Category: Product Lifecycle Management

Apple Shares in Freefall Due to Effect of Product Strategy and Supply Network Implications

Financial headlines this week are keenly focused on a building decline in technology stocks being led by Apple and its perceived shifting of iPhone product strategy that is now cascading across the hardware supply network.

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Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle Open World 2018- Summary Impressions

Supply Chain Matters Executive Editor Bob Ferrari attended the Oracle OpenWorld 2018 conference held in San Francisco. In this conference summary commentary, he distills all of this year’s messaging and themes along with added insights.

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Airbus and Boeing Report Q3-2018 Operational Performance- A Better Picture but Challenges Remain

Both Airbus and Boeing have reported on operational performance and exited the September 2018 quarter showing signs of supply chain recovery, but Airbus continues to deal with the most significant challenge.

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Trade and Tariff Tensions Spawn Different Business and Supply Network Planning Assumptions for 2019

Additional data and reports related to ongoing implications of global trade and tariff tensions will likely lead to added business planning challenges among global supply chain teams for the coming year, and perhaps beyond.

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From NAFTA to USMCA- A Step Back from the Precipice and the Realities of NAFTA 2.0

North America supply chain networks have been granted one huge sign of relief in the announcement of a last-minute trilateral trade deal involving Canada, the United States and Mexico. Attention is now turned to determining the implications and needed changes.

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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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Walmart’s Blockchain Technology Mandate- Have Prior Mandates Provided Industry Learning

Walmart has declared yet another supply network technology mandate and the open question is whether prior learning, technology maturity and needs for industry buy-in have provided necessary learning. In this industry analyst editorial commentary, Supply Chain Matters explores the purpose, actions, industry governance and technology considerations that involve such mandates.

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Optimistic News Relative to Boeing’s 737 MAX Production Challenges

The Supply Chain Matters provides a further update on commercial aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s ongoing efforts to resolve supply network production ramp-up challenges involving the 727 MAX aircraft.

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Example of Misguided Trade Policy and the Realities of Global Supply Chain Response to Business Needs

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights an example of how misguided trade and tariff policy can impact both a business goal for product availability and a global supply chain capability of a U.S. and global based auto producer.

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