Category: Procurement and Sourcing

Added PPE Shortages Across the United States- A Time for Intervention

In this Supply Chain Matters posting we address the reappearance of critical shortages of medical treatment PPE supplies as COVID-19 virus occurrences continue to spike among certain U.S. States. We advocate that the U.S. must consider a national supply network strategy for deemed critical healthcare delivery support needs.

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Last Week’s Important Milestone- Re-Certification Flights of the Boeing 737 MAX

The Supply Chain Matters blog marks a crucial milestone for commercial aircraft manufacturer Boeing, namely last week’s start of re-certification flights for the 737-MAX aircraft program. Two events, the tragic crashes involving two separate 737 MAX aircraft, and the coronavirus global pandemic have totally impacted the commercial aircraft industry’s multi-year product demand booking and supply network monthly production levels to the negative for many years to come.

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Warnings of Trapped Liquidity in Supply Chains- Be Proactive in Educating CFO’s as to Scenarios and Consequences

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides readers with a editorial commentary on existing warnings of trapped liquidity in global supply chains, and advocates a role of being proactive in educating business CFO’s as to scenarios and consequences of supply risk mitigation.

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Report Indicating That Foxconn to Step Up Production Capabilities in India and Taiwan

The Supply Chain Matters blog has previously called reader attention to moves by global based contract manufacturing services (CMS) provider Foxconn as indicative to high-tech and consumer electronics production strategic supply network sourcing strategies. A published report from Nikkei this week provides added evidence for adding contingency production in India, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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The 2020 State of U.S. Logistics- Battered, Broken and Now Resilience Driven

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The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights and added perspectives to this week’s released 31st Annual State of Logistics Report, prepared by consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics. The themes are that of battered, broken and now resilience driven U.S. logistics industry.

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COVID-19 Disruption and Sense of the Broader Picture- Supply Chain Wide Command Center Mentality

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues with our prior published blog of Supply Chain Meets the Board Room, with updated economic and survey data. While many of our readers are more than likely actually feeling and responding to the impacts of this data, this commentary is one of helping to provide context.

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Supply Chain Meets the Board Room- Getting the Sense of the Broader Business Picture

Supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari highlights a recent supply chain technology conference featuring a Harvard Business School professor, and how current and future supply chain management leaders need to understand and advocate in the language of broader business strategy and outcomes.

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Review of May 2020 Global Supply Chain Activity Levels- Some Bounce Back But Little Cause for Optimism

This Supply Chain Matters blog features a capsule reviews of reported May-2020 global supply chain activity levels in an ongoing effort to provide readers broader perspective from a supply chain management lens as to what the COVID-19 planning and operational disruption is presenting to multi-industry supply chain management teams.

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