We would like to alert our Ferrari Consulting and Research Group clients and our Supply Chain Matters readership that our Q4 2016 Newsletter published this afternoon and should be in the email inboxes of those who have subscribed.  Supply Chain Matters Blog

Our latest newsletter again reinforces important trends brought forward by developments in the final quarter of 2016.

Global manufacturing and supply chain activity as recorded by the JP Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI index rose for the fourth straight month by the end of 2016 reflecting a significant improvement in global supply chain activity. The question, as posed in our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains is whether geopolitical forces of uncertainty will derail this momentum.

Among Developed Regions, there was pronounced growth momentum with the Eurozone, United States and Taiwan United at high momentum levels. All four of our tracked regions ended 2016 at levels 2-4 percentage points well above the 50 mark of growth. However, lots of uncertainties still prevail for the U.S. and the Eurozone.

Emerging Regions again reflected slower growth momentum in Q4, mostly brought on by currency headwinds.  The average of the five specific countries we track in this category lagged the developed regions by nearly four percentage points. China was the bright spot in the final quarter.

Among other Newsletter articles for Q4:

  • Significant Industry and Supply Chain Developments in Q4- A Quarter That Escalated Business Uncertainty and Risk- the two most dominate developments were the challenges and subsequent implications of the holiday fulfillment period for retail and B2C focused supply chains, along with the implications of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. A third was the ongoing developments impacting the ocean container shipping industry.


  • The Unveiling of 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- announcing that our full 45-page annual predictions research advisory is now available for complimentary downloading. We will feature added updates and deeper research perspectives throughout 2017.


  • Announcing Kinaxis as a Returning Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog-Announcing that this blog will feature a new market education series focused on future capabilities in supply chain response management and augmented technologies during the remainder of 2017, complimented by guest contribution on the Kinaxis 21st Century Supply Chain blog.


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Thanks again for your continued readership.

Bob Ferrari, Founder, and Executive Editor

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