season, and the lessons to be learned from this year’s activity.  Both traditional and online retailers have experienced a period where some new business process methods have been successful while others reinforce added learning for the coming months in years. In my third commentary, The Learning from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season: Balanced Investments in Online and Physical Supply Chain Fulfillment Capabilities, I note that the overall headline for 2012 will most likely be one of selective retailer profitability to those that were able to effectively weight and tailor investments in online sales and marketing program and selective promotions with sophisticated inventory management, demand sensing and overcoming customer fulfillment needs. Those readers residing in retail supply chains are welcomed to share their […]


Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Six

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Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog provide a series of predictions for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of the blog in 2008. Readers can view the entire listing by clicking on this web link: 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains.    In our Part One posting, we explored our first two predictions for 2013, the overall economic and business challenges, and our prediction of inbound commodity prices. Our Part Two posting explored predictions #3 and #4, which noted a continued renaissance in U.S, based manufacturing and the very important challenge of supply chain skills development and retention. Part Three posting explored Prediction #5, our industry specific supply chain challenges prediction.    Part Four posting addressed the critical need for supply chain resiliency and responsiveness in 2013 as […]


U.S. East Coast Port Strike Scenario Looms Much Lower in Probability

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Note: No sooner than when we posted the below commentary comes late breaking news that longshoremen and east coast port operators have agreed to a 30 day extension for existing labor negotiations.  These same reports indicate that the key sticking point, royalty bonuses paid to union workers had been “agreed upon in principle by the parties”.  The current contract is now extended until midnight, February 6, 2013. This is now a supply chain disruption scenario that we are pleased to change from moderate to lower probability.  None the less, supply chain teams should continue to have contingency plans in place.   It is looking more and more likely that global supply chain teams may not have to deal with the effects of a U.S. east coast port strike next week. In early December, Supply Chain Matters noted such a dire probability regarding the west coast dockworkers work stoppage, only to […]


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