LATEST POSTS Welcome and About This Supply Chain Matters Blog | 2021 Global Supply Chain Realities- It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better | Airbus CEO Comments on the State of Commercial Aircraft Supply Networks | Supply Chain Developments Involving Amazon | Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week | United States to Invest $2.7 Billion in Domestic Vaccine Supply Chain | Ford Motor Company’s New Chief Technology and Embedded Systems Officer | Kraft Heinz Fined for Improper Procurement Practices- Lessons to be Learned | Kellogg’s $45 Million Supply Chain Restructuring- Efficiency or Transformation? | Walmart and Amazon Initiate Added Recruitment Programs | Global Production and Supply Chain Activity Noticeably Moderates in August 2021 | Time for Supply Chain Management and Business Leaders to Address Realities and New Thinking | Significance of Retailer Target Cited as 2021 Retailer of the Year | Voices for New Thinking in Automotive Semiconductor Sourcing, Planning and Manufacturing Grow More Vocal | Supply Chain Matters This Week in Supply Chain Tech Edition- August 27 2021 | Boeing’s New Engineering Executive Leadership for Commercial Aircraft Group | Precision Planning and Inventory Management Now Essential for Retailers and Wholesalers | New Crown for the Largest Retailer | Ford Motor Company’s Shift to Make-to-Order Customer Fulfillment | Container Ship Backups Growing Worse in Key Ports | When it Comes to Vaccines- Supply Chain Resiliency Has Active Support | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule Follow-Up August 13 2021 | U.S Senate Passes Massive Infrastructure Investment Legislation | Supply Chain Sustainability Initiatives Are Now Even More Business Critical | Fixing the U.S. Medical PPE Supply Network | Foxconn’s Acquisition of an Auto Semiconductor Production Facility | July 2021 Production and Supply Chain Indices-Constraints and Disruption Abound | A.P. 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Essential for the Second Half of 2021 | Oracle Reports Positive Fiscal Q4 and Full-Year Financial Performance | Breaking News: U.S. and EU Agree to Suspend Commercial Aircraft Tariffs | Supply Chain Matters Podcast Episode 13- New Manifestations of Lean and Connected Manufacturing with Richard Lebovitz | Ongoing Global Product Demand and Supply Imbalance is Worsening | Supply Chain Matters Global Supply Chain News Capsule Follow-Up- June 12 2021 | Report That Apple is More Reliant Than Ever on a China Supply Chain Network | Upcoming Supply Chain Matters Podcast- New Manifestations of Lean and Connected Manufacturing | White House Announces Initial Findings of Executive Order Addressing U.S. Strategic Supply Chains | SAP’s 2021 Sapphire Conference and a Significant Announcement | Perspectives on International Data Group and IDC Being Acquired By Blackstone | Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Capacity Planning- Overcoming Change Management Barriers | Supply Chain Matters This Week 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Industry Supply Network Response: Sampling of Bellwether Companies- Part Three | Apple’s $430 Billion in U.S. Investment- Beyond the Veneer | Supply Chain Material and Component Shortages Magnify Across Industries | Industry Supply Network Response: Sampling of Bellwether Companies- Part Two | Industry and Global Supply Chain Response 2021- Sampling of Bellwether Companies | Technology Perspective on the Post Suez Canal Disruption in Global Logistics | April 2021 Production Data- Global Disruption and Warning Signs Abound | Yet Another Mind Boggling Financial and Operational Performance for Amazon | This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech: April 28 2021 | Latest Quarterly Financial and Operational Performance from UPS Dazzles Investors | Added Developments in Proposed North America Rail Merger | Foxconn Scales-Back Wisconsin Manufacturing Plans- Again | Breaking Supply Chain Tech News- Panasonic to Indeed Acquire Blue Yonder | Supply Chain Matters Blog Earth Day 2021 Message | Global 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Technology | Tesla’s Q1-2021 Operational Performance Wows Investors- Now for the Next Act | The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Production Mix-up- The Message of Stepped-Up Quality Monitoring and Controls | March 2021 PMI Data- Global Production at Full Throttle While Disruption and Warning Signs Abound | The Post Suez Scenario- Be Prepared for the Worst and Plan for the Best Likely | Supply Chain Matters Top 25 Most Read Blogs During 2020- Part Two | One Quantification as to the Cost of Supply Chain Disruptions | Supply Chain Matters Top Most Read Blogs During 2020- Part One | Supporting Supply Chain Digital Transformation- The Need for a Phased Approach | Global Shipping Disasters and Incidents Abound | More Evidence of Oracle’s Cloud Applications Momentum | Zara Provides the Benchmark for Supply Chain Digital Transformation | Global Supply Chain Disruptions Just Keep Coming | Announced Rail Merger for North America Transit Efficiencies | Consumers Have a Role to Play in Reducing Food Waste | Food Waste and the Need for More Agile and Socially Conscious Food Supply Networks- Part Two | Global Supply Chain Challenges More Visible Along with Alignment Needs | Food Waste and the Need for More Agile and Socially Conscious Food Supply Networks- Part One | Foxconn Provides Clearer Indication of the Role of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility | Global Auto Makers Prepare Electric Vehicle Supply Networks | Avery Dennison Announces Connected Product Cloud | Availability of Supply Chain Matters Podcast Episode 11- Discussing 2021 Business Process and Technology Trends with Vinnie Mirchandani | Apple’s Electric Car Development- Speculation Favors Narrower Contract Manufacturing Options | Oracle’s Fiscal Q3-2021 Financial Performance Upbeat Despite Analyst Perceptions | One Year Later- Global Supply Chains Responded When it Counted | Bob Ferrari Speaking Appearances- What Industry Supply Chain Teams Should Expect in 2021 | Report of Pending Sale of Supply Chain Applications Software Provider Blue Yonder | Amazon Takes a Minority Stake in Air Cargo Contractor ATSG | United States and European Union Temporarily Suspend Certain Tariffs | Nationwide Trucking Firm JB Hunt’s Decision to Adopt Adopting Google Cloud | Supply Chain Tech Deals Off to an Accelerated Start- Project44 Again in the News | Walmart is Recruiting a New Supply Chain Leader | Another Potential U.S. Semiconductor Production Facility Investment | Breaking- President Biden Announces Accelerated U.S. Vaccine Supply | February 2021 Global Manufacturing Activity- Added Momentum and Headwinds | Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Expected to Gain U.S. Approval | Toyota’s Response to the Auto Industry-Wide Semiconductor Chip Shortage | Lean Manufacturing for Today’s Customer-Driven Supply Chain | Reports That Foxconn Will Produce Electric Cars for Fisker | 2021 Prediction: More Active Support of Sustainability and CSR Responsibilities in the Wake of COVID-19 | President Biden Orders Executive Review of U.S. Strategic Supply Chains | Kinaxis Files Motion to Dismiss Blue Yonder’s Patent Infringement Lawsuit | Boeing’s Corporate Culture, Engineering and Supply Network Challenges Permeate | Supply Chain Matters COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- February 22 2021 | Insightful Reads- COVID 19 Vaccine and Apple Supply Network Challenges | Walmart’s Blowout Financial Quarter and Redoubling of Investment- Will Strategy Reign | Maersk’s Outstanding Financial Performance Has Implications for Shippers | Natural Disasters- Still a Supply Chain Disruption Risk | Amazon Acquires Start-Up Online Selling Services Provider Selz | 2021 Prediction: More Active Investment, IPO, or M&A in Supply Chain Tech Landscape | Amazon’s CEO Change- What to Watch from a B2C/B2B Supply Chain Management Lens | Responses and Actions to Higher Global Transportation Costs | Auto Industry Semiconductor Shortages- The Challenge of Supply Resiliency and Risk Mitigation | Tesla’s 2020 Financial and Operational Performance- Even More Under the Looking Glass | Mind the Gaps to Overcome the Challenge of Fragmented Supply Chain Data | COVID Vaccine and Administration Planning- The Voice of Supply Chain Sounds So Good | Featuring February 5 2021 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Transportation and Logistics Carriers Benefit in Profits at Expense of Shippers | 2021 Prediction: Escalating Global Transportation and Logistics Costs Require New Thinking | Amazon’s Holiday Quarter and Full Year Financial Performance- Mind Boggling | January 2021 Global Manufacturing Activity Reflects Added Headwinds | Breaking News- Jeff Bezos to Step Aside as Amazon CEO | Apple’s Record-Breaking Holiday Quarter Financial and Operational Performance | Apple Supplier Luxshare Makes Additional Strategic Moves | Peloton’s Customer Delivery Frustrations and Business Impacts | What to Expect in the New Normal- Fostering More Connected Manufacturing and Supply Network Synchronization | 2021 Predictions: Fostering Connected Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operational Synchronization | Oracle Enhances Logistics and Customer Fulfillment Support Capabilities | 2021 Prediction: Omni-Channel Fulfillment Capabilities Essential to Business Growth | Daunting Challenges: COVID-19 Vaccine Production, Logistics and Administration | 2021 Predictions: Acceleration of Supply Chain Digital Transformation Initiatives | Rick Blasgen’s Announced Retirement from CSCMP | Semi-Annual Forecast Reflects Optimism on the Part of Procurement Executives | 2021 Predictions- The Need for Enhanced End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility | Broad Tech Collaboration Addressing Vaccination Credential Initiative | Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 10- Dealing with Online Retail’s Gorilla with Jason Boyce | China’s Economic and Manufacturing Growth in 2020 Was Impressive | Global Retailer Walmart’s Online Chief to Move On | Further Senior Executive Changes at SAP | General Motors Announces Entry Into Electric Powered Commercial Van Segment | Conflicting Data and Concerning Trends Reflected in 2020 Holiday Fulfillment | Geely and Foxconn Form Automobile Contract Manufacturing Partnership | Airbus and Boeing 2020 Full Year Operational Performance- Quite a Contrast | Upcoming Podcast- Dealing with Online Retail’s Gorilla | Update on 2021 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | Boeing Reaches $2.5 Billion Settlement of 737 MAX Criminal Investigation | Semiconductor-Driven Component Shortages Impact Global Auto Producers | Amazon Secures Added Wide-Body Air Cargo Aircraft | Year-End Global Supply Chain Activity Reflects Record Momentum But Noteworthy Signs of Caution | COVID-19 Healthcare Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- January 5 2020 | Tesla Reports Q4 and 2020 Full Year Operational Performance | Here’s to a Better 2021 | The Brexit Period Begins for Industry Supply Chains | Another Report of Troubling Labor Concerns Involving an Apple Supplier | What Should Supply Chain Management Teams Expect in the Coming Year: Global Supply Network Challenges Remain with Resiliency Strategies Essential | SAP Qualtrics Now Destined for Formal IPO | What Should Supply Chain Management Teams Expect in the Coming Year: Global Economic and Financial Forecasts | Breaking News- Deal Reached for Brexit | Added Investment and M&A Within the Supply Chain Technology Market | What to Expect in 2021- Summary of Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | Video Appearance by Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari | Developments Involving Amazon | Added Reports Related to Worker Unrest Among Apple Contract Manufacturers | Brexit Talks Miss Another Deadline and Contingency Plans Remain Essential | COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- December 19 2020 | GE Appliance Adds a Timely New Product and U.S. Based Manufacturing Line | Blue Yonder Suing Kinaxis for Patent Infringement | Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 9- The New (Ab) Normal with MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi | COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Begins Across the United States | Reports of Worker Violence at Apple iPhone Factory in India | Oracle to Move Corporate Headquarters to Austin Texas | Oracle’s Fiscal Q2-2020 Financial Performance is Upbeat | Upcoming Episodes of the Supply Chain Matters Podcast Series | Supply Chain Planning Optimization Applied to Vaccine Supply Management | Boeing Completes First Post-Grounding Delivery of a Completed 737 MAX Aircraft | Amazon Sellers Concerned About Holiday Inventory Constraints | Featuring December 5 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Reality Check- Prepare for No Agreement Brexit | News of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Production Cutback- Reality of Concurrent Demand and Supply Network Processes | Mixed Results for Cyber Monday and Online Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Sales | November’s Global Supply Chain Activity- More Resilient Momentum | COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- November 30 2020 | Preliminary Black Friday Shopping Data Confirms Permanent Changes in Retail Shopping | Black Friday Shopping Holiday- Amazon Telegraphs Capacity Constraints | Revisiting 2020 Predictions for Multi-Industry and Global Supply Chains | Highlighting Select COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Survey Data | Report That Foxconn Wisconsin Production Facility Has a Lifeline | Parallel Supply Chain Virtual Summits and Stark Contrasts | The Advent of WMS Accelerator Technology to That of Data Convergence- Part Four | The Holiday Fulfillment Quarter and the Next Milestone for Supply Chain Teams | Added Developments Concerning Apple’s Supply Network | Boeing 737 MAX Receives Initial FAA Go-Ahead to Fly | Skirting Import Tariffs by Creativity | COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- November 16 2020 | The Digital Transformation of Capacity Planning Management | Global Trade Developments: One of Continued Brexit Brinkmanship and One of New Beginning | China’s 2020 Online Singles Day Shopping Festival Establishes Yet Another Shopping Record | Kinaxis Reports Third Quarter Financial Performance | Featuring November 10 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | October’s Global Production and Supply Chain Activity Reflects Continued Momentum | Reports of Key Component Shortages for the Apple iPhone 12 | Revelation That Tesla Was Very Close to Bankruptcy | Reshoring of PPE in the United States- Fallon and Shawmut Collaboration in Massachusetts | China’s Leaders Develop Framework for the Nation’s Next Five-Year Plan | Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 8: Trends and Changing Skills Needs for Procurement Management Professionals | Breaking Supply Chain Tech News: Coupa Software Acquiring Llamasoft | The Multi-Industry Supply Chain Management Themes in 2021 | Yet Another Blowout Financial Quarter for Amazon | Boeing Announces Plans to Reduce Additional Headcount | COVID-19 Supply Chain Response: Reckitt Benckiser and Procter and Gamble | COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- October 27 2020 | Breaking: SAP Cuts Revenue and Profitability Outlook | Highlights of the 2020 Kinaxis Customer Conference- Part One | This Week in Supply Chain Tech- Alibaba’s $3.6 Billion Incremental Investment in Sun Art Retail. | Demand and Supply Network Challenges Like No Other: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution | Apple’s iPhone 12 Product Launch This Week- The Time of Execution Response is At-Hand | China Likely to be the Savior of Global Economic Growth According to IMF | Supply Chain Matters Q3-2020 Newsletter Published | Breaking Supply Chain Tech News- E2open to Become a Publicly Traded Company | Reports Indicate Foxconn Does Not Qualify for Proposed U.S. Production Financial Incentives | Shopify on a Mission to be an Amazon Alternative | Once Again, Brexit Withdrawal Talks Move to Brinkmanship Condition | India Offers Lucrative Incentives to Attract Smartphone and Electronics Manufacturers | Supply Chain Matters Interviews Nirav Patel- New CEO of Bristlecone | The Next Challenge for Supply Chain Management Teams- The Holiday Fulfillment Quarter Begins | Tesla Motors Q3 Operational Performance- Extraordinary and Again Concerning | Q3 Global Production and Supply Chain Activity Reflects Continued Momentum | This Week in Tech: Uber Sells Stake in Uber Freight to Private Investors | Another Cyberattack Involving Global Shipping- Second in One Week | COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- October 2 2020 | Breaking: Boeing Announces Consolidation of 787 Dreamliner Production to South Carolina | The Advent WMS Accelerator Technology- Part Three: Synchronized Logistics and More Integrated Inventory Movements | The Notions of Retailer Target’s Online Fulfillment Business Transformation | Highlights of This Week’s Oracle Cloud Applications Virtual Online Event | Breaking- Ocean Container Line CMA CGM Impacted by Reported Cyberattack | Announcing Published Research Advisory: The Future of Online Customer Fulfillment- More Flexible and Digital Based Warehouse Automation | Featuring September 26 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Tesla’s Battery Day- Aspirations Meet Manufacturing and Supply Network Realities | Supply Chain Matters Upcoming Virtual Appearances | Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 7- Challenges and Opportunities for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry Patient Demand and Supply Networks | New Economist Report: Supply Chain Resilience for an Era of Turbulance | Intel Announces Enhanced Internet of Things Technology Enablement | Announcing Published Research Advisory- New Rules for Supply Chain Insights, Collaboration and Resiliency | Workforce Realignment and Restructuring Across Global Logistics and Retail Customer Fulfillment | Threats That Tensions Among the U.S. and China in Semiconductor Industry Could Reach Cold War Status | OECD Global Economic Forecast Revised- Uncertainty Remains for Global Product Demand and Supply Networks | U.S. Congressional Report Faults Boeing and the FAA for 737 MAX Failures | New Global Trade Developments Involving Brexit and China | Leadership History Made in a Classic Industry | Boeing’s Added Reputational Challenge- 787 Dreamliner Production Quality Lapses | COVID-19 Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruption News Capsule- September 11, 2020 | General Motors Newly Announced Strategic Partnerships Include Supply Network Elements | Continued Friction in Brexit Talks Again Leads to Brinkmanship | Walmart and Its New Online Customer Membership Program | Global Trade on the Increase and Container Shipping Lines Suddenly Benefit | COVID-19 Industry Supply Chain News Capsule- September 2 2020 | Global Supply Chain Activity Levels Rise Again in August 2020 | Best Buy’s Financial And Operational Results Not Bad Considering Inventory Constraints | Market Entry of WMS Accelerator Technology Provider AutoScheduler.AI | Added Escalation of Trade and High-Tech Supply Network Tensions Among U.S. and China | Hurricane Laura Makes Its Mark on Louisiana | COVID and Now Hurricane Laura | Target and Lowe’s Join Other Select Retailers in Ground-Breaking Performance | Further External Recognition | Progress Stalls in Brexit Talks | Breaking Industry New- Number Two Senior Executive at Amazon to Retire | Aquiline Drones Expands Operations and Launches Commercial Drone Pilot Program | The Advent of the WMS Accelerator- Part One | COVID-19 Industry Supply Chain News Capsule- August 19 2020 | Home Improvement Retailer Home Depot Benefits from COVID-19 Demand | Walmart’s Latest Impressive Financial and Operational Performance | The Stakes for US Online Retail Dominance Become Far More Visible- The Operational Test | Report indicating Foxconn is Moving Toward a More Regionalized Supply Network Strategy | The Supply Chain Matters Q2-2020 Newsletter Has Published | United States Moves to Boost Domestic Production of Essential Healthcare Products- We Warned You | How to Leverage Technology in Responding to COVID-19 Challenges | Featuring August 8 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Carriers Putting an Added Cost Squeeze to Online Commerce and Retail Providers | Global Supply Chain Activity Levels Again Rise in July- Remain Diligent | COVID-19 Response for Cleaning and Disinfecting Product Producers- A Mixed Bag for Agility and Pivoting- Part Two | COVID-19 Response for Cleaning and Disinfecting Product Producers- A Mixed Bag for Agility and Pivoting- Part One | Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 5 Featuring Jay Muelhoefer: Helping Companies in Establishing a Digital Foundation | Amazon’s Blowout Q2- Beyond the Financial Headlines | Week of Bad Economic News for Industry Supply Chains | Airbus and Boeing Financial Performance Portends More Challenges Ahead for Industry Supply Chains | Another CEO Appointment with Supply Chain Management Background | Supply Chain Matters Podcast Series Now Available on Apple Podcasts | Intel’s Hint at Outsourcing Semiconductor Production Rocks Wall Street- What ii Implies | Reshoring of Medical PPE Production in the United States- Jabil’s Response | SAP Announces Plans for Qualtrics IPO | SAP Announced Q2 and Mid-Year Financial Performance Results | Commercial Aerospace Industry Update- Contrast in Strategy and Outlook | Supply Chain Matters Podcast Episode 4 Featuring Bob Ferrari and Victor Meyer | Supply Chain Matters Guest Commentary: Building, Not Breaking the Supply Chain Backbone | Articulating Business and Supply Chain Digital Transformation- Replacement Tire Distribution | Featuring July 17 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Tesla’s New U.S. Production Facility Reportedly Shortlisted to Two Sites | E2open Makes a Second Bold Announcement Relative to B2B Seat Pricing | Highlights of Oracle’s Fiscal Q4 and Full Year Performance- New Signposts | Report of U.S. Wide Inventory Stock Out Challenges for Consumer-Packaged Goods | Online Grocery Fulfillment Requires Concerted Analysis | Added PPE Shortages Across the United States- A Time for Intervention | Tesla Motors Q2 Operational Performance- Extraordinary and Concerning | Announcing Podcast Episode 3 Featuring Bob Ferrari and Dr. Parag Khanna | Last Week’s Important Milestone- Re-Certification Flights of the Boeing 737 MAX | Global Production and Supply Chain Activity Levels Rise in June- Is This a Sign of a Turnaround? | The Day Has Come- Industry Supply Chains Brace for the Start of the USMCA Trade Agreement | Featuring Supply Chain Matters Podcast- Episode 2 with Bob Ferrari and Jon Chorley of Oracle | Warnings of Trapped Liquidity in Supply Chains- Be Proactive in Educating CFO’s as to Scenarios and Consequences | Logistics Cloud Platform Provider FarEye Announces Sales Partnership with Blue Yonder | Faster Container Ship Alternative Addresses the COVID-19 and Online Retailing Need for Added Agility | Amazon’s Acquisition of Zoox- All about Robotic Taxi Delivery | McCormick and Company’s Supply Chain Responds to the COVID-19 Disruption | Highlights of the Kinaxis Planning for the New Normal Online Event | Report Indicating That Foxconn to Step Up Production Capabilities in India and Taiwan | The 2020 State of U.S. Logistics- Battered, Broken and Now Resilience Driven | Sharing Initial Impressions of SAP’s Sapphire NOW Annual Customer Conference | The Supply Chain Matters Podcast – Episode One | COVID-19 Disruption and Sense of the Broader Picture- Supply Chain Wide Command Center Mentality | Supply Chain Meets the Board Room- Getting the Sense of the Broader Business Picture | Kinaxis Announced Acquisition of Rubikloud Technologies- Enhanced Machine Learning and Retail Industry Presence | Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari Featured in Forbes Report | Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Data Science in the Supply Chain: Accessible, Affordable, and Effective | Fast Fashion Creator Zara Begins Pivot to the Future of Post COVID-19 Retailing | Perspectives on B2B Supply Chain Network Provider Elemica’s Announced CEO Change | Descartes Systems Acquires UK Based Cracking Logistics Limited | E2open Makes a Bold In-Transit Visibility Announcement- Changing Market Dynamics? | Kinaxis Initiates Added Supply Chain Agility Program | BluJay Solutions Announced Transportation Modeling Application- Building on Llamasoft’s Cloud Platform | Review of May 2020 Global Supply Chain Activity Levels- Some Bounce Back But Little Cause for Optimism | COVID-19 and Global Trade Tensions: Updated Industry Supply Chain News Snippets | Aerospace and Defense Industry B2B Technology Platform Provider Exostar Acquired | Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari a Recent Guest on Kinaxis Podcast | COVID-19 Higher Online Shipping Volumes Invoke More Bottlenecks and Added Costs as Carriers Add New Surcharges | Physical and Digital Connected Big Rigs- The Goal of Daimler and Platform Science | Kimberly-Clark’s Newly Appointed Chief Supply Chain Officer- A Diversified