Category: Supply Chain Risk Management

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

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our September 20 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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Catastrophic Storms Florence and Mangkhut Have Industry Supply Chains On Alert

Hurricane Florence and now Typhoon Mangkhut continue to impact both the U.S. and portions of Asia. Multi-industry supply chains continue with activating disruption and risk mitigation measures in a critical period.

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Another Wake-Up to Active Supply Chain Wide Cybersecurity

Last week, a major global factory and equipment control systems provider warned of potential malware infected USB drives, potentially infected within a third-party supplier’s documentation imaging process. Although the malware was well known and can be mitigated, the development is yet another reminder of the comprehensive threats of supply chain wide vulnerability to cyberattacks.

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Oracle Extends Cloud-based Transportation and Global Trade Support Capabilities

Oracle announced this month the latest quarterly releases of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Trade Management Cloud. The quarterly release is noteworthy because of the current increased challenges, uncertainties and event volatility occurring in each of these key supply chain management business process support areas.

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Sobering and Eye-Opening Account of a Global Cyberattack Involving Global Transportation

Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to a very sobering detailed account of the June 2017 NotPetya global cyberattack that threatened many companies including the largest global shipping line. We believe that this report should be mandatory reading for Chief Supply Chain (CSCO) and Chief Information Officers (CIO) supporting global supply chain operations.

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The Globe’s Largest Pork Producer Caught in the Crossfire of Tariff Tensions

This Supply Chain Matters commentary serves as a side-panel to our prior posting: Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War August 24 , 2018. We wanted to highlight a perspective of a Chinese enterprise, who previously diversified into the U.S., also being impacted by ongoing tariff dynamics.

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Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War- August 24, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our August 24 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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Computer Virus Temporarily Cripples Global Semiconductor Producer

A computer virus has reportedly impacted the operations of global semiconductor chip manufacturer TSMC. The report is yet another reinforcement to manufacturing and supply chain IT and operational teams that data and information security must remain a top priority.

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FDA Weighs In On Recent E.Coli Outbreak Involving Romaine Lettuce

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has indicated that it cannot pinpoint the exact source of the recent E.coli contamination outbreak, nor what caused it. Needless, to state, this development is yet another wake-up call for food-based supply chain networks to increase efforts in product traceability and visibility, but that implies a significant change management challenge.

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Hopes Are Fading Regarding a New NAFTA Agreement in 2018

Hopes are fading for a successful rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at least for this year. Negotiators representing the three countries reportedly appear too far apart to reach a deal before a self-imposed deadline of this week. The geo-political landscape is indeed more tense across many regions, and the reality of globally-extended supply chains remains subject to added risk, cost, or other factors for weeks and possibly months to-come.

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