Category: Industry Specific Supply Chain Challenges

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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Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech- January 18, 2019 Edition

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that occurred during the week of January 14, 2019. Included in this week’s highlights are noteworthy announcements from Infor, Microsoft, E2open, JDA Software, Elemica and Walmart.

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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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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

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Supply Chain Matters Top Ten Most Popular Blogs in 2018

Supply Chain Matters Editor Bob Ferrari outlines the ten most popular blog commentaries in 2018 along with close runners-up.

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Airbus and Boeing Report Q4-2018 and Full Year Operational Performance

Both Airbus and Boeing formally reported Q4-2018 and full year operational performance with both aerospace manufacturers missing originally stated full year milestones despite extraordinary efforts in the second-half of the year.

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Profit Warnings from Samsung and LG Electronics Add to Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Concerns

High-tech and consumer electronics bellwether provider Samsung Electronics issued its own profit warning this week followed by LG Electronics. The news coupled to Apple’s prior profit warning add to industry concerns of structural shifting in smartphone markets.

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Breaking News: Apple Resets Revenue Expectations for the Holiday Quarter in a Thud Heard Round the World

In a direct letter to Apple investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook dramatically lowered revenue guidance by $5 billion for the current fiscal quarter that ended on December 31. He further pointed to revenue expectations hampered by supply network constraints.

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Planning Underway for the Worst-Case Scenarios for Brexit

As the year 2019 kicks-off, industry supply chains are already in contingency planning mode. One clear area of supply chain disruption mitigation is the planning around either a hard or no-Brexit agreement at the close of this quarter.

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