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Activist Shareholder Attempts to Influence Nestle


A significant development occurred in the consumer product goods sector, as one of the largest and most admired industry leaders came under the looking glass of an activist investor. CPG firms being targeted by activist firms is not a new development, but taking on the European based industry leader is noteworthy.

The Saga of Supplier Takata Reaches a Sad Conclusion- What Has Been Learned?


This week Japan based Takata Corp., the company that has made unprecedented product recall headlines has filed for bankruptcy protection. What have we learned as a community- if anything?

Breaking- Another Widespread Global Cyber Attack Impacting Multiple Companies and Shipping Terminals


Among the many facets of supply chain risk is the threat of cyberattacks disrupting global supply chain operations. Reports indicate a spreading cyberattack spreading from Europe to other countries and impacting the world’s largest container shipping line.

The State of Logistics in 2016- Accelerating Into Uncertainty

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The 28th Annual State of Logistics report reflects a U.S. logistics industry “buffeted by crosswinds as the pace of change accelerates” as the authors term: “Accelerating into Uncertainty.” Looking ahead, the report indicates that 2017 could be a pivotal year for the industry.

Survey Indicates SAP Customers are Not Yet Committed to S/4 HANA


A recent Rimini Street global survey of SAP licensees indicates reluctance to adopt S4 HANA due to lack of clear business case.

Oracle’s Fiscal FY17-Q4 and Full Year Financial Performance Garners Market Attention


Oracle reported its Fiscal Q4 and full FY17 financial performance results and the Wall Street and individual investment community seemed very pleased by what was termed as a phenomenal quarter and an impressive transition towards accelerating Cloud based revenues and margins.

The Tech Twist to the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition


Over the coming days Supply Chain Matters will feature both our own and invited guest commentaries regarding last week’s blockbuster announcement that Amazon intends to acquire the Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7 billion. In this posting, we update our readers on rather interesting added developments, to state the obvious. A report published by The […]

More Definitive News on Pending Foxconn Investment in the United States


More definite reports indicate Foxconn will make a $7 billion U.S. investment decision in July. Make no mistake that this is a very big deal for high-tech and consumer electronics supply chains, specifically Apple’s supply chain.

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk- How a Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS) Helps Minimize Supply Chain Deviations


A Supply Chain Matters guest posting from MasterControl focused on mitigating supply chain risk with the help of a supplier quality management system.

This Week’s Paris Air Show- More About Product Development and Supplier Tensions


At this week’s Paris Air Show two dominant themes appear; one being efforts by Boeing to premiere or hint of new aircraft and growing services, the other by key suppliers, exercising influence as the critical link in commercial aircraft supply chains.

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