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Amazon Again Shines in Holiday Online Customer Fulfillment


While retailers and their associated supply chain teams are still in the process of recovering from the 2016 holiday fulfillment period, and while the final retail sales numbers are being assessed, some takeaways have become apparent. The first and foremost, was the continuing preference among various consumers to do their holiday shopping online. The prime […]

What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017


As we approach the New Year holiday which marks the beginning of 2017, we are heads-down in the preparation of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. Supply Chain Matters blog readers should anticipate the full unveiling of our 2017 predictions over the first two weeks in January. We do however want to […]

Japan Display Secures Another Financial Bailout Infusion


Just before the Christmas holiday there was an announcement regarding an additional investment in LCD supplier Japan Display. Its largest shareholder, the government-backed Innovation Network Corp. of Japan is investing an additional $636 million in this supplier, consisting of both convertible bonds and a subordinated loan. Yet another financial infusion from government of Japan interests […]

U.S. Auto Producers to Idle More January Production Amid Market Inventory Oversupply


As we pen this Supply Chain Matters commentary in the week just after the Christmas holiday, many thoughts turn towards objectives in the year 2017. For the U.S. auto sector, those thoughts currently reflect on a situation of building oversupply of certain models. Just before the holiday, reports surfaced that all three U.S. auto domestic […]

Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters


On behalf of myself and our Supply Chain Matters team, I would like to extend our sincere best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and Happy and Rewarding New Year. Once again we share a 2012 holiday classic from U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) that reports on what supply chain resources Santa Claus would need […]

Forget the Drones- It’s All About Self-Driving Trucks


A lot of transportation and logistics focused social and business media headlines have been painting a picture on the large numbers of drones will be the future of parcel delivery.  Our Supply Chain Matters response has been one of skepticism to this notion principally because drones serve a specific purpose related to certain limited in […]

Volkswagen Reaches Additional U.S. Emissions Settlement with Another Painful Learning


Supply Chain Matters provides a further reader update regarding the financial and other effects of the ongoing Volkswagen brand crisis concerning the diesel engine emissions alteration admission scandal that occurred over a year ago. In late October, the global auto maker was granted final court approval to a $14.7 billion settlement with U.S. based consumers, […]

A Step Closer to Global Interoperability Standards for Internet of Things and Industrial Networks


Last week, there was a noteworthy announcement concerning efforts directed at ensuring global wide interoperability standards related to Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployments. The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the global member supported organization that is promoting accelerated growth of IoT adoption, announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the China […]

Unsettling News Flows from the Commercial Aircraft Sector


As industry supply chain professionals look forward to the Christmas and New Year holidays, some industry supply chains continue to manage tireless efforts toward meeting 2016 end-of-year production milestones. At the same time, industry supply chain senior executives must look to the coming year for business, process and technology investments required to meet line-of-business and […]

Pilots of Amazon’s Contracted Air Freight Carriers Take to Social Media

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Today, a published report from Bloomberg indicates that pilots working for Amazon’s leased air freight contractors Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings have taken to social media to warn that Amazon might not be able to deliver last-minute holiday packages.  Advertisements on Facebook and Goggle targeting Amazon online customers provide a […]

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