Category: Supply Chain Risk Management

Computer Virus Temporarily Cripples Global Semiconductor Producer

A computer virus has reportedly impacted the operations of global semiconductor chip manufacturer TSMC. The report is yet another reinforcement to manufacturing and supply chain IT and operational teams that data and information security must remain a top priority.

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FDA Weighs In On Recent E.Coli Outbreak Involving Romaine Lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has indicated that it cannot pinpoint the exact source of the recent E.coli contamination outbreak, nor what caused it. Needless, to state, this development is yet another wake-up call for food-based supply chain networks to increase efforts in product traceability and visibility, but that implies a significant change management challenge.

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Hopes Are Fading Regarding a New NAFTA Agreement in 2018

Hopes are fading for a successful rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at least for this year. Negotiators representing the three countries reportedly appear too far apart to reach a deal before a self-imposed deadline of this week. The geo-political landscape is indeed more tense across many regions, and the reality of globally-extended supply chains remains subject to added risk, cost, or other factors for weeks and possibly months to-come.

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Supply Chain Disruption in North American Automotive Production Sector

Yet another unplanned supply chain disruption has made business media headlines, this one impacting North America automotive related manufacturing because of the after effects of a destructive fire that occurred at a supplier facility. While the bulk of media headlines are focused on Ford Motor Company, other automakers have been impacted to various degrees.

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Trump Administration Now Threatening Tariffs on China Imports- Prepare for Industry Supply Chain Volatility and Active Scenario Analysis

Supply Chain Matters alerts readers to growing speculation that the Trump Administration is seeking to impose tariffs on upwards of $30-$60 billion of Chinese imports. Such tariff actions should trike immediate alarm bells for technology and other industry supply chains.

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2018 Predictions Deep-Dive: Cyber Risk and Information Security Needs Consume Supply Chain Risk and Tech Investment Considerations

Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Four: Cyber Risk and Information Security Safeguarding Consuming Supply Chain Risk and Advanced Technology Investment Considerations.

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Industry Supply Chain Impacts from Catastrophic Natural Events- Further Update

Supply Chain Matters continues with succinct update to readers on business and industry headline developments concerning the unprecedented series of catastrophic natural events that have impacted the Caribbean, Mexico and North America.

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Supply Chain Matters Updates on the Effects of Multiple Ongoing Natural Disaster Events

At this point, there is little doubt that industry supply chain teams will be managing the after effects of an incredible period of unprecedented natural disaster events that impacted portions of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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Maersk’s Q2 Financial Performance Provides Two Important Signposts

A.P. Moeller Maersk reported its second quarter financial performance this week, and the results included two important signposts for industry supply chains. One relates to validation of double-digit increases in ocean container transport rates and the other is a stark reminder of the monetary risks related to cybersecurity.

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President Trump Disbands Two Business CEO Advisory Councils Including Manufacturing Council

The latest political firestorm surrounding the Trump presidency involves the aftermath of the rioting and act of domestic terrorism that occurred in Charlottesville Virginia, pitting white supremacists against counter-protesters. The President now indicated that he has decided to disband both the President’s American Manufacturing Council and the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum.

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