Category: Supply Chain Strategy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Change and Opportunity of New Product Leadership for Apple

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides commentary related to Apple’s latest executive leadership changes and the company’s head of global operations now assuming leadership of product design and management, in addition to global supply chain.

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Tesla Motors Q2-2019 Operational Performance Improves

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides commentary related to improved production and customer delivery performance for Tesla Motors in the just completed Q2-2019 quarter. While the operational performance has set a new record, it is too early to declare any form of goal achievement.

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Q2-2019 Indices Reinforce Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Network Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reported PMI global production and supply chain activity levels for June and Q2-2019. The data provides reinforced 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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Temporary Cease Fire in the Ongoing Trade War Among the U.S. and China Brings Added Challenges

At the G-20 Economic Summit held late last week, the anticipated summit meeting among U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping resulted in essentially a temporary cease fire in additional tariff actions.

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