Category: Product Lifecycle Management

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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New ISO Standard to Improve Commerce and Data Integrity

ECCMA (Electronic Commerce Code Management Association) indicates in a recent press release that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland has published ISO 8000-115, a standard for authoritative and verifiable identifiers designed to improve the speed and accuracy of eCommerce and the supply chain. This new standard which was first drafted in 2015, is described as being an integral part of insuring for data quality and a stunning new standard.

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Boeing Reports Stellar Q1-2018 Financial Performance

Aerospace manufacturer Boeing pleased investors last week in reporting what can only be described as stellar Q1-2018 financial and supply chain performance. Included in the results was additional evidence of an optimistic strategy directed at aftermarket services.

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Another Multi-Day Pause in Tesla Model 3 Production

Supply Chain Matters highlights additional concerning news regarding the ongoing Tesla Model 3 sedan production ramp-up, news that points to 4-5 day shutdown this week with the implication of another high-stress period for the innovative Tesla brand.

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Airbus and Boeing Q1-2018 Operational Performance Points to Supply Chain Weak Links

Both Airbus and Boeing have reported on operational performance and exited the March 2018 quarter showing signs of supply chain strains, but Airbus is dealing with the most significant challenge.

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Time and Events are Waning Related to Tesla’s Model 3 Production Performance

Investment and business circles are becoming much more concerned with Tesla after a series of cascading events that have occurred. Now is the time for a clear experienced voice and accountability in operations management.

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Airbus Remains Challenged with Aircraft Engine Deliveries

Commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus continues to manage the weakest and most visible link in the widely popular A320neo supply chain, that being consistent shipments of the two options of high technology fuel-efficient aircraft engines.

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Volkswagen Announces Added Investment in Existing U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Volkswagen AG announced this week that the global automaker will invest an additional $340 million in its existing vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant located in Chattanooga Tennessee. Such added investments place more dependency on the successful outcome of ongoing NAFTA trade talks.

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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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