Background with Manufacturing Depth | COVID-19 Industry Disruption- Boeing Initiates Significant Headcount Reductions | COVID-19 Global Supply Network Sourcing- Where Do We Go From Here? | Report of the Likely Bifurcation of Global Smartphone and Telecommunications Supply Networks | Conversation with JAGGAER and the Importance of End to End Information Integration | Target’s Q1 Financial Performance- Prior Investments in Omni Channel Online Fulfillment Capabilities Payoff | Breaking Supply Chain Technology News- Panasonic Taking an Equity Stake in Blue Yonder | Financial Planning Scenario Modeling Just as Important for the COVID-19 Business Environment | Walmart Fiscal Q1 Financial Performance- Online Capabilities Boost Revenues and Agility | Semiconductor Supply Network Developments Accelerate Among the United States and China- A Sign to Even More Trade Tensions and Disruption Risk | COVID-19 Learning- The Changing Requirements for Automated Online Customer Fulfillment | Is Apple Really Encouraging an Alternative Contract Manufacturer to Foxconn? | SAP Addressing Cyber Security Gaps in Certain Cloud Platforms | Tesla Motors CEO Defies Local Health Authorities in Restarting Production | Signs of Geographic Strategic Sourcing Changes Among Semiconductor Supply Networks | COVID-19 Response: Supply Chain Matters Shoutout to the Hershey Company | COVID-19 Disruption: Review of First Quarter 2020 Industry Supply Chain Response | Noted Amazon Development Executive Resigns Over Online Provider’s Social Responsibility Actions | Review of Q1-2020 Economic and April Supply Chain Activity Levels | Apple Leverages Clout and Influence to Attempt Aggressive New Product Introductions Within the Shadows of COVID-19 | Added Survey Data Related to COVID-19 Impacts on Electronic Component Production and Lead Times- Discovery Process Now Underway | Prioritizing Applications Software and Technology Investments for the COVID-19 New Normal | Commercial Aircraft Industry COVID-19 Impacts: Airbus Modifies Financial Outlook Amid Much More Direct Messaging | Supply Chain Matters Q1-2020 Newsletter Has Published | Boeing Reportedly Terminating Embraer Acquisition Deal | CSCMP Announces Availability of EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment Index | Saluting COVID-19 Supply Chain Heroes: Employees of Braskem America Marcus Hook PA Facility | COVID-19: Snippets of Added Industry and Global Supply Chain Learning | Another SAP Senior Leadership Change Portends Added Developments to Come | Boeing Attempts Phased Return of Aircraft Production Amid Corporate Restructuring and Hard Messages | Foxconn Accelerates High Tech Value Chain Integration Capabilities – A Potential Political Minefield for Apple | Major Supply Chain Disruption- History is Often a Prevailing Reference | Impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic on Q1-2020 Global Production and Supply Chain Activity | Featuring April 17 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | COVID-19 Response- An Opportunity Lost for Many Online Grocery and Food Delivery Providers | Kinaxis- A Continued Sponsor of the Supply Chain Chain Matters Blog in 2020 | Commercial Aerospace Industry’s New Reality for Product Demand and Supply Networks is Suddenly Upended. | Koch Industries Completes Acquisition of Cloud ERP and B2B Supply Chain Technology Provider Infor | Kearney Reshoring Index Study Sheds Light on Notable Shifts in Supply Sourcing Prior to COVID-19 Disruption | Healthcare Supply Chains- The Critical Link in COVID-19 Virus Containment and Treatment: What Have We Learned and a Call to Action | Promote and Reinforce Key Messages and Takeaways From Your Online Event | Impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak on March 2020 Global Production and Supply Chain Activity | Sharing Offers of Conditional Complimentary Supply Chain Management Technology – Update Four | Quantitative Data Addressing the COVID-19 Inventory Policy Vulnerability of Global Based Supply Chains | Highlights of This Week’s ToolsGroup TG-20 Annual Customer Conference | Perspective on Multi-Industry Supply Chain Management Strategy in the Post COVID-19 Era | Latest Survey Related to COVID-19 Impacts on Electronic Component Production and Lead Times- More Revealing Results | Sharing Offers of Conditional Complimentary Supply Chain Management Technology – Update Three | COVID-19: The Condition is Flashing Urgent for Healthcare Supply Chain Prioritization Across the United States | One Quantification of Supply Chain Planning Technology Usage During COVID-19 Supply Chain Response | Revisiting 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains in a Post COVID-19 World | Airbus and Boeing Both Impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Implications | Efforts Underway to Expand COVID-19 Response Availability of Critically Needed Healthcare Products and Materials | Sharing Offers of Conditional Complimentary Supply Chain Management Technology – Update Two | Featuring Supply Chain Matters March 20 2020 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech | Oracle Elects to Cancel Modern Business Experience Online Event | Sharing Offers of Conditional Complimentary Supply Chain Management Technology in the Midst of COVID-19 | Words of Wisdom- Time for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Prioritization Across the United States | Amazon Succumbs to Fear Based Buying – Announces Revised Inventory Management Practices and Added Hiring | Costco Wholesale Announces One Billion Acquisition of Last Mile Logistics Provider Innovel Solutions | Survey Related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Impacts on Electronic Component Production and Lead Times | Just in Time Inventory Management Methodology May Be Little Help During and After the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak Without Modification | Supply Chain Matters Reader Update Regarding Ongoing COVID-19 Global Outbreak | Healthcare Related Supply Chains are Indeed the Critical Link in COVID-19 Virus 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Part Three | OpenText Announces Completion of Carbonite Acquisition | Happy Holidays | Next Up for Retail Supply Chains- The Spike of Merchandise Returns | Breaking: Boeing CEO Fired in Wake of 737 MAX Growing Crisis- Initial Supply Network Implications | Supply Chain Matters 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Detailed- Part Two | Featuring December 20 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | A Featured Interview on the Supply Chain State of the Union | Supply Chain Matters 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Detailed- Part One | Headlines Relating FedEx and Amazon Portend a Tale of What is to Come | What Should Supply Chain Management Teams Expect in the Coming Year: Summary of 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | Boeing Indeed Announces Temporary Suspension of 737 MAX Production With Added Implications | More Episodes of Romaine Lettuce Contamination Across the U.S.: What is Advanced Technology’s Purpose? | 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Moeller Maersk Q3-2019 Financial Performance- Signs of Shipping Volume Declines | Revisit of Ferrari Consulting and Research Group 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One | New Research on Overcoming Supply Chain Planning Digital Transformation Challenges | The Digital Supply Chain and the Relationship of Geospatial Technology | The Consequences of the Largest Branded U.S. Dairy Producer Declaring Bankruptcy | Tesla Motors to Build Factory in Europe | China’s Singles Day Global Shopping Festival Establishes Online Sales Record | Supply Chain Matters Guest Blog: Five Simple Steps to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Data With PIM | Stepping Stones for Supply Chain Digital Transformation in Customer Fulfillment and Supply Chain Execution | Alibaba to Increase Equity Stake in Logistics Unit Cainaio | China’s 2019 Singles Day Global Shopping Festival Kicks-Off This Weekend | Featuring November 8 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | New Jabil 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Acquires AI Technology Services Provider Opex Analytics | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Kinaxis 2019 Customer Conference- Part Two | Boeing 737 MAX Grounding Crisis Update- New Information Related to Aircraft Design and Testing Revelations | The Passing of Mark Hurd | The Increased Importance of Ethical Supply Chain Commitments in Today’s Global Business Landscapes | Synchronized Stagnation and What It Means for Global Supply Chain Teams in 2020 | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Kinaxis 2019 Customer Conference- Part One | Opportunity Awaits: Consider Being a Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters During 2020 | Next Week: Supply Chain Matters Attending Kinexions 2019 | Boeing 737 MAX Grounding Crisis Update- CEO Stripped of Chairman Role | Announced Truce in U.S. and China Trade Agreement is Ambiguous | The Lessons of Rent the Runway Span Beyond a Warehouse Disruption | Breaking- Sudden Leadership Change for SAP Portends Added Moves | Tesla Motors and the Importance of Win-Win Strategic Supplier Relationships | What Supply Chain Management Teams Should Expect During This Holiday Fulfillment Quarter | Another Burden for Industry Supply Chains- Imposition of U.S. Import Tariffs on EU Produced Products | Tesla Motors Reports Record Delivery Performance but Continues to Disappoint Wall Street | One Benefit of Escalating Trade Conflicts- Growing Need for Trade Specialists | General Motors Work Stoppage Continues With the Stakes Growing Larger | Global Supply Chain Management Activity Clearly Flashing Contraction | Your SAP ERP Cloud and Supply Chain Management Application Upgrade Paths- Many Cautionary Signposts Exist | Featuring September 27 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech | Preparing 2020 Product Sourcing Scenarios in the Light of Ongoing Global Trade Conflicts- Listen to Insiders | NTSB Recommends 737 MAX Aircraft Flight Control Design Changes | Motivations for Amazon’s Announced Acquisition of Rivian Electric Powered Delivery Vans | Breaking News- Boeing to Establish Permanent Board Level Safety Committee | Perspectives on the ASCM and Deloitte Joint Announcement of a Supply Chain Digital Capabilities Model | Contrast in Political Influence: Apple Can Continue to Build Mac Pro Computers in the United States | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2019- Summary Impressions | Added Evidence That Small and Medium Sized Businesses are Especially Impacted by Ongoing Global Trade Conflicts | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld- Part Five | North America Automotive Supply Chains Should Prepare for Longer-Term Disruption | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2019- Part Four | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2019- Part Three | FedEx’s Latest Financial Performance Provides a Narrative of What is to Come | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2019- Part Two | The Supply Chain Matters Blog is Back: Oracle OpenWorld 2019 Attendance | Supply Chain Matters Taking a Brief Pause | Potential Added Delay in Returning Boeing 737 MAX to Service Has Supply Network Implications | Report Indicates That Supply Chain Management Teams are neglecting Their Gen X Talent | Not the New Normal for Global Wide Supply Chain Management Teams | A Different Best Buy Narrative for Omni-Channel and Supply Chain Network Fulfillment | The Increased Importance of Global Trade Management process Support Technology | An Escalating U.S. and China Trade War- Others Weigh In as to What Now in Negotiations | The Notions of Senior Executive Changes Among Consumer Product Goods Businesses and Supply Chain Management | Added Developments and Inconsistencies Related to Escalation of U.S. and China Trade War | Report Indicates Aggressive Future Production Planning Assumptions by Boeing | August 23 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Breaking News: China Retaliates with Added Tariffs and Trump Responds with an Order for U.S. Companies to Exit China | Response to the 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Production Suspension Card | No Deal Brexit Now a Real Possibility for Multi-Industry Supply and Demand Networks | Amazon and the High Financial Cost of One-Day Shipping | Q2-2019 Newsletter Has Published | Tesla Motors Q2 Financial Results Disappoint and Add Additional Pressures Toward Operational Performance | Chinese Branded Railcars and Buses- A Potential Different U.S. Market Presence and Lost Opportunity | BCG Report Outlines Blockchain Technology Use Cases in Factory of the Future | SAP’s Q2-2019 Financial Performance Provides Added Signposts | This Week in Supply Chain Tech- July 29 2019 Edition | BMW Appoints Another CEO with an Operations Management Background | The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Expands North American Presence | Airbus and Boeing Reports of Q2-2019 Performance- Extraordinary Challenges for Boeing Continue | Announcing Availability of Newly Published Research Advisory- Integrating Agile Postponement | Supply Chain Matters Guest Blog: How Do You Attract New Grads to Supply Chain Management? | Amazon’s $700 Million Workforce Investment- A Clear Sign of the Ongoing Talent Crisis | OpenText and Mastercard Announce Joint Partnership in Digital Finance Services | Implications of This Week’s OpenText and Google Joint Partnership Announcement | This Week: Supply Chain Matters Attending OpenText Enterprise World 2019 | The Change and Opportunity of New Product Leadership for Apple | The Fourth of July Holiday Fireworks Supply Chain | Tesla Motors Q2-2019 Operational Performance Improves | Q2-2019 Indices Reinforce Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Network Activity Levels | Other Trade Developments Stemming from Last Week’s G-20 Trade Meeting | Temporary Cease Fire in the Ongoing Trade War Among the U.S. and China Brings Added Challenges | A Further Setback for the Boeing 737 MAX Global Grounding | June 28 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Bombardier Bows Out of Commercial Aircraft 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to Avoid Tariffs | FedEx Elects to Not Renew Air Express Contract Services for Amazon | Guest Commentary: Win the War for High-Performing Supply Chain Talent | Oracle and Microsoft Announce a Cloud Interoperability Technology Partnership | Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches State of Contraction | Additional Ongoing Challenges for Tesla Motors and its Supply Network | Trump Administration’s Sudden Actions to Initiate Retaliatory Tariffs on Mexico Imports is Unprecedented and Concerning | May 31 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Additional Blockchain Alliance Announcement in the Ocean Container Industry Segment | Escalation of Global Trade Conflict or Weaponization of High-Tech Supply and Demand Networks? – Organizations Need to Assess | Retailer Target Corp Reports Impressive Q1-2019 Financial Performance | Ongoing Brexit Developments Churn Added Uncertainties and New Business Casualties | Walmart’s Q1 Financial Performance Extends Sales Growth Momentum | Are Heightened U.S. and China Trade Tensions Now at the Tipping Point? | May 17 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech | News Related to Apple’s iPhone Supply Network | Breaking News- United States to Reportedly Announce Lifting of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Involving Canada and Mexico | Resolving a Path Forward for Business and SCM Transformation in SAP Business Systems Landscapes | Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounding Crisis- May 15 2019 Update | FDA Approves Drug Safety Act Technology Pilot Submission | Report of Machine-Learning Based Supply Chain Planning Applied to a Spirits Based Supply Chain | E2open and Amber Road Announce Definitive Acquisition Agreement | Report Highlights a Spotlight on Employee Pressures to Meet Bonus Targets Can Lead to Negative Consequences | Breaking: China and U.S. Trade Talks Now at Impasse | May 10 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Latest Salary and Career Survey Focused on Supply Chain Management Professionals Provides Optimistic Findings | Highlights of the 2019 SAP Sapphire Customer Conference | Published Report Indicating Large Number of SAP Systems Potentially Exposed to Cyber Security Theft | U.S. and China Trade Talks Reach a Critical Stage | Strategic Move to Protect a Technology and its Supply Network | Boeing 737 MAX Grounding Crisis- May 1 2019 Update | Q1 Financial Performance Reports: Added Evidence of Multi-Industry Global Supply Chain Slowdown | Announced Collaborative Partnership Among U.S. and Canada Based Supply Chain Professional Organizations | April 26 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech | SAP’s Q1-2019 Financial Performance Provides Important Signposts and Concerns | Announcing Availability of Newly Published Research | Our Q1-2019 Newsletter Has Published | Thoughts on Supply Chain Digital Transformation | Foxconn’s Investment in the United States Now a Far Different Scenario | Concerning Report on Boeing 787 Dreamliner Production Processes | One Benefit of the Boeing 737 MAX Grounding- Added Design and Maintenance Checks | Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Global Grounding- April 18 2019 Update | Report Confirms Foxconn Will Initiate Production of Latest Model iPhones in India | Could Another KFC UK Prepared Chicken Crisis Be in the Works? | Reports That China Online provider JD.com is Cutting Back | April 12 2018 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech | Amazon Air and Other Air Cargo Pilots Protest Work Rules and Compensation | Report of Scaling Back of Plans to Expand Capacity of Tesla Battery Gigafactory | Commercial Aerospace- Airbus and Boeing Report Q1-2019 Operational Performance | Global Supply Chain Management Teams Need to Practice Offense and Defense Relative to Global Trade Landscapes | Arconic- An Example of Commercial Aircraft Supply Network Weak Link Conflicts | Announced High Level Senior Executive Departures and Re-Shuffling at SAP | Breaking- Boeing to Temporarily Cutback on Monthly 737 Aircraft Production | Tesla Motors Reports Disappointing Q1-2019 Production and Delivery Performance | Q1-2019 PMI Indices Point to Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Activity Levels | Perspectives on the Boeing 737 MAX Global Aircraft Grounding Crisis- April 3, 2019 Update | Global Transportation and Logistics Services Providers DSV and Panalpina to Merge | Amazon Moves to Cut Food Prices at Whole Foods Stores and Online | Is Today April Fools Day in Global Trade or Another Chapter in Industry Supply Chain Risk Mitigation? | How Internal Application to Application Integration Drives Added Efficiencies Across the Digital Ecosystem | Current and Forecasted Severe Flooding Across the U.S. Midwest Adds to Risks of Agricultural Supply and Surface Transportation Disruption | March 29 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Technology | Perspectives Relative to the Boeing 737 MAX Global Aircraft Grounding Crisis- March 29 2019 Update | Ocado Inks Another Online Robotic Technology Partnership Deal | Airbus Announces Significant Commercial Aircraft Deal with China | Report of Malware Emanating From a Supply Chain Computer Backdoor | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Summary Impressions | Added Political Developments Related to Brexit Add to Uncertainties | Supply Chain Matters Additional Perspectives Relative to the Boeing 737 MAX Global Aircraft Grounding Crisis | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Four | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Three | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Two | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part One | Government Report of U.S. Factory Activity in February Again Trended Downward | Preliminary Indication of Pilot Error in Fatal Atlas Air Cargo Crash | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference Next Week | This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning | More Developments Related to the Boeing 737 MAX Tragedies | Purdue University Researchers Quantify How Current U.S. Trade Policies Have Multi-Billion Dollar Negative Impacts on Agricultural Markets | Report of Panic Among Some Amazon Suppliers | Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX Tragedy Adds Urgency for Boeing and Air Safety Regulators | Kinaxis- A Continued Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog in 2019 | Opportunities Remain for More Responsive Hospital Supply Chain Management | March 8, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Management Technology | New Developments Compound Supply and Demand Network Challenges for Tesla Motors | Additional Background Related to Kroeger’s Investment in Future Online Fulfillment Capabilities | February 2019 Global PMI Indices Point to Discernable Slowdown in Demand and Supply Activity Levels | Multiple 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Announcement for Factory of the Future IoT Technology Support | Signs of Structural Shifts in High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply and Demand Networks | The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Officially Launches Today | Reports of Softening U.S. Trucking Rates and Rising Global Logistics M&A are Not Coincidence | A Supply Chain Matters Podcast with Dr. Parag Khanna, Author of The Future is Asian | The IMF Revises its Global Economic Outlook Downward | Today’s Tesla Motors Workforce Reduction Announcement- An Additional Painful Reality Check | Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech- January 18, 2019 Edition | Report of Current CEO Sentiment Levels Turning Cautious Has Implications for Supply Chain Management Transformation Initiatives | Tesla Motors Breaks Ground for China Manufacturing Facility and Once Again Declares Aggressive Goals | Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year | Implications of the Revised CPTPP Trade Agreement Now in Effect Among Asian Nations are Already Becoming Visible | Great References for Preparing for the Future Role of Business Translator | Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech | Supply Chain Matters Top Ten Most Popular Blogs in 2018 | Airbus and Boeing Report Q4-2018 and Full Year Operational Performance | Profit Warnings from Samsung and LG Electronics Add to Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Concerns | Report That Maersk Line Looks Toward Added Acquisitions in Logistics | 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Research Report Now Available for Downloading | Report Indicates that Airbus Nearly Accomplished its 2018 Full Year Production Goal | Breaking News: Apple Resets Revenue Expectations for the Holiday Quarter in a Thud Heard Round the World | Planning Underway for Worst Case Scenarios for Brexit | Tesla Motors Reports Q4 and Full-Year 2018 Production and Delivery Performance | 2019 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Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Conference | Noteworthy Announcement from JD.com- Supporting Domestic China Parcel Delivery | The Final Act of an Iconic Retail Brand- Sears | United States Postal Service Proposing Rate Hikes for Amazon and Other Parcel Carriers | The Supply Chain Matters Blog is GDPR Compliant | Supply Chain Matters in Attendance at Kinexions18 Conference Next Week | Airbus and Boeing Report Q3-2018 Operational Performance- A Better Picture but Challenges Remain | Hurricane Michael Threatens Florida Panhandle and U.S. Southeast Region | Upcoming Holiday Fulfillment Period Provides Added Challenges and New Opportunities | Trade and Tariff Tensions Spawn Different Business and Supply Network Planning Assumptions for 2019 | Tesla’s Q3-2018 Operational Performance Demonstrates Some Progress | Global Supply Chain Activity Dips in Q3- More Signs of a Trade Induced Slowdown | From NAFTA to USMCA- A Step Back from the Precipice and the Realities of NAFTA 2.0 | The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About? | E2open Announces Acquisition of TMS Systems Provider- Cloud Logistics | The Association for Supply Management (ASCM) Announced at the 2018 APICS Conference | Oracle’s Upcoming OpenWorld- A Check-In on Autonomous Transaction Processing | Next Week- APICS 2018 Conference | Walmart’s Blockchain Technology Mandate- Have Prior Mandates Provided Industry Learning | An Industry Example of Sudden Supply Chain Disruption and Risk | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- September 20, 2018 | Jack Ma’s Departure from Alibaba- What Does it Mean? | The Darker Sides of Amazon’s Work Culture Becoming More Visible | Optimistic News Relative to Boeing’s 737 MAX Production Challenges | Catastrophic Storms Florence and Mangkhut Have Industry Supply Chains On Alert | Planning for Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics Enabled Processes | Digital Platforms and Disruption Innovation Respond to Increased Supply Chain Alignment Needs | Tesla’s Supply Chain Leadership Changes- A Positive Move | Hurricane Florence Threatens the U.S. Southeast Coastal Region | Global