Japan Display Secures Another Financial Bailout Infusion

Supply Chain Matters

Just before the Christmas holiday there was an announcement regarding an additional investment in LCD supplier Japan Display. of Japan is investing an additional $636 million in this supplier, consisting of both convertible bonds and a subordinated loan. Yet another financial infusion from government of Japan interests […]. Its largest shareholder, the government-backed Innovation Network Corp.

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Breaking News: New and Earlier Earthquakes in Japan Have Supply Chain Implications

Supply Chain Matters

As we pen this Supply Chain Matters posting it is just past daybreak in Japan and early evening in the U.S. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption 2016 Japan earthquake impact on supply chains earthquake in Japan Supply chain Matters blogeastern time zone. Breaking news indicates that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck early Saturday on Kyushu Island, the same region hit by a 6.2 quake two days ago. The U.S.

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Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier

Supply Chain Matters

There is another supplier quality conformance scandal involving a major Japan based supplier, Kobe Steel, and this time, the implications could involve multiple industry supply chains. Aerospace Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Industrial and diversified industry supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Supplier Management Boeing Supply Chain Kobe Steel quality scandal Supply chain Matters blog Toyota supply chain

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Japan and Ecuador Earthquakes: Supply Chain Lessons from Past Disasters

Talking Logistics

The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador are a sad reminder of how deadly natural disasters can be. As of this morning, 41 people are confirmed dead in Kumamoto prefecture, the epicenter of Japan’s earthquakes, and 272 people have died in Ecuador , with thousands more injured and displaced from their homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and Ecuador, especially all of the victims and their families, as they deal with the aftermath of these tragic events.

Report of Explosion at Auto Parts Supplier Factory in Japan

Supply Chain Matters

This week, a prominent auto parts supplier experienced an explosion at one of its factories in central Japan, injuring four people. However, considering the Japan location and the major automotive OEM customer being […]. News of such an incident of supply chain disruption would not be considered unusual in these times of global-wide supply chain activities. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Disruption Supply Chain Risk Management Aisin Seiki Co.

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Added Industry Consolidation- Japan’s Largest Shipping Lines to Merge Container Operations

Supply Chain Matters

Industry and business media report that Japan’s three largest maritime shipping companies are indicating they intend to merge their container shipping operations to create the what would probably be the sixth-largest global player. This arrangement would involve Nippon Yusen K.K. NYK Line), Mitsui O.S.K. and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. Each has agreed to form joint […].

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More Incidents of Quality Inspection Tampering Involving Yet Another Japan Manufacturer

Supply Chain Matters

On Friday of last week, Mitsubishi Materials Corp. disclosed that three of its supplier subsidiaries, Mitsubishi Cable, Mitsubishi Shindoh Co. and Mitsubishi Aluminum Co. had each tampered actual quality specifications related to components shipped to respective customers. Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality supplier quality Supply chain Matters blog

Japan and Ecuador Earthquakes Highlight Supply Chain Risks


Last week’s earthquake and strong pre and post aftershocks in Japan have resulted in numerous disruptions for manufacturers. . Toyota announced on Sunday it would suspend production in stages at its plants across Japan.

Boeing Finalizes Strategic Supply Agreement with Key Japan Based Aerospace Providers

Supply Chain Matters

Thirteen months ago, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to the news that Boeing had reached a preliminary agreement to extend partnerships with a group of key Japan based suppliers to provide major structural components of the newly planned 777x aircraft.

Supply Chain Lessons From Japan

Supply Chain Network

Japan’s resiliency and its people’s willingness to do the hard work of recovery are certainly not in question. A look at the impact of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 on Japan’s GDP in that year and the year following are a testament to the nation’s ability to bounce back from disaster. Still, devastation of the magnitude seen in Japan this month may take longer to clean up. From Forbes: “Boeing (BA) faces new delays in the delivery of the Dreamliner.

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Supply Chain News on Lean Lessons from Japan on Human Resources in Manufacturing

Supply Chain Digest

Lean Leaders Treat Employees as True Assets, while Most Companies Use Worker Hands Only, not Brains

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Kinexions, a tale of growth and potential

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Trevor Miles I’m on my way back from Tokyo where I attended our user conference, Kinexions Tokyo , in Japan, just 5 weeks after our Kinexions North America user conference in San Diego.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

The 21st Century Supply Chain

This scenario played out for thousands of companies after the Japan earthquake, the Thailand floods and numerous other smaller scale disasters. Inventory management Supply chain risk management IBM Japan Natural disaster Risk management Supply chain Taiwan Thailand

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process

The 21st Century Supply Chain

We saw this type of issue over the past several years with the Japan earthquake / Tsunami in and with the Thailand floods. by John Westerveld Reason #5: Not having a supply chain risk management process.

