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New Website Improvements for Supply Chain Matters

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We want to advise our Supply Chain Matters readers that we continue working behind the scenes on some overdue web site improvements.

Thus far, we have implemented improvements in site security, in our overall search engine optimization and in more mobile friendliness for both our research advisory services and Supply Chain Matters web presence.  If you haven’t noticed, our web sites now https web site identities, reflecting our new secure status.  If you have been experiencing any difficulties in accessing our sites via saved http addresses, it may be reflective of these changes. Our sites can now be accessed by the following:   SCM 250 76 New Website Improvements for Supply Chain Matters

The Ferrari Consulting and Research Grouphttps://www.theferrarigroup.com

Supply Chain Matters Blog: https://www.theferrarigroup.com/supply-chain-matters

Also keep in mind that this blog can be accessed from two other web domains which will re-direct users to our secure web site:

http://www.supply-chain-matters.com

http://www.supply-chain-matters.net

Other improvements expected in the coming weeks will include a long overdue re-make of our primary research business web site. This effort will include moving the blog to its own dedicated separate web domain.  We will advise all of our blog readers as we get closer to any actual domain move.

We are also working on a means to support general advertising of supply chain related products and services on the Supply Chain Matters blog, in another panel below our designated sponsors. This will provide an opportunity for technology and services providers to reach a highly targeted, multi-industry global supply chain audience at very reasonable rates.

Stay tuned.

Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor


Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters

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Happy Holidays 3 280x300 Happy Holidays from Supply Chain MattersOn behalf of myself and our Supply Chain Matters team, I would like to extend our sincere best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and Happy and Rewarding New Year.

Once again we share a 2012 holiday classic from U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) that reports on what supply chain resources Santa Claus would need to deliver his holiday presents.

Supply Chain Matters will be publishing live commentaries during the week from the Christmas holiday through New Year’s Day.

As we enter 2017, stay tuned for our unveiling of 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains along with some new content areas for the coming year.

Best Wishes to All.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

 

 

 

 


A Recent Interview Profile: Ferrari Under the Hood

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This Founder and Executive Editor not only oversees the day-to-day content of Supply Chain Matters but from time to time, gets the opportunity to be interviewed by other blogs focused in the area of supply chain businesses processes and information technology.

The Innovator’s Solution, a blog produced and featured by demand analytics and supply chain optimization software provider ToolsGroup recently interviewed me for a series of profiles among supply chain management market influencers.

The blog posting, Ferrari: Under the Hood, is a profile of my efforts in growing Supply Chain Matters, my view of changes that have occurred in the area of supply chain planning, my advice for supply chain planners as well as my background and personal interests.

We are making cross-reference to this blog posting for the benefit of our readers as-well.

Enjoy.

Bob Ferrari


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 Happy Holidays and a Timeless Classic From Supply Chain Matters

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


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