Business and Supply Chain Indices Point to Added Uncertainties | Introducing OpenText Business Network as a Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Another Wake-Up to Active Supply Chain Wide Cybersecurity | Example of Misguided Trade Policy and the Realities of Global Supply Chain Response to Business Needs | Increased Venture Capital Flowing into Logistics Focused Intelligent Robotics | Amazon Executes on Branded Parcel Delivery Van Service Capabilities | Drones Over the Golf Course Deliver Your Favorite Food Items | Report of Accumulating Unfinished 737 Aircraft Near Boeing Seattle Facility | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- August 30, 2018 | Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods One Year Later- Augmenting Food Supply Network and Distribution Capabilities | Oracle Extends Cloud-based Transportation and Global Trade Support Capabilities | Sobering and Eye-Opening Account of a Global Cyberattack Involving Global Transportation | Breaking- U.S. and Mexico Announce Bi-Lateral Trade Agreement | The Globe's Largest Pork Producer Caught in the Crossfire of Tariff Tensions | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War- August 24, 2018 | Supply Chain Matters Thoughts on Tyson Foods Announced Intent to Acquire Keystone Foods | Good News- Some Employers Easing Barriers for Entry-Level Recruiting in Supply Chain Management | Supply Chain Management Jobs Increase in Value | Report of Building Tesla Supplier Concerns | Walmart's Q2 Performance Adds to Retail Industry Confidence Levels | Home Depot Reports Stellar Q2 performance and Reaps Benefit of Multi-Year Investments in Supply and Demand Network Capabilities | NRF Raises Optimism for 2018 Retail Sales | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- August 10, 2018 | Target Names New Supply Chain Executives | The Death of Supply Chain Management- NOT | Lowe’s Home Improvement Recruits New Supply Chain Leader | U.S. Congress is Debating Legislation to Ban Chinese Branded Railcars from Government Procurement Contracts | A Note Regarding Site Followers | Computer Virus Temporarily Cripples Global Semiconductor Producer | Siemens Announces Intent to Acquire Low-Code Cloud Platform Provider mendix | July 2018 PMI Indices Point to Trade Induced Slowdown in Global Momentum | U.S. Trucking Firms Benefit from Market Pricing Power | Airbus and Boeing Financial Performances Reinforce that Supply Network Performance is Critical | Genpact to Acquire Barkawi Management Consultants | Report Indicating that General Electric Indeed Plans to Pare Down Digital Business Unit | Report Highlighting Existing Out-of-Stock Challenges for Ordering Consumer Goods Online | UNFI's Announced Acquisition of Supervalu- Another Indicator of Significant Industry and Supply Chain Change | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 27, 2018 Edition | Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights of OpenText Enterprise World 2018 | The Supply Chain Matters Q2-2018 Newsletter Has Published | Supply Chain Matters on the Passing of Sergio Marchionne | Industrial and Warehouse Real Estate Cost Trending- Another Factor for Adopting More Enhanced Integrated Business Planning | Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights of PTC LiveWorx 2018 Customer Conference | Report Indicating That Automakers' Trade Secrets May Have Been Exposed in Supplier's Information Leak | Report That Tesla is Seeking Additional Cash from Certain Suppliers | Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 20, 2018 Edition | The Amazon Effect Takes on Broader Cloud IT and Online Retail Industry Scalability Dimensions | Supply Chain Matters Profiles Item Level Visibility Technology Provider Tive | Announcing Part Two Research Advisory: Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Network Capabilities | Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 13, 2018 | Airbus and Boeing Report Q2-2018 Operational and Sales Performance | CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM Initiate Strategic Equity Partnership | Supply Chain Matters at OpenText Enterprise World 2018 | Amazon Initiates Stricter Inventory Management Policies for Hosted Merchants | A Supply Chain Disruption with Lousy Timing- Shortage of Carbon Dioxide in Europe | News and Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 6, 2018 | Magnitude Software Acquires Every Angle Software in the SAP Analytics Landscape | Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Dips Further in Q2- Initial Signs of a Trade Induced Slowdown | Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort | JDA Software Announces Intention to Acquire Blue Yonder | Oracle Extends Cloud-based Warehouse Management and Logistics Performance Capabilities | Supply Chain Matters Weekly Trade and Tariff Commentary | Amazon's Latest Announcements in Last-Mile Logistics Have Strategic Purpose | Shipper Survey Reinforces Dissatisfaction with Service Levels of Ocean Carriers | Today is Groundbreaking for Foxconn's Proposed U.S. Manufacturing Facility | Availability of New White Paper on Edge Computing Architecture | Foxconn's Equity Investment in Vizio- Supply Chain and Manufacturing Play | Episode Two of Featured Podcast- Logistics Networks | Teradata Files Lawsuit Against SAP Asserting IP Theft | Airbus Once Again Threatens Impacts of a Hard Brexit | Announced Tentative Settlement in UPS U.S. Labor Contract | U.S. and Global Trade Developments Now Move at a Feverish Pace | Fallout from Tesla's Job Action- Alleged Data Loss and IP Theft | Major Announcement in the Industrial Internet of Things Technology Market Segment | The State of Logistics- The Obvious in Numbers and in Implications | The Trump Administration Moves Ahead with Added China Tariffs | New Just Sayun Series- Supply Chain Management Social Media Landscapes | Rolls Royce Restructures in the Midst of Customer Challenges | A Research Advisory Clarification | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of World Trade Day Conference- Part Two | Tesla's Announced Job Action- Inevitable but Sober in Consequence | Report Of Labor Violation Conditions at Factory Producing Amazon Branded Products | U.S. East and Gulf Coast Ports Reach Tentative Labor Agreement | Home Depot to Make Major Supply Network Investments to Speed-Up Deliveries | Research Advisory Availability: The Morphing of Supply Chain and Enterprise Business Planning | Orchestrating Digitally Enabled Response Networks- A Case Study Example | Report of Initial Forecast Reduction for New iPhone Model Production Levels | A Rather Noteworthy Week for Enterprise Software Technology- Part Two | A Rather Noteworthy Week for Enterprise Software Technology- Part One | A Featured Podcast- Logistics Network of Networks | Initial Postscript to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariff Action | Report Indicating an Aggressive Response Plan for Production of A320neo Aircraft | FDA Weighs In On Recent E.Coli Outbreak Involving Romaine Lettuce | Today Marks Yet Another Significant Development in Global Trade | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of World Trade Day Conference- Part One | Report Indicating an Extraordinary Sense of Urgency for Tesla Model 3 Production | Thoughts Related to GDPR Enforcement Day | Report of Changed Plans Related to Foxconn's Wisconsin Production Facility | Pushback Regarding Broader Deployment of Blockchain Technology in Ocean Shipping | General Electric's Announced Transportation Unit Merger Brings Added IoT Connected Equipment Opportunity | Happy Supply Chain Professionals Appreciation Day | Kroger's Strategic Move with Ocado- Achieving Online Scale and Competitiveness | Hopes Are Fading Regarding a New NAFTA Agreement in 2018 | A Supply Chain Matters Guest Blog: Sources of Complexity in Emergency Supply Chains | Supply Chain Disruption in North American Automotive Production Sector | Kinaxis Introduces Purpose-Built Machine Learning to Supply Chain Concurrent Planning | Supply Chain Matters Welcomes ToolsGroup as Our Latest Blog Sponsor | Welcome to our Newly Upgraded Research and Supply Chain Matters Websites | The Nation's Procurement Professionals Gather in Nashville at ISM 2018 | CSCMP's First Annual Supply Chain Professionals Appreciation Day | Little Progress in High-Level Trade Talks Among China and the United States | Apple's Fiscal Q2 Financial Performance- A Turning Point for Supply Chain Strategy | New ISO Standard to Improve Commerce and Data Integrity | A Significant Customer Announcement from Nikola Motor | ToolsGroup Secures Additional Equity Funding to Accelerate Growth | Newly Released Supply Chain Compensation and Salary Survey Data from APICS | A Supply Chain Matters Guest Blog: Solving International Logistics Disputes with Blockchain | Boeing Reports Stellar Q1-2018 Financial Performance | Toys 'R' Us Liquidation- Another Painful Lesson for Suppliers | Toys ‘R’ Us Liquidation- Another Painful Lesson for Suppliers | SAP Ariba Announces Launch of Manufacturing Network | Timely Reminders for Supply Chain Management Talent Recruitment and Retention | Apple's Stock Price Takes a Dive on Supply Chain Related News | Apple’s Stock Price Takes a Dive on Supply Chain Related News | The Supply Chain Matters Q1-2018 Newsletter has Published | Defining Emergency Supply Chains | Report Indicates Proposed U.S. Tariffs Have Differing Impacts | Apple's Announcement in Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use- More Work Remains | Apple’s Announcement in Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use- More Work Remains | Venture Funding Continues to Flow into Logistics Technology | Another Multi-Day Pause in Tesla Model 3 Production | LLamasoft Names New Chief Executive | Large Scale Recall of Shelled Eggs in the U.S. Brings Forward Past Incidents | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of 2018 Connected Things Conference | Airbus and Boeing Q1-2018 Operational Performance Points to Supply Chain Weak Links | Facebook Appearance Before U.S. Congressional Committees Will Have Industry Supply Chain Implications | Global and Regional Trade Developments Move at a Rapid Pace and so Does Uncertainty Levels | Walmart Announces Wider Deployment of In-Store Pickup Towers for Online Orders | Kinaxis- A Sustained Level Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog in 2018 | Q1-2018 Global Supply Chain Activity Points to Many Caution Signs | President Trump's Attacks on Amazon- Leadership is Better Channeled on Fixing U.S. Postal Service Financial Challenges | President Trump’s Attacks on Amazon- Leadership is Better Channeled on Fixing U.S. Postal Service Financial Challenges | Tesla Reports Q1-2018 Operational Performance- Some Good and Tempered News Regarding Model 3 | Global Trade Actions: China Responds to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Import Tariff Actions | Contract Manufacturer Foxconn Reports Improved Fourth Quarter Profitability | Two Rather Important Considerations for Supply Chain Digital Transformation | Time and Events are Waning Related to Tesla’s Model 3 Production Performance | The Time Clock for Brexit Grows Closer and so are the Industry Supply Chain Implications | 2018 Prediction Deep-Dive: Transportation Carrier Network and Third-Party Logistics Strategies Turn Towards Achieving Added Scale | Airbus Remains Challenged with Aircraft Engine Deliveries | Breaking News- Trump Administration Indeed Announces New Trade and Tariff Actions Relative to China | GE Transportation Expanding Efforts to Improve Ocean Cargo Logistics Efficiencies | Volkswagen Announces Added Investment in Existing U.S. Manufacturing Facility | Trump Administration Now Threatening Tariffs on China Imports- Prepare for Industry Supply Chain Volatility and Active Scenario Analysis | The Eyes on Tesla Operational Performance Grow Ever More Impatient | China Securing Additional Strategic Supply of Cobalt | Volkswagen Reiterates Aggressive Electric Automobile Production Plans | New Information Disclosed Relative to Whole Foods and Amazon Retail Integration | February Data Points to Some Optimism in Trucking Capacity Augmentation but Added Caution As-Well | Another E-Commerce Business Network Platform Provider is Taken Private | A Milestone Day in Global Trade- CPTPP | When Supplier-Customer Stakeholder Interests Tend to Collide | The Cost of Bad Supply Chain Leadership as Described by a Noted Recruiter | Postscript to the Kobe Steel Manufacturing Quality Falsification Scandal | Highlights of SAP Ariba’s Annual Customer Conference | Chainalytics and Drewy Partner to Form Ocean Buying Group Service for Mid-Market Shippers | North America Lumber Price Hikes and Supply Shortages- Are Similar Type Scenarios Destined to Occur? | U.S. Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches 14 Year High: Once Again-Warning Signs | Breaking- President Trump Declares Intent to Pose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports | Update on Oracle Procurement Cloud Functionality and Roadmap | Amazon’s Announced Acquisition of Ring- Supply Chain Matters Initial Viewpoint | Additional Investment Monies Flowing into Supply Chain Management Technology | Supply Chain Disruption- A Fried Chicken Crisis Across the UK | Airbus’s Successful 2017 Full Year Performance- Critical Dependencies on Aircraft Engine Suppliers to Have a 2018 Repeat | Walmart Spooks Investors With Financial Performance Results | Supply Chain Matters Welcomes New Sponsor- Vanguard Software Corporation | A Global Boom Period Brings Challenges and Important Signposts | E2open Openly Duels with Amber Road on Proposed Takeover | Maersk’s Q4-2017 and Full-Year Financial Performance- Clamor for Higher Rates and Added Profitability | Airbus Forced to Ground Certain Aircraft Powered by Pratt GTF Engines | Amazon and Whole Foods Unveil Initial Post Acquisition Online Fulfillment Program | Report That Amazon to Pilot Direct Parcel Transport and Delivery Services | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Five Summary Impressions | Nikola Motor Company Announces Plans for New Manufacturing Plant | Supply Chain Matters Conversation with HFC Technology Provider Plug Power | Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution- Top Four Challenges for Chief Procurement Officers in 2018 | Breaking News- Major Earthquake Strikes Taiwan | Amazon’s Q4-2017 Financial and Operational Performance was Impressive | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Four | An Update on Saline Drug Shortages as a Result of Hurricane Maria | Apple’s Fiscal First Quarter Financial Results- Record Performance Amid Growing Supply Chain Concerns | Another Recognition for the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Two | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part One | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference | Disappointing Account of Tesla Model 3 Production Ramp-Up | Trade Commission Rules Against Boeing in Trade Dispute | Trump Administration New Trade Tariffs Have Significant Multi-Industry Supply Chain Implications | 2018 Prediction Deep Dive: Make America Great and Changing Global Trade Policies Will Provide a Challenging Landscape for U.S. and Global Manufacturers | Supply Chain Matters Research Center Up and Running | Apple Elects to Repatriate Foreign Cash Hoard with Some Mention of Supply Chain | A Major Blockchain Announcement Involving Global Shipping | 2018 Prediction Deep Dive- A Shifting of Priorities for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Tech Investments | A Reminder for Chinese New Year Contingency Planning | The Kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show | The Kickoff of NRF 2018 and the Future of Retail | Consider Attending Upcoming Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference | Spiking Air Freight Transportation Volumes are Warning Signs | 2018 Predictions Deep-Dive: Cyber Risk and Information Security Needs Consume Supply Chain Risk and Tech Investment Considerations | Critical Nationwide Shortage of IV Saline Solution Now Becomes Highly Visible | Revealing Report Focused on Apple’s CEO and Supply Chain Stumbles | Tesla Reports Q4-2017 Operational Performance- A Disappointing Narrative for the Model 3 | Consider Being a Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters in 2018 | Geeley Acquires $3 Billion Stake in Volvo Trucks | 2018 Prediction Deep Dive- The Supply Chain Talent Perfect Storm Intensifies | Establishing Your Vision and Goals for 2018 and Beyond | Ongoing Lessons for the Journey Toward Integrated Customer Response Networks | The Future of Supply Chain Planning- People, Process and Organizational Learning | Initial Indications of an Overall Optimistic 2017 Holiday Fulfillment Period | Supply Chain Management Challenges for Emerging Manufacturers and Service Providers in Regulated Industries- Part Three | Happy Holidays from the Supply Chain Matters Blog | The Transformation of Electrically Powered Vehicle Supply Chain Landscapes | The Changing Consumer Products Industry Supply Chain Landscape | What to Expect in the Coming Year- Supply Chain Matters Second-Grouping of 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | Expanding Efforts Addressing Multi-Industry Supply Chain Talent Needs | What to Expect in the Coming Year: Supply Chain Matters 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | U.S. November Retail Sales Data Provides Optimistic Outlook for Holiday Activity | A Big Win for Airbus and its Mobile Alabama Facility Thanks to Boeing | Some New Realities of U.S. Corporate Tax Reforms | Tesla Garners Additional Reservations for Electric Truck | A Noteworthy Blockchain Technology Announcement | An Innovative Public Charter Tech High School to Soon Open on Oracle’s Campus | United Kingdom and the EU Reach Initial Agreement to Move Forward on Brexit | A Follow the Money Broken Link for Global Container Shipping Lines | The First Scapegoat of the 2017 Holiday Surge Customer Fulfillment Period | Global Supply Chain Activity Reaching New Highs- Pay Attention to the Caution Signs | Overcoming Friction in Purchase-to-Pay Processes | Vecna Robotics- Autonomous Material Handling and Robotics Movement Provider to Watch | Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Six | UPS Appoints New Chief Transformation Officer | Maersk Line Gains Final Regulatory Approval to Close Acquisition of Hamburg SuD | Initial Estimates Point to a Positive Kickoff to the 2017 Holiday Fulfillment Period | Breaking Procurement Tech News- JAGGAER to Acquire BravoSolution | Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Five | More Incidents of Quality Inspection Tampering Involving Yet Another Japan Manufacturer | 2017 Thanksgiving and Black Friday Online Retail Sales Exceeding Expectations Thus Far | Important Reminder for ISM and Thomas 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program | Thanksgiving Holiday and Kickoff to the 2017 Holiday Peak | After Fifth Round- NAFTA Modernization Talks Remain Contentious | Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four | Tesla’s Electric Truck- Brilliance or More Challenge and Distraction? | Post Dubai Air Show- Industry Euphoria and Building Supply Chain Challenges | Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator and an Innovative IoT Start-Up Solution | Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three | A Declared Tough U.S. Stance Related to NAFTA Talks | Foxconn Reports Unexpected Profit Shortfall Attributed to iPhone X | Revisiting Prior 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two | China’s Singles Day Sets New Online Sales Records and Logistics Milestones | Revisiting Prior 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One | Will Singles Day in China Set New Global Online Standards- Time and Events Will Tell | Euphoria in Global Supply Chain Activity but Concerning Signposts As-Well | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Bristlecone Pulse 2017 Conference | Airbus and Boeing Q3 Operational Performance- Supply Chain Vulnerabilities Ever More Evident for Airbus | Breaking- E2open Inc. to Acquire Cloud Channel Data Management Provider Zyme | Tesla’s Q3 Automotive Performance Disappoints on Model 3 Ramp-Up | Reports of Amazon’s Push into the Pharmacy and Drug Retail Model- Dismiss or Prepare? | Supply Chain Management Challenges for Emerging Manufacturers and Service Providers in Regulated Industries- Part Two | UPS Announcement of Added Capacity Investments- How Much Online Fulfillment Capacity is Really Needed? | Apple’s iPhone Planning and Production Challenges- Another Update | Highlights of Oracle Procurement Cloud- Release 13 | SAP Reports Q3 Financial Performance Amid Concerns for Currency and Expense Headwinds | China’s Online Retailers Prepare for Upcoming Singles Day Shopping Event | Breaking News- Report that Tesla Has Reached Deal to Build a Factory in China | Apple’s iPhone Planning and Production Challenges- An Update | Upcoming Supply Chain Management Thought Leadership Event | Do Not Get Trapped by Traditional Holiday Product Forecasting Methods This Year | A Stunning Announcement in Commercial Aerospace: Airbus and Bombardier Join Forces | More on Pharmaceutical and Drug Impacts of Hurricane Maria Devastation in Puerto Rico | NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Now at a More Contentious Stage | Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier | Why Would Warren Buffet Invest in Truck Stops- Our View | U.S. Production and Supply Chain Volumes at Record Highs in September | Good and Not So Good News for Tesla Motors Q3 Operational Performance | Added Thoughts- This Week’s Oracle OpenWorld | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Open World- Our Summary Impressions | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle OpenWorld- Dispatch Four | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle OpenWorld- Dispatch Three | Both Apple and Samsung Stand to Gain from iPhone X Sales | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle OpenWorld- Dispatch Two | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle OpenWorld- Dispatch One | Initial Pharmaceutical and Drug Industry Impacts of Hurricane Maria | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters at 2017 Oracle OpenWorld Conference | The Supply Chain of Puerto Rico is Broken- Assistance is Needed Now | Supply Chain Management Challenges for Emerging Manufacturers and Service Providers in Regulated Industries | U.S. Trade Ruling Against Bombardier Has Much Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications | Highlights of MIT Enterprise Forum Blockchain Technology Symposium | The Future of Supply Chain Planning- An Industry Focus on Concurrent Planning | Apple’s iPhone Planning Challenges Far More Dynamic | The Bankruptcy of Toys ‘R’ Us- More About Increased Supplier Assertiveness | Significant Investment Money Flowing Into Asia Based Online Logistics | Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier? | Reminder- Accenture Academy trendTalk- Managing Supply Chain in a Volatile Geopolitical Era | Supply Chain Matters Updates on the Effects of Multiple Ongoing Natural Disaster Events | Daimler Moves Toward Digital Transformation in Contract Management | Oracle Reports Solid Financial Performance and Momentum for Fiscal Q2 | Retail Industry Table Stakes- Planning and Responding to Natural Disasters | GS1 Announces Collaboration with IBM and Microsoft for Blockchain Application Efforts | New Apple iPhone Model Introductions Present Significant Supply Chain Challenges | ToolsGroup Makes a Significant Supply Chain Planning Product Announcement | Report that Target is Aggressively Moving Away From Amazon Web Services | The Sometimes-Nasty Side of Technology in Times of Natural Disaster | Supply Chain Matters Update on the Effects of Hurricane Harvey- Posting Three | Even More Stark Reminders of Pending Supply Chain Disruption- Hurricane Irma | Report of Production Glitches for the Newest Apple iPhone | HighJump Software Acquired by Korber | United Technologies Deal to Acquire Collins Changes Aerospace Industry Dynamics | Supply Chain Matters Update on Effects of Hurricane Harvey- Posting Two | Navigator Business Solutions- A Named Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | A New Look and Feel for the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Oracle Expands Internet of Things Technology Support Offerings | A Path Toward Internet of Things Enabled Service Management- Building the Service Parts Planning Foundation | Hurricane Harvey Impact Still Unfolding and Not Looking Good | A New Look Coming to the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Another Food and Grocery Industry Thunderbolt from Amazon | Current Stark Reminders of Pending Industry Supply Chain Disruption | APICS and JD.com Broaden Strategic Relationship Efforts | Blockchain Proof-of-Concept Initiatives Expanding with IBM Industry Specific Efforts | Flying Food Delivery Across Reykjavik | Airbus and Boeing Report Q2-2017 and First-Half Operational Performance- Supply Chain Vulnerabilities More Visible | Maersk’s Q2 Financial Performance Provides Two Important Signposts | Major Power Outage Impacted Taiwan This Week | Upcoming Accenture Academy trendTalk- Managing Supply Chains in a Volatile Geopolitical Era | The Beginning of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks- Monitor