China has unveiled retaliatory tariffs on a reported 128 U.S. products that are imported into one of globe’s most significant economy. The actions were characterized as a response to the Trump Administration’s actions on imposing steep tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported from China.
Global contact manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reported better than expected fourth quarter 2017 profitability attributed to overcoming production challenges related to Apple’s iPhone X.
Supply Chain Matters addresses the two important components for digital transformation, one being the advanced technology, the other being ease-of-use, flexibility, and transformation time-to-value. Equal or added weight should be placed on adoption factors and vendors should be selected based on their demonstrated record of accomplishment and understanding.
Investment and business circles are becoming much more concerned with Tesla after a series of cascading events that have occurred. Now is the time for a clear experienced voice and accountability in operations management.
One year from tomorrow, the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union and the realities of that action are now manifesting themselves across multi-industry supply chains in thoughts, concerns and actions.
Supply Chain Matters continues a series of deep-dives into our 2018 Predictions of Industry and Global Supply Chains with a perspective on global transportation network and third-party logistics strategies. This prediction has had special significance with ongoing developments already occurring in 2018.
Commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus continues to manage the weakest and most visible link in the widely popular A320neo supply chain, that being consistent shipments of the two options of high technology fuel-efficient aircraft engines.
President Donald Trump indicated this afternoon that the United States is planning to levy tariffs on about $60 billion of designated imports from China, as well as impose restrictions on technology transfers to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.
GE Transportation, a division of General Electric, along with California’s Port of Long Beach, announced a pilot initiative to collect broader amounts of information related to inbound ocean container shipments. Supply Chain Matters spoke directly with Jennifer Schopfer, Vice President and General Manager of Transport Logistics for GE Transportation regarding this latest announcement as-well as the broader directions involved in this effort.
Volkswagen AG announced this week that the global automaker will invest an additional $340 million in its existing vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant located in Chattanooga Tennessee. Such added investments place more dependency on the successful outcome of ongoing NAFTA trade talks.
Supply Chain Matters alerts readers to growing speculation that the Trump Administration is seeking to impose tariffs on upwards of $30-$60 billion of Chinese imports. Such tariff actions should trike immediate alarm bells for technology and other industry supply chains.
Supply Chain Matters highlights a front-page published report from The Wall Street Journal indicating that Tesla faces intensified cash pressures if Model 3 production cannot meet current scale-up plans.
Supply Chain Matters highlights a related development to our prior published blog: Volkswagen Reiterates Aggressive Electric Automobile Production Plans. That development is continued efforts by China based battery producers to secure longer-term supplies of all-important cobalt, an essential metal required in the design and production of rechargeable batteries.
Volkswagen AG held its Annual Media Conference in Berlin this week and took the opportunity to reiterate the auto maker’s intention to expand the availability and production of electric powered vehicles globally on a massive scale. The industry implications of global scale and manufacturing savviness are about to confront the first-mover.
Some new significant information has become known regarding the Amazon and Whole Foods integration plans, information that provides additional indicators of the integrated retail strategy that will unfold over the coming months.