Category: Procurement and Sourcing

A Supply Chain Matters Podcast with Dr. Parag Khanna, Author of The Future is Asian

Supply Chain Matters blog Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to record a podcast conversation with renowned globalization scholar and international best-selling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The newly released book, The Future is Asian, explores the world, and the future, from the Asian point-of-view, including global supply chain management shifts.

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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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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

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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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Profit Warnings from Samsung and LG Electronics Add to Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Concerns

High-tech and consumer electronics bellwether provider Samsung Electronics issued its own profit warning this week followed by LG Electronics. The news coupled to Apple’s prior profit warning add to industry concerns of structural shifting in smartphone markets.

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Supply Chain Matters Thoughts on the December-2018 U.S. ISM Plunge

he December 2018 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business was released this week and included a potential sign of a significant dip in U.S. manufacturing and supply chain activity levels. The Supply Chain Matters blog provide thoughts on how industry supply chain management teams need to be prepared to factor such data in the coming year.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Research Report Now Available for Downloading

The Supply Chain Matters blog announces that The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group’s research report, 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, is now available for complimentary downloading.

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Breaking News: Apple Resets Revenue Expectations for the Holiday Quarter in a Thud Heard Round the World

In a direct letter to Apple investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook dramatically lowered revenue guidance by $5 billion for the current fiscal quarter that ended on December 31. He further pointed to revenue expectations hampered by supply network constraints.

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