Category: Sales and Operations Planning

Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward

U.S. Federal Reserve data related to February factory output levels provides reinforcing evidence of a supply chain and production slowdown underway in the U.S., which has before provided a singular bright spot for activity levels. The open question is whether activity levels will bounce back later in the year.

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February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels

With the bulk of global manufacturing PMI indices now reported for February 2019, one is becoming very apparent is that China’s economic slowdown is having a discernable impact on other regions, perhaps far more accelerated that originally anticipated.

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Potential Pause in Trade Deadlines Not a Time for Supply Network Teams to Rest Easy

Global based supply chain management teams likely exhibited some relief this week regarding important postponements to global trade and tariff actions. Supply Chain Matters is of the view that this is just a pause, and that further diligence will be required.

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Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

The National Retail Federation is forecasting that U.S. retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 percent and 4.4 percent despite some economic cautions. Retail industry customer fulfillment and supply chain management teams should likely be preparing for another active year but with continency planning in-place.

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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Research Report Now Available for Downloading

The Supply Chain Matters blog announces that The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group’s research report, 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, is now available for complimentary downloading.

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Planning Underway for Worst Case Scenarios for Brexit

As the year 2019 kicks-off, industry supply chains are already in contingency planning mode. One clear area of supply chain disruption mitigation is the planning around either a hard or no-Brexit agreement at the close of this quarter.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Industry Supply and Customer Demand Specific

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights industry specific 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains for supply and customer demand network unique challenges anticipated in the coming year.

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