Category: Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 13, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 13 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global supply chains. Events continue to move rather quickly, and we will provide updates and insights on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Dips Further in Q2- Initial Signs of a Trade Induced Slowdown

Global manufacturing and supply chain activity and other specific regional geographic indices reflect a dip in activity this past quarter and a discernable slowdown from prior momentum. If industry supply chain teams were seeking evidence of whether current global trade tensions and tariff actions were having a discernable impact, the latest indices do point to a turning-point.

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Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort

Electric powered automaker Tesla completed Q2-2018 achieving its critical milestone of producing over 5000 Model 3 vehicles in one week. However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, the achievement was hollow, and not reflective of a sustained production cadence under predictive cost controls.

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Today is Groundbreaking for Foxconn’s Proposed U.S. Manufacturing Facility

President Donald Trump visits Wisconsin today to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn’s announced investment in a $10 billion electronics manufacturing facility in southwest Wisconsin. Today’s ceremony comes with a lot of undertones.

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Foxconn’s Equity Investment in Vizio- Supply Chain and Manufacturing Play

An Asian based publication reported last week that global contract electronics provider Foxconn, and its LCD panel manufacturing arm Innolux, have acquired equity stakes in North America based television brand Vizio. This move has significance expanding the consumer electronics supply chain ecosystem in the U.S. for the production and assembly of televisions.

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Airbus Once Again Threatens Impacts of a Hard Brexit

UK based The Guardian reports that European based commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus has confirmed that the company has undertaken serious consideration regarding the sourcing of aircraft wing manufacturing among British factories because of the continued lack of clarity relative to Brexit consultations.

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Tesla’s Announced Job Action- Inevitable but Sober in Consequence

Electric automaker Tesla has informed employees of a 9 percent overall reduction in workforce, primarily impacting salaried positions. The implication is that Tesla’s new management structure will continue to have a high dependency on existing employees, and in various degrees of talent and expertise to rally and address the ongoing challenges.

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Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Networks- A Case Study Example

Through our outreach channel of Supply Chain Matters, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group announces the release of a new June 2018 Research Advisory Report: Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Network Capabilities in Retail Telecom Customer Fulfillment- A Case Study Example.

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Initial Postscript to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariff Action

The Trump Administration’s decision to move ahead with imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada and Mexico has resulted in a lot of discourse, much of which was not complimentary to the decision, and further amplifies the broader multi-industry supply chain impacts.

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Today Marks Yet Another Significant Development in Global Trade

Supply Chain Matters points out yet another significant development in global trade that contributes to ever more growing uncertainties for global supply networks. Actions and alternative supply network strategies are already being undertaken.

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Report Indicating an Extraordinary Sense of Urgency for Tesla Model 3 Production

A published report indicates that Tesla is executing extraordinary actions in order to revamp automation of its lithium-ion battery production processes related to higher-volume production of its Model 3 sedan. The move is bold and is likely an indication of a revised strategy related to automation of battery assembly after an initial process faltered.

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