and Be Prepared | The Toyota-Mazda U.S. Manufacturing Plant Announcement Must Factor a Changing Industry and Geo-Political Environment | Additional Reaction to the Foxconn U.S. Investment Announcement | Shutting Down Factories- A Concerning Report on Malware Attacks | Supply Chain Matters Q2-2017 Newsletter Has Published | Additional Perspective on Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition Implications | Added Information Leaks from Apple’s Supply Chain Clarify New iPhone Production Plans | Job Openings and Hiring in the Eurozone and U.S. Mark All-Time Records | U.S. West Coast Ports and Dockworkers Agree to Significant Labor Contract Extension | FedEx Elects Not to Match UPS in Holiday Peak Period Parcel Surcharges | More Information Disclosed Relative to Tesla’s Model 3 Ramp-Up | Announced Availability of Oracle SCM Cloud Release 13 | Tesla Conducts Model 3 Customer Handover Event | Retail Suppliers Pitted Against Private Equity Investors | UPS’s Continued Pitch for Added Holiday Parcel Surcharges | Our Supply Chain Matters View of Amazon’s Q2-2017 Financial Performance | U.S. Border Adjustment Tax Seems Off the Table But Remain Vigilant | OpenText Announces Availability of New Cognitive AI Platform | Breaking News- Foxconn Does Indeed Announce a Significant Investment in the United States | Additional News Related to Foxconn’s Manufacturing Investment in the United States | A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition | Why the Supply Chain is So Important for Regulated Industry Environments- A Contributed Guest Posting | The Supply Chain Matters Blog Returns | Supply Chain Matters Blog On Summer Pause | Actions to Consider in Cyberattack Defense and Mitigation | Tesla Reports Q2-2017 Vehicle Production and Delivery Performance- Supply Chain Cracks Continue to Show | American Airlines Closer to Cloud Platform Adoption | Activist Shareholder Attempts to Influence Nestle | The Saga of Supplier Takata Reaches a Sad Conclusion- What Has Been Learned? | Breaking- Another Widespread Global Cyber Attack Impacting Multiple Companies and Shipping Terminals | The State of Logistics in 2016- Accelerating Into Uncertainty | Survey Indicates SAP Customers are Not Yet Committed to S/4 HANA | Oracle’s Fiscal FY17-Q4 and Full Year Financial Performance Garners Market Attention | The Tech Twist to the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition | More Definitive News on Pending Foxconn Investment in the United States | Mitigating Supply Chain Risk- How a Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS) Helps Minimize Supply Chain Deviations | This Week’s Paris Air Show- More About Product Development and Supplier Tensions | UPS Holiday Delivery Surcharge Announcement Will Lead to Industry Structural Shifts | Campbell Soup Elevates Role of Supply Chain Management | Ocean Container Transportation Trends Remain Dynamic | Can Automotive Industry Supply Chain Strategy Undergo Disruption- Perhaps Yes? | MetTel Announces Single SIM Chip for Internet of Things Seamless Connectivity | IDC Updates Global Spending Forecast for Internet of Things Technology | For Smartphones- Integrated Product Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Capabilities Matter | Supply Chain Sourcing Taking on More Geo-Political Significance | A Path Towards Internet of Things Enabled Service Management- Service Parts Planning Realities | 3M Supplier Survey Brings Forth Important Insights for Increased Supplier Collaboration | Exploding Demand for Warehouse Space- Thorough Analysis is Wise | Wal-Mart Conducts an Optimistic Annual Meeting but Industry Realities Remain | Marked Increase in Supply Chain Technology M&A Activity | A Commentary Related to Denying Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change | NAND Chip Supply Challenges Looming Across Consumer Electronics Supply Chains | Praise to APICS in Efforts to Update SCOR Reference Model | Technology’s Impact on Industries Recognized as More Profound- Is the Supply Chain Prepared? | Component Part Snafu Impacts BMW Production of Multiple Models | New Website Improvements for Supply Chain Matters | Summary Highlights of the 2017 ISM Conference | A More Visible Challenge for Tesla Model 3 Production | Jabil Raises the Bar in Providing Supply Chain Cloud Platform and Decision Support Needs | A Commentary on Innovative Technology Provider No Longer | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters Attending ISM2017 | Initial Supply Chain Matters Perspectives on SAP Sapphire Customer Conference | Report Indicating the Assembly of the First iPhone in India | Profile of the Airbus U.S. Commercial Aircraft Assembly Facility | Apple’s iPhone Supply Chain Begins Ramp-up for the Big Release | GrandCanals Announces Launch of Fulfillment Intelligence Cloud | Calling the Bottom to the Ocean Container Shipping Market is One of Perspective | Some Positive Supply Chain Food Safety Efforts at Chipotle Mexican Grill | Articulating Supply Chain Needs in the Language of the C-Suite | Another Example of SKU Proliferation Leading to Cost Complexity | Boeing Grounds Newly Designed 737 MAX Aircraft Over Engine Component Manufacturing Flaw | A Commentary on Proposed Surge Pricing for Online Retailers | Supply Chain Matters Commentary on Apple’s Fiscal Q2-2017 Performance | Market Education Series- A Path Towards Internet of Things Enabled Service Management | Another Tragic Air Cargo Plane Crash in the U.S. | JDA Software Announces Additional Executive Leadership Changes | Q1 Economic Data Again Echoes Challenges in Integrated Business Planning | Market Education Series- The Future of Supply Chain Planning | More Concerning News for Consumer Packaged Food and Beverage Supply Chains | Yet Another Significant Supply Chain Risk Looming | A Growing Need for Responsive and Skilled Procurement Leaders- Consider Attending ISM 2017 | Supplier Visibility, Personalized Medicine and the Future of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain | The Demise of Brick and Mortar Stores and of Traditional Retail Distribution | Autonomous Driving Technologies for Trucks Takes on Added Interest | Supply Chain Matters Q1-2017 Newsletter Has Published | Describing an Exponential Organizational and Supply Chain Capability | General Motors Production Plant Seized in Venezuela | Apple Declares a Long-Term Commitment Toward a Closed-Loop Materials Supply Chain | Supply Chain Matters Shares Our Top Ten Blog Postings in 2016 | SAP Announces Key Executive Leadership Changes | Two Interrelated Events: United Airlines and Jeff Bezos Tenet’s of Business | Report that Chinese Logistics Provider is Planning a $1 Billion IPO in the U.S. | Vital Link in the Global Apparel Supply Chain- Third-Party Refurbishers | Airbus and Boeing Report Q1-2017 Delivery and Order Booking Performance | Amazon Makes a Strategic Investment in Fuel Cell Technology | Report that Foxconn Offered $27 Billion for Toshiba’s Chip Business | A Not So Attractive Milestone for Foxconn- A First Annual Revenue Decline | Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Meets Industry 4.0 Adoption | Reinforcing Data on Ocean Container Rate Hikes and Capacity Shifts | Tesla Reports Q1 2017 Vehicle Production and Delivery Performance | A Reported Price War Among Amazon and Wal-Mart with High-Stakes for CPG Industry Supply Chains | Significant Announcement Between APICS and JD.com in Supply Chain Management Skills Development | Another Sobering Warning for Retail Industry- This Time from a Major Industry Supply Chain Influencer | Let’s Not Import nor Export an Ethos that Turns a Blind Eye to Social Responsibility | Increased Equity Investment in Online Transportation Marketplace | A Warning from European Shippers as to Existing Ocean Container Capacity Disruption and Spiking Rates for Exporters | Chinese Branded Railway Cars Appearing in Major U.S. Cities- The Momentum Has Increased | Tesla’s Ongoing Financial, Operational and Supply Chain Growing Pains | Multiple Reports Concerning Amazon Acquisition of Souq.com | Rapidly Changing Skills and Requirements in Procurement- Consider Attending ISM 2017 | A Statement That Evokes Special Concerns and Actions Within Retail Supply Chains | Additional Report Indicating Apple to Begin Manufacturing iPhones in India | Technology Addressing the Convergence of Internet of Things and Smart Manufacturing Deployments | Even Newer Innovations in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Emerge | Subpoenas Served on Ocean Container Shipping Line Executives | The Implications of Brexit Grow Near but So Far for Industry Supply Chains | Zara Unveils a Strategy to Embrace and Integrate Physical and Online Presence | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Connected Things 2017 Conference | What’s Behind Intel’s Intent to Acquire Automotive Technology Provider Mobileye? | Reality Acknowledged- Amazon is a Transportation and Logistics Provider | Challenging Few Weeks for Certain Myanmar Apparel Producers and Branded Customers | Tradeshift Acquisition of IBX Network- Reinforcement of Importance of Scale and Functionality in B2B Business Network Platforms | Additional Update on B2B Supply Chain Business Network Provider E2open Merger with Steelwedge | Reinforcement of Messages for a Year of Certain Strategic and Tactical Supply Chain Planning | A Conversation with Tata Consultancy Services Global Supply Chain Practice and Center of Excellence | Updated Research Advisory- The New Phase of Online and Omni-Channel Customer Fulfillment | A Persistent Theme- Be Prepared for a Year of Continual Supply Chain Analysis | Report that Alibaba Has Taken Majority Control of India’s Paytm | An Update Concerning Foxconn | Reminders from This Week’s AWS Network Outage | A Supply Chain Matters Conversation with the American Apparel and Footwear Association | Hospital Supply Chain Survey Points to Needs for Broader Education and Alignment Across Healthcare Delivery Support Supply Chains | Supply Chain Matters Q4 2016 Newsletter Has Published | Tesla Reports Q4 and 2016 Financial Performance with Most Eyes Affixed on the Model 3 Supply Chain | 2017 Industry Specific Prediction- Consumer Packaged Food and Beverage Supply Chains | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Five Summary Impressions | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Four | Rolls Royce- Another Potential Weak Link for Commercial Aerospace Supply Chains | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience- Part Two | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle’s Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part One | Breaking Supply Chain Tech News- E2open to Merge with Steelwedge | Kinaxis- A Named Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog in 2017 | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience | Report Indicating Tesla Model 3 Pilot Build About to Begin | A.P. Moller-Maersk Reports Q4 and 2016 Performance- More Signs of Ongoing Global Transportation Industry Turbulence | Report Indicating Sharp-Foxconn U.S. Plant Announcement Could Come This Weekend | Apple’s December-Ending Performance Provides Indications of Supply Challenges | UPS Holiday Quarter Performance Provides Added Evidence of B2C Online Fulfillment Implications | 2017 Predictions for Supply Chain Management- Guest Contributions | 2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Pharmaceutical and Drug Supply Chains | Another Supply Chain Matters Milestone | 2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Apparel and Footwear Producers and Respective Supply Chains | Amazon’s Q4 and 2016 Performance- Compelling Operational and Platform Momentum | 2017 Industry Specific Predictions- B2C, B2B-to-C and Traditional Retail Supply Chains | 2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Supply Chains | 2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Automotive Supply Chains Residing in North America | Published Interview of Trump Trade Advisor Has Important Supply Chain Revelations | JDA Software Announces Senior Management Changes | Phasing-In Supply Chain Wide Visibility and Knowledge Management | Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Nine: Business Self-Interest Will Fuel Continued Efforts in Supply Chain Sustainability Actions and Initiatives | Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Investigation Points to Battery Flaws- or Something Broader | Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Eight- Alibaba and Amazon Continue to Position for Global Online Platform Dominance | Report Indicating Apple is Near Deal to Manufacture Products in India | Update on Pratt and Whitney- When All Eyes Remain Focused on Your Supply Chain | Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Seven: Enhanced Supply Chain Intelligence Capabilities Among B2B Network Platform and Managed Services Providers Will Pay Dividends for Industry Supply Chains | Quantification of 2016 Holiday Related Customer Fulfillment Adds Compelling Evidence to Inescapable Trends | Deep Dive 2017 Prediction Six- A Renaissance in Supply Chain Focused Business Services and Technology Investments | A Combination of Oracle and NetSuite Provides Appealing Opportunities for Multi-Tier Supply Chain Process Integration | Breaking News: Foxconn Evaluating $7 Billion Investment in U.S. LCD Manufacturing Facility | Point of View Commentary: Techies vs. Brokers in Global Transportation and What Will Likely Change | Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Five: Continued Global Transportation Industry-wide Turbulence | Product and Quality Management Take on More Difficult Dimensions | Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Four: Increased Anti-Trade Geopolitical Forces Provide Added Global Sourcing Challenges | Airbus and Boeing Report 2016 Year-End Operational Performance Amid an Industry Inflection Point | Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Three: A Supply Chain Talent Perfect Storm | Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Two: A Challenging Year in Procurement | Phoenix Rising from the Ashes- Samsung Suddenly Moves from Damaging Product Recall to Profit Milestone in a Single Quarter | 2017 Predictions- The 3M Perspective on the Need for Bimodal Supply Chain Capabilities | Deep Dives on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction One: Global Economic Activity | Supply Chain Matters Unveils Ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | The Implications of Online Omni-Channel Retail Invokes Additional Consequences and Actions | Tesla Motors Falls Short of 2016 Customer Delivery Target- Not for Lack of Effort | Overt Signs of Trump’s Agenda for Confrontation on Global Sourcing and Trade Policy | Amazon Again Shines in Holiday Online Customer Fulfillment | What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017 | Japan Display Secures Another Financial Bailout Infusion | U.S. Auto Producers to Idle More January Production Amid Market Inventory Oversupply | Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters | Forget the Drones- It’s All About Self-Driving Trucks | Volkswagen Reaches Additional U.S. Emissions Settlement with Another Painful Learning | A Step Closer to Global Interoperability Standards for Internet of Things and Industrial Networks | Unsettling News Flows from the Commercial Aircraft Sector | Pilots of Amazon’s Contracted Air Freight Carriers Take to Social Media | A New CEO for LEGO with an Operations and Supply Chain Management Background | Maersk Discloses Strategy to Become a Shipping and Logistics Services Integrator | How are Parcel Carriers Really Performing at the Peak of the Holiday Surge? | Opportunity to Consider Attending the ISM 2017 Conference | New Developments and Potential Added Risks for Chinese Branded Subway Cars in the U.S. | Ever Larger Bets in the Next Generation of Semiconductor Technology and the Key Dominance of Product Value Chains | India Regulators Cite 200 Drug Makers for High Risk in Compliance Standards | New Supply Chain Developments Involving Apple | Report of Pending Product Sourcing Risks for European Based Manufacturers | Yet Another Setback Concerning a Noted Mexican Restaurant Chain | Fast Fashion Retail Requires Supply Chain Strategy Shifts | Pratt and Whitney Unionized Workers Ratify New Five Year Labor Contract | Is There More Immediate Financial Crisis Involving Retailer Sears? | Report That Amazon Has Already Captured Significant Online Holiday Revenue Share | The Initial Signs of the Donald Trump Era- Continuous Change, Uncertainty and Supply Chain Risk Mitigation | Report that Global Container Shipping Leader Maersk Looking to Acquire Hamburg Sud | Airbus Announces Corporate Restructuring and Headcount Reductions with Some Supply Chain Management Implications | WTO Rules Against Boeing Production Related Tax Incentives | Initial Indicators for the 2016 Holiday Customer Fulfillment Period | Boeing Appoints New Senior Executive for Commercial Aircraft Group | Labor Strike at ABX Air Comes at Most Critical Time | Breaking News- Major Earthquake Strikes Northern Japan with Accompanying Tsunami Warnings | Scoring Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Five | Asia Pacific Leaders Wrap-up Their Weekend Meeting in Peru and Vow to Continue Trade Alliances | Critical Holiday Fulfillment Period is About to Begin and its All Hands on Deck | Infor Gains a Major Investment and Endorsement | GE Digital Demonstrates Impressive Progress at Minds and Machines Conference | Why More High Profile Technology Players Want to Position Themselves in Automotive Supply Chains | UPS Airline Maintenance Workers Vote to Strike- Monitor Ongoing Developments | Revisiting Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three | China’s 2016 Singles Day Online Event Shatters Another Volume Record | Revisiting Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two | A Delay in Supply Chain Matters 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | The Donald Trump Presidency- Our Supply Chain, Product, Procurement and Technology Management Focused Perspective | Tesla Motors Announces Intent to Acquire German Advanced Manufacturing Automation Design Firm | Revisiting Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One | GE Jet Engine Component Involved in Chicago Explosion Incident Had Manufacturing Flaw | Bangladesh- Consumer Desires for Cheap Clothing Seems to Trump Worker Safety Needs | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions Look-Back | Some Positive News- Samsung Invests $1 Billion in Austin Texas Semiconductor Facility | Ocean Container Industry Consolidation Forces Moving at a Faster Pace | Additional Recognition for the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Post Jet.com Acquisition- Wal-Mart Restructures Senior Online Leadership | Added Industry Consolidation- Japan’s Largest Shipping Lines to Merge Container Operations | Amazon’s Quarterly Financial Performance Disappoints but Hefty Customer Fulfillment Investments Continue | Supply Chain Matters Q3 2016 Newsletter Has Published- Content Capsule | Good and Not So Good News: When All Eyes are Focused on Your Supply Chain | Another Quarter and Ongoing Financial Setbacks for a Noted Restaurant Chain | Volkswagen Reaches Major U.S. Milestone- Financial Settlement Regarding Emissions Scandel | More Powerful and Widespread Cyberattack Incidents- The Wake-Up for Internet of Things Deployment Initiatives | Bombardier Announces Additional Headcount Reductions | Rockwell Collins Announced Acquisition of B/E Aerospace is About Supplier Leverage | Supplier Suspends Sales of Inventory to Major Retailer | Global Expansion of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program | Wal-Mart, IBM and Tsinghua University Announce Joint Collaboration on Food Safety Tracking Technology | Drewry’s Declaration that the Global Shipping Market has Bottomed | Breaking Supply Chain News: Blast Occurrence at BASF Ludwigshafen Chemical Production Complex | A Non-Traditional Supply Chain and Capacity Planning Automation Effort Underway at Ford Motor | Yet Another Airline System-wide Outage- Implications for Supply Chain Backbone Systems Technology Change | Contrasts in the Planning for the Upcoming Retail and Online Holiday Surge Period | Initial Learning from the Samsung Note 7 Sales and Production Suspension | This Week- Supply Chain Matters Attending Kinaxis 2016 Customer Conference | Emissions Scandal: Volkswagen Agrees to Financial Settlement with U.S. Dealers | Report Indicating that Samsung has Temporarily Suspended Production of Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones | Remain Cautious of Overly Optimistic Retail Sales Forecasts Regarding the Coming Holiday Fulfillment Quarter | The Effects of Hurricane Matthew Are Yet to Unfold for Multi-Industry Supply Chains | This Week- Supply Chain Matters Attends IBM Empower 2016 Conference | American Airlines Pulls Off What Appears to be a Major IT Operational System Conversion | Tesla Motors Reports Q3 Operational Performance and Some Progress is Evident | A Changing Product Design and Volume Manufacturing Strategy for the Automotive Industry | More Information Comes to Light Regarding Ongoing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Recall | Highlights of Airbus’s Digital Control Room for Supply Chain Management | Video of How the Supply Chain Indeed Matters in Today’s Commercial Aircraft Industry Ramp-up | Ocean Container Industry Dynamics Moving Faster | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Open World 2016 Conference- Summary Impressions | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Conference- Commentary Four | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle OpenWorld 2016- Commentary Three | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle OpenWorld- Commentary Two | Pratt and Whitney Publically Discloses Supply Chain Challenges and Production Shortfalls | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle OpenWorld 2016- Commentary One | Oracle’s Latest Quarterly Financial Performance Boosted by Cloud Product Strategy | The Samsung Smartphone Product Recall Crisis Bears Important Similarities and Learning | FogHorn Systems Announces Release of Lightening Edge Intelligence Software Platform | JDA Software’s New Manufacturing Planning Technology Platform is Promising | OpenText Announces Intent to Acquire EMC’s Enterprise Content Business | Reports That Apple Has Shifted the Focus of Car Development Efforts | General Electric Continues with Aggressive Investment Plans | U.S. August PMI Activity Should Be of Some Concern | Another Apple iPhone Product Introduction and Added Supply Chain Challenges and Concerns | Pratt and Whitney Supply Chain Challenges Now Even More Visible | Breaking SCM Tech News: Oracle Augments SCM Cloud Suite with Agreement to Acquire LogFire | Untimely Occurrences of Multi-Industry Supply Chain Disruptions | Look to the Cloud to Support the Modern B2B Network | Hanjin Shipping Receivership- The Financial Shot Heard Across the Globe | Muted U.S. Economic Growth Levels Point to Needs for More Advanced Inventory Management Capabilities | China Declares Entry into Commercial Aircraft Engine Design and Manufacturing | General Electric Embarks on New Footprint for the Future of Manufacturing | Reports that AB InBev to Cut Thousands of Jobs | Announcement of China’s first Flexible Display Production Line is Significant | Lessons of the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Applied in 2016 | Wal-Mart Once Again One of the First to Respond to Natural Disaster | The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Supplier Push-Back | Boeing Considers Commercial Aircraft Production Cutbacks | There is a New Phase of Online and Omni-Channel Fulfillment | Report of a Potential White Knight for JDA Software | Continued Rant for Pharmaceutical and Drug Industry Supply Chains | Strategic Procurement Technology Provider BravoSolution Acquires P2P Provider Puridiom | New Acquisitions Occurring Involving Integrated Supply Chain Planning and Execution Technology | The U.S. Postal Service Has Reached a Critical Crossroads | Supply Chain Matters Praise to an Airline CEO | Supply Chain Matters Profile of Powerlinx- A Business Partner Matching Technology | Statistical Evidence Suggests There is Indeed an Inventory Overhang with Two Potential Causes | Breaking Tech News- Report Indicating that Honeywell and JDA Software are in Acquisition Talks | The Online Bombshell- Wal-Mart Elects to Acquire Jet.com | Ocean Container Industry Gross Overcapacity Looms Larger for Holiday Fulfillment Period | Amazon Unveils First Branded Prime Air Cargo Aircraft with Lots of Significance | The Saga of Southwest and Other Airlines Point to an Industry Problem | Additional Recognition of Supply Chain Matters as a Top Ten Blog Destination | E-Commerce and Supply Chain Management Skills Driving Retail Industry Talent Needs | A Vision and Call for a Global Wide E-Commerce Platform | Report of Global Footwear Provider Quitting Amazon Over Fraudulent Goods Concerns | Supply Chain Matters Q2-2016 Newsletter Has Published | Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions of Proposed Acquisition of NetSuite by Oracle | Information Technology Considerations for Supply Chain Wide Visibility | Key Autopilot Technology Supplier Elects to Part Ways with Tesla | Apple’s Fiscal Third Quarter