Monthly Supply Chain Review: January 2016

Welcome to the first review of the new year! This week, a large portion of the country has braced for a record setting winter storm. In addition to affecting government offices and schools, the blizzard is having far reaching impacts on supply chain.  Passengers are confronting canceled flights and road closures, as are delivery companies....
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2016 has begun, and thought leaders in global supply chain are already making lists of the  movements that will shape the year ahead. For our part, we’ve got an eye on the rise and fall of global economies whose futures will effect trends in technology, e-retail, corporate sustainability, and big data. Already at the break...
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The year is closing, with much to report in the news of global supply chain. After months of anticipation and debate, the FED opted to raise interest rates to .25% during their most recent meeting. Citing ongoing economic recovery, the FED also commented that this hike should be viewed as one in an upcoming series...
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Earlier this year,the strikes and labor disputes taking place at the West Coast ports were causing serious supply chain delays not only across the US but globally, and news sources estimated that it would take two or more months to bring schedules back to normal. Yet backlogs have cleared sooner than expected, and many suppliers find...
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In a September press release, UPS announced plans to unveil a “groundbreaking, range extended electric vehicle” for use in UK tests. According to UPS: “Since June 2014, UPS has worked with TEVVA Motors to develop a prototype, as part of UPS’s growing investment in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. A small, highly efficient diesel...
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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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