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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

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


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