Performance Provides Added Concerns and Heightened Expectations | Tesla’s Revised Master Plan Provides More Product Engineering and Supply Chain Implications | Chipotle’s Ongoing Brand and Food Safety Crisis Continues to Hinder Return of Former Patrons | Contrasting Information Technology Vendor Transitions to Cloud Based Computing Needs | Bombardier CS100 Enters Operational Service Three Years From Original Milestone | First-Half 2016 Delivery Performance for Airbus and Boeing Reflect Continued Supply Chain Challenges | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of the OpenText Enterprise World 2016 Conference | Reports that U.S. Volkswagen Dealers are Growing Restless Regarding the Ongoing Diesel Emissions Scandal Fixes | New and More Controversial Food Labeling Requirements About to Go Into Effect in the United States | A Significant Announcement Related to Internet of Things Technology | General Motors Embroiled in Supplier Crisis | Next Week- Supply Chain Matters Attends Open Text Enterprise World 2016 | Upscale Retailer Invests in Cloud Based B2B Platform Technology Provider | Tesla Motors Reports Q2 Production and Operational Results- The Critical Ramp-up of the Supply Chain | Report that Boeing is Moving Toward Development of New Midsized Commercial Aircraft | Additional News Related to Tesla’s Gigafactory | Volkswagen’s Initial Settlement with U.S. Regulators- More Challenges Remain | E2open Executes Another Acquisition- Orchestro | Two Contrasting Events: Brexit and the Expanded Panama Canal Add New Dimensions for More Active Planning – Part Two | Two Contrasting Events: Brexit and the Expanded Panama Canal Add New Dimensions for Active Planning- Part One | An Iteration of the IT-OT Conflict in Internet of Things Focused Tech Initiatives | GE Digital Provides a Report of Progress on Digital Industrial Efforts | Pay Close Attention to the Rising Costs of Online Customer Fulfillment | The State of U.S. Logistics in 2015- An Acknowledgement of an Industry In-Transition | Report of a Different Focus for General Motors in Supplier Management Relationships | A Disruptor is About to Enter the Heavy Truck Equipment Market | Oracle Reports Fiscal Q4 and Full Year 2016 Financial Performance- It’s All About Cloud Momentum | Supply Chain Matters Conversation with ClientLoyalty- Interactive Supplier Performance Management Technology | Supply Chain Matters Conversation with Tego- A Different Architectural Approach to Internet of Things Deployment | Another Program Delay for Airbus | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of PTC LiveWorx 16 Internet of Things Technology Conference- Part Two | Visibility to Wal-Mart Business and Supply Chain Strategies Again Front and Center | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of PTC LiveWorx 16 Internet of Things Technology Conference- Part One | FDA’s Emerging Regulations for Reduced Sodium Intake in Food Implies Broader Transparency | New Study Finds Social Responsibility as Part of the Business Sustainability Agenda | There’s a High Visibility Supply Chain That Can Also Move Supplier Fortunes | Ongoing Airbus Delivery Delays Lead to Order Cancellation and a Publically Declared Riled Customer | Global Supply Chain Activity Continues to Track Toward Contraction Levels in May | Tesla Founder Elon Musk Addresses Plan to Revolutionize Factories | Yet Another Milestone for the Supply Chain Matters Blog | An Online Retailer Reinventing Post Luxury Goods and Tapping New Consumer Buying Sentiments | Business Process Foundations for Supply Chain Wide Visibility | Report of Explosion at Auto Parts Supplier Factory in Japan | Survey Indicates Supply Chain Wide Information Security Remains Troublesome | Volkswagen Reports Profitability Despite Ongoing Emissions Scandal | Airbus Aircraft Delivery Cadence Under the Looking Glass | Highlights of Supply Chain Matters Interview with Jabil | River Logic Launches Cloud-Based Supply Chain Decision Support Capability Based on New Prescriptive Planning Platform | Supply Chain Matters Highlights from ISM 2016 Conference- Part Three | Supply Chain Matters Highlights from ISM 2016 Conference- Part Two | Overstocks of U.S. Retail Inventories Spell Challenges for the Remainder of the Year | Report of More Job Cuts at IBM | The New Era of Responsiveness and Attention to Enterprise and Supply Chain Software Customer Needs | SAP’s 2016 Sapphire Customer Conference- Important Shifts in Strategy and a Clear Response to Voice of Customers | Gartner 2016 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings- Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions | Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships | To No Surprise- Another Ocean Container Shipping Lines Alliance Announced | Supply Chain Matters Attending ISM 2016 | Parcel Shipping Dynamics are Moving Far More Quickly- Stay Informed and Seek Added Intelligence | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore- Part Three | One Year Later- Lumber Liquidators Struggles Continue | Global and Industry Supply Chain Ramifications of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore 2016- Part Two | Foundational Aspects of Supply Chain Wide Visibility | Apple and SAP Announce Joint Development Partnership for Mobile Applications | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore 2016- Part One | Sober Signs of Global Transportation Structural Change | Some Sign of Light for Bombardier C-Series Aircraft Program Amid Ongoing Financial Challenges | Airbus and Boeing Continue to Experience Supply Chain Scale-Up Challenges | Next Week- Join Bob Ferrari at QAD Explore 2016 | A Counter Trend- Strong Galaxy S7 Sales Lift Samsung | Supply Chain Matters Q1 Newsletter Has Published | Chipotle Feels the Financial Impact of its Ongoing Food Safety Crisis | Apple- A Huge Thud Within Silicon Valley and Equity Markets | New Development in Sports Authority Bankruptcy Reorganization Effort | Latest Enterprise Technology Vendor Financial Results Point to Differences in Cloud Based Adoption Momentum | Major Move by Boeing to Secure Service Parts Revenue Control | Amazon Reportedly Shopping for an Airport | Supply Chain Matters Welcomes New Sponsor- LLamasoft, Inc. | Yet Another Shipping Alliance and an Industry Stalling the Inescapable | Apple Continues to Turn Down Supply Chain Production Volumes | Major Earthquake Occurences Remain Multi-Industry Supply Chain Concerns | Breaking News: New and Earlier Earthquakes in Japan Have Supply Chain Implications | Not a Good Week and Time for Automotive Service Management Supply Chains | Noteworthy Senior Supply Chain Executive Changes at J.M. Smucker | Impressions from the 2016 Open Text Industry Analyst Event | Major Automotive Supplier Component Safety Snafu is Another Supplier’s Strategic Gain | Leadership in the Supply Chain Industry Starts with Business Acumen | A Sobering Declaration by Alibaba | U.S. Automotive Producers With Ongoing Bad Habits | A Good Reference for Opportunities and Risks Regarding Supply Chain Activities Within Cuba | Candid Admission from Tesla Provides the Importance of Design for Supply Chain Practices | A Good Tutorial in Inventory Management vs. Optimization | Further Business Media Expose Related to Product Composition | Noteworthy Announcement Related to 3D Printing | Tesla Motors Model 3 Unveil- Product Marketing Meets Supply Chain Realities | Upcoming Webinar: The Paris COP21 Climate Agreement: Assessing Industry and Global Supply Chain Ramifications | Boeing Announces Specific Job Cuts and Cost Reduction Efforts | Supply Chain Matters Highlights from the MIT Crossroads 2016 Conference | Breaking News: Sharp Corp. Takeover Deal by Foxconn Approved but with Revised Terms | Major Demands Emerge for Global Supply Managers | The Future of International Freight Procurement- A Supply Chain Matters Guest Commentary | Supply Chain Matters Impressions of IDC Directions 2016 Conference | Perspective: The New Uber of Analytics and Moving Along the Analytics Powered Decision-Making Curve | In Fast Fashion the Supply Chain Does Indeed Matter | Breaking News: Panama Canal Authority Announces Expansion Inauguration Date | Milestone Achieved- First Airbus Aircraft Produced in the U.S. Takes to the Sky | IoT Technology on the Move- Cool Beans | A New Release for SAP Integrated Business Planning | Oracle Reports Fiscal Q3 Financial Performance with an Emphasis on Cloud Adoption | Report That Chipotle is Stepping Back from Recently Announced Supply Chain Wide Food Safety Assurance Practices | Sports Authority-A Disturbing Twist to Consignment Inventory Management Practices | China Based Cainiao Secures Investment Funding for Strategic Investments | When a Product Contains What it is Supposed To- A Business Media Expose | Advisory Update on E2open’s Acquisition of Terra Technology | Free Trade Discourse- Time to Shift Emphasis Towards More Meaningful Initiatives | Confirmation That Amazon Will Lease U.S. Air Cargo Lift Capabilities | Research Reinforcement of the Increased Costs Related to Omni-Channel Fulfillment | China Sets its Formal Economic GDP Growth Goal for 2016- Setting the Stage for Industry Value Chain Collisions | A Recent Interview Profile: Ferrari Under the Hood | A New Readership Milestone for the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Reports of Significant Layoffs Occurring at IBM | Breaking Tech News- E2open Acquires Terra Technology | An Unfortunate Bankruptcy Protection Event Today in Retail | ISM and ThomasNet Recognize the 2016 Complement of 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars | Moving Beyond a Business Intelligence Approach to Support Timely Decision-Making | What are Specific Skill Needs and Gaps in Supply Chain Management? | Foxconn Acquisition of Sharp Off Again- Maybe or Likely Not | Time is Running Out to Obtain Special Discount for Attending ISM 2016 Conference | The Need for Removing Retail Organizational Silos in Omni-Channel Fulfillment | An External Perspective on the North American Rail Industry | The Rush to Internet of Things Platform Dominance- General Electric Opens its Predix Technology Platform | Uncovering Hidden Cash Lurking in Existing Business Systems | New Research Partner Announced for Compiling Annual State of Logistics Report | MIT to Add China to its Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence Academic Network | When is Parmesan Cheese Really Parmesan Cheese and the Need for Global Brand Protections | Depressed Commodity Markets Impact Recycling Processes As Well | Cisco to Acquire Jasper Technologies to Broaden IoT Platform | Congratulations to Winners of SCM World Supply Chain Power of the Profession Awards | Boeing Commercial Aircraft to Initiate Job Cuts | Disappointing News Concerning Andrew Liveris’s Departure Following DuPont Merger | Pending Transportation Industry Disruption Will Require Industry Supply Chain Management Attention | Chipotle’s Consumer Trust Crisis Enters a New Critical Phase | Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent | Triple E Container Vessel Aground Near One of Europe’s Busiest Ports | The Celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year | Observations on the Rankings for Supply Chain Planning Technology | IBM Closes its Most Important and Far Reaching Acquisition- The Weather Company | Is the World Economy Toast? – Perhaps | The Premier Supply Management Conference of the Year is Nearing and a Special Offer | A Tour of Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation in Action | General Electric Declares a Pivotal Year and a Look into its Future | SAP ERP Backbone Environments- Opportunity for One Complimentary Supply Chain Health Check | Amazon’s Financial Reporting Validates Leanings Toward Continued Industry Disruption | The Role of Sustainability in the Modern Supply Chain | Boeing Transmits a Supply Chain Shock Wave | First Airbus A320neo Delivered to Revised Launch Customer | Empowering Self-Service Business Intelligence and Analytics for SAP Environments | Apple’s New Product Planning Bet Provides Important Learning | The Journey Toward Integrated Business Planning | The Value Proposition of Cloud Computing is Broader in Scope and in Business Implications | Foxconn Finally Declares Desire to Acquire Sharp- A Long Legacy of Cultural Business Norms and High Tech Peril | Supply Chain Matters Q4-2015 Newsletter Has Published | Implications of the Effects of Omni-Channel Commerce- Walmart Merges IT Groups | Lots of Implications to Haier Group Proposed Acquisition of General Electric Appliance Group | Increased Concern for Cyber Attacks on Industrial Control Systems | JDA Software Announces Next Step in its Collaboration with Google | Breaking News: Walmart Restructures with Store Closings and Revised Strategy | Airbus and Boeing Both Declare Another Year of Outstanding Performance | Another Indication of Amazon’s Strategies to Move Closer in Global Last Mile Fulfillment | Alcoa Secures Another Strategic Supply Agreement in Commercial Aerospace | FedEx Acquisition of TNT Express Clears European Regulatory Approval | Other 2016 Predictions Assimilated by Supply Chain Matters | More Evidence of Overcapacity and Turbulence in Ocean Container Shipping | Report That Apple Has Scaled Back Component Orders for iPhones | Top Ten Most Read 2015 Supply Chain Matters Content | Noting National Returns Day and the Importance of Reverse Logistics | Tesla Motors Meets 2015 Delivery Milestones But That Does Not Satisfy All Customers | Both China and U.S. Production and Supply Chain Activity Reflect Cause for Concern | Delay Encountered in Initial Delivery of A320neo | Our 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains Now Available for Downloading | Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Takes On a Possible Supplier Dimension | Online Shopping and Holiday Fulfillment are the Permanent New Norm with Many Industry Implications | Happy Holidays and a Timeless Classic From Supply Chain Matters | PTC Announces Intent to Acquire Communications Connectivity Provider Kepware | Report Indicates Amazon is Indeed Seeking to Change Dependence on UPS or Other Parcel Carriers | Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains In Detail- Part Five | Boeing Agrees to Pay Fine and Submit to Enhanced Quality Compliance Systems | BMW Incurs $40 Million Fine for Safety Lapses | Leftover 2015 Budget- Consider Being a Noted Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters in 2016 | Massive Landslide in China Impacting Industrial Factory Park Causes More Concern for Safety Standards | Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains in Detail- Part Three | Key Themes from Kinexions 2015 and How They Relate in 2016 | Breaking News: Report That Amazon to Launch Its Own Air Cargo Operations | FedEx Provides Reinforcement of Higher Online Shipment Volumes | Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains in Detail-Part Two | Leveraging Efforts for Wal-Mart’s U.S. Manufacturing Initiative- ThomasNet Corporate Edition | Craft Brewers- A Real World Example of a Rapidly Changing Supply and Demand Landscape | Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains in Detail- Part One | How Events Can Change in a Matter of Months- Time for Chipotle to Openly Demonstrate Resolve | Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains | United Technologies Announces Manufacturing Cost Reduction Initiative | Report that UPS is Struggling to Keep Up With Current Surge in Online Orders | More to Amazon’s Unfolding Expansion of Customer Fulfillment Capability | A Milestone Decision to Move Apparel Production Out of China | Boeing Celebrates Final Assembly Milestone of the 737 Max Aircraft | CMA CGM to Acquire Neptune Orient Lines for $2.4 Billion- A Sign of Further Consolidation to Follow | Both China and the U.S. PMI Levels at the Same Values: Should This Be a Concern? | Grocery Manufacturers Launch SmartLabel Program to Address Supply Chain Transparency | Supply Chain Matters Interview with Every Angle Software | Report Card for Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four | Supply Chain Matters Welcomes Our New Sponsor- River Logic Software | Speculation Builds Concerning Amazon Working to Deploy Its Own Air Freight Services | Thanksgiving and Black Friday Shopping Volumes Indicate Consumers Favoring Online Fulfillment | The Eve of Thanksgiving and the Official Kickoff of the Holidays | Report Card for Supply Chain Matters Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three | Nestle Steps-up Efforts to Combat Seafood Industry Labor Abuse Practices | Important Learning for Last Mile Retail Fulfillment Strategies | Report Card for Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two | Emergence of New Global Logistics Hubs | Report Card for Supply Chain Matters Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains-Part One | Initial Supply Chain Focused Impressions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership- Part Two | Reports of Additional Consolidation in Asia-Pacific Based Ocean Container Shipping | Initial Supply Chain Focused Impressions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement- Part One | Additional Data Reflects Inventory Overhang and Global Trade Contraction Concerns | Honda Finally Severs its Relationship with Air Bag Inflator Supplier Takata | Boeing Takes Decisive Action with 737 MAX Component Supplier | Breaking News- Report that General Motors to Import Chinese Produced Buick SUV | Optimistic Retailers Feel the Pressure of Inventory Overhang- Who Will be the Winners? | Alibaba Smashes One-Day Online Sales Records and Makes A Global Statement | China’s COMAC Unveils First Commercial Airliner | JDA Software Consumer Survey Data Indicates Online Consumers are Unforgiving and Will Shop Early | Supply Chain Matters Book Review: The Power of Resilience- How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected | Airbus Commits to Increased A320 Production Cadence Rate by 2019 | Hewlett Packard Now Operating as Two Separate Companies: Supply Chain Test Comes in the Coming Weeks | Retailers Begin to Position Online Shipping Practices | Alarms of Even More Idled Ocean Container Vessels | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Open World 2015- Some Random Information Nuggets | Supply Chain Matters Q3-2015 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | Positioning Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management | Supply Chain Matters at Oracle Open World 2015- Reflection on the Importance of Accurate Information | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Open World 2015- A View of Information Security | Further Indications for Expected Online Fulfillment Volumes for the Holiday Surge | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Open World 2015- Oracle SCM Cloud | Supply Chain Matters Attending Oracle Open World 2015 | The Building Realities of Transforming to More Organic and Sustainable Food Supply Chains | Some Takeaways of Yum Brands Announced Split of China Based Outlets | Important Technology Enabling Considerations for a Rapidly Changing Omni-Channel World | Advanced Technology Introduced to Combat Counterfeit Products in the Supply Chain | UPS Joins FedEx in Added Surcharges and Rate Hikes | Wal-Mart’s Wall Street Thud Has Broader Meaning for Online Investment | Report of Key Apple Suppliers Skirmishing Over Control of New Chip Packaging Technology | Are Mega Acquisitions Toxic for Product, Process and Supply Chain Innovation? | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of APICS 2015 Conference: Staff Interviews | Yet Another Acquisition in Logistics: DSV and UTi Worldwide | Are Parcel Carriers Pushing Too Far in Dampening Online Fulfillment? | Alcoa and Airbus Announce a Billion Dollar Supply Deal | In Memoriam- El Faro | Supply Chain Matters Shares Highlights of the APICS 2015 Conference: Jack Welch Keynote | The Reality of 4PL Business Model Takes Hold in Today’s Logistics Services Landscape | The Culmination of the 2009 Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Incident | General Electric Places Priority on Industrial Internet | Breaking: Reports that Wal-Mart to Trim Jobs at Bentonville Headquarters | Boeing’s Strategic Carbon Fiber Supplier Hints of Global Supply Diversification Strategy | Manufacturing Sourcing in China- What Have We Learned? | Reflections on Last Week’s Boeing Announcement to Sell 300 Additional Jets to China | High Tech CEO’s Meet with the President of China to Gain Favor | Report that Intel LTE Chips May Make a Presence on iPhones in 2016 | Updated Information Related to the Infor Acquisition of GT Nexus | The Challenges Surrounding Volkswagen | The Implications of FedEx’s Proposed 2016 Rate Hikes | Alcoa’s Proactive Acquisition and Product Innovation Efforts Are Paying Off | High Tech Supply Chains- Increased Risks Associated with Global Market Access | Alibaba’s Cainiao to Ink Shipping Deal with the United States Postal Service | Boeing Begins 737 Max Assembly Build Methodically | Airbus Officially Opens its U.S. Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing Presence | A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers | Xerox Launches New Application of Potentially More Cost Affordable Smart Labeling Technology | More Indications of Rapidly Changing Global Transportation Trends (Amended) | The Announced Acquisition of Con-Way by XPO Logistics Has Many Industry Implications | Traditional vs. Operational Supply Chain Business Intelligence Needs in SAP Environments | Added Reminder: Presentation on Positioning Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management | UPS Pilots Union Calls for October Strike Vote | The Interplay of Supply Chain Strategy and Business Outcome Results | A Day of Apple Product Announcements- Supply Chain Impressions | Continued Lessons on the Long-Term Rewards for Product Innovation Coupled with Supply Chain Speed | Bombardier Recruits Chief Procurement Officer and Centralizes Supply Chain Strategy | A Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Implies Impacts to Some Industry Global Sourcing Strategies | China Railcar Producer Breaks Ground for New U.S. Plant | GT Advanced Technologies Announces Further Staff Cuts | Amazon Developing Online Fulfillment Programs to Save on Transportation Costs | While Slowdown in China Attracts Attention- Focus on a Holistic and More Predictive Planning Perspective | Tesla Motors Contracts for Strategic Supply of Lithium for its Gigafactory | Blue Bell Creameries Resumes Production After Product Recall | A Logistics Confidence Index Continues to Turn Downward | Fortune Global 500 Rankings Provide Weighting of Global Influence | NLRB Ruling Has Significant Industry Supply Chain Implications | The Renaissance of Available-to-Promise Capability to Support Retail and Online Omni-Channel Fulfillment | Some Quantification of the Potential Impact of the Tianjin Port Warehouse Explosions | Report that Sharp is Once Again in Talks with Hon Hai Precision Related to LCD Unit | Reflecting on the Application of Social Enabled Supply Chain Processes- Bob Ferrari Guest Commentary | Ugliness of Big Food and CPG Industry Supply Chains Far More Visible and Apparent | Key Component Part Challenge Identified for Boeing 737 MAX Program | Troubling News in Global Ocean Container Capacity Reductions | Supply Chain Matters Commentary Regarding Infor’s Acquisition of GT Nexus | Positioning Individual Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management | Asia Based Financial and Disaster Developments Warrant Close Monitoring | Berkshire Hathaway’s Acquisition of Precision Castparts- Significant News for Aerospace Industry | Boeing Finalizes Strategic Supply Agreement with Key Japan Based Aerospace Providers | FedEx Orders Additional Modern and Efficient Aircraft | Researchers Develop a Prototype Smart Cap Utilizing 3D Printing | A Short Break | Supply Chain Business Intelligence for SAP Environments and our Latest Supply Chain Matters Sponsor | The Marketing and Selling of Cloud-Based Technology | Significant Winds of Change Blow Across the High Tech Industry | Commodity Markets Continue to Plunge: Good News and Not So Good News for Industry Supply Chains | WTO Moves Closer to Tariff-Free Classification of IT Products: Supply Chain Opportunities and Impacts | Changing Perception in the Supply Management Industry | Counterfeit Apparel and Other Unauthorized Products in China Draws Added Actions: Welcome Taylor Swift | Apple’s June-Ending Quarterly Performance: Disappointment or Supply Chain Praise? | Machine Learning Technology Now Available for Automated B2B Integration | Amazon’s Black Friday in July Event- Opinion is Mixed and the Jury is Still Out | Country of Origin Legislative Actions for Food Has Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications | Added Perspectives to the LLamasoft Acquisition of IBM LogicTools Application Suite | Tesla Motors Moves Forward with Battery Gigafactory | Supply Chain Matters Q2-2015 Newsletter Has Published | New Iterations and Larger Stakes in Supplier Based Innovation | Major Blast Occurs at Zodiac Aerospace Fabricated Material Plant | Report Indicating the Profit Power of Apple | Oracle Expands Supply Chain Management Public Cloud into Order Fulfillment | Overcoming the Challenge for Managing Long-Tail Demand | Do Not Let Your Firm be the Headline for a