Category: Supply Chain Strategy

Ongoing Brexit Developments Churn Added Uncertainties and New Business Casualties

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides readers an update on Brexit’s ongoing impact to multi-industry supply and demand network plans and ongoing actions. Our belief is that June will provide the final tipping point.

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Are Heightened U.S. and China Trade Tensions Now at the Tipping Point?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our readers with yet another supply chain management focused update on the now heightened implications of ongoing trade tensions among two of the globe’s three largest economies. We pose the question and the response as to whether tensions are now at the tipping point.

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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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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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U.S. and China Trade Talks Reach a Critical Stage

Global equity markets have once again turned volatile on the sudden and unexpected Twitter based announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to significantly increase import tariffs on goods imported from China. Multi-industry supply networks are at risk, depending on the outcome, and smaller businesses are especially at-risk without a contingency plan.

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Strategic Move to Protect a Technology and its Supply Network

In early April, global automotive manufacturer Toyota indicated that it would offer free access to the company’s hybrid gasoline-electric patents through the year 2030. The move is a strategic effort to influence the market and protect the supply network.

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Foxconn’s Investment in the United States Now a Far Different Scenario

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates global readers on Foxconn’s previously announced plans to establish a significant high tech and consumer electronics presence in the United States. That strategy has obviously changed, and the political and business dimensions are getting messy.

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Commercial Aerospace- Airbus and Boeing Report Q1-2019 Operational Performance

Both Airbus and Boeing formally reported Q1-2019 operational performance. The most anticipated was that of Boeing, which continues to respond to the global grounding of the manufacturer’s 737 MAX family of aircraft after two tragic accidents. Boeing’s Q1 performance indeed reflected the initial impacts on one of its most profitable aircraft families.

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Global Supply Chain Management Teams Need to Practice Offense and Defense Relative to Global Trade Landscapes

The Supply Chain Matters blog features added perspectives on growing realities occurring across global trade regional landscapes. We advocate that global supply chain management is no longer a spectator sport, that teams have to be engaged deeply in advocating business strategies and customer support contingency plans and actions that manage global supply network risks.

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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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Is Today April Fools Day in Global Trade or Another Chapter in Industry Supply Chain Risk Mitigation?

The Supply Chain Matters blog outlines an April Fools parody commentary related to prior April 1st 2019 milestones in global trade related to Brexit, and to the ongoing trade tensions among the United States and China.

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