This week, Apple reported financial results for the company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter that ended in December and included the all-important holiday period. The highly followed consumer electronics manufacturer reported record results amid growing concerns for future products and supply chain capabilities.
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This Supply Chain Matters commentary reflects of announcements made by the Trump Administration to slap steep tariffs on the importing of solar panels and washing machines into the United States. The takeaway from this week’s trade actions by the United States is the potential trip wire of cascading retaliatory actions that can impact existing industry supply chain sourcing and manufacturing strategies.
This week, business, and other media report that Apple plans to repatriate the majority of its upwards of $250 billion in cash holdings held in overseas accounts. This development has industry supply chain implications since some of this cash is reportedly destined for supply chain investments. However, Supply Chain Matters believes there are political considerations in such moves, and the company is walking a tightrope of perception.
Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to a frontpage report by The Wall Street Journal that questions whether Apple’s CEO, and the company’s supply chain, have stumbled in shipping products on-time to expected market availability.
On an annual basis, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group provides a series of supply chain management predictions for the coming year. The Supply Chain Matters blog unveils the second five of our 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.
Supply Chain Matters highlights initial expectations and what to expect as the Thanksgiving holiday kickoffs the 2017 holiday peak period for industry supply chains.