Supply Chain Systems Failure | JDA Software Moves Forward with Release 9.0 | Apple Actively Planning the Ramp-up of the Next Iteration of iPhone | Samsung Smartphone Sales Appear to Disappoint | Kraft Heinz Merger Moves to the Next Critical Step | A Busy and Critical Summer for the Hewlett Packard Supply Chain Ecosystem | Validation that Transportation Costs a Top Concern for Supply Chain Leaders | The Implications of Wal-Mart’s Broader Fees on Suppliers | Ocean Container Truck Chassis Scheduling Remains a Challenge for U.S. Ports | The State of U.S. Logistics Remains Concerning and Requires Attentiveness | Significant Merger of Supermarket Chains has Implications for Consumer Product Goods Supply Chains | Reflecting on Supplier Management Practices Related to the Apple Watch | The Implications of Sharp Corporation’s Ongoing Financial Crisis | Penn State Launches Online Boot Camp to Address Supply Chain Skill Needs | Supply Chain Matters Executive Interview with Kinaxis | Quantified Impact of the Expanded Panama Canal for U.S. Bound Container Shipping | Paris Air Show Adds New Impetus for Supply Chain Execution Across Aerospace Supply Chains | Implications from This Week’s FedEx Earnings Report | Demand Sensing Lessons Learned in China | APICS and APICS SCC Announce Revised Engagement Programs | Moving Beyond Key Performance Indicators | The Pent-Up Demand for Data Scientists Requires a Broader Organizational Perspective | The Critical Importance of Seamless Interoperability for B2B Business Networks | JDA Software Announces a Strategic Partnership with Google | The Competitive Race Within Aerospace is Manufacturing and Supply Chain Execution | Report of Sustainable Method to Mine Rare Earths | Sales and Operations Planning as a Decision-Making Process | Is Supply Chain Facing a Talent Problem or an Image Problem? | Campbell Soup to Acquire Garden Fresh Gourmet | Report of a Building Glut of Scrap and Recycled Materials in the United States | CFM International Gears Up for Next Generation Commercial Aircraft Engine Volumes | Supply Chain Related Fraud is a Growing Problem Requiring Attention | Are Ocean Container Megaships Benefitting Industry Supply Chains? – Perhaps Not | Report that Robotic Production of Fashion Apparel is Getting Much Closer | Kickoff of the Prototype Assembly Phase for the New Boeing 787 MAX | A Track Record of Persistent Shortages of Life-Saving Pharmaceutical Drugs | Overcoming the Crisis of CPG Big Food Industry Supply Chain Disruption | Airbus Evaluating a Further A320 Supply Chain Ramp-Up | Supply Chain Matters Interviews Irfan Khan- CEO of Bristlecone | Fire Incident at Apple Facility in Arizona | Added Concerns to the Longer-Term Effect of the Activist Investor Trend- A Supply Chain Perspective | Supply Chain Matters Interviews Joe Shamir- CEO of ToolsGroup | The Implications of the ConAgra Food Safety Case | Supply Chain Matters Interviews Rising Supply Chain Management Stars | U.S. West Coast Port Operators Ratify New Five Year Labor Contract Agreement | A Significant New Milestone Involving the Quality Perception Crisis Among Automotive Supply Chains | Intrigo Systems Cited by Gartner as a Cool Vendor | Another Example of the Importance of Strong and Loyal Supplier Relationships- Bourbon | Maersk Reports Strong Earnings Despite Slower Global Activity | Gartner Reports Robust Growth in 2014 Worldwide Supply Chain Management and Procurement Software Revenues | Supply Chain Matters Initial Perceptions of the Gartner 2015 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings | This Week- Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference | Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning Technology Continues to Make a Presence | Lumber Liquidators Suspends All China Sourced Laminate Flooring Products | Bombardier Announces Partial IPO for Rail Business Unit | Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions of LiveWorx 2015 Conference | American Society of Transportation and Logistics to Merge with APICS | Supply Chain Matters Summary Impressions: JDA Software FOCUS 2015 Conference | Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of ISM | A Highly Visible Week for Apple and its Product Supply Chains | UPS Q1 Operating Results Imply Renewed Focus on Profitability- Implications for Online Fulfillment | Compounding U.S. Port Congestion with Little Concerted Industry Actions | Yet Another Recognition for Supply Chain Matters | Supply Chain Matters Update Four- JDA Software FOCUS 2015 Conference | Supply Chain Matters Update Three- JDA Software FOCUS 2015 Conference | Evidence of Changing Customer Dynamics in Aerospace Supply Chains | Supply Chain Matters Update Two: JDA Software FOCUS 2015 Conference | Supply Chain Matters Update One- JDA Software FOCUS 2015 Conference | Next Week for Supply Chain Matters- JDA Software’s FOCUS 2015 Conference | Will Wall Street’s Patience with Amazon Soon Expire? | Reinforcement of the Growing Need for Experienced Supply Chain Leadership | Apple is Once Again Practicing Supply Chain Segmentation and Risk Mitigation | Supply Chain Matters Earth Day Commentary- 2015 | Supply Chain Matters Q1-2015 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | Not a Good Week for Food Related Supply Chains in the U.S. | The Greening of China Based Textile and Apparel Producers | Bob Ferrari’s Guest Posting- Supply Chain Transformation and the Importance of Information Strategy | A Blunt Statement from Airbus’s CEO Regarding Cabin Equipment Suppliers | More Clear Signs of Turmoil and Changes for CPG Producers and Their Supply Chains | First 3D Printed Commercial Jet Engine Part Certified for Operational Use | Report Indicates Possible Potponement of Boeing South Carolina Unionization Vote | A Shifting of Supplier Relationship Strategy for General Motors | Survey of Retail and CPG CEO’s Reflects Today’s Realities of Higher Costs Associated With Online Customer Fulfillment | Predictive Commerce as an Enabler of Distribution Sensitive Industry Supply Chains | Airbus and Boeing Shipment and Orders Performance for the First Quarter | ISM’s 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Program- A Noteworthy Initiative | U.S. West Coast Ports Labor Union Caucus Recommends Contract Ratification | Perils of an Apple Supplier- Sharp Corporation | Report Indicating Samsung Electronics Will Supply Next Apple iPhone Processor Chip | Breaking Transportation News: FedEx Announces Intent to Acquire TNT Express | Investing in More Organic, Sustainable and Ethical Food Supply Chains | Fire Destroys General Electric Appliance Park Parts Warehouse | U.S. Supply Chain Activity Declines for Fifth Straight Month and You Likely Know Why | Noteworthy Supply Chain Tech News: LLamasoft and FusionOps | Supply Chain Segmentation Educational Webcast Now Available On-Demand | Report Indicates Wal-Mart Ratchets Up Pressures on Suppliers to Squeeze Costs | IBM Makes Major Commitment to Internet of Things and Analytics Enablement | A Report of Supplier Squeeze Practices Occurring Within Aerospace Supply Chains | Wal-Mart Plans Another U.S. Manufacturing Summit | Updated Supply Chain Matters Copyright Notice | Report Indicates Volvo Will Open a U.S. Auto Production Plant | Upcoming Webinar: Supply Chain Segmentation- The Key to More Predictable and Profitable Business Outcomes | Supply Chain Matters Tutorial- Pros and Cons of Zero-Based Budgeting | More on the Heinz-Kraft Mega-Merger | Andrew Liveris Shares Winning Formula for Manufacturers | A Stark Advisory for Ocean Container Shipping Lines With Multi-Industry Implications | An Important Milestone Reached in RFID Enabled Item-Level Tracking | Wal-Mart’s Laundry Detergent War- A Shot Across the Bow to a Longstanding Collaborator | More on FedEx Acquisition of GENCO and Bongo International | FedEx Impresses Wall Street with Positive Fiscal Third Quarter Results | Industry Disruptor: Tesla and the Automotive Driving Experience | Technology Responds to Consumer Demands for Specific Knowledge of Food Supply Chains | Labor Union Seeks Organizing Vote at Boeing South Carolina Facility | Boeing Production Head is Confident of Supply Chain Wide Capabilities | Announcing an Upcoming Webinar: Supply Chain Segmentation- The Key to More Predictable and Profitable Business Outcomes | Guest Contribution: The Product Information Supply Chain | Global Currency Movements Causing More Widespread Industry Supply Chain Concerns | Alcoa’s Strategic Positioning within Commercial Aircraft and Aerospace Supply Chains | The Voice of Commercial Aircraft Customers Grows Louder | Steelwedge Software Announces Supplemental Funding Round | Report That Foxconn is Close to Finalizing Plans for Massive Production Facility in Northern China | SAP to Trim Additional 2200 Jobs | Reports That Availability for Apple’s New Larger iPad Pushed Back | Global Trade Management Technology Provider Amber Road Acquires ecVision | Global Supply Chain Risk Exposures Report- Continued Reinforcement for More Risk-Balanced Sourcing Decisions | An Incredible 24 Hours of Headlines Involving Transportation Related Incidents in the United States | A Commentary Regarding E2open’s SAP Ring Fence Strategy | Supporting the Journey Toward Integrated Business Planning in an SAP Environment | Latest Reports of 2014 Smartphone Sales: Focus Beyond the Eye Catching Headlines | A Positive Example for Overcoming Effects of the U.S. West Coast Port Disruption | Thought Leadership Commentary Related to the U.S. West Coast Port Disruption | Lumber Liquidators’s China Based Supply Chain Linked to Reported Health Concerns | An Example of One Creative Technology Approach in Addressing U.S. West Coast Port Congestion | Maersk Line Reports Increased Q4 and 2014 Full Year Profitability: But at What Potential Price? | Kinaxis- A New Named Sponsor for Supply Chain Matters in 2015 | Breaking Tech News- Kinaxis Reports Significant Deal as Part of Fiscal Q4 and Full Year 2014 Results | Report of Alternative Supplier of Automotive Airbag Inflators | A Sudden CEO Leadership Change at Honda and Another Reinforcement of the New Product and Operations Grounded CEO | Breaking News: Tentative Agreement Reached in Labor Contract Talks Involving U.S. West Coast Ports | Highlights of Supply Chain Matters Briefing with Fieldglass, an SAP Company | Supply Chain Matters February 20th Update- U.S. West Coast Port Disruption | Added Evidence to Structural Business Changes Impacting Consumer Goods Producers | Another U.S. Train Derailment Involving Crude Oil Transport with Far Broader Implications | Reports of Apple Designing and Producing a Concept Electric Car | Report of Automotive Production Overcapacity Across China | The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk | New Senior Executive Changes at Bombardier Portend More Scrutiny of the CSeries Program | Crisis Among CPG Producers and Their Associated Supply Chains Continue: Three Important Strategies | Tesla Motors Operating Results Indicate Some Supply Chain Strains | Sentencing Begins from One of the Largest Warehouse Thefts in U.S. History | U.S. Auto Exports Expand in 2014 and So Does Supply Chain Capabilities | Update on Pending U.S. West Coast Ports Shutdown | A Disappointing Announcement from Apple | General Motors Discloses Cost of Product Recalls | Yum Brands Challenges Within China Continue: The Importance of Proactive Supplier Quality Management | Breaking: U.S. West Coast Ports Approaching Shutdown | Announcing JDA Software as a Lead Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Breaking Tech News: E2open, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired | SAP S4/HANA- The Next Iteration or Distraction of SAP Business Suite | MIT SCALE Research Expo- Another Great Event | Mercedes Benz USA Selects AM General as its First Contract Manufacturing Services Provider | Guest Posting: The Challenges and Obstacles of Big Data and Analytics Applied in Supply Chain and Commerce Decision-Making | Supply Chain Matters Update on Analytics Services and Software Provider Lokad | Positive Train Control Mandate for U.S. Railroads: Another Burdensome Cost or Opportunity? | Another Strategic Milestone for Smart Labeling Technology | Yet Another Indication that Acquired Supply Chain Skills Do Matter in Senior Leadership | Evidence of a New Business and Supply Chain Headwind: A Stronger U.S. Dollar | Apple Supply Chain Supports Spectacular iPhone Fulfillment Results | Breaking: Cereal Producer Post Holdings to Acquire MOM Brands | UPS Communicates Perceived Disappointing News to Wall Street | Supply Chain Matters Q4-2014 Newsletter Has Published | SCMR Interview with Drewry- Continued Turbulent Waters for Ocean Container Interests | Yet Another Concerning Commentary of Supply Chain Bullying | What’s Behind the Reported Volume Numbers from U.S. West Coast Ports? | “Extended Supply Chain” is the New Supply Chain | Target Pulls the Plug on Canadian Retail Operations- An Expensive Learning | Yet Another Acquisition for OpenText | Attractive Supply Chain Matters Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2015 | Holiday Retail Sales and the Impact of the Lower Cost of Oil | A Timely Call for Better Measures of Supply Chain Rankings and Success | Alarms for Data and Information Security for Internet of Things Initiatives | Recall Fallout: Investments in Automotive Parts Traceability and Service Supply Chains | U.S. Manufacturing Momentum- The Uncovering of Continuing Challenges | Adhering to One’s Declared Standards for Quality: Chipotle Mexican Grill Suspends Regional Pork Supplier | Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014 | Airbus and Boeing Both Declare Another Year of Outstanding Operational Performance in 2014 | Estimate of 2014 Desktop Online Holiday Sales Reinforces Permanent Consumer Shifts | Another Executive Leadership Change Affecting Bombardier CSeries Program | Supply Chain Matters Book Review: SAP Nation- Runaway Software Economy | Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Speak at Intesource E-Sourcing Innovation Conference | NeoGrid: An Up and Coming Industry Specific B2B Supply Chain Business Network Technology Provider | Breaking: Federal Mediation Invoked in U.S. West Coast Port Labor Negotiations | An Enhanced Looking Glass on Pharmaceutical and Drug Supply Chains in 2015 | Attractive Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Opportunities are Available for 2015 | Automotive OEM’s Hightened Sensitvity to Value Chain Quality and Service Networks | August Explosion at Auto Parts Factory in China- Authorities Clamp-Down on Workplace Safety | Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results | Top Ten 2014 Supply Chain “E” Lessons from a Process Industry Lens | Outlined Pitfalls for the Internet of Things for 2015 and Beyond | Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters | Two FedEx Acquisitions Point to Changing Needs and Market Dynamics for Third Party Logistics Services | Airbus Does Indeed Deliver the First A350 Aircraft | Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two | Peak Holiday Season Surge- The Final Crunch Begins | Supply Chain Matters 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One | A Supply Chain Matters Rant Regarding Headline Hype- Offshoring vs. Reshoring | How a Single Expensive Component Can Inhibit End-of-Year and Customer Fulfillment Goals | Supply Chain Planning Provider Kinaxis Completes Closing of Secondary Offering | BMW Announces New CEO with Engineering, Manufacturing and Operations Background | New EBook: The Case for Tightly Integrating New Product Introduction and Supply Chain Management | Update on Delta Airlines Supply Chain Vertical Integration Strategy | More on a Not So Good Week for Airbus- Open Debate on Product Strategy | A Sudden Delay in First Customer Delivery of the Airbus A350 | Ex-Apple Procurement Manager Sentenced- Have We Learned Anything? | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Industry and Global Supply Chain Predictions- Part Five | Automotive Service Networks Response to Crisis: Update Three- Expanded Recall Involving Suspected Defective Air Bag Inflators | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Industry and Global Supply Chain Predictions- Part Four | NTSB Releases Accident Findings from Previous 787 Dreamliner Battery Fires | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Global and Industry Supply Chain Predictions- Part Three | How the Ebola Outbreak Can Impact Industry and Global Supply Chains | Preliminary Data on Thanksgiving and Black Friday Shopping Trends- Mixed Results and Caution | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two | Added Significant News from SAP- The Pending Unveiling of a New Multi-Year Strategic Plan | Breaking News: Wal-Mart’s Chief Merchandising Officer for U.S. Retail Departs | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains-Part One | More Visibility to Amazon’s Fulfillment Center Automation Efforts | Severe Congestion and Paralysis Among U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Four | Added Visibility to the Challenges of an Apple Supplier- The Increased Importance of New Product Information Integration | Significant Announcements from SAP | Boeing Initiates Multi-Billion Long-Term Supply Agreement for Carbon Fiber Composite | Severe Congestion at U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Three | Maersk Reports Stronger Earnings but Continued Industry Warnings | Bombardier Features Video Status Update on C-Series Program | Revelation That GM Ordered Replacement Ignition Switches Weeks Before Formal Product Recall | Alibaba’s Enormous Online Commerce Potential | Wal-Mart Diffuses Black Friday in Favor of Extended Period of Holiday Promotions | Announced JDA and IBM Collaboration for Retail Omni-Channel Support Has Broader Implications | Planning for 2015 Technology and Services Marketing Budgets- Consider More Online Focused Programs | Information Disclosed in Bankruptcy Filing of Apple’s Sapphire Glass Supplier | Severe Congestion at West Coast Ports- The Perfect Storm Appears | Supply Chain Matters Impressions from the 2014 Infosys Industry Analyst Meeting | Breaking: Home Depot Data Hackers Gained Access With Stolen Vendor Credentials | Considerable Number of Bangladesh Garment Factories Fail 2014 Safety Checks | Supply Chain Matters Update Two: Automotive Service and Spare Parts Networks Respond to Crisis | Report on Arctic Northern Passage Shipping Volume | Another Important Indication of Chief Supply Chain Officer Agenda | Syracuse University’s Whitman School Announces Annual Salzberg Award Recipients | China Branded Trains Appearing in a U.S. Subway System | Severe Congestion at Key West Coast Ports Lead to Needs for Creative Actions | Boeing’s Latest Earnings Foretells Increased 787 Dreamliner Cost Pressures | Report That Foxconn is Considering the Building of a High-End LCD Plant | Automotive Service Supply Chains Undergo Even More Stress | Results Announced in APICS Student Team Competition | Constellation Brands- An Example of Bold Supply Risk Management Strategy | More Negative Visibility to Product Recalls and One Supplier in Automotive Supply Chains | Are Retailers Planning for the Most Optimistic Holiday Sales Scenarios? | Supply Chain Matters Q3-2014 Quarterly Newsletter Published | Supply Chain Matters Tech News Roundup- JDA Software; SAP; Arena Solutions | The Movement Toward Cheaper, Open Computing Compatible Servers Spells Opportunity for ODM and CMS Providers | Praise for the APICS International Student Competition in Supply Chain Management | Two Visible Examples on the Perils for Being an Apple Supplier | Canadian Pacific Railway Accelerating Crude Oil Shipments with Potential Impacts to Current Logjams | Boeing to Increase the Pace of 737 Production | Aceelerating Productivity Needs of Supply Chain Reference Model Initiatives | NRF Issues Optimistic Forecast of Holiday Sales- Be Watchful and Be Prepared | Breaking News: Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier Files for Protection Under Chapter 11 | HP’s Proposed Corporate Split- A Supply Chain Matters First-Take Perspective | FedEx and UPS Attempt to Influence Retailers to Avoid Holiday Ship Snafu Repeat | Industrial Robot Demand Reinforces Production Automation in Low Cost Manufacturing Regions | Publix Supermarkets Clamps Down on Coupon Abuse- What is this all About? | General Motors Attempts to Turn to a New Chapter of Growth, Customer Loyalty and Supply Chain Practices | Report Indicates Amazon Has Deployed New Sortation Centers in Preparation for Upcoming Holiday Surge | NTSB Issues Accident Investigative Report on 2013 UPS Cargo Plane Crash | EU Commission Approves Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Merger | Apple About to Clear New iPhone Product Release Hurdle Within China | First Airbus A320neo Completes Important Maiden Flight | Another Organized Labor Motivated Labor Walkout Involving Amazon in Germany | Samsung Counters Apple in a Tactical New Product Introduction Move Concerning China | FedEx Reports Fiscal Q1 Earnings Surge | The All-Important Apple Product Availability Weekend- Supply Chain Fulfillment Put to the Test | SAP Announces Intent to Acquire Concur- An Expensive Business Network Play | A Month of Noteworthy Enterprise, Supply Chain and B2B Business Network Technology Announcements | Germany’s ZF to Acquire TRW Automotive for Product Innovation Leveraging | Alcoa Announces Supply Deal with Boeing | A Time for Broader Technology Vision Across Supply Chain Execution Partner Ecosystems | Lululemon Reported to be Turning the Corner from Previous Supply Chain Snafu | Accelerating Productivity for Existing SAP APO Planning Teams | Many Signs of a Highly Competitive Online Holiday Buying Season | Gartner Announces Ranking of Top 15 European Supply Chains | A Report Profiling Apple’s First Responder EFFA Program | The Day of the Big Apple Product Announcements- Will the Supply Chain Deliver on High Expectations? | Breaking News: CMA-CGM Announces Ocean Three Service Sharing Alliance | Gartner Announces Top Ten Best Supply Chains in Asia Pacific Region | The U.S. Postal Service Suddenly Changes the Dynamics of Parcel Shipping and Online Commerce | Our Best Supply Chain Matters Readership Month To-Date | Connecting the Supply Chain to Corporate Performance and Successful Business Outcomes | The Tesla Gigafactory Site Selection is Made: Surprise-Surprise! | Another Warning Sign Concerning U.S. Manufacturing’s Continued Momentum | Oracle and SAP Legal Wrangling Reaches Another Milestone- Time to Move On | Significant Progress Reported in West Coast Port Labor Contract Talks- No Final Deal As Yet | Continued Good News Concerning U.S. Manufacturing Momentum- But Also A Cause for Concern | Warning of Increased Threat of Cyber Attacks on Global Port Facilities | Demoulas and Market Basket: An Extrordinary Retail Drama and Case Study | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule-August 29; McDonalds, Boeing, Oracle E-Business Suite | Contract Labor Practices Under the U.S. Regulatory Looking Glass | In Automotive Industry, Mexico is Indeed Becoming A North America and Export Production Center | Breaking: Report Indicates Apple is Preparing to Launch 12.9 Inch iPad in Q1 | Another Evidence Point on the White Hot Demand for Senior Supply Chain Executives | Napa Valley Assesses Damage to Wine Inventories and Production Equipment | Maersk Line’s Mid-Year Report Reflects Positive Results but with Broader Industry Implications | Fears Grow Over Earthquake and Volcanic Activity in Iceland- Implications to Air Traffic | Report of Apple iPhone 6 Supply Chain Scramble with Late Product Design Change | The Most Important Considerations in Your Organization’s Supply Chain Technology Investment Plans | Apple Takes Steps in Requiring Safer Supply Chain Substances | More Railcar Shortages Loom for U.S. Midwest- Grain Shipments Remain Impacted | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule: August 15; Google, Airbus, Boeing, HP | Samsung’s Announced Acquisition of SmartThings is Another IoT Strategy Play | Amazon Taking a Long View on India Online Market Penetration | The Tesla Gigafactory Site Selection Frenzy is Reaching Peak | The Catalyst for Rebuilding Component Supplier Networks in the U.S.