Category: Procurement and Sourcing

Report Indicates Aggressive Future Production Planning Assumptions by Boeing

This Supply Chain Matters blog commentary provides a further reader update relative to the ongoing challenges related to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft global-wide grounding, and efforts and challenges undertaken by Boeing from supply and customer demand network dimensions.

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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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Response to the Revised Business Roundtable Purpose of Corporations Statement

Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog, Bob Ferrari, provides an editorial commentary reflecting on the U.S. Business Roundtable’s action for changing its Statement on the Purpose of Corporations, and what that may imply in supply chain management strategy, product, process and people support implications.

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Industry Supply Chains Should Be In Planning Modes for Preparation for Economic Recession

Supply Chain Matters blog Executive Editor Bob Ferrari opines to multi-industry sales and operations or integrated business planning teams that the signs of a looming global economic setback are flashing yellow and argues that now is the time to be in planning mode for pending recession.

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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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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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August 9 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our August 9, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news which we believe would be of specific interest to our global-based blog readership. This edition features announcements related to Elemica being acquired by Eurazeo, the Nike acquisition of Celect and IBM and Chainyard announcing a new Blockchain technology initiative.

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Added Visibility to Apple’s Hardware Supply and Product Demand Risk Mitigation Efforts

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an update on Apple’s ongoing supply and product demand network risk mitigation efforts in the light of an escalating trade war involving the United States and China.

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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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