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A.P. Moller-Maersk Reports Q4 and 2016 Performance- More Signs of Ongoing Global Transportation Industry Turbulence

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A.P. Moller-Maersk, the parent of global container shipping lines leader Maersk Line reported both fourth-quarter and total FY16 financial performance this week and the company’s shareholders were not pleased. The shipping industry further gained another reality check as to the ongoing implications of container shipping overcapacity. For the recently concluded quarter, financial headlines included a […]


Report Indicating Sharp-Foxconn U.S. Plant Announcement Could Come This Weekend

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In late January, we alerted our Supply Chain Matters blog readers of a published report from The Wall Street Journal indicating that global contract manufacturer Foxconn, new parent of Sharp Corp. was evaluating a $7 billion in new LCD manufacturing facility in the United States. Our takeaway from this report was that if this investment […]


Apple’s December-Ending Performance Provides Indications of Supply Challenges

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Supply Chain Matters provides added insights to recent financial and operational performance reports from major companies. We reflect on Apple’s latest report of December-ending (Fiscal 2017 Q1) financial and operating results which acknowledged supply constraints as limiting even more sales growth.  Wall Street headlines were generally positive as the iconic consumer electronics provider reversed three […]


UPS Holiday Quarter Performance Provides Added Evidence of B2C Online Fulfillment Implications

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Supply Chain Matters provides added insights to recent financial and operational performance reports from major companies. We begin with United Parcel Service (UPS) which recently reported results for the December-ending holiday quarter which generally disappointed Wall Street. The headlines included a 5.5 percent increase in top-line revenues yet falling profit margins for the global parcel […]


2017 Predictions for Supply Chain Management- Guest Contributions

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We just completed our unveiling and deep-dives on our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains and the complete 44-page Research Advisory report is now available for complimentary downloading in our Research Center. We now feature compilations of the many external guest contributions that were received from our readers.  A Thailand and Southeast Asia […]


2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Pharmaceutical and Drug Supply Chains

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Thus far, we have posted deep-dives on the first nine of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.  The one prediction remaining is our final Prediction Ten, which for each year, dives into what we foresee as unique industry-specific supply chain challenges or environments for the coming year. As Editor, I have also […]


Another Supply Chain Matters Milestone

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From the Editors Desk: The month of January provided an incredibly busy month of content publishing here on the Supply Chain Matters blog. The principle reason was the unveiling and subsequent deep-dives into our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains along with other content related to end-of-year performance in different industry sectors. The […]


2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Apparel and Footwear Producers and Respective Supply Chains

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Thus far, we have posted deep-dives on the first nine of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.  The one prediction remaining is our final Prediction Ten, which for each year, dives into what we foresee as unique industry-specific supply chain challenges or environments for the coming year. As Editor, I have also […]


Amazon’s Q4 and 2016 Performance- Compelling Operational and Platform Momentum

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Amazon reported financial results for the December-ending quarter this week, exceeding Wall Street expectations in profitability. There were additional nuggets of information that add even more emphasis toward the online provider’s momentum in providing an online fulfillment platform not only for its own retail businesses, but for a growing number of other sellers as well. […]


2017 Industry Specific Predictions- B2C, B2B-to-C and Traditional Retail Supply Chains

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Thus far, we have posted deep-dives on the first nine of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.  The one prediction remaining is our final Prediction Ten, which for each year, dives into what we foresee as unique industry-specific supply chain challenges or environments for the coming year. This year’s industry-specific challenges were […]


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