Category: Operations management

Highlights of Airbus and Boeing Full Year 2018 Financial and Individual Supply Networks Operational Performance

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights 2018 full year financial and operational performance results from Airbus and Boeing. It is becoming ever clearer for both commercial aircraft aerospace manufacturers that individual supply network performance remains crucial in 2019 and beyond and will be the determinant of long-term goal attainment for investors, suppliers and customers.

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Tesla Motors Breaks Ground for China Manufacturing Facility and Once Again Declares Aggressive Goals

Amid a highly publicized groundbreaking ceremony, Tesla Motors embarked on construction and operational ramp-up of a new manufacturing plant located in China. Once again, CEO Elon Musk publicly stated aggressive, perhaps unrealistic operational goal setting. The question becomes transferred learning.

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Airbus and Boeing Report Q4-2018 and Full Year Operational Performance

Both Airbus and Boeing formally reported Q4-2018 and full year operational performance with both aerospace manufacturers missing originally stated full year milestones despite extraordinary efforts in the second-half of the year.

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Tesla Motors Production and Supply Chain Challenges Potentially Take a New Turn

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on Tesla’s production and supply chain management ramp-up challenges, new tell-all reports and a report of a building criminal probe related to Model 3 product ramp-up statements that are casting a much more concentrated eye on the electric auto maker’s operations.

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Tesla’s Q3-2018 Operational Performance Demonstrates Some Progress

While Tesla Motors achieved its third-quarter production milestones, overall operational and delivery challenges remain for the electric auto maker. The Supply Chain Matters blog question is whether new management can once and for all overcome such challenges.

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The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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The Association for Supply Management (ASCM) Announced at the 2018 APICS Conference

At its 2018 Annual Conference APICS 2018 being held in Chicago, the increasingly supply chain management focused educational organization announced the introductory launch of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), essentially a corporate rebranding of APICS.

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Magnitude Software Acquires Every Angle Software in the SAP Analytics Landscape

Application data management provider Magnitude Software announced last week that it has acquired Every Angle Software Solutions, a provider that enables users of SAP-run organizations to optimize their operational intelligence and performance by empowering insightful and flexible business analytics.

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Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort

Electric powered automaker Tesla completed Q2-2018 achieving its critical milestone of producing over 5000 Model 3 vehicles in one week. However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, the achievement was hollow, and not reflective of a sustained production cadence under predictive cost controls.

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Report Indicating an Extraordinary Sense of Urgency for Tesla Model 3 Production

A published report indicates that Tesla is executing extraordinary actions in order to revamp automation of its lithium-ion battery production processes related to higher-volume production of its Model 3 sedan. The move is bold and is likely an indication of a revised strategy related to automation of battery assembly after an initial process faltered.

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