Home Depot Reports Stellar Q2 performance and Reaps Benefit of Multi-Year Investments in Supply and Demand Network Capabilities

Home Depot reported very positive financial performance results for Q2 2018. Included in the narrative were very positive aspects of supply chain performance and integration with other functional and business areas, the result of ongoing multi-year investments in various tenets of supply and demand network capabilities.

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NRF Raises Optimism for 2018 Retail Sales

The National Retail Federation (NRF) this week increased its U.S. retail sales forecast for 2018, indicating that sales are expected more than previously forecasted earlier this year. While retailers will likely view this upward forecast as a forerunner to be a very optimistic indicator for the all-important second-half of the year, caution is advised.

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U.S. Congress is Debating Legislation to Ban Chinese Branded Railcars from Government Procurement Contracts

A report indicates that the U.S. Congress is moving along legislation that could ban the production of Chinese branded railcars in the United States. From our lens, the legislation is yet another effect of escalating trade tensions, and how politically-motivated actions subsume industry market forces.

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A Note Regarding Site Followers

If social-media based users have not noticed, both Facebook and Twitter are now engaged in proactive efforts to take-down suspicious accounts suspected of being bots for trolling or proliferating fake news or false reports. In its entire existence, the Supply Chain Matters blog has NEVER engaged or participated in a campaign to secure a trove of phantom Twitter followers. While this site, and other credible sites have literarily lost some followers overnight, we remain committed to the quality of our content and to the value we extend to our global based readers.

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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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