Category: China Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Matters Taking a Brief Pause

The Supply Chain Matters blog informs global-wide readers of a brief pause in blogging activities because of annual vacation.

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An Escalating U.S. and China Trade War- Others Weigh In as to What Now in Negotiations

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up to our two previous blog commentaries highlighting the ever-escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the consequential political dimensions and industry forces that will either shorten or elongate the current tariff actions and their impacts.
With each cycle of escalation, the ongoing trade war affects broader businesses, industries, consumer and services companies on both sides. Such effects cascade across adjacent and dependent supply and customer demand networks, with broader economic and other harmful implications.

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Breaking News: China Retaliates with Added Tariffs and Trump Responds with an Order for U.S. Companies to Exit China

This Supply Chain Matters blog is to inform our readers of breaking news regarding an announcement from China’s State Council to impose new tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products coupled with resuming duties on U.S. auto imports, each scheduled to go into effect on September 1 and December 15. President Trump immediately took to Twitter to voice his displeasure and anger.

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Breaking: United States to Delay Some of the Newly Proposed Tariff Actions on China Imports

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides perspectives on today’s breaking news that the Trump Administration has elected to both delay tariffs on a yet to be disclosed, select number of products, as well as eliminate duties on certain others, that were all scheduled to take effect at the beginning of September.

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Added Visibility to Apple’s Hardware Supply and Product Demand Risk Mitigation Efforts

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an update on Apple’s ongoing supply and product demand network risk mitigation efforts in the light of an escalating trade war involving the United States and China.

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Building Evidence That Global Supply and Product Demand Structural Changes Are Underway

The Supply Chain Matters blog comments on ever clearer evidence that for U.S. based manufacturers and retailers, changes in global supply chain sourcing strategies are already underway, and that structural changes are already apparent for global supply and product demand market segments.

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New Signs of a Protracted U.S. and China Trade War Cause Supply Chains to Step-Up Risk Mitigation

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on this week’s growing signs of a protracted U.S. and China trade war that is causing supply chains to step-up risk mitigation. The reality is that political-driven processes run in multi-year cycles while supply chains have to manage quarterly, monthly and daily supply and product fulfillment needs at targeted margins and business outcomes.

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Other Trade Developments Stemming from Last Week’s G-20 Trade Meeting

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights other noteworthy developments coming out of last week’s G-20 Summit meeting that will likely have some implications to global trade.

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Temporary Cease Fire in the Ongoing Trade War Among the U.S. and China Brings Added Challenges

At the G-20 Economic Summit held late last week, the anticipated summit meeting among U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping resulted in essentially a temporary cease fire in additional tariff actions.

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U.S. Expands Targeting Supply Network Bans for Certain Chinese High Tech Companies

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the continued fallout of escalating U.S. actions banning U.S. suppliers with doing business with specific China based high tech manufacturers.

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Apple Indeed Assessing Some Movement of Production from China

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of more definitive reports indicating that Apple’s is indeed assessing a shift of some of its iPhone and other consumer electronics manufacturing out of China. The effort appears in an assessment phase for upwards of 30 percent of current production, and if consummated could result in a permanent shifting of some manufacturing sourcing.

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