Category: Supply Chain Risk Management

Warnings of Trapped Liquidity in Supply Chains- Be Proactive in Educating CFO’s as to Scenarios and Consequences

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides readers with a editorial commentary on existing warnings of trapped liquidity in global supply chains, and advocates a role of being proactive in educating business CFO’s as to scenarios and consequences of supply risk mitigation.

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McCormick and Company’s Supply Chain Responds to the COVID-19 Disruption

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights how condiment and spice provider McCormick and Company’s supply chain responded to the COVID-19 disruption and made a difference in Q2 financial performance.

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Supply Chain Meets the Board Room- Getting the Sense of the Broader Business Picture

Supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari highlights a recent supply chain technology conference featuring a Harvard Business School professor, and how current and future supply chain management leaders need to understand and advocate in the language of broader business strategy and outcomes.

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COVID-19 Global Supply Network Sourcing- Where Do We Go From Here?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a multi-industry supply network commentary regarding the brewing business and political influences of policies related to domestic manufacturing and near-shored supply networks among certain industries. Shared are additional thoughts related to assembling the best experts in industry supply sourcing and process technologies to effect more positive outcomes in the post-COVID 19 environment.

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Report of the Likely Bifurcation of Global Smartphone and Telecommunications Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up to a previously published blog, with a separate report specifically predicting the bifurcation of global smartphone and telecommunications supply networks as a result of an announcement by TSMC to build a new state-of-art semiconductor fab facility in the United States.

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Financial Planning Scenario Modeling Just as Important for the COVID-19 Business Environment

The Supply Chain Matters reiterates to readers that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic disruption has exposed weak links, planning process shortcomings and the more agile and more scenario-based decision-making required for line-of-business and supply chain agility and resiliency needs, specifically for finance and executive teams. Highlighted is Oracle’s Financial Planning and Scenario Cloud based capabilities.

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Is Apple Really Encouraging an Alternative Contract Manufacturer to Foxconn?

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights published reports indicating that Apple is encouraging an alternative contract manufacturer for existing provider Foxconn, but questions whether a more strategic geographic regional supply risk mitigation strategy is underway.

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Signs of Geographic Strategic Sourcing Changes Among Semiconductor Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights recent developments that are pointing to increased evidence of likely strategic sourcing moves concerning advanced semiconductor supply networks. Thus the question remains how committed respective governments and their legislators will be in such needs, given the overall cost, and the conflicting demands for other industry stimulus needs.

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Review of Q1-2020 Economic and April Supply Chain Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog features capsule reviews of reported Q1-2020 global economic and April 2020 supply chain activity levels 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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Apple Leverages Clout and Influence to Attempt Aggressive New Product Introductions Within the Shadows of COVID-19

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights Apple’s planned 2020 new product introductions and speculates how the consumer electronics giant will leverage its aggressiveness and clout to overcome likely COVID-19 related challenges and constraints.

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Major Supply Chain Disruption- History is Often a Prevailing Reference

This Supply Chain Matters blog serves as a reference sidebar to our ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic’s impact on industry and global supply chains. History is often prevailing in providing a reference to past events either with similar characteristics, or in conditions that were prevalent long before the current disruption.

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