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Contrasts in the Planning for the Upcoming Retail and Online Holiday Surge Period


In the wake of overly optimistic forecasts of retail spending expected in the coming holiday fulfillment surge quarter, key online providers and parcel carriers are indicating their plans for temporary seasonal holiday related hiring.  However, it would seem that each comes with differing business assumptions. On the parcel logistics, transportation and last fulfillment front, UPS […]

Initial Learning from the Samsung Note 7 Sales and Production Suspension


More information continues to come forth regarding Samsung’s bold decision to permanently suspend production and sale of its newly announced Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Thus far, the information points to both product design/management as well as supply chain related learning. While it is still rather early to be able to definitely conclude what led to […]

This Week- Supply Chain Matters Attending Kinaxis 2016 Customer Conference


We wanted to alert or Supply Chain Matters readers that Executive Editor and Independent Supply Chain and B2B Industry Analyst Bob Ferrari will be attending the Kinaxis sponsored Kinexions 2016 customer conference being conducted this week in Nashville. Festivities begin Tuesday evening. This is the annual gathering of supply chain planning and response management technology […]

Emissions Scandal: Volkswagen Agrees to Financial Settlement with U.S. Dealers


The ongoing brand crisis involving Volkswagen and specifically its customers and franchised dealers over the diesel engine emissions alteration admission scandal that occurred over a year ago continues as it ever so slowly moves toward action plans and financial compensation. Earlier this month, VW agreed to pay as much as $1.2 billion to its over […]

Report Indicating that Samsung has Temporarily Suspended Production of Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

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Supply Chain Matters has previously posted commentaries regarding the ongoing brand, product and supply chain learning implications regarding the product recall surrounding the fairly newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its manufacturer, Samsung Electronics.  Incidents of fires presumably caused by lithium ion battery thermal runaway remain a concern, as is the damage to the […]

Remain Cautious of Overly Optimistic Retail Sales Forecasts Regarding the Coming Holiday Fulfillment Quarter


Last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued its annual forecast concerning holiday related spending which painted a very optimistic picture regarding the upcoming holiday sales period.  We advise B2C and B2B retail planning teams to be very cautious and diligent regarding the applicability of such data. Actual retail sales activity pegged to each channel, […]

The Effects of Hurricane Matthew Are Yet to Unfold for Multi-Industry Supply Chains


I am penning this Supply Chain Matters blog commentary on Friday morning as Hurricane Matthew continues to make its way up the Florida coast. This morning, the central eye of this powerful storm is located just off Daytona Beach Florida and continues on its northward path, with a potential threat of a U.S. landfall looming.  […]

This Week- Supply Chain Matters Attends IBM Empower 2016 Conference


We wanted to alert or Supply Chain Matters readers that Executive Editor and Independent Supply Chain and B2B Industry Analyst Bob Ferrari will be attending the IBM’s Empower 2016 conference this week in Orlando starting Tuesday evening. This conference features IBM procurement specialists focusing on education networking and discussions on all things Procurement and on […]

American Airlines Pulls Off What Appears to be a Major IT Operational System Conversion


This summer, Supply Chain Matters along with other blogs posted commentaries related to more evidence of the U.S. airline industry’s march to the bottom. More specifically, it was manifested by major IT systems outages that impacted individual airline performance, leaving hundreds of passengers scrambling to either re-schedule cancelled flights or miss important meetings and events. […]

Tesla Motors Reports Q3 Operational Performance and Some Progress is Evident


In July, innovative electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced its Q2 product and operational results.  In our July Supply Chain Matters blog posting related to Q2’s performance, we concluded that Tesla remained challenged with supply chain ramp-up issues as it strives to meet aggressive short and required longer-term production scale-up needs for existing as well […]

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