Welcome and About This Supply Chain Matters Blog

The Supply Chain Matters blog welcomes new readers and provides a background of what this blog is about, the focus of our content coverage areas and topics. We especially welcome new visitors during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic seeking added knowledge and insights on industry and global supply chain impacts and implications.

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Announcing Availability of Podcast Episode 7- Challenges and Opportunities for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry Patient Demand and Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog announces the availability of Episode 7 of our Supply Chain Matters Podcasting series. In this episode, moderator Bob Ferrari speaks with well noted supply chain industry analyst Roddy Martin discussing the challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical and life sciences patient demand and supply networks.

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Announcing Published Research Advisory- New Rules for Supply Chain Insights, Collaboration and Resiliency

The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group, via the Supply Chain Matters blog, announces the general availability of a new technology focused market education Research Advisory: New Rules for Supply Chain Insights, Collaboration and Overall Resiliency. Operations and supply chain management teams now, more than ever, need to be prepared for a post-pandemic industry and business environment where change and disruption will likely be a constant.

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Workforce Realignment and Restructuring Across Global Logistics and Retail Customer Fulfillment

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights announcements, each within a one-week period, with a common theme of technology driven workforce realignment. These announcements involve global container shipping line Maersk, parcel delivery provider UPS, physical store and online customer fulfillment last-mile delivery involving Amazon and Walmart. The pervasive movement toward online driven fulfillment has many implications and many interpretations, and these types of announcements will likely continue.

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Threats That Tensions Among the U.S. and China in Semiconductor Industry Could Reach Cold War Status

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights the latest developments in the escalating trade tensions among the United States and China specifically related to semiconductor industry supply networks. For existing industry supply chain management or strategic procurement teams across the high-tech industry, the implication remains a highly sensitized cycle of geo-political tensions with short and longer-term implications.

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OECD Global Economic Forecast Revised- Uncertainty Remains for Global Product Demand and Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues in our efforts to provide supply chain executives and strategists updated information related to global trade and the global economic climate and its implications to global supply chains. In this posting we highlight the implications of the latest OECD global economic forecast.

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U.S. Congressional Report Faults Boeing and the FAA for 737 MAX Failures

The Supply Chain Matters highlights the now published explosive findings of a U.S. Congressional investigation regarding the safety and regulatory oversight of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This blog provides perspectives relative to global airline customer demand, Boeing, and its supply network stakeholder lenses.

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New Global Trade Developments Involving Brexit and China

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights for readers a turn for the worse in the ongoing Brexit Withdrawal talks, and a ruling by the WTO in favor of China. Thus in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 disruption, multi-industry supply chains will have to continue to assess the impacts of a hard Brexit and a more frosted trade relationship and the partial de-coupling of the manufacturing economies of China and the United States.

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