Category: Operations management

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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Tesla’s Q3-2018 Operational Performance Demonstrates Some Progress

While Tesla Motors achieved its third-quarter production milestones, overall operational and delivery challenges remain for the electric auto maker. The Supply Chain Matters blog question is whether new management can once and for all overcome such challenges.

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The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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The Association for Supply Management (ASCM) Announced at the 2018 APICS Conference

At its 2018 Annual Conference APICS 2018 being held in Chicago, the increasingly supply chain management focused educational organization announced the introductory launch of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), essentially a corporate rebranding of APICS.

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Magnitude Software Acquires Every Angle Software in the SAP Analytics Landscape

Application data management provider Magnitude Software announced last week that it has acquired Every Angle Software Solutions, a provider that enables users of SAP-run organizations to optimize their operational intelligence and performance by empowering insightful and flexible business analytics.

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Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort

Electric powered automaker Tesla completed Q2-2018 achieving its critical milestone of producing over 5000 Model 3 vehicles in one week. However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, the achievement was hollow, and not reflective of a sustained production cadence under predictive cost controls.

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Report Indicating an Extraordinary Sense of Urgency for Tesla Model 3 Production

A published report indicates that Tesla is executing extraordinary actions in order to revamp automation of its lithium-ion battery production processes related to higher-volume production of its Model 3 sedan. The move is bold and is likely an indication of a revised strategy related to automation of battery assembly after an initial process faltered.

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A Significant Customer Announcement from Nikola Motor

Anheuser-Busch and Nikola Motor Company have jointly announced an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered Nikola Two semi-trucks. This announcement is significant from two dimensions. It serves as a market endorsement of hydrogen-electric powered Class 8 trucks as a preferred strategy for sustainable-powered heavy-duty vehicles for long-haul transportation services. The announcement further adds credence to investing in an industry disruptor that has definite manufacturing and infrastructure plans.

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A Global Boom Period Brings Challenges and Important Signposts

Multi-industry supply chains are experiencing the most robust activity experienced in seven years. At the same time, many that are experienced in boom and bust cycles know all too-well that periods of rapid business expansion bring lots of operational challenges as well as strategic risks, namely that teams take their eye away from very important tactical and strategic transformational imperatives.

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