Category: Automotive Supply Chain

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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Strategic Supply Management Remains a Concern For Global Automotive Manufacturers

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a 2019 mid-year perspective on the strategic transition of global automotive supply chain transition toward producing more electrically powered cars and trucks, and especially strategic supply management related to metals required for higher volumes of manufacturing.

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Tesla Motors Q2-2019 Operational Performance Improves

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides commentary related to improved production and customer delivery performance for Tesla Motors in the just completed Q2-2019 quarter. While the operational performance has set a new record, it is too early to declare any form of goal achievement.

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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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United States and Mexico Come to Terms in a Deal to Avoid Tariffs

The United States and Mexico announced that they had reached an immigration policy deal that would in-essence, ward off the imposition of a series of escalated U.S. import tariffs. While multi-industry supply chains can breathe a sigh of relief, the U.S. tariff action inserts yet more uncertainty to geopolitical tensions and a smooth ratification of the recently negotiated United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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Trump Administration’s Sudden Actions to Initiate Retaliatory Tariffs on Mexico Imports is Unprecedented and Concerning

President Trump indicated last night, without adequate formal warning, that he intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning on June 10. Make no mistake, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, this latest development, without some form of rationalization has serious implications for global trade and for global based supply and customer demand networks.

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Breaking News- United States to Reportedly Announce Lifting of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Involving Canada and Mexico

Business network CNBC, citing two informed sources, is reporting that the United States has reached a deal to lift existing steel and aluminum tariffs involving Canada and Mexico imports. This development is tied to removing a key obstacle in achieving ratification of the recently negotiated United States Canada Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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Breaking: China and U.S. Trade Talks Now at Impasse

Ongoing trade talks between China and the United States broke-off this afternoon without a basis of agreement. With additional tariffs now imposed by the Trump Administration, businesses and their respective supply and demand networks must now be prepared for additional fallout.

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