Monthly Supply Chain Review: October 2015

Transportation has been a key word in October supply chain news. Whether it’s tried-and-true methods such as rail, which are undergoing massive transition, or emerging and disruptive technologies such as drones, supply chain success relies on effective movement. In the wake of a fatal 2008 California train accident, the National Transportation Safety Board placed new...
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Automobile manufacturers, supply chains, and consumers have been rocked by the recent discovery of Volkswagen’s decision to cheat emission standards on its diesel vehicles by integrating software designed to trick emissions tests. In the wake of Volkswagen’s exposure, recalls and fines have begun in multiple countries, VW’s stocks have dropped, and fellow German automobile makers...
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Asia’s Supply Chain in 2020 Roundtable Join leading business executives and thought leaders in this annual event, to discuss the future of Asia’s rapidly changing supply chain landscape. Learn about the latest trends, risks, and technologies impacting the industry in the Asia Pacific region over the next 5 years. Following the half-day program is a...
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Volkswagen dominated September’s news with their emissions scandal. In the coming months, the company will be juggling efforts to restore its reputation alongside its efforts to address the deep losses caused by international fines and mandatory recalls. What is yet unknown is how this will affect automobile supply chain in the long and short term....
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After weeks of anticipation and debate, the Fed determined that it would postpone any interest rate increases. While the topic may reemerge before year’s end, it is closed for the moment. To what extent was this decision based on domestic versus global economic concerns, and how will it effect supply chains? Recent currency devaluation by...
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Amazon is outstripping rival Walmart. How are they doing it and can they sustain this growth?  Amazon has really put themselves in a great position in many dimensions; as an early adopter of e-commece retail, they used their grace period and early lack of profitability to focus on building and strenghtening infrastructure, processes, technology, and...
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Following an extended period of strikes and delays that effected the global supply chain, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached a settlement agreement and resolution inFebruary. Since that time, the work has resumed at a normal rate, and the supple chain has begun to recover from previous delays. However, under the leadership...
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China was a driving force behind supply chain news this month. The government’s mid-month decision todevalue the Chinese yuan effected markets across the world..  While the devaluation was designed to boost sales for Chinese exporters, it put pressure on U.S. and other global markets by putting their own goods at a disadvantage on the market....
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Already technology such as smart phones and related apps have changed how supply chains function from top to bottom. But are we ready for paradigm shift on last mile delivery? If not, supply chain executive and participants need to get ready, because Amazon is about to make that a reality… In the past month, Amazon...
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