Category: Global trade trends

Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 20, 2018 Edition

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 20 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Dips Further in Q2- Initial Signs of a Trade Induced Slowdown

Global manufacturing and supply chain activity and other specific regional geographic indices reflect a dip in activity this past quarter and a discernable slowdown from prior momentum. If industry supply chain teams were seeking evidence of whether current global trade tensions and tariff actions were having a discernable impact, the latest indices do point to a turning-point.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of World Trade Day Conference- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters provides Part Two highlights of the 33rd Annual Global Trade Day conference presented by The John H. Chaffee Center for International Business at Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island. Highlighted is the session related to technological advances impacting global supply chains.

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Initial Postscript to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariff Action

The Trump Administration’s decision to move ahead with imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada and Mexico has resulted in a lot of discourse, much of which was not complimentary to the decision, and further amplifies the broader multi-industry supply chain impacts.

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Today Marks Yet Another Significant Development in Global Trade

Supply Chain Matters points out yet another significant development in global trade that contributes to ever more growing uncertainties for global supply networks. Actions and alternative supply network strategies are already being undertaken.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of World Trade Day Conference- Part One

Supply Chain Matters shares highlights of the 33rd Annual Global Trade Day conference presented by The John H. Chaffee Center for International Business at Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island. This was a great conference that featured upwards of 35 speakers very knowledgeable in addressing today’s timely topics related to global trade and the application of technology in global trade practices.

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Hopes Are Fading Regarding a New NAFTA Agreement in 2018

Hopes are fading for a successful rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at least for this year. Negotiators representing the three countries reportedly appear too far apart to reach a deal before a self-imposed deadline of this week. The geo-political landscape is indeed more tense across many regions, and the reality of globally-extended supply chains remains subject to added risk, cost, or other factors for weeks and possibly months to-come.

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Little Progress in High-Level Trade Talks Among China and the United States

Supply Chain Matters provides a brief but important update to our streaming blog commentaries on global trade developments. New developments that occurred late last week regarding trade talks among China and the U.S. add new credence of the continued negative implications for geo-political global trade policy shifts on multi-industry supply chains, and specifically, the Apple supply chain.

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