Category: Global trade trends

Q1-2019 PMI Indices Point to Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reported PMI global production and supply chain activity levels for March and Q1-2019. There is now added evidence that global trade declines, particularly involving China and the Eurozone sector, are a continual drag on global industry supply chain activity levels.

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Added Political Developments Related to Brexit Add to Uncertainties

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on added developments related to Brexit and their impacts on multi-industry supply chain contingency plans.

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Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward

U.S. Federal Reserve data related to February factory output levels provides reinforcing evidence of a supply chain and production slowdown underway in the U.S., which has before provided a singular bright spot for activity levels. The open question is whether activity levels will bounce back later in the year.

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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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The Stream of UK Based Automotive Industry Announcements are Not Solely Related to Brexit

Auto workers across the United Kingdom have been reeling from a series of cascading announcements regarding global auto maker’s cutbacks of capacity and production. While many have been quick to cite root cause to the threats of Brexit, Supply Chain Matters points to broader industry developments and unfolding moves as the catalyst.

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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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Global Online Retail Platform Expansion Likely to Become More Challenging

As the new year is about to kickoff, signs of a changed global online business environment are indeed showing presence. They will likely paint a different business picture for the coming months for retailer hopes to expand global wide B2C platform presence.

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