Category: Procurement and Sourcing

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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Potential Added Delay in Returning Boeing 737 MAX to Service Has Supply Network Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog calls reader attention to report that the European safety agency is calling for increased flight tests of the Boeing 737 MAX before granting any certification. That has implication to the overall supply network.

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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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The Notions of Senior Executive Changes Among Consumer Product Goods Businesses and Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides added commentary reflecting on ongoing industry changes occurring among consumer product goods firms and the notions of executive leadership that drives the most effective needed business change.

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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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