Category: China Supply Chain Strategy

February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels

With the bulk of global manufacturing PMI indices now reported for February 2019, one is becoming very apparent is that China’s economic slowdown is having a discernable impact on other regions, perhaps far more accelerated that originally anticipated.

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Potential Pause in Trade Deadlines Not a Time for Supply Network Teams to Rest Easy

Global based supply chain management teams likely exhibited some relief this week regarding important postponements to global trade and tariff actions. Supply Chain Matters is of the view that this is just a pause, and that further diligence will be required.

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Signs of Structural Shifts in High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply and Demand Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary exploring what may be early signs that structural shifts in high tech and consumer electronics supply and demand networks are underway.

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A Supply Chain Matters Podcast with Dr. Parag Khanna, Author of The Future is Asian

Supply Chain Matters blog Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to record a podcast conversation with renowned globalization scholar and international best-selling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The newly released book, The Future is Asian, explores the world, and the future, from the Asian point-of-view, including global supply chain management shifts.

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Tesla Motors Breaks Ground for China Manufacturing Facility and Once Again Declares Aggressive Goals

Amid a highly publicized groundbreaking ceremony, Tesla Motors embarked on construction and operational ramp-up of a new manufacturing plant located in China. Once again, CEO Elon Musk publicly stated aggressive, perhaps unrealistic operational goal setting. The question becomes transferred learning.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues its series of unveiling 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, highlighting a prediction calling for unprecedented levels of global supply network management challenges in the coming year.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues its series of unveiling 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. In this Part One posting, we explore our first prediction as to what to anticipate from an overall economic and activity level perspective.

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Added Reports of Cutbacks Within Apple’s Supply Network Imply Broader Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights added reports related to reduced long-term demand for Apple iPhones, the consequent implications across Apple’s supplier networks, and a likely broader concern for high-tech and consumer electronics supply networks in 2019.

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Apple Shares in Freefall Due to Effect of Product Strategy and Supply Network Implications

Financial headlines this week are keenly focused on a building decline in technology stocks being led by Apple and its perceived shifting of iPhone product strategy that is now cascading across the hardware supply network.

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