Category: Supplier Management

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

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

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COVID-19 Disruption: Review of First Quarter 2020 Industry Supply Chain Response

The Supply Chain Matters blog features capsule reviews of reported Q1-2020 industry financial and business challenges to provide readers broader perspective from a supply chain management lens as to what the post COVID-19 planning and operational environment will present in the coming months.

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Foxconn Accelerates High Tech Value Chain Integration Capabilities – A Potential Political Minefield for Apple

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a supply chain update perspective on some important industry sectors in the ongoing backdrop of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that continues to impact multi-industry supply chains. This particular commentary focuses on the high tech and consumer electronics sector, specifically strategic moves by Foxconn and Apple.

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Kearney Reshoring Index Study Sheds Light on Notable Shifts in Supply Sourcing Prior to COVID-19 Disruption

The Supply Chain Matters blog calls reader attention to a very timely report recently published by global sourcing consulting firm, Kearney (formerly A.T. Kearney). The report’s Executive Summary points a dramatic reversal of a previous five-year trend for the Reshoring Index, as domestic U.S. manufacturing in 2019 commanded a significantly greater share versus sourcing among the 14 Asian low-cost countries.

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Impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak on March 2020 Global Production and Supply Chain Activity

The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group through the Supply Chain Matters blog highlights March 2020 highlights of global PMI indices providing the quantitative realities of the overall impact the COVID-19 coronavirus is having across global supply chain activity levels.

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Perspective on Multi-Industry Supply Chain Management Strategy in the Post COVID-19 Era

Supply chain technology industry analyst Bob Ferrari provides a Supply Chain Matters blog editorial commentary addressing multi-industry supply chain management concepts in the post COVID-19 era in areas of strategy, business process and advanced technology.

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Impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak on Global and Industry Supply Chains- Update Seven

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides its seventh update on the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on global and regional supply chains and offers suggestions to supply chain management teams in ongoing supply chain risk assessment and mitigation.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Implications- A Legal Perspective on Specific Supply Chain Topical Areas

In conjunction with the ongoing 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, the Supply Chain Matters blog shares added perspectives from a noted global law firm on some of the legal considerations related to developing an effective supply chain response plan.

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Airbus Discloses New Plans to Ramp-Up Single Aisle Production Levels But Can This Aerospace Manufacturer Take Advantage of Market Opportunity

This Supply Chain Matters commentary focuses on Airbus and its efforts to take advantage of Boeing’s ongoing corporate crisis involving the global grounding of that manufacturer’s Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft, specifically the announced ramp-up of the competing Airbus A320/A321 family of aircraft.

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

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

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

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

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