Category: Global Trade Issues

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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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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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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