Reports of Softening U.S. Trucking Rates and Rising Global Logistics M&A are Not Coincidence

Supply Chain Matters reflects on reports of the potential for softening U.S. surface trucking rates this quarter, and a potential re-igniting of merger and acquisition activities involving global logistics carriers and services providers which should capture the attention of industry supply chain management teams as not being coincidence.

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A Supply Chain Matters Podcast with Dr. Parag Khanna, Author of The Future is Asian

Supply Chain Matters blog Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to record a podcast conversation with renowned globalization scholar and international best-selling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The newly released book, The Future is Asian, explores the world, and the future, from the Asian point-of-view, including global supply chain management shifts.

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Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech- January 18, 2019 Edition

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that occurred during the week of January 14, 2019. Included in this week’s highlights are noteworthy announcements from Infor, Microsoft, E2open, JDA Software, Elemica and Walmart.

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Report of Current CEO Sentiment Levels Turning Cautious Has Implications for Supply Chain Management Transformation Initiatives

A widely followed measure of CEO confidence levels turned somewhat concerning in Q4. The implications for ongoing or planned supply chain management transformation initiatives is one for being very definitive in goal-setting and timing.

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Tesla Motors Breaks Ground for China Manufacturing Facility and Once Again Declares Aggressive Goals

Amid a highly publicized groundbreaking ceremony, Tesla Motors embarked on construction and operational ramp-up of a new manufacturing plant located in China. Once again, CEO Elon Musk publicly stated aggressive, perhaps unrealistic operational goal setting. The question becomes transferred learning.

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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

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