- China’s Manufacturers | Report Indicates Apple iPad New Product Ramp-up Adding to NPI Pressures | What is the Hottest Job in Supply Chain Tech? | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule: August 8; APICS, Hapag-Lloyd, Resilinc | Boeing Initiates Tactical and Strategic Supply Chain Moves | Permanent Shifts in Consumer Shopping Trends Have Supply Chain Implications | A Different Investment Environment Concerning China- Differentiating Market and Supply Chain Sourcing Strategies | P&G Announces Significant Strategy Shift with Widespead Industry Supply Chain Impacts | A Weekend of Tragedy in China and Taiwan | Supply Chain Matters Again Cited as Top Supply Chain Website | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule- August 1; Apple, Amazon, West Coast Ports, D&B | Upcoming- Join Us at 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit | McDonalds Sticking with Supplier Under Fire | Supply Chain Matters Enhanced Research Center | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule for July 25- Zara, Pratt & Whitney, Hershey, Mars | Potential West Coast Port Disruption Raises Questions on Impacts to Upcoming Peak Shipping Period | Dassault’s Acquisition of Quintiq- Broader Simulation and Decision Support in Product Lifecycle Management | Another PTC Bold Move in Acquisition of Axeda to Ehance Internet of Things Technology Offerings | Breaking Technology News: PTC and Dassault Systemes Make Significant Acquisition Announcements of Axeda and Quintiq | Where is Apple’s Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing? | Once Again Another Apple New Product Ramp-up of the iPhone Supply Chain | Boeing Shares Current Reliability Performance of 787 Dreamliners | Another Aerospace Trade Show and More Orders: Is This a Cause for Additional Concern? | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule for July 17; UPS, Foxconn, Mondelez, Typhoon Rammasun | More Straight Talk and Action Related to Developing Needed Talent | Millennials: The Workers of Today, the Supply Chain Leaders of Tomorrow | Supply Chain Matters Q2 Newsletter Published | The Implications of the Announced Apple and IBM Alliance | Supply Chain Matters Announces Enhanced Research Center | A Lesson in Emerging Market Dynamics Within Consumer Electronics Supply Chains | A Replay of the RFID Standards Mess? – You Tell Us | Volkswagen Announces Expanded Investment in the United States | Supply Chain Matters News Capsule July 11: Google Shopping Express, Typhoon Neoguri, Accellos and High Jump Software Merger | Daimler Demonstration of the Driverless Truck | 2M Alliance Announced as the Alternative to Abandoned P3 Network | Government IT: A One Billion ERP and Logistics Systems Failure Still in the Light and Has Anything Been Learned? | Wal-Mart’s Efforts to Strategically Refocus its Business Models Surface in Business Media | Lingering Concerns Regarding U.S. West Coast Port Disruptions- The Implication of Shifting Trends Provide High Stakes | Airbus and Boeing Announce First-Half Commercial Aircraft Shipments | Unplanned Disruption for Boeing’s Supply Chain | The Fourth of July- Happy Independence Day | West Coast Port Labor Talks Continue | Gartner Revises Worldwide IT Spending Downwards- The Impact of the Cloud Taking Hold | Mexico Becoming More Attractive for Auto Production | Foxconn Continues to Hint at Building its own Branded Products and Services | PwC CEO Study Reflects More Optimistic Outlook While Creating Business Value in New Ways | Supply Chain Matters Friday News Capsule: June 27, 2014 | Impressions from the OpenText Industry Analyst Briefing | A Candid Expose of Target Stores CEO Leadership: A Rebellion from Within? | General Mills- The Latest CPG Firm to Seek More Aggressive Supply Chain Cost Savings | A Flood of Rumors Surround Apple’s Pending Product Launches with High Expectations | Service Supply Chains Put to the Ultimate Stress Test in the Automotive Industry | The Implications of SAP Run Simple for Supply Chain Applications Support | Supply Chain Matters Friday News Roundup | The State of U.S. Logistics is Once Again, Even More Concerning | Underwriters Laboratories Announces Broadened Sustainability Compliance Services | UPS Joins the Movement to Dimensional Pricing for 2015 | Boeing Supply Chain News Update | A Challenging Upcoming Period in Global Transportation | Breaking Transportation News- P3 Alliance Suspended | Important Technology Services News: Vishal Sikka Appointed CEO of Infosys Technology | Next Week- PTC Live Global 2014 | Automotive Component Supply Strategy Meets Sensitized Regulatory Environment | GAP Elects to Source Some Apparel Production within Myanmar | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference- Part One | Barnes and Noble to Source Nook Branded Readers and Tablets with Samsung | Uber Technologies Lofty Round of New Funding and Market Valuation | New Opportunities to be a Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters | Supply Chain Matters Friday News Roundup | Structural Changes in Retail Consumer Buying Trends Demands New Leadership and Investment Practices | The Inaugural Named Sponsor of Supply Chain Matters- Steelwedge Software | Breaking Technology News: E2open to Acquire SERUS Corporation | A Highly Visible Example to the Challenges of the Analytics Mindset | SAP’s Newly Articulated Supply Chain Applications Roadmap- S&OP and IBP are the Linchpin | Logility Announces Acquisition of MID Retail | Supply Chain Matters Executive Editor Named in Top Supply Chain Power Influencers | Amazon Reveals More Evidence Related to Leveraging Kiva Systems Based Automation | The Implications of FedEx’s Proposed Dimensional Pricing Change | Announced Demonstration of Printed NFC-Enabled Smart Label | Quantification of the Renewed Venture Capital Interest in Supply Chain Focused Technology and Services | Tomorrow’s Webinar: The Importance for Tightly Integrating Product and Supply Chain Management | What Comes Around: A Rating of Automotive OEM’s from Suppliers | Perceptions of the Gartner 2014 Top 25 Supply Chains Ranking | Accelerating Value for Existing SAP APO Planning Teams: Intrigo Systems | A Look Inside: Tesla Motors Fremont Manufacturing Facility | Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important | Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014 | Breaking Technology News: JDA Software Announces CEO Leadership Change | Manufacturers Remain Upbeat Concerning U.S. Factory Investment | The Need for More Active and Measurable Social Responsibility Committments | Join the Upcoming Webinar: The Importance for Tightly Integrating Product and Supply Chain Management | Next Week: IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit | Supply Chain Matters Friday News Snippets | Supply Chain Matters Interview Highlights: The Four Levels of Business Network Visibility | Recruiting the New Era of Retail and Online Fulfillment Leaders | Bayer Announces its Intention to Become the Number Two OTC Medicines Provider | The Interest Level in Supply Chain Control Tower Capabilities | Another Round of Senior Management Re-Alignment for SAP | Follow-Up: Continued Labor Unrest in China’s Footwear Sector | Supply Chain Matters Q1-2014 Newsletter Has Published | Salary Survey Data For Procurement and Supply Management Indicates Troubling Trends | Follow-up on Announced Supply Chain Council Merger with APICS | Breaking News: CSX Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails and Bursts Into Flames | 2014 First Quarter Financial Results Provide Industry-Specific Supply Chain Implications | Breaking News: Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS | Supporting the Journey for S&OP Insight Driven Outcomes Utilizing SAP | Update on Supply Chain Vertical Integration Strategy at Delta Airlines | Published Report Indicates that Kinaxis IPO is Close | Breaking News: Revelation that Amazon is Piloting its Own Package Delivery Network | E2open, Inc.: A Continuing Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | Home Depot’s New Embrace of Online Customer Fulfillment | Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference | Interview Highlights: The Intersection of Supply Chain Design and Operations Implementation | Customer Segmentation Meets Continued Labor Unrest in High Volume Manufacturing Regions | Another Reported Work Stoppage Incident at Amazon’s German Fulfillment Centers | Reminders of Tighter Information Linkages Among Product Management and the B2B Supply Chain | Breaking News: Deal Reached in Hapag-Lloyd – CSAV Merger | SAP Supplier InfoNet- An Impressive Application with Lots of Potential to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk | P&G Selling Bulk of its Pet Food Business to Mars- A Supply Chain Leverage Opportunity | Product Recalls Among Two Automotive OEM’s- Which is the More Significant? | India Based Ranbaxy Laboratories Acquired- Quality Conformance Remains an Issue | Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads Conference | Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Web 3.0 Enables the Smart Supply Chain Network | Reports of Suitors for IBM’s Semiconductor Operations | Boeing Announces Q1 Delivery Performance for Commercial Aircraft: The Good and Not So Good News | Further Announcements in Item-Level Printed Sensor Technology | Two Contrasts in Contract Manufacturing Direction for Apple Suppliers | BMW Announces Significant Investment in U.S. Manufacturing | Lululemon Improving But Supply Chain Challenges Remain | Canada Attempts to Legislate Solutions to Rail Bottlenecks | Hotel Space at Supply Chain World North America Conference Becoming Limited | A Sobering Report on the Target Credit Card Hack | SAP Announces Intent to Acquire Fieldglass for Cloud-Based Contract Labor and Services Technology Support | Commodity Price Trends in Calender Q1 Reflect a Mixed Picture | P3 Network Gains U.S. Maritime Approval as Concerns Widen | FAA Releases its Report on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner- A Consistent Theme | FedEx CEO Points the Finger at Online Retailers | When Market Dynamics Become the Obvious the Supply Chain has Lost an Advantage | Web 3.0- The Convergence of the Internet of People (IoP) with the Internet of Things (IoT) Resulting in the Internet of Everything (IoE) | Oracle Announces New Innovation Management Application | A B2B Network Provider that Gets the Importance for Connecting Product Management | SAP Ariba Announces Application Supporting Supply Chain Risk Mitigation | Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Three Must-Dos for Procurement in 2014 | Consider Attending the Supply Chain World North America Conference | Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of APICS | U.S. Western Region Rail Shipment Disruptions Impacting Industry Supply Chains | Reports of Easing Tensions Concerning Work Stoppage at IBM Facility in Shenzhen | Dear IBM Investor- We are Investing Seriously in the New Paradigms for Computing Platforms | ToolsGroup Announces Application of Machine Learning Technology Applied to Product Demand Forecasting | Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning SOR Reflects Compelling Trend | Breaking News- Boeing Indicates Manufacturing Defect in Some Dreamliner Wing Structures | Staples- Yet Another Indicator of the Profound Implications of Omni-Channel Commerce | Product Demand Response Challenges Among Aerospace Supply Chains Showing New Market Realities | The Effects of Asset Management Strategies- Who Really Owns Accountability for Overall Risk Management? | General Hospital Has Been Cancelled! – A Need for Renewed Emphasis on Healthcare Supply Chain Management | Report that Apple is on a Supply Chain Management Talent Binge Across Asia | Maersk CEO Forecasts Flat Profitability Growth in 2014- Industry Overcapacity Exists Through 2016 | Home Depot Succession Planning- Another Reminder that Supply Chain Experience Does Matter | Tentative Agreement Reached in Panama Canal Widening Project Dispute | Tesla’s Gigafactory Announcement- Another Movement Toward Supply Chain Vertical Integration | Announcements for Two New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes for the U.S. | When It Comes to Collaborating with Amazon, the Gloves Come Off | Existing Challenges Among CPG Supply Chains Call for Straight Talk | Innovation in Mid-Market PLM Software- Arena Solutions | More on How the Airbus A350 Program is Integrating PLM and SCM Processes | Praise to Wal-Mart and its Olympics Ad: I Am a Factory | Out of the Ashes- Japan Display Prepares for IPO | Supply Chain Matters Commentary Regarding Apple’s 2013 Listing of Suppliers | India’s Drug Manufacturing Regulators Reach Out to the U.S. FDA | Praise for the Release of Apple’s 2014 Annual Supplier Responsibility Report | The Most Important Implications of the Volkswagen Chattanooga Unionization Vote | The Five Year Anniversary of Supply Chain Matters | Unique Challenges for CPG Supply Chains Continue with Varied Dimensions | Report That P3 Alliance has Likely U.S. Approval with Conditions | Airbus Amps Visibility to A350 Certification Testing and Customer Delivery Milestones | Reports of Stalemate Leading to Significant Delay in Panama Canal Expansion | Startling Revelation that Foxconn is Collaborating with Google on Advanced Robotics | Join Supply Chain Matters at the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference | Noted Survey: Challenges for Procurement Teams at Mid-Market Firms | Reports that IBM is Looking to Divest of Semiconductor Chip Manufacturing | Additional Supplier Tremor Within the Boeing Supply Chain | Kellogg Company Multi-Year Project K Initiative Unfolds | Why the Blame on Factory and Supply Chain Weakness? | E2open Latest Release- A Step Closer to One Network Integrated Planning and Execution | Elementum Launches in the Supply Chain Cloud | A New Awareness Surrounding Legacy ERP Systems | New Dimensions Revealed Concerning the Target Data Breach | Lenovo Makes Major Moves to Leverage Global Supply Chain Scale | Aerospace Supply Chains: The Good News-Bad News Reality Brings Investor Awareness | Supply Chain Matters Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | Report that Foxconn in Talks to Build U.S. Factories | Another Supply Crisis Across Pharmacuetical Supply Chains | Amazon’s Anticipatory Shipping Patent Should Raise Eyebrows | Honda and Japananese Automotive OEM’s Increase U.S. Production Based Exports | Apple’s Fiscal Q1 Earnings Points to More Supply Chain Implications | Increased Troubles for Generic Drug Producer Ranbaxy | What Supply Chain and B2B Teams Should Expect in 2014 | Supply Chain Matters Web Site Changes Underway for 2014 | A Currency Crisis Surrounds Argentina | Another Incident of Bribery Charges Surrounding Apple’s Value-Chain | The Implications of Omni-Channel Commerce Are More Profound for Supply Chain Leaders | MIT Research Expo 2014- Smart Minds are in Supply Chain Management | Delta Airlines Financial Results Indicate an Updated Perspective on Supply Chain Vertical Integration | Activist Investor is Granted Mondelez Board Seat | Report that Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV Nearing Merger Deal | The Argument for Incremental vs. Disruptive Supply Chain Innovation | Labor Union Election Defeated at Amazon U.S. Facility | The U.S. Automotive Industry Needs Updated Finished Goods Benchmarks | Bombardier Aerospace Elects to Delay First Delivery of CSeries Aircraft | Airbus and Boeing both Declare an Outstanding 2013 | Ranking of 2014 U.S. Business Risks Points Squarely at Supply Chain Disruption | What Were the Important Lessons from the 2013 Holiday Buying Surge? | Supply Chain Certification Contrasted and Explained | Collaboration According to Boeing | Supply Chain Matters Coming Attractions: A Short Interlude and Exciting New Features | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions- Part Two | PTC Acquires Internet of Things Platform Provider ThingWorx | The Compensation for the Leader of the Number One Rated Supply Chain | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions- Part One | Smuggling Tunnel Discovered Between Hong Kong and Shenzhen | Garment Worker Labor Unrest Reported Across Cambodia | The Blame Game Surrounding the 2013 Holiday Surge | Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters | Boeing Machinists to Vote on 777x- After All | Apple Deal with China Mobile Finally Done | Steelwedge to Extend Functionality and Tap the Salesforce Platform | FedEx Fiscal Q1- Restructuring Efforts Yield Positive Results | Oracle’s Q2 Fiscal Earnings Leave Open Questions for Enterprise Software Vendors | Let’s All Recognize the Unspoken Heroes of the Holiday Season | ISM Semiannual Forecast Points to Lots of Optimism Among U.S. Manufacturers | Approval of Proposed P3 Network Alliance will Extend Further Into 2014 | When a Supplier has too much Reliance on a Key Customer | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Eight | German Labor Union Planning More Labor Actions Against Amazon | Leveraging Packaging Optimization for Supply Chain Benefits | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Seven | FLA Issues Report Card on Foxconn- More Suppliers to be Included in Audits | Reports of Continued Breakdown in 777x Talks Involving Boeing and its Seattle Labor Unions | Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2014 | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Six | Lessons From a Flawed Software Deployment Plan | Another Tragic Reminder to the Implications of Supply Chain Social Responsibility | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Five | Bombardier Changes Commercial Aircraft Sales Leadership with Supply Chain Implications | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Four | General Motors Selects Mary Barra as New CEO | Robotics are the Far More Profound Headline for Amazon | Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Three | A Thumbs-Up for McCormick and its CEO | Amazon’s Drone Announcement | The Supply Chain Matters Blog 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Two | The Supply Chain Matters Blog 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part One | Breaking News- Two Ocean Container Lines in Merger Talks | Predictions of Information Technology Trends | Report that Boeing has Initiated RFP’s for 777x Production Sites | Supply Chain Matters Coming Attractions- 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains | Preliminary Estimates of Weekend Shopping Data Raise Caution Flags | ThyssenKrup Announces Sale of Alabama Steel Finishing Facility | A Milestone for the U.S. Automotive Industry and its Supply Ecosystem | Boeing Warns of Engine Icing Risk on 787 Dreamliner | 2013 Holiday Buying Surge is About to Begin and Supply Chains are Put to the Test | Massive Cargo Airplane Incident- What Really Happened? | Cloud-Based B2B Platform Vendor E2open Achieves ISO 27001 Certification | 2014 Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Supply Chain Matters Blog | Retail Consortiums Approach Agreement on Safety Standards for Bangladesh Garment Factories | Summit of Global Regulators Called in Conjunction with P3 Shipping Alliance | This Weekend Was a Huge Milestone for Aerospace Supply Chains | Surprise-Surprise: Heinz Announces North America Plant Closures | Supply Chain Matters Update Commentary on Effects of Typhoon Hiayan | What Should Supply Chain and Online Fulfillment Teams Anticipate in the Holiday Surge? | Starbucks Cited in a $2.8 Billion Arbitration Award | A Disturbing Account of the Implications of Virtual Capacity | Our Supply Chain Matters Tribute to Veterans | Largest Recorded Typhoon Impacting the Philippines | Wal-Mart Dot Com Experiences a Visible Pricing Glitch | Kellogg Embarks on Multi-Year Supply Chain Efficiency and Effectiveness Initiative | Apple Secures U.S. Source for Sapphire Based Materials | Is Your Organization Prepared for the Rapidly Accelerating Changes in Retail and B2C Supply Chains? | Breaking Technology News: OpenText Announces Acquisition of B2B Platform Provider GXS | Boeing to Source 777X Design Engineering Outside Seattle | Tech Big-Guns are Drafted to Fix Healthcare Dot Gov | Strong Earthquake Strikes Taiwan | Study on Vendor Managed Inventory Processes Points to Need for More Real-Time Information | Report that Google is Sourcing Volume Suppliers for a Smartwatch Product Launch | SK Hynix Reports Record Profits Amid Continuing Recovery from Recent Factory Fire | Post Supply Chain Snafu- Lululemon Athletica Hires New Product Chief | Apple’s Earnings Announcement Points to More Supply Chain Challenges | How Executives Can Make a Powerful Presence in Speaking at Conferences | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of 2013 Kinexions Conference- Part Two | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of 2013 Kinexions Conference- Part One | Smart Collaboration Strategies with Channel Partners | Update on Current Flooding Conditions in Thailand | Cloud Computing Continues to Impact ERP Vendor Financial Results | Noteworthy Research on the Viewpoints of Senior Supply Chain Executives | Supply Chain Matters Activities During the Week of October 21 | Supply Chain Disruption Alert: Major Fire at Brazil Port Warehouse Complex | Another Reported Glitch in an Operational Boeing 787 Dreamliner | Apple- Case Study on the Tensions Between Sales & Marketing and the Supply Chain | A Sign of Advances in Item Tracking Technology- First Stand Alone Sensor in Printed Electronics | Revisited Lessons of the Tata Nano | Amazon Upping the Ante in Online Consumer Staples Replenishment | The Supply Chain Matters Q3-2013 Newsletter Has Published | Huge Cyclone Threatens India’s East Coast Region | A Visible Case Study of Complacency in China Operations | A Call for Safeguards for Avoiding Both Passenger and Air Cargo Pilot Fatigue | Supply Chain Matters Alert- Flooding in Thailand Reaches Bangkok Industrial Park | Chrysler Places Principles Above Supply Chain Goal Fulfillment | A Great Idea- Manufacturing Day 2013 | Good News- Maersk Executive Declares the Glory Days of Shipping Are Over | The Effects of the U.S. Government Shutdown on Industry Supply Chains | A Trio of Reports with a Common B2C Online Fulfillment Theme | BMW’s i-Car Introduces More Innovative Production and Supply Methods | More Glitches Reported for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle OpenWorld- Commentary Four | What Do Current Teardown Analysis Concerning the New Apple iPhones Imply? | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle OpenWorld- Commentary Three | Labor Work Stoppages Reported in Bangladesh | Supply Chain Matters Attendance of Oracle OpenWorld- Commentary Two | Supply Chain Matters Attendance of Oracle Open World- Commentary One | Landmark MIT Study on U.S. Manufacturing Competiveness Needs | Next Week on Supply Chain Matters- Oracle Open World Coverage | Yet Another Premiere Week for Aerospace Product Development and Supply Chain Teams | Positive Transformation Underway Within Kraft Integrated Supply Chain | How Predictive Analytics Can Be Applied to Forecasting Upcoming Holiday Retail Sales | Google’s Motorola Moto X Made in the USA Value Chain- Not | The State of S&OP Processes Spanning Global Supply Chains | An Update on Lululemon and its Ongoing Supply Chain Challenges | Consider Attending Upcoming Supply Chain Council Regional Executive Briefings | Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Deliver Keynote at the 2013 PRISM Users Group Meeting | Apple’s Latest Product Launch Places Supply Chain with Enormous Challenges | Another Well Timed Report of Alleged Labor Rights Abuses Regarding an Apple Supplier | News of Last Week’s Factory Fire at DRAM Facility Provides Deja Vu on the Effects of Unexpected Supply Disruption | A U.S. West Coast Reminder of Potential Value-Chain Disruption Risk | The Implications of Samsung’s Smartwatch Product Announcement | Mondelez International- When Cost Savings Pressures Reach Extremes | Supply Chain Matters Impressions on Gartner’s Top 25 Asia Pacific Supply Chain Rankings | The Paradigm Shift Towards U.S. Manufacturing- More Evidence, Momentum and Commitment | Mitsubishi Incurs Significant Delay in MRJ Program | Wal-Mart Responds to Shareholder Inquiries Regarding Social Responsibility Practices | An Estimate of Disaster Costs in the First Half of 2013 | SAP Adjusting Some Software Maintenance Policies | New U.S. FDA Standards Proposed for Imported Food Inspection | More Recognition for the Unappreciated Art of Supply Chain Management | Current State of Online Retail Reinforces High Sensitivity to Shipping Options | Apple’s iPhone New Product Production Ramp Validated by Business Media | Maersk Surprises with a More Optimistic Profit Forecast | Yet More Evidence to the Ongoing Existence of Industry Supply Chain Risk | A Supply Chain Matters Sampling of the Bizarre | More Recognition of Structural Change in Global Transportation | A Supply Chain Matters Commentary Regarding Inventory Performance Trending | Your S&OP Analytics: Crystal Ball or Ball and Chain? | External Forces Drive Positive Change for Automotive Suppliers | Breaking News- UPS Cargo Plane Crashes in Birmingham Alabama | Chinese Cargo Vessel Utilizes Artic Sea Routing | Social Media Mechanisms Recognized as Important Tools in Supply Chain Risk Management | Supply Chain Matters Highlights from Infosys 2013 Global Analyst Summit | Join Bob Ferrari in Next Week’s Steelwedge Webinar | Most Important Player in Apparel Sourcing is Brought to the Light of Media | Ford Motor’s Capacity Expansion Accomplishment Comes with a Historic Perspective | Spirit AeroSystems Plans to Divest of Two Aircraft Component Plants | Join Bob Ferrari at the Bryant University 6th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit | Fonterra Must Deal with the Latest Contamination Incident | Mega Ships Have Important Implications to Global Port Economics and Futures | Sony’s Consumer Electronics Business Returns to Profitability | Two Important Developments Affecting More Positive Inbound Commodity Cost Trends | E2open’s Acquisition of icon-scm- An SAP Response | Breaking Supply Chain Technology News- E2open Acquires Icon-SCM | Next Up- Infosys 2013 Global Analyst Summit | Breaking News: China Labor Watch Alleges Labor Rights Violations at Pegatron Factories | Boeing’s Q2 2013 Performance- Impressive but more Supply Chain Hurdles to Come | Troubling Industry Norms Within Apparel Supply Chains Now in the Light | Apple’s Fiscal Q3 Earnings- A Sign That its Supply Chain’s Biggest Test is Yet to Come | Join Us in an August Webinar Addressing Predictive Analytics and S&OP | Continued Supply Chain Fallout from the 2011 Japan Earthquake | Breaking News: CEO Management Change for SAP | Emerging Market Revenue Declines Come Home to Roost for Software and IT Vendors | Important Announcements in Supply Chain and Service Management Technology Made This Week | The Supply Chain Matters Q2-2013 Newsletter Has Published | Finally- Signs of Reality Awareness in Global Transportation | More Evidence to the Importance of Close Coordination Among Product Development and Supply Chain | Positive News and Developments Concerning Bangladesh | Healthy Debate and Perspectives on Who Assumes Logistics Supply Chain Risk | Chinese Regulatory Agencies Step-Up Multi-Industry Probes | Mars Invests in $270 Million Production Facility in the U.S. | Our Independence Day Wish | U.S. Automotive Supply Chains Increase Fulfillment for Export Markets | Foxconn Continues to Shift Strategies to Combat Market Forces | Additional News Related to Apple’s Supply Risk Diversification Plans | Two Contrasting Examples of How Supply Chain Process Capabilities Matter | Rolls-Royce Continues to Address Extraordinary Supply Chain Business and Service Lifecycle Management Challenges | Barnes and Noble Nook Changes its Business and Supply Chain Course | Oracle’s Cloud Strategy Takes a Dramatic Turn | The State of U.S. Logistics is Once Again Troubling | Supply Chain Matters Guest Response- Aerospace and Defense Companies Need to Fly in New Formation Called the Extended Enterprise | Stark Contrasts Across Global Automotive Supply Chains | Amazon’s Labor Troubles in Europe Continue | Wal-Mart’s Online Fulfillment Plans Are Under the Looking Glass | Breaking News: A Major Announcement in the Ocean Container Shipping Industry | A Premiere Week for Aerospace Industry Supply Chains and a New Challenge | Evaluating Technology Vendor Capabilities to Enable Supply Chain Control Towers | Global and Domestic Transportation Rate Increase Announcements Begin Along with the Many Implications | A Major Milestone for the Airbus A350 Completed | Opportunity Prevails- Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Promotion | The Transformation of Manufacturing is Underway- Is Your Organization Prepared? | Lululemon Athletica Supply Chain Snafu- Recovery Underway | Proven Formulas for Manufacturers in Surviving Tough Economic Times | How to Measure the Right Supply Chain Metrics | Unilever’s Recognition is on the Rise | Major Component Sourcing Shift for Samsung | Supply Chain Disruption Alert- Unprecedented European and U.S. Storms and Flooding | Supply Chain Matters Book Review: Global Tilt by Ram Charan | IBM Signals Intent to Add More Depth to Cloud Computing | Executive Changes in SAP Cloud Computing Leadership | Ocean Container Carriers Again Seek Freight Rate Increases | China Poultry Plant Fire- One of the Worst Factory Incidents in Years | Motorola to Produce Smartphone in the United States | Business Media Confirms Apple’s Supply Chain Segmentation and Risk Diversification Strategy | Building Supply Chain Control Tower Capabilities- Focus on the Foundational B2B Network | Another Case Study on the Importance of End to End Online Fulfillment | A Brilliant Yet Simple Application of Technology- Hailo | More Significant Evidence of the Implications of Shifting Global Transportation Needs and Modes | Initial Impressions from the 2013 IBM Smarter Commerce Summit | Technology Providers Now Responding with Predictive Analytics Offerings for Key Business Processes | Newly Released IBM CPO Study Provides Important Findings | The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks Across the Global Supply Chain | 2013 SAP Sapphire Conference- Much More Focused and On Message | The Gaps in Geographic Product Sourcing Get Narrower | One Day Work Stoppage Occurs at Three Amazon Facilities in Germany | Latest Teardown of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Provides Ample Evidence of Sourcing Prowess | Will IBM Up Its Game in B2B and Supply Chain Technology Solutions? | More Developments Concerning Bangladesh | A Different Example of a Changing Contract Manufacturing Model in Consumer Electronics | Bloomberg Lists 100 Companies with Top CEO to Worker Pay Gap Ratios | SAP Announces HANA Enterprise Cloud | Bangladesh- The Challenges Related to Global Apparel Sourcing Require Timely Action and Committment | Differentiating the Capabilities of the Top Supply Chain Management Software Providers | Yet Another Chapter in the Global Ocean Container Industry Over-Capacity Conundrum | Reported Settlement in Port of Hong Kong Labor Disruption | The Supply Chain Matters Q1-2013 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | Praise to the Sony Executive Team | UPS Q1-2013 Earnings Highlights and Implications | Impacts of Contraction in Europe and Possibly China Should be of Concern | Labor Disruption Involving Port of Hong Kong Enters its Fifth Week | Incidents of Counterfeit Heatburn Treatment Drugs Discovered in Europe | Two of the World’s Most Competitive Supply Chains Adjust to Different Business Needs | New Sponsorship Program Announced for Supply Chain Matters Blog | FedEx Renews Multi-Billion Postal Service Contract | Latest Bangladesh Factory Tragedy Must Motivate a Call To Action | A Confirmation of the Profitability and Continued Risk of Counterfeit Drugs and Goods | Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting: A Perspective on Supply Chain Management Skills in Demand | April 14-April 20; A Rather Disturbing Week of Global Tragedy | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Nine | Differentiating Global Production Sourcing Strategy- Samsonite | There Are Way Too Many Information Leaks Across Certain Global Supply Chains | When a Key Supplier Transforms Itself to a Brand Owner | Hong Kong Port Strike Now Well Into Its Second Week | Addressing Information Risk Across the Supply Chain | Yet Another European Product Recall Incident Involving Horsemeat | Hon Hai Precision Revenues Disappoint with Additional Implications | Continued New Milestones for Supply Chain Matters Blog Readership | Labor Strike Threat Reported at Amazon German Facility | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Eight | Global Supply Chain Activity for Q1-2013 Reflects Resiliency with One Big Exception | Supply Chain Disruption Alert- Hong Kong Port Strike Drags On | More News on Apple Portends a New Phase of Strategic Supply Chain Challenges | Increased Concerns for Information Security and IP Protection Concerning China Operations | Upcoming Appearances for Bob Ferrari in April 2013 | Fonterra- The Next Chapter in Turning Supply Chain Risk Into Opportunity | Supply Shifts Involving the Fallout of Apple and Samsung More Evident | Russia and China Ink Significant Energy Supply Agreements | Continued Stark Reminders of the Existence of Supply Chain Risk | Does Technology Selection Need Yet Another Assessment and Evaluation Mechanism? | Alarming Reports Linking Incidents of Cybercrime to Increased Outsourcing | What’s Up With Oracle?- Depth, Execution and Timetable of Cloud Offerings | A Week of Two High Profile Supply Chain Snafus- Commentary Two | A Week of Two High Profile Supply Chain Snafus- Commentary One | A Radically Changed International Air Freight Environment Prompts a FedEx Earnings Thud | Announced Deal Has Major Impact on Global Generic Pharmaceutical Drug Distribution | In Civilian Aerospace- Supply Chain Capacity and Delivery Capability Are Indeed Important | Supply Chain Matters Cited in Listing of 100 Elite Resources for Logistics | Validation of Continued Abuse of Shippers by the Ocean Container Industry | Another Setback for Sharp- Qualcomm’s Second Investment is Delayed | Supply Chain Matters Update on SAP Acquisition of Ariba | Online Fulfillment and E-Commerce Challenges Magnified in Developing Economies | The State of Standards Adoption in Consumer Goods and Retail Supply Chains | The Other Side of Samsung- Increased Scrutiny on Tolerance to Supplier Labor Practices | Brazil’s Port Infrastructure Remains Troublesome | Supply Chain Matters Included in Top 25 Most Influential Supply Chain Management Blogs | Bombardier’s New C-Series Regional Jet- Can a Disruptor Compete with Aerospace Giants? | The Movement Toward Natural Gas Powered Transportation Equipment is Welcomed News | Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Crisis- Commentary Seven | China Assumes Role of World’s Largest Net Importer of Oil | Contract Manufacturer Pegatron Garners Benefits from Diversification | China’s Leaders Point to Urbanization as Future Driver of Economic Growth | The Latest Strategic Investment in Sharp is Eye Opening for Apple | A Stunning Public Disclosure from Pratt and Whitney Regarding Faulty Supplier Testing | Boeing’s Lithium Ion Battery Supplier Takes a Different Public View | Consider the CREATE Organization for Needs in IP Protection and Corrupt Practices Mitigation | Amazon’s Temp Labor Practices Draw Scrutiny and the Implications are Far Reaching | E2open- A Continuing Sustaining Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | A Look Back Reflection on the Adoption of Online B2B Commerce- Part Two | Four Years After: Peanut Corporation of America Executives Face Criminal Indictments | Aberdeen Group Adopts Open Research Model | Breaking News- SAP Acquires SmartOps | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Six | Will Current Increased Fuel Prices Extend Into 2013? | Demonstrations of Successful Supplier Business Strategies | Reports of Foxonn Freezing Hiring in China Have Broader Implications | Another Potential Boeing Challenge | What Differentiates Supply Chain Matters | Our View of the Implications of a New Wave of Mega Acquisitions | An Uncharacteristic Stumble for Nissan | Airbus Elects Non Lithium Ion Batteries | Global Currency Tensions on the Increase | President Obama’s State of the Union Address was Visionary | Hewlett Packard Tightens its Labor Standards within China | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program In Crisis- Commentary Five | Time to Address the Critical State of U.S. Ports and Waterways Infrastructure | Another Warning of Fake Cancer Drugs | A Friday Rant: Pay for Opinion Content | 2013 Predictions Research Report Now Available | GE Aviation Moves Toward Supply Chain Vertical Integration | Will SAP Learn the Importance of Voice of the Customer? | Global Supply Chain Activity for January Reflects Positive Signposts | IDC Reports Fourth Quarter Tablet Shipment Actuals with Some Surprises | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Four | Foxconn to Support More Open Union Representation | Auto Suppliers Continue to Embrace Diversification as Survival Strategy | Tentative Agreement Reported in U.S. East Coast Labor Contract Negotiations | Kinaxis- A Continuing 2013 Lead Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog | World Economic Forum Research Report Reflects on Global Supply Chain Risk | Amazon’s Financial Results- Look to Trends Behind the Numbers | Nintendo Supply Chain Deals With Change in the Business Plan | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program in Crisis- Commentary Three | Toyota’s New Crown as Global Leader- At What Cost? | The Business Results of Zara Stem from its Founder | China’s College Students Shun Manufacturing Careers- Overcoming Stigmas | Select European Manufacturers Financial Results Portend the Need for Agile Strategies | Samsung Q4-2012 Results- A Supply Chain Matters Perspective | China Sets Aggressive Goals for High Tech Manufacturing Sector | Apple’s Q1-2013 Quarterly Results- A Supply Chain Matters Perspective | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program Remains in Crisis- Commentary Two | 2013 Sponsorships are Available | Li & Fung Challenged with Creditability Crisis | Wal-Mart Mandates New Supplier Sub-Contracting Policies | The Supply Chain Matters Q4-2012 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | An NPR Interview Featuring Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne | SAP’s New Business Suite Announcement Draws Mixed Reviews | The One Year Anniversay of the Costa Concordia Accident- What Have We Learned? | Wal-Mart Makes Some Noteworthy Commitments | Reports of Apple iPhone Supply Contraction- Tempest in a Tea Pot | Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Program Continues to Stress | GT Nexus and TradeCard Announce a Merger: A Significant Market Development | Larry Lapide Cited for Lifetime Achievement | New York Dockworkers Walk Out of Regional Talks | Guest Posting: Information Driven Innovations in Supply Chain- Part Two | A Low-Priced Apple iPhone Has Considerable Supply Chain Implications | Warren Buffet’s Strategic Investments in U.S. Transportation Are Reaping Benefits | Guest Posting: Information Driven Innovation in Supply Chain- Part One | Evidence of Stepped-Up Technology Investments in Aerospace in 2013 | Technical Difficulties | Another Concerning Incident Involving the Boeing 787 Dreamliner | Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting: My Ten Thoughts for Supply Chains in 2013 | Global Supply Chain Activity for December Reflects a Consistent Picture With One Surprise | Gartner Revises 2013 IT Spending Forecast | Reports of Strategic Supply Changes Underway at Apple | Boeing- An Industry Leader Declaration | The Real Headline for the Global Automotive Industry in 2013 | Supply Chain Matters Book Review: Supply Chain Network Design | Supply Chain Matters Book Review: Supply Chain Transformation by Richard Sherman | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions- Honarable Mentions | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Seven | Guest Posting- The Learning for Retailers from the 2012 Holiday Buying Season | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Six | U.S. East Coast Port Strike Scenario Looms Much Lower in Probability | Wal-Mart to Initiate Audits of U.S. Third-Party Distribution Facilities | A Potential Supply Stumble for P&G Turned Into a Market Win | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Five | Happy Holidays from Supply Chain Matters | General Electric Acquires Avio to Insure Aerospace Supply Chain Continuity | Boeing Hits 2012 Delivery Target for 787 Dreamliner | JDA Software and RedPrairie Complete Their Merger | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Four | What SAP Supply Chain Management Users Can Expect in 2013 | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Three | Global Supply Chain Alert- Threat of U.S. East and Gulf Coast Dock Strike Looms Closer | More Definitive Signs of a Significantly Changed Contract Manufacturing Model for High Tech | Breaking Shipping News: German Ocean Container Lines Talk Merger | A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Investing in U.S. Manufacturing | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Two | A Guest Posting: Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Surge Point to Singificant Change and Fulfillment Challenges | Addressing Complex Project and Asset Management Needs in the Utilities Industry | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part One Commentary | Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains | Another Edition of Rumors from the Apple Supply Chain | Next Up on Supply Chain Matters- 2013 Predictions | A Billion Dollar Failed Software Implementation- Why? | More Information Comes to Light Regarding the Latest Bangladesh Factory Fire | New Product Introduction and Potential Model Image Problems Accelerate for Ford | Apple’s Announcement to Move Some Manufacturing to the U.S.- Expedient or Opportunistic? | Boeing 787 Dreamliner Incidents and Consequent Supply Chain Issues Continue | Another Classic Tale of Non-Alignment Among the Business and the Supply Chain Strategy | Hoorah- West Coast Port Strike Settled | West Coast Port Strike- Supply Chain Matters Update Two | Canada Based Start-up BufferBox Acquired by Google | U.S. FDA Begins to Initiate Increased Regulatory Powers- A Painful Awareness for Industry Players | California Port Strike Enters its Fourth Day- Time for Risk Mitigation Planning | 2013 Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorships Available | Additional Calls for Increased Air Cargo Safety | Is Apple Experiencing Production Problems with the iPad Mini? | Next Week- Supply Chain Control Tower Part Two Webinar Presentation: Prepare for Take Off | A High Stress Period for S&OP and Supply Chain Planning Teams in B2C Supply Chains | Bangladesh Apparel Factory Fire Draws Protests and Calls for Action | Happy Thanksgiving from Supply Chain Matters | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Four | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Three | Distinguished Transportation and Supply Chain Management Honorees- Don Ralph and Mike Haverty | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Two | Nintendo Supply Chain Facing Big Challenges This Coming Holiday Season | Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part One | More Evidence Concerning Delta Airlines Understanding That Supply Chain Does Matter | U.S. Regulatory Probe on Illicit Prescription Drug Distribution Targeting FedEx and UPS | Upcoming 2012 Holiday Buying Season- Overcoming the Challenges of Fulfillment Complexity | The Global Energy Balance is Being Redrawn with Significant Implications for U.S. Supply Chains | The Supply Chain Matters Q3-2012 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | Supply Chain Matters Update Four- Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. Northeast | Urgent Needs for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts in New York City- Can You Help? | New Survey Data Reflecting on Causes of Major Supply Chain Disruption | Teardown Analysis of Tablets Provides Important Supply Chain Strategy Indicators | Supply Chain Matters Update Three- The Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. Northeast | Next Week- Supply Chain Control Tower Foundations Webinar Presentation | Supply Chain Matters First Impressions Regarding RedPrarie/JDA Software Merger | 2013 Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Available | Samsung Delivers Record Profits and Makes a Statement | Sharp Corp. Issues a Dire Warning | Foxconn Surprises with Increased Profits | Breaking Technology News: RedPrairie and JDA Software to Merge | Supply Chain Matters Update Two- Effects of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. Northeast | News Concerning JDA Software | Supply Chain Matters Interview with E2open: Supply Chain Control Tower Readiness | Supply Chain Matters Update: Effects of Hurricane Sandy- Posting One | Supply Chain Disruption Alert: Major Storm to Significantly Impact the U.S. Northeast | LG Display Lifted by Smartphone and Tablet Volumes | Major Boeing 787 Supplier Takes a Financial Blow | A Perpective on Thailand- After the Moonsoon Floods | Apple’s New iPad Mini Introduction Raises More Supply Chain Concerns | New Product Introduction Flaws Getting Very Visible for the Automotive Industry | Ford Takes Bold Action in Europe | Significant Warning Signs for Shifting Priorities Across Industry Supply Chains | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of 2012 Kinexions Conference- Summary Observations | When a Supply Chain Becomes Too Visible | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of 2012 Kinexions Conference- Commentary Four | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of 2012 Kinexions Conference- Commentary Three | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Kinexions 2012- Commentary Two | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Kinexions 2012- Commentary One | Next Up for Supply Chain Matters- Attendance at 2012 Kinexions Conference | Logistics Clusters: Unsung Champions of Economic Opportunity | The Political Dimension of Supply Chain Disruption and Risk | Why We Are Different | Toyota’s Latest High Visibility Product Recall Prompts Fundamental Questions | Wal-Mart.com Responds to Amazon with Announced Same Day Delivery Option | Even More Quantification of Increased Global Value-Chain Risk | Supply Chain Matters Interview with Kinaxis- Supply Chain Control Tower Readiness | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Open World- Overall Summary Impressions | Continued Labor Unrest Spreads Across South Africa | Second Incident of Labor Unrest Involving Foxconn | Delta Airlines Vertical Integration Strategy Shows Initial Promise | Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Open World- Commentary Four | The Implications of Lenovo’s U.S. Manufacturing Announcement | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle Open World- Commentary Three | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle Open World- Commentary Two | Supply Chain Matters Coverage of Oracle Open World- Commentary One | Another Supply Shock- Japan Chemical Plant Explosion Impacts Acrylic Acid Supply | Up Next on Supply Chain Matters- Coverage of Oracle OpenWorld | A Friday Reflection Commentary | New Paradigms of the Service Supply Chain within the Aerospace Industry | Interview with Infosys on Oracle Based Demand to Deliver Capabilities for High Tech Industries | Time to Factor the New Realities for Low Cost Manufacturing and Supplier Social Responsibility | Latest Teardown Analysis of Apple iPhone 5 Reveals Supply Cost Efficiencies | Riot at Foxconn China Factory- Implications are Evident | Li & Fung Loses Lucrative Supply Contract with Wal-Mart | Implications of FedEx’s Latest Earnings Announcement | Implications of a Major Fine Against a Prominent Consumer Electronics Component Supplier | Our Supply Chain Matters Statement of Beliefs | A Short Hiatus from the Web and Upcoming Coverage | Long-Term Forecasts Concerning Aerospace Supply Chains are Meaningles Without Demonstated Capabilitiess | FedEx Issues Slowdown Warning | Supply Chain Matters Reflections on the Liaison Technologies and Hubspan Acquisition | Samsung Escalates its Supplier Audits: Implications for High Tech Supply Chains | ERP Providers Exercising Software License Gotchas- The New Surprise | Sharp- A Struggling Apple Supplier | What’s Up with Li & Fung? | Artic Sea Ice Melting at Extraordinary Rate- Concern vs. Opportunity | Will Apple and Samsung Enter a New Phase of Relationship? | Home Improvement Retailer Wars- August 2012 Update | The Implications of a Building Inventory Glut Across China | Honda Moves Forward in Bolstering North American Production with Important Implications | Ongoing Apple-Foxconn Audit Points to Broader Global Supply Chain Implications | Rotting Food in Trucks Should Be Unacceptable | Where Does Global Supply Chain Risk Exist? | An Important Milestone- A Shortcut in Asia and North Atlantic Ocean Transit | Continued Abuse of Shippers from the Ocean Container Industry Has Implications | A Good Read: Reflecting on How Japanese Consumer Electronics Companies Lost Their Market Prowess | Market Opportunity Foiled by Brazil’s Logistics Infrastructure | The Need to Focus on Appropriate Benchmarks and Best Practices vs. Opinion Survey Overuse | Making a Bigger Impact in Times of Business Change | The Implications of This Week’s Airbus Announcement | Guest Commentary: Rapid Innovation Will Differentiate the Future of Retail Industry | Samsung Investigates Child Labor Allegations at China Based Supplier | Supply Chain Matters Alert to Flooding Conditions across China- Advisory Three | The Original Supply Chain Matters Blog is NOT Affiliated with DHL | PTC to Acquire Service Management and Planning Provider Servigistics | Severe Monsoon Rains Impacting the Philippines | A Response to Supply Chain Risk Management in 2012 | A Supply Chain Matters Thumbs-Up to Toyota and Honda Supply Chain Teams | Guest Contribution: Digging into the Industrialization of Technology in Certain Global Supply Chains | Alert to Continued Flooding Conditions Across China- Advisory Two | July PMI Indices Again Stress Increased Challenges in Planning Global Supply Chains | Earthquakes in Northern Italy- Supply Chain Matters Update Four | A Changing Collection of Supply Chain Business Challenges for Ford Motor Company | Separate Boeing 787 Dreamliner Engine Incidents Add Potential Supply Chain Concerns | UPS Reports Earnings- Confirms Structural Shipping Changes Underway | Fiscal Third Quarter Results from Apple- What Does it Portend? | In Turbulent Times, Zara Continues to Practice Supply Chain Resiliency | Supply Chain Matters Alert: Flooding Conditions Across China Worsening | An Account of How Fake Drugs Entered the U.S.- Cause for Concern | The Supply Chain Matters Q2-2012 Quarterly Newsletter Has Published | An Affordable Supply Chain Self-Service Business Intelligence Alternative for SAP Environments | A Sobering Headline: A Potential for World Food Crisis | Our Friday Rant: The U.S. Postal Service Needs Independent Governance | Supply Chain Matters Contrast: Two Extrordinary Supply Chains- Different Than Apples and Oranges | Will Apple’s Supply Chain Fulfillment Capabilities Shift in the Race for Electronic Tablet Dominance? | Amazon Turns Challenge Into Bold Fulfillment Opportunity | Future Success in Supply Chain Demands More Tech-Savvy Leaders | The Reality of Aerospace Supply Chain Challenges Becomes Ever More Visible