Category: Service-centered Supply Chains

Looking Back at 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three

This Supply Chain Matters commentary features Part Three of a series of commentaries that look back and review 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that were published by our research arm at the beginning of this year.

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Apple’s Fiscal Q4 2018 Financial Performance- The Building Realities Hardware Supply Network Segmentation Strategy

Apple stock is in a current downspin after reporting its best quarterly financial performance in the history of the company. With a concern and focus on whether the company’s future iPhone’s strategy will be lower volume, higher margin hardware and related services generated margins, the implication for the supply network segmentation and supplier relationship strategies remain concerning.

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Upcoming Holiday Fulfillment Period Provides Added Challenges and New Opportunities

Consumer confidence remains strong and forecasts for the upcoming holiday period remain positive. However, B2C and B2B online fulfillment will face added challenges in the coming weeks recruiting added labor, implementing new online fulfillment processes, and securing added resources. This may well be a period where investments in advanced technology can pay dividends.

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Jack Ma’s Departure from Alibaba- What Does it Mean?

The long-term race of major online retail platform providers positioning for global dominance made a potentially subtle turn last week. Jack Ma, the founder of China-based online services and E-Commerce provider Alibaba announced his pending departure. Supply Chain Matters explores what the announcement could imply going forward.

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The Darker Sides of Amazon’s Work Culture Becoming More Visible

These past weeks, there have been a lot of not so flattering news concerning Amazon and its work-related management practices. As a supply chain management focused blog, we are compelled to highlight the concerning as well as any positive trends.

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Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War- August 24, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our August 24 update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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Supply Chain Matters Thoughts on Tyson Foods Announced Intent to Acquire Keystone Foods

Consumer product industry and business media has been absorbing the news that Tyson Foods has agreed to acquire Keystone Foods, a key supplier to global restaurant chain McDonald’s Corporation. This development and indeed the unfolding strategy has both strategic and supply chain leadership storylines and implications.

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Home Depot Reports Stellar Q2 performance and Reaps Benefit of Multi-Year Investments in Supply and Demand Network Capabilities

Home Depot reported very positive financial performance results for Q2 2018. Included in the narrative were very positive aspects of supply chain performance and integration with other functional and business areas, the result of ongoing multi-year investments in various tenets of supply and demand network capabilities.

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UNFI’s Announced Acquisition of Supervalu- Another Indicator of Significant Industry and Supply Chain Change

There was a significant announcement that occurred in the U.S. grocery and natural foods sector last week, one that Supply Chain Matters believes will lead to subsequent impacts for food and grocery supply chains down the road.

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Announcing Part Two Research Advisory: Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Network Capabilities

Through our outreach channel of the Supply Chain Matters blog, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group announces the release of a part two June 2018 Research Advisory Report: Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Network Capabilities in Other Industry Settings- Case Study Examples.

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