Category: Controlling Supply Chain Costs

Supply Chain Matters Weekly Trade and Tariff Commentary

Events on the global trade and tariff front are moving at such a rapid rate, that the Supply Chain Matters blog has elected to provide a weekly update commentary, starting this week.

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The State of Logistics- The Obvious in Numbers and in Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides its annual summary, perspectives and takeaways regarding the release of the 29th Annual State of Logistics report. In short, industry business as usual practices are no longer an option given the current trajectory of trends.

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Q1-2018 Global Supply Chain Activity Points to Many Caution Signs

Supply Chain Matters has previously cautioned our global based readers that in the current period of robust global supply chain activity, there is a need to pay close attention to the caution signs. With Q1-2018 regional and country-specific PMI indices now reported, those very caution signs are having a discernable impact.

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Trump Administration Now Threatening Tariffs on China Imports- Prepare for Industry Supply Chain Volatility and Active Scenario Analysis

Supply Chain Matters alerts readers to growing speculation that the Trump Administration is seeking to impose tariffs on upwards of $30-$60 billion of Chinese imports. Such tariff actions should trike immediate alarm bells for technology and other industry supply chains.

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Breaking- President Trump Declares Intent to Pose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

President Donald Trump today announced his intention to impose steep global tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, contrary to counsel from some trade advisors. Such an action could likely have an added cost impact for many U.S. manufacturers and their associated inbound component costs that have relied on imports of steel and aluminum.

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Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters continues with coverage of 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference. Part Teo highlights the first full day of conference sessions.

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What to Expect in the Coming Year: Supply Chain Matters 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains

On an annual basis, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group provides a series of supply chain management predictions for the coming year. The Supply Chain Matters blog unveils the first five 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

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GE’s Restructuring Presents Added Technology and Supply Chain Challenges

General Electric is embarking on a broad corporate restructuring. Supply Chain matters focuses on technology and supply chain challenges for GE Digital and GE Aviation business units as well as the Predix IoT and Industrial Internet enablement platform.

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Maersk’s Q2 Financial Performance Provides Two Important Signposts

A.P. Moeller Maersk reported its second quarter financial performance this week, and the results included two important signposts for industry supply chains. One relates to validation of double-digit increases in ocean container transport rates and the other is a stark reminder of the monetary risks related to cybersecurity.

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Summary Highlights of the 2017 ISM Conference

Executive Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference and shares summary highlights and important takeaways for supply management teams.

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The Demise of Brick and Mortar Stores and of Traditional Retail Distribution

Supply Chain Matters has been predicting a radically changed business environment across retail channels because of permanent shifts by consumers to favor online buying. We again advocate that slashing distribution, logistics and customer fulfillment operations budgets without a context to an integrated online business model could prove to be short-sighted.

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