U.S. Congress is Debating Legislation to Ban Chinese Branded Railcars from Government Procurement Contracts

A report indicates that the U.S. Congress is moving along legislation that could ban the production of Chinese branded railcars in the United States. From our lens, the legislation is yet another effect of escalating trade tensions, and how politically-motivated actions subsume industry market forces.

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A Note Regarding Site Followers

If social-media based users have not noticed, both Facebook and Twitter are now engaged in proactive efforts to take-down suspicious accounts suspected of being bots for trolling or proliferating fake news or false reports. In its entire existence, the Supply Chain Matters blog has NEVER engaged or participated in a campaign to secure a trove of phantom Twitter followers. While this site, and other credible sites have literarily lost some followers overnight, we remain committed to the quality of our content and to the value we extend to our global based readers.

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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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July 2018 PMI Indices Point to Trade Induced Slowdown in Global Momentum

The various major July 2018 PMI indices reflecting global and major regional manufacturing and supply chain activity have published and provide further indication of what looks to be a global trade induced slowdown in multi-industry supply chain momentum.

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Airbus and Boeing Financial Performances Reinforce that Supply Network Performance is Critical

Both Airbus and Boeing have each reported their first-half 2018 and Q2 financial performance numbers respectively. For both, meeting stated year-end commercial aircraft output goals requires overcoming existing supply network challenges in the coming weeks and months.

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Report Indicating that General Electric Indeed Plans to Pare Down Digital Business Unit

There is a reported significant development in the Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Industrial Internet technology market segment, indicating that General Electric plans to shed parts of its GE Digital business unit.

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Report Highlighting Existing Out-of-Stock Challenges for Ordering Consumer Goods Online

Supply Chain Matters highlights a report released from Grocery Manufacturers Association indicating potential online sales losses for consumer goods due to out-of-stocks.

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