Supply Chain Matters provides an update regarding new information coming to-light Apple’s iPhone X model that will surely add to ongoing planning challenges. Indeed, the Apple supply chain is again encountering another significant test for adaptive planning and meeting expected revenue and profitability financial expectations.
High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain
This week, consumer electronics giant Apple made its long waited new product release announcements regarding its new iPhone lineup. Given all the implications, Supply Chain Matters believes that the coming quarters will present Apple’s Sales and Operations Planning, supply chain planning and supplier teams their most significant challenges to-date.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the pending newest edition of Apple’s iPhone has been dogged by production glitches resulting in a reported one week delay in production ramp-up.
Supply Chain Matters highlights that two significant storms, one that struck southern China, the other about to impact the Texas Gulf Coast, have the potential to add to significant industry supply chain concerns.
Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor recently announced joint plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant somewhere in the United States. Beyond the current industry and or politically motivated speculation as to where this plant will be ultimately sourced and built are today’s new realities of major industry supply chain sourcing decisions, including fundamental power-train value-chain differences and an uncertain geo-political environment.
Supply Chain Matters provides a brief update on Foxconn’s formal announcement of a significant investment in a U.S. manufacturing facility. Roughly three weeks since this announcement and there are already differing views and skepticism regarding the viability of this announcement.