Target’s Q1 Financial Performance- Prior Investments in Omni Channel Online Fulfillment Capabilities Payoff

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights U.S. retailer Target Corporation’s reported Q1 financial performance that clearly points to online shopping leadership, process and people investments paying off in responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Once more, the retailer’s strategic investment in online order fulfillment from individual stores made its mark.

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Breaking Supply Chain Technology News- Panasonic Taking an Equity Stake in Blue Yonder

The Supply Chain Matters blog alerts readers to breaking supply chain technology news: Panasonic Corporation taking an equity stake in supply chain technology provider Blue Yonder, formally known as JDA Software. Included is an initial technology market perspective relative to the announcement.

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Financial Planning Scenario Modeling Just as Important for the COVID-19 Business Environment

The Supply Chain Matters reiterates to readers that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic disruption has exposed weak links, planning process shortcomings and the more agile and more scenario-based decision-making required for line-of-business and supply chain agility and resiliency needs, specifically for finance and executive teams. Highlighted is Oracle’s Financial Planning and Scenario Cloud based capabilities.

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Walmart Fiscal Q1 Financial Performance- Online Capabilities Boost Revenues and Agility

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights retailer Walmart’s fiscal Q1 financial performance and how online fulfillment readiness helped to boost top-line revenue growth in an extremely challenging retail environment. That stated, new challenges remain.

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Semiconductor Supply Network Developments Accelerate Among the United States and China- A Sign to Even More Trade Tensions and Disruption Risk

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up to the highlighting of ongoing developments that are likely positioning semiconductor fabrication and chip packaging supply networks for increased trade and industry tensions in the coming months and perhaps years.

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COVID-19 Learning- The Changing Requirements for Automated Online Customer Fulfillment

The Supply Chain Matters blog addresses how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already provided meaningful lessons regarding the future requirements and automation needs of online driven customer fulfillment. Contrasting approaches involving total automation of customer fulfillment processes, to that of Autonomous Mobile Robots that enhance worker efficiencies and productivity are explored.

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Is Apple Really Encouraging an Alternative Contract Manufacturer to Foxconn?

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights published reports indicating that Apple is encouraging an alternative contract manufacturer for existing provider Foxconn, but questions whether a more strategic geographic regional supply risk mitigation strategy is underway.

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Signs of Geographic Strategic Sourcing Changes Among Semiconductor Supply Networks

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights recent developments that are pointing to increased evidence of likely strategic sourcing moves concerning advanced semiconductor supply networks. Thus the question remains how committed respective governments and their legislators will be in such needs, given the overall cost, and the conflicting demands for other industry stimulus needs.

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