Category: Global trade trends

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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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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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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Chinese Branded Railcars and Buses- A Potential Different U.S. Market Presence and Lost Opportunity

The Supply Chain Matters blogs provides a further update to our ongoing five-year streaming commentary related to Chinese branded railcars making an opportunistic market presence among U.S. public transit systems.

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Q2-2019 Indices Reinforce Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Network Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reported PMI global production and supply chain activity levels for June and Q2-2019. The data provides reinforced evidence that global trade declines, particularly involving China and the Eurozone sector, are a continual drag on global industry supply chain activity levels.

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A Significant Week in Global Supply and Demand Network Related Developments

The Supply Chain Matters blog reports highlights of significant global supply network developments that occurred this week that should capture the attention of multi-industry supply chain leaders and their respective organizations.

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Foxconn Discloses Contingency Production Sourcing Readiness for High Tech Products

According to a published report, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s prime contract manufacturer is ready to shift production out of China if becomes necessary. The revelation came in the contract manufacturer’s first-ever investor meeting and conference call.

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Additional Blockchain Alliance Announcement in the Ocean Container Industry Segment

This week features additional news related to Blockchain technology partnerships in the global ocean container transport segment as carriers, shippers and logistics entities continue to sort out most appropriate approaches to leverage this technology. Make no mistake that the primary goal of these transportation technology pilots are to both determine proof-of-concept and business value of specific technologies, achieve industry scale, and to similarly determine added technology anchored business opportunity that comes with that.

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