Category: High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain

Tesla’s Announced Job Action- Inevitable but Sober in Consequence

Electric automaker Tesla has informed employees of a 9 percent overall reduction in workforce, primarily impacting salaried positions. The implication is that Tesla’s new management structure will continue to have a high dependency on existing employees, and in various degrees of talent and expertise to rally and address the ongoing challenges.

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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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Apple’s Fiscal Q2 Financial Performance- A Turning Point for Supply Chain Strategy

Apple reported its financial performance for the March-ending quarter, and investors seemed very pleased. Supply Chain Matters is of the view that the latest fiscal quarterly results represent a significant strategy inflection point for Apple’s hardware product supply chains.

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Apple’s Announcement in Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use- More Work Remains

Global consumer electronics manufacturer Apple indicated this week that the company’s ten-year old goal to have all owned facilities 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources has been achieved. While Apple deserves credit for this achievement, the scope of this announcement does not include major elements of its global supply chain.

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Global Trade Actions: China Responds to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Import Tariff Actions

China has unveiled retaliatory tariffs on a reported 128 U.S. products that are imported into one of globe’s most significant economy. The actions were characterized as a response to the Trump Administration’s actions on imposing steep tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported from China.

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Breaking News- Trump Administration Indeed Announces New Trade and Tariff Actions Relative to China

President Donald Trump indicated this afternoon that the United States is planning to levy tariffs on about $60 billion of designated imports from China, as well as impose restrictions on technology transfers to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.

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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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China Securing Additional Strategic Supply of Cobalt

Supply Chain Matters highlights a related development to our prior published blog: Volkswagen Reiterates Aggressive Electric Automobile Production Plans. That development is continued efforts by China based battery producers to secure longer-term supplies of all-important cobalt, an essential metal required in the design and production of rechargeable batteries.

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