Category: Procurement and Sourcing

Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Global and Industry Supply Chains- Update Three

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides its third update on the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on global and regional supply chains and offers suggestions to supply chain management teams in ongoing supply chain risk assessment and mitigation.

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Standard Chartered and Infor Announce Partnership to Leverage B2B Supply Chain Platform

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights this week’s announcement from global financial services banking firm Standard Chartered regarding a strategic agreement to introduce the B2B supply chain focused Infor Nexus network to the Bank’s clients as a means to facilitate digitizing the financial supply chain.

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Added Evidence of Production Shifts Away from China

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a published Nikkei Asia Tech report indicating that Taiwan based Pegatron, the globe’s second-largest contract manufacturing service provider plans to have new production facilities up and running in Indonesia and Vietnam by the end of this year.

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Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Regional and Global Supply Chains Yet to be Determined

Supply Chain Matters Blog Executive Editor and supply chain management industry analyst Bob Ferrari reflects on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak spreading across China and certain global regions and the potential impact on industry supply chains.

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Survey Reinforces Concerns and Year 2020 Impacts Related to Trade Tensions and Tariffs

The Supply Chain Matters log provides highlights of a 2020 Global Survey conducted by LevaData that provides a further validation that tariffs and global trade tensions remain a primary concern among multi-industry manufacturing and supply chain management teams this year.

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Report Reveals Apple’s Procurement Management Practices Which Are Not Necessarily Collaborative

The Supply Chain Matters blog calls attention to a published report exposing Apple’s procurement management practices which are not necessarily collaborative, and which is certain to fuel ongoing debate as to whether extracting aggressive cost savings from suppliers adds to sustaining product innovation.

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Rapidly Changing Business and Supply Chain Landscapes Require Transformational Technology Approaches

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the realities of accelerated clock speed of business change occurring among multi-industry supply chain management landscapes and how application systems and data management impacts are overlooked or underweighted. An argument is made for consideration for upgrading to Cloud and SaaS based applications and IT infrastructure.

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Report Indicating Foxconn Will Open Previously Announced U.S. High Tech Production Facility This Year

A published Bloomberg News report indicates that global contract manufacturer Foxconn Founder Terry Gou has pledged to kick-start the opening of previously announced U.S. based production facility located in the state of Wisconsin.

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Boeing Communicates a Further Delay in Returning 737 MAX to Operational Service

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights this week’s announcement regarding yet another expected delay for the return to global wide operational service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Developments will continue to be forthcoming, and with each, this industry’s aircraft demand and supply response networks will increasingly be further impacted.

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Phase One China and United States Trade Deal Signed- Little Comfort for Industry Supply Chains

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of this week’s signed Please One- China and United States Trade Deal, with the takeaway that the agreement will be of little comfort for industry supply chains that must continue to navigate the uncertainties.

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Highlights of Airbus and Boeing Full Year 2019 Operational Performance- What a Difference a Year Makes

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of the 2019 operational performance of commercial aircraft manufacturer’s Airbus and Boeing. In one year, industry dynamics and market outlooks suddenly look different, and one manufacturer’s corporate crisis is deepening.

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