Category: Manufacturing Strategies

Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Global Grounding- April 18 2019 Update

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides added updates and perspectives relative to the global-wide grounding of the Boeing 787 MAX aircraft. This mid-April update hones-in on product design and supply chain management operational challenges.

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Report of Scaling Back of Plans to Expand Capacity of Tesla Battery Gigafactory

A published report by the Nikkei Asia Review, without citing sources, indicates that Tesla Motors, and its battery technology provider Panasonic are suspending plans to expand the capacity of the U.S. based Gigafactory battery production facility.

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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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Tesla Motors Reports Disappointing Q1-2019 Production and Delivery Performance

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides another installment of continuous highlights of Tesla Motors operational performance. This week’s announcement of Q1-2019 operational performance was indeed disappointing and signifies that operational challenges remain to be addressed.

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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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Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward

U.S. Federal Reserve data related to February factory output levels provides reinforcing evidence of a supply chain and production slowdown underway in the U.S., which has before provided a singular bright spot for activity levels. The open question is whether activity levels will bounce back later in the year.

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This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on a turbulent week of Brexit related developments and on the implications for multi-industry supply chain scenario contingency planning.

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February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels

With the bulk of global manufacturing PMI indices now reported for February 2019, one is becoming very apparent is that China’s economic slowdown is having a discernable impact on other regions, perhaps far more accelerated that originally anticipated.

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