Category: Industry Specific Supply Chain Challenges

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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Global Supply Chain Management Teams- Ready and Able for the 2018 Holiday Customer Fulfillment Surge

This weekend marks the official kickoff of the 2018 holiday customer fulfillment surge period which will once again test months of planning and investment in various people, process and technology deployment areas to manage expected high shipment volumes.

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Apple’s Fiscal Q4 2018 Financial Performance- The Building Realities Hardware Supply Network Segmentation Strategy

Apple stock is in a current downspin after reporting its best quarterly financial performance in the history of the company. With a concern and focus on whether the company’s future iPhone’s strategy will be lower volume, higher margin hardware and related services generated margins, the implication for the supply network segmentation and supplier relationship strategies remain concerning.

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The Supply Chain Matters Q3-2018 Newsletter Has Published

Supply Chain Matters alerts subscribed readers and research clients that our Q3-2018 Quarterly Newsletter has published. Registered blog subscribers will find notification to the Q3 Newsletter in respective email inboxes.

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Tesla Motors Production and Supply Chain Challenges Potentially Take a New Turn

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on Tesla’s production and supply chain management ramp-up challenges, new tell-all reports and a report of a building criminal probe related to Model 3 product ramp-up statements that are casting a much more concentrated eye on the electric auto maker’s operations.

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Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Open World- Dispatch One

This week, Supply Chain Matters Executive Editor Bob Ferrari is attending the Oracle OpenWorld 2018 conference being held in San Francisco. Is this Dispatch One commentary, we highlight some of our initial impressions of Day One.

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Another Example of Investing in Supply Chain Digital Transformative Process Capabilities

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues to highlight current signpost examples in the deployment of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and other advanced technologies in the evolution toward supply chain digital transformative process capabilities.

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Noteworthy Announcement from JD.com- Supporting Domestic China Parcel Delivery

Chinese online commerce provider JD.com made what Supply Chain Matters views as a noteworthy announcement, namely that the E-commerce provider will leverage its own deployed logistics capabilities to offer parcel delivery services across select areas of China to a broader population of consumers and businesses.

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United States Postal Service Proposing Rate Hikes for Amazon and Other Parcel Carriers

The United States Postal Service (USPS), bowing to political headwinds, is proposing a 9 to 12 percent increase in shipping rates for the agency’s Parcel Select services that cater to parcel delivery providers Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and others.

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Airbus and Boeing Report Q3-2018 Operational Performance- A Better Picture but Challenges Remain

Both Airbus and Boeing have reported on operational performance and exited the September 2018 quarter showing signs of supply chain recovery, but Airbus continues to deal with the most significant challenge.

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