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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


Supply Chain Matters Enhanced Research Center

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Last week, we called Supply Chain Matters reader attention to our newly enhanced Research Center where readers can download available complimentary research.  We will in the coming weeks and months, begin to formulate our insights into short research briefs, industry or technology vendor perspectives that will specifically be made available for download.   Supply Chain Matters Blog

Supply Chain Matters and the Ferrari Research and Consulting Group will continue to require a minimal amount of registration information to receive downloadable documents, specifically name, title, organization, telephone and email address. It is and has always been our policy to not share or sell the identity of our readers and subscribers to any third party. Instead, reader information helps us to better identify our industry related audience along with the ability to tailor more industry specific insights and research needs.

Last week we noted that the Complimentary Research report download page has language instructions related to PayPal credit card instructions.  That was an error, and is now corrected with complimentary download instructions after filling in your registration information.

Once again, feel free to explore our new Research Center at this web link.

The Fourth of July- Happy Independence Day

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July 4th marks the celebration of Independence Day in the United States, a time for summer picnics, concerts and fireworks.  This year’s celebrations will be somewhat altered with Hurricane Arthur churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard and threatening to wash out certain celebrations.

In any case, we are all industrious, and once the storm passes there will be continued celebrations thru the weekend.

We extend to all of our U.S. based Supply Chain Matters readers a Happy and Safe 4th of July.

Supply Chain Matters will return with new commentaries early next week. In the meantime, take advantage of our vast library of industry specific and various other content.

Bob Ferrari

Praise to Wal-Mart and its Olympics Ad: I Am a Factory

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During the ongoing Winter Olympics, global retailer Wal-Mart has been featuring a TV Ad that we positively enjoy every time.  Its an advertisement yes, but more importantly, its is a motivational video for all those associated in any way with manufacturing and supply chain activity. Thus far, this video has attracted over 1.2 million You Tube views.

Supply Chain Matters extends a shout-out to the producers of the below: I Am A Factory video for a magnificent accomplishment.

It is indeed time to get back to what America does best!



Wal-Mart Video: I Am a Factory


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