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The Celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year

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This weekend marks the prelude of the Lunar New Year across China and other regions, one of the most important cultural celebrations across China. It is a time when many contemplate building good luck for the year to come and there are many superstitious traditions to insure previous year bad luck does not come forward.

The upcoming New Year is that of the Year of the Monkey. Ritual would indicate that people born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be intelligent, clever, and gregarious, and mischievous. They are noted as skilled and smart, but do exhibit shortcomings, like a quick temper and a touch of arrogance, tending to hold them back.

It is a time of great migration as millions of adult children travel home to gather with parents and other family to celebrate the start of the New Year. A report published by Fortune indicates that earlier this week, hundreds of thousands of travelers were delayed at railway stations in Guangzhou and Shanghai due to snow and ice storms delaying trains.

As supply chain teams are well aware, many if not most of China’s manufacturer’s shutdown operations during at least the designated week-long Lunar New Year celebration period that begins on Monday. Traditionally there are 15 full days of celebration ending with the Festival of Lanterns.

As the Lunar New Year begins China’s manufacturing sector remains quite challenged with declining export and domestic product demand.  Overcapacity is noted as rampant and many manufacturers are struggling financially hoping to hold on. Thus, the upcoming year takes on considerable significance for new beginnings and better fortunes. The government of China has developed plans for investment in strategic industries and has initiated efforts to consolidate state-owned manufacturers.  With the adoption of the Trans Pacific Partnership, China is indicating a renewed emphasis on sustainability and climate change measures to reduce levels of pollution.

As the Year of the Monkey begins, it is indeed fitting to be a time for not exhibiting arrogance but that of patience and insight.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our China based readers good luck for this Monkey year.


Happy Holidays and a Timeless Classic From Supply Chain Matters

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On behalf of myself and Supply Chain Matters, I would like to extend sincere best wishes for a joyous holiday season and happy and rewarding New Year.   Happy Holiday Wreath

As was been our tradition, we share a classic and time worthy 2012 holiday commentary from U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) that reports on what supply chain resources Santa Claus would need to deliver his holiday presents. It’s a great recording to share with children and prospective students of supply chain management.

Supply Chain Matters will be publishing live commentaries during the week from the Christmas holiday through New Years day. After all, supply chains are always at-work somewhere in the world.

Readers can anticipate our year-end commentaries regarding the final results of the 2015 holiday buying surge and Omni-channel commerce as well as other year-end milestones.  And, if you can, take the time to review and reflect on our previously published 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

Best Wishes to All.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


A Short Break

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We want to advise Supply Chain Matters readers that we will be taking a summer vacation break over the next two weeks.  During this period, we will be publishing a limited amount of commentaries.

However, over the past two weeks we have working long hours in loading-up lots of industry, technology and business process focused blog commentaries that can be reviewed and commented upon.

Anticipate that we will be returning to a full publishing cycle in mid-August.

Once again, let me take this opportunity to express thanks to all of our global-based subscribers and readers for their continued readership.

Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor


Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters

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On behalf of myself and Supply Chain Matters, I would like to extend sincere best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and happy and Happy Holiday Wreathrewarding New Year.

As was been our tradition, we share a 2012 holiday commentary from U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) that reports on what supply chain resources Santa Claus would need to deliver his holiday presents. It’s a great recording to share with children and prospective students of supply chain management.

Supply Chain Matters will be here, publishing live commentaries during the week from the Christmas holiday through New Years day. Check in from time to time as you enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Readers can anticipate our year-end commentaries regarding the final results of the 2014 holiday buying surge and Omni-channel commerce as well as other year-end milestones.  And, if you can, take the time to review and reflect on our previously published 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

Best Wishes to All.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Supply Chain Matters Q3-2014 Quarterly Newsletter Published

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This posting is to alert our readers that the Supply Chain Matters Q3-2014 Newsletter has published and should be in the email inboxes of our hundreds of registered subscribers. Supply Chain Matters Blog logo

Our Newsletter is a more insightful look at global supply chain and B2B/B2C business process, technology and other important trends and is offered to both readers of this blog and clients of our consulting services. Please check your inbox to insure you received a copy.  

The Q3 newsletter includes five insightful articles and one announcement on our growing Supply Chain Matters readership:

  • Our quarterly quantitative and qualitative update summaries of global supply chain activity along with a capsulized summary of significant supply chain and B2B developments occurring this past quarter.
  • Articles reflecting on two recent Boston Consulting Group research studies; one focused on the changing strategic forces of global manufacturing sourcing and one on global workforce trending.
  • A report on the alarming rate of aging of capital equipment across U. S. manufacturing which has obvious supply chain implications.
  • Update on our active and growing readership on this blog along with the unveiling of a newly commissioned graphic logo which is displayed above.

 

Readers of this blog automatically receive a copy of the newsletter if they have registered as a subscriber, which can be accomplished by entering your email address in the Join Our Mailing List block located on the right-hand panel of this blog.

If you would like a copy of our latest Q3 newsletter that was distributed, please send an email with the title Newsletter Request to: newsletter <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com. Please remember to include your Name, Role and/or company with your email address and we will have a copy sent directly and automatically add your email to future distribution.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

 


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