Progress on the Road to Disaster Recovery

Supply Chain @ MIT

magnitude earthquake struck the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. Featured Resilience emergency management Hurricane Katrina Japan earthquakes MIT CTL supply chain resilience Toyota lean Yossi SheffiOn April 14 2016 a 6.5

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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on The Scary Population Decline in Japan

Supply Chain Digest

Population will Fall Dramatically by 2060, Researcher Says, as Demographics a Concern Almost Across the Globe

Tsunami Warning Issued After Quake Off Fukushima in Japan

Supply Chain 24/7

struck Tuesday off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan, a tsunami warning for waves of up to 10 feet has been issued Tokyo - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

The 21st Century Supply Chain

General News Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain collaboration Supply chain management Aircraft lease Aircraft on ground All Japan Women''s Pro-Wrestling Automobile Autopilot BlackBerry Curve Bloomberg L.P. by John Westerveld.

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Trade-Offs on the Road to Globalization

Supply Chain @ MIT

The monstrous 8.6-magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan spawned a tsunami that surged 4 kilometers inland, obliterating towns and farms across a huge swathe of the Japanese countryside.

Major Earthquake Occurences Remain Multi-Industry Supply Chain Concerns

Supply Chain Matters

It has been two days since our Supply Chain Matters breaking news alert published on Friday on the occurrence of multiple severe earthquakes impacting southern Japan. While the major focus continues toward tending to the injured and missing, along with the assessment of the impacted region’s major infrastructure, the supply chain disruption implications are indeed […].

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Supply Chain News on Move to Rebuild US Manufacturing will be Powered by Foreign Made Robots

Supply Chain Digest

Japan and Euro Companies Dominate, but Can Software Prowess Get US Back in the Game

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RFID, AIDC, and IoT News on It Starts, as Measures in US, Japan Going to Track People with Automatic Identification

Supply Chain Digest

Stuff of Science Fiction May be Closer than We Think

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Global Logistics—May 2016

Inbound Logistics

Japan earthquakes impact global supply chain; despite economic slowdown, Africa still offers trade opportunities; climate change affects global supply chains

3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate by July 2017


MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), three of Japan’s largest container ship lines, have agreed to establish a new joint venture company by approximately July 2017. Global Transportation Global Forwarding Japan Shipping

The Saga of Supplier Takata Reaches a Sad Conclusion- What Has Been Learned?

Supply Chain Matters

This week Japan based Takata Corp., the company that has made unprecedented product recall headlines has filed for bankruptcy protection. What have we learned as a community- if anything? Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management independent blog commenting on supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog Takata Corp. product recalls

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Dec. 8, 2016

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon has Sights Set on Brick and Mortar Grocery Stores, UK Retailers and CPG Companies Tussle over Pricing, Population in Japan Headed to Scary Lows, Smithfield Foods Targets Manure to Reduce CO2

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of June 1, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Japan, Germany Need Robots to Deal Aging Populations, eFulfillment Wars have Come to Pizza Delivery,MIT Breakthrough in Pasta Delivery, UPS Joint Venture to Power China to US Air Shipments

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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on I, Robot

Supply Chain Digest

Interesting Summary of the Global Industrial Robot Population, as Korea, Japan have High Robot Density and Low Unemployment

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Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of April 13, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Tiny Columbus, IN is an Export Titan, Layoffs Continue at Walmart, Says Funds Needed for eCommerce, Boeing Could See Major Savings from 3D Printing, Parcel Carriers Hiking Rates Big Time in Japan

Another Way to Think About Supply Chain Risk Management


Think the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—at GM, the catastrophic event affected 5800 parts across its multi-tiered network, says MIT’s Dr. Yossi Sheffi in his book “The Power of Resilience.".

Black Swan Events: A Double-Edge Sword for Supply Chain Resiliency Proponents


In 2011, the unthinkable occurred in Japan. A massive earthquake triggered a tsunami which, in turn, triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown, all of which combined to create a humanitarian disaster of epic scale