General Electric’s Announced Transportation Unit Merger Brings Added IoT Connected Equipment Opportunity

Supply Chain Matters highlights the announcement by General Electric indicating that it will merge its locomotive focused transportation business with Wabtec Corp. For us, the opportunity is focused on potential impacts and/or added opportunities related to GE’s ongoing Industrial Internet and Connected Things strategies.

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Kroger’s Strategic Move with Ocado- Achieving Online Scale and Competitiveness

Kroger’s announced increased equity stake in in United Kingdom based grocery robotics retailer Ocado Group is yet another indicator of important strategic moves in building out scale and more competitive online customer fulfillment grocery and food retail capability.

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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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Supply Chain Disruption in North American Automotive Production Sector

Yet another unplanned supply chain disruption has made business media headlines, this one impacting North America automotive related manufacturing because of the after effects of a destructive fire that occurred at a supplier facility. While the bulk of media headlines are focused on Ford Motor Company, other automakers have been impacted to various degrees.

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The Nation’s Procurement Professionals Gather in Nashville at ISM 2018

The nation’s procurement professionals are meeting this week at the ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Annual Conference in Nashville Tennessee. The stated theme for this year’s conference is aptly named: Global Vision, Peak Performance, all of which will continue to be put to the test in the coming months.

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