Category: Sales and Operations Planning

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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Salesforce Acquisition of Tableau Software- What it Means for Supply Chain Management Technology Strategy

The Supply Chain Matters blog weighs in on the definitive agreement announced by Salesforce.com to acquire data-analytics and visualization platform provider Tableau Software. Our initial emphasis is on what the acquisition implies for supply chain management technology strategy where Tableau has a noticeable presence.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches State of Contraction

With the bulk of May 2019 global-wide production and Supply Chain activity indices now being reported, May 2019 represented crossing the threshold to an overall level of contraction.

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Resolving a Path Forward for Business and SCM Transformation in SAP Business Systems Landscapes

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up commentary focused on SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management focused customers, and their new imperatives for considering an acceleration to Public Cloud based technology deployments, based on SAP’s customer messaging at last week’s Sapphire customer conference.

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Latest Salary and Career Survey Focused on Supply Chain Management Professionals Provides Optimistic Findings

The latest salary and career survey report conducted by ASCM points to some positive gains among supply chain management focused workplaces in compensation, recognition and job satisfaction. That stated, focus and efforts need to continue.

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Q1 Financial Performance Reports: Added Evidence of Multi-Industry Global Supply Chain Slowdown

As multiple businesses report first quarter financial performance, evidence continues to mount that multiple industry supply chains, from autos to high-tech, are now being increasingly challenged by a global slowdown and bloating inventories.

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Q1-2019 PMI Indices Point to Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reported PMI global production and supply chain activity levels for March and Q1-2019. There is now added evidence that global trade declines, particularly involving China and the Eurozone sector, are a continual drag on global industry supply chain activity levels.

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Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward

U.S. Federal Reserve data related to February factory output levels provides reinforcing evidence of a supply chain and production slowdown underway in the U.S., which has before provided a singular bright spot for activity levels. The open question is whether activity levels will bounce back later in the year.

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