Welcome and About This Supply Chain Matters Blog

The Supply Chain Matters blog welcomes new readers and provides a background of what this blog is about, the focus of our content coverage areas and topics. We especially welcome new visitors during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic seeking added knowledge and insights on industry and global supply chain impacts and implications.

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COVID-19 and Global Trade Tensions: Updated Industry Supply Chain News Snippets

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on rapidly changing industry developments related to high-tech and semiconductor, commercial aerospace product demand and supply networks, along with escalating trade tensions among the United States and China and added parcel rate hikes from UPS and FedEx involving online customer shipments.

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Aerospace and Defense Industry B2B Technology Platform Provider Exostar Acquired

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the announcement of the acquisition of aerospace, defense and life sciences B2B industry platform provider Exostar LLC. A background and initial impressions perspective is provided by supply chain industry analyst and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari.

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Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari a Recent Guest on Kinaxis Podcast

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a newly recorded Kinaxis Big Ideas in Supply Chain podcast, featuring supply chain technology industry analyst and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari, conversing on the strategies for supply chain planning during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Higher Online Shipping Volumes Invoke More Bottlenecks and Added Costs as Carriers Add New Surcharges

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surge in online ordering activity is taxing carrier networks and performance, and how UPS and FedEx are instituting added surcharges or daily shipping volume restrictions. The result is invariably higher costs for online services for major retailers.

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Physical and Digital Connected Big Rigs- The Goal of Daimler and Platform Science

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a recent strategic partnership announcement from Daimler Trucks North America and Platform Science in providing singular telematics connecting the physical and digital information flows of big rig trucks. The announcement afford the ability of third-party app developers to also leverage access to onboard systems information.

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COVID-19 Industry Disruption- Boeing Initiates Significant Headcount Reductions

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a disappointing milestone across commercial aerospace customer demand and supply networks with Boeing’s initiation of initial workforce reductions of nearly 13,000 workers, and consequent other industry job reductions as well.

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COVID-19 Global Supply Network Sourcing- Where Do We Go From Here?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a multi-industry supply network commentary regarding the brewing business and political influences of policies related to domestic manufacturing and near-shored supply networks among certain industries. Shared are additional thoughts related to assembling the best experts in industry supply sourcing and process technologies to effect more positive outcomes in the post-COVID 19 environment.

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Report of the Likely Bifurcation of Global Smartphone and Telecommunications Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up to a previously published blog, with a separate report specifically predicting the bifurcation of global smartphone and telecommunications supply networks as a result of an announcement by TSMC to build a new state-of-art semiconductor fab facility in the United States.

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Conversation with JAGGAER and the Importance of End to End Information Integration

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a conversation with a Senior Vice President for Customer Engagement at JAGGAER. Our conversation focused on procurement’s role in near, mid, and longer-term windows of direct procurement strategies, with a particular emphasis on why procurement teams must be able to influence more timely decision-making needs in end-to-end supply chain management.

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