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
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.
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Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor
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 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.
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.
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!
Since the founding of the Supply Chain Matters blog in 2008, our goal is to produce industry analyst caliber insights and commentary for our readers. Ours was the first bold effort to provide an alternative to the traditional industry analyst model. We favor a far more open model, that being the experienced independent industry analyst and consultant offering seasoned insights related to supply chain management related business processes and information technology without the biases, encumbrances and expense of larger, traditional firms. We are far more accessible for providing follow-up personalized research and consulting services without having to endure layers of organizational inertia and analyst egos to gain such services.
We develop content for the broad supply chain management and B2B community and our efforts are directed at providing knowledge without technology vendor biases or influences. Unlike some sites, when we have an association with a vendor or sponsor, we will openly disclose such an association in our commentaries.
You, our readers, acknowledged our efforts by increasing our site visit numbers every subsequent year, and we are gratified by the positive feedback and blog awards. We again extend our thanks and appreciation.
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The competitive landscape continues to change and technology and service providers demand more detailed data related to “influence” of a particular site. We also continue to discover that some readers are free and loose regarding copyrighted content or fail to follow basic norms regarding citation of content.
In the coming months, we will be initiating some changes regarding accessibility to Supply Chain Matters research and insights. The Research Center, located on the top menu bar, is an area where our readers can download comprehensive research reports at no charge. Candidly, this area is somewhat of a kludge behind the scene, making it difficult to populate and continually maintain research documents. This has limited our ability to provide more research focused insights and documents as well as making archived copies of our Quarterly Newsletter more accessible. We are now in the midst of a development project to streamline our Research Center with an easier download experience for our readers and affords us the ability to add or remove downloadable documents in a much easier manner. It will provide us the ability to offer research documents on either the blog or our consulting web domains. These development efforts lay the foundation for our ability to provide unique and cost affordable paid research reports in the future.
Previously, most of our deepest insights related to industry supply chains and enabling technology have been offered in the open blog format. We will in the coming weeks and months, begin to formulate these types of insights into short research briefs, industry or technology vendor perspectives that will specifically be made available for download. 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 and email address. Such information will help us to better identify our reader audience and we assure our readers that no registration information will be sold. The added information will help us to better identify our scope of readership audience along with the ability to tailor more industry specific research needs.
Once again, our sincere thanks for your continued readership and we believe you will enjoy a more diversified and enhanced Supply Chain Matters reader experience in the coming weeks and months.
Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor