Category: Global Trade Issues

Another Burden for Industry Supply Chains- Imposition of U.S. Import Tariffs on EU Produced Products

The Supply Chain Matters blogs provides commentary reflecting on planned added trade and tariff actions related to the United States and the Eurozone sector, with specific impacts for commercial aerospace and automotive sectors.

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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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Contrast in Political Influence: Apple Can Continue to Build Mac Pro Computers in the United States

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a contrasting commentary relative to small and midsized businesses being impacted by the ongoing U.S. and China tariff war, and Apple, a large and highly influential consumer electronic giant being able to garner tariff exemption decisions to its favor.

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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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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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Business as Usual No Longer Applies for Supply Chain Management in Post-Brexit Scenarios

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides readers with a perspective that with the reality of a hard Brexit, business as usual for supply chain management no longer applies in post-Brexit scenarios. Business as usual in planning and customer fulfillment execution may well have been a practice of the past.

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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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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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