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    A Reminder for Chinese New Year Contingency Planning

    This Supply Chain Matters blog commentary serves as a reminder to procurement as well as sales and operations planning teams that the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday begins in month. Ensure that final preparations have made with Chinese based suppliers to have an adequate supply of needed inbound inventories of manufacturing component parts, and to adjust lead-time expectations to reflect the seasonal nature of this holiday slowdown in component supplies and transport networks.

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    Geeley Acquires $3 Billion Stake in Volvo Trucks

    China based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group agreed to acquire a majority stake in Volvo AB truck group for a reported $3.2 billion sum. The move is viewed as an ongoing push into commercial vehicle sector and global supply chain reach.

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    For Smartphones- Integrated Product Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Capabilities Matter

    A growing tenet in today’s broad supply chain management capability umbrella is the ability to be able to integrate product and manufacturing process design with global-wide production capabilities, faster and cheaper than existing competitors. These notions are now playing out in the global smartphone market with recent revelations that China based industry disruptors are gaining more global market-share.

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    Summary Highlights of the 2017 ISM Conference

    Executive Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference and shares summary highlights and important takeaways for supply management teams.

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