Category: Product Lifecycle Management

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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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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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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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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Airbus’s Rather Positive Q2 and First-Half Financial Performance- Emphasis on Operational and Supply Network Execution

The Supply Chain Matters blog reflects on Airbus’s Q2 and 2019 first-half financial and operational performance and shares a summary perspective of what challenges remain for the industry’s supply and customer demand networks.

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Boeing’s Ugly Q2-2019 Financial Performance- The Playing of the 737 MAX Production Suspension Card

Commercial aerospace manufacturer Boeing reported what many in business media have concluded as its worst quarterly financial performance ever, principally from the ongoing global grounding of the global 737 MAX fleet. The outlook presents continued challenges that will likely extend for many months to come.

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Chinese Branded Railcars and Buses- A Potential Different U.S. Market Presence and Lost Opportunity

The Supply Chain Matters blogs provides a further update to our ongoing five-year streaming commentary related to Chinese branded railcars making an opportunistic market presence among U.S. public transit systems.

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BCG Report Outlines Blockchain Technology Use Cases in Factory of the Future

The Boston Consulting Group has published a new report, Blockchain in the Factory of the Future. The Supply Chain Matters blog has reviewed this report and believes that manufacturing teams may find interest in the report’s concepts and observations.

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