Category: Global trade trends

Synchronized Stagnation and What It Means for Global Supply Chain Teams in 2020

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a published report indicating a period of synchronized stagnation and identifies areas of concentration that global supply chain management teams should prioritize and focus in the coming year.

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One Benefit of Escalating Trade Conflicts- Growing Need for Trade Specialists

The Supply Chain Matters highlights a Wall Street Journal report indicating that in the current backdrop of escalating trade conflicts and tariff impacts, trade and tariff experts are suddenly in hot market demand.

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Global Supply Chain Management Activity Clearly Flashing Contraction

The Supply Chain Matters blog analyzes the latest quantitative and qualitative data related to ongoing global manufacturing and supply chain activity levels along with the implication for the year 2020 business assumption and resource planning.

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Preparing 2020 Product Sourcing Scenarios in the Light of Ongoing Global Trade Conflicts- Listen to Insiders

The Supply Chain Matters blog reinforces indicators that escalating global trade and tariff conflicts are impacting multi-industry supply networks, and that political influences and saving-face outweigh economic and business implications. In preparing for 2020, it may be wise to listen to insiders in the know.

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Added Evidence That Small and Medium Sized Businesses are Especially Impacted by Ongoing Global Trade Conflicts

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides and editorial commentary reflecting on a report that small and medium businesses are especially impacted by ongoing escalation of global trade conflicts. Once more, high levels of existing uncertainty are not going away any time soon.

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FedEx’s Latest Financial Performance Provides a Narrative of What is to Come

FedEx reported fiscal first quarter financial performance this week with the implications resounding across online and E-commerce business circles. The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective that this is the added narrative of what may likely result in 2020 sales and operations planning and budgeting decision-making.

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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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Not the New Normal for Global Wide Supply Chain Management Teams

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an argument that Q4-2019 is shaping up to be not the new normal for global wide supply chain management teams, and rather a point where resiliency and agility can no longer be sustained by many.

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The Increased Importance of Global Trade Management process Support Technology

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a reminder to cross-functional supply chain management professionals of the now increased importance of Global Trade Management (GTM) software applications.

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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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Implications of a Growing Trade Conflict Involving South Korea and China

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides perspectives on a building trade feud that is currently occupying the attention of high tech and consumer electronics supply and customer demand networks. It includes heated trade tensions among two influential technology producing regions, Japan and South Korea, each of which are critical links to these networks.

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