Category: Procurement and Sourcing

Tesla’s Battery Day- Aspirations Meet Manufacturing and Supply Network Realities

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights Tesla’s Battery Day event held this week and the aggressive goals established in order to produce 20 million vehicles annually. We share our perspective that lofty goals and under delivering is not the cocktail of long-term success.

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Threats That Tensions Among the U.S. and China in Semiconductor Industry Could Reach Cold War Status

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the latest developments in the escalating trade tensions among the United States and China specifically related to semiconductor industry supply networks. For existing industry supply chain management or strategic procurement teams across the high-tech industry, the implication remains a highly sensitized cycle of geo-political tensions with short and longer-term implications.

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OECD Global Economic Forecast Revised- Uncertainty Remains for Global Product Demand and Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues in our efforts to provide supply chain executives and strategists updated information related to global trade and the global economic climate and its implications to global supply chains. In this posting we highlight the implications of the latest OECD global economic forecast.

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New Global Trade Developments Involving Brexit and China

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights for readers a turn for the worse in the ongoing Brexit Withdrawal talks, and a ruling by the WTO in favor of China. Thus in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 disruption, multi-industry supply chains will have to continue to assess the impacts of a hard Brexit and a more frosted trade relationship and the partial de-coupling of the manufacturing economies of China and the United States.

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COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- September 11, 2020

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a weekly capsule of news reports that have implications for various industry supply chains. With COVID-19 coronavirus news once again on the rise, we provide this feature to assist our readers in their efforts to keep updated on noteworthy developments.

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General Motors Newly Announced Strategic Partnerships Include Supply Network Elements

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights two strategic tie-ups announced by General Motors in a matter of days, one with Honda and one with Nikola Corp. Auto makers continue to lay the groundwork for broader strategic alignments related to engineering, procurement and manufacturing of new models of vehicles.

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Continued Friction in Brexit Talks Again Leads to Brinkmanship

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up to our prior late August update on the status of negotiations concerning the Brexit transition agreement that is due to expire at the end of this year.

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Global Trade on the Increase and Container Shipping Lines Suddenly Benefit

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The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an editorial commentary on global container shipping lines financially benefitting from ability to collective cut-back on capacity availability during the COVID-19 disruption that has impacted so many industry supply chains.

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COVID-19 Industry Supply Chain News Capsule- September 2 2020

The Supply Chain Matters blog re-initiates our weekly capsule of news reports that have implications for various industry supply chains. With COVID-19 coronavirus news once again on the rise, we provide this feature to assist our readers in their efforts to keep updated on noteworthy developments.

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Added Escalation of Trade and High-Tech Supply Network Tensions Among U.S. and China

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues to highlight ongoing political and global trade developments that have impacts to high-tech and consumer electronics supply networks in strategic dimensions.

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Progress Stalls in Brexit Talks

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights latest reports indicating that negotiators representing the European Union and the United Kingdom warning on Friday that they may not be able to ink a detailed deal regarding various details for the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU.

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