Rising Transportation Costs and Supply Chain Disruptions Precipitate Revisiting Sourcing Strategies- Part One
A two-part Ferrari Research Group Advisory commentary addresses why the groundswell of increased concerns being placed on supply chain disruption along with global and domestic transportation cost inflation will be the accelerant for the rethinking and realignment of industry supply chain sourcing strategies.
The purpose of this Supply Chain Matters editorial perspective is to clarify the now more visible realities of global based supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing and logistics teams.
The ongoing challenges and cascading disruptive events whether man-made or natural disaster related have become far more visible and sobering across global markets. It is time for supply chain leaders, if they have not done so thus far, to take a step back to assess the bigger picture particularly related to supply network resiliency, product management strategies and the ongoing physical and mental health of work teams.
In this blog commentary, Supply Chain Matters highlights the significance of broad merchandise retailer Target being cited as 2021 Retailer of the Year by an industry publication. He took five years of transformational effort and the affects of a pandemic to make such recognition obvious.
Voices for New Thinking in Automotive Semiconductor Sourcing, Planning and Manufacturing Grow More Vocal
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary indicating that the voices for new thinking in automotive semiconductor supply sourcing, planning and manufacturing are growing more vocal.
The Supply Chain Matters blog share the belief as to why precision planning and inventory management will be crucial for retail focused supply chain management teams over the coming four months.
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary on Ford Motor and the auto manufacturer’s decision to shift to a partial make-to-order customer fulfillment and distribution strategy for U.S. customers. We applaud Ford’s decision and trust that other automakers will initiate similar new thinking of traditional manufacturing and supply chain practices.
In this Supply Chain Matters commentary we highlight reports of container ship backups growing worse in key ports reflecting increased concerns about whether ongoing seasonal holiday surge inventory can meet expected arrival times.
This Supply Chain Matters editorial commentary provides highlights of added developments specifically related to U.S. supplies of medical PPE and how government and private industry actions still appear not to be aligned.
The Supply Chain Matters blog cites a report indicating direct CFO involvement in component buying decisions related to short supply semiconductors. Editor Bob Ferrari draws a parallel to required new thinking is this new normal of business and supply chain management decision making.
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a look back and current viewpoint of efforts to encourage a U.S. domestic production capability of medical PPE. Based on one domestic supplier’s perspective, optimism still prevails especially around more educated and more risk aware healthcare procurement teams
The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a series of blogs focused on assisting industry supply chain and sales and operations planning teams in their planning for the second half of 2021.
Supply Chain Matters Podcast Episode 13- New Manifestations of Lean and Connected Manufacturing with Richard Lebovitz
The Supply Chain Matters blog announces availability of Podcast Episode 13- New Manifestations of Lean and Connected Manufacturing. Moderator Bob Ferrari speaks with Richard Lebovitz, widely recognized thought leader in lean thinking and just-in-time manufacturing processes and the Founder and CEO of Austin Texas based LeanDNA.