Category: Supplier Management

Airbus and Boeing Report Q4-2018 and Full Year Operational Performance

Both Airbus and Boeing formally reported Q4-2018 and full year operational performance with both aerospace manufacturers missing originally stated full year milestones despite extraordinary efforts in the second-half of the year.

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Breaking News: Apple Resets Revenue Expectations for the Holiday Quarter in a Thud Heard Round the World

In a direct letter to Apple investors, Apple CEO Tim Cook dramatically lowered revenue guidance by $5 billion for the current fiscal quarter that ended on December 31. He further pointed to revenue expectations hampered by supply network constraints.

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2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Three

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues its series of unveiling 2019 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, highlighting a prediction calling for unprecedented levels of global supply network management challenges in the coming year.

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Added Reports of Cutbacks Within Apple’s Supply Network Imply Broader Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights added reports related to reduced long-term demand for Apple iPhones, the consequent implications across Apple’s supplier networks, and a likely broader concern for high-tech and consumer electronics supply networks in 2019.

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Introducing OpenText Business Network as a Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog

The Supply Chain Matters blog is pleased to announce to our global-based readership audience that OpenText and the OpenText Business Network will be our newest Sustained sponsor of this independent thought leadership blog in 2018/2019.

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Example of Misguided Trade Policy and the Realities of Global Supply Chain Response to Business Needs

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights an example of how misguided trade and tariff policy can impact both a business goal for product availability and a global supply chain capability of a U.S. and global based auto producer.

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Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods One Year Later- Augmenting Food Supply Network and Distribution Capabilities

It has been a little over one-year since Amazon disrupted the natural and fresh food industry with its acquisition of Whole Foods. While many current one-year hence commentaries focus mainly on online customer impacts, Supply Chain Matters is of the belief that the evolving strategy thus far is one of augmenting supply network and distribution capabilities.

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UNFI’s Announced Acquisition of Supervalu- Another Indicator of Significant Industry and Supply Chain Change

There was a significant announcement that occurred in the U.S. grocery and natural foods sector last week, one that Supply Chain Matters believes will lead to subsequent impacts for food and grocery supply chains down the road.

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Report That Tesla is Seeking Additional Cash from Certain Suppliers

The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Tesla has requested some of its suppliers to refund a portion of the cash payable sums concerning what the company had previously secured in product component supply. The development was characterized as a surprising move in an attempt to help the electric automaker meet its near-term profitability goals and to preserve its cash needs.

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Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 20, 2018 Edition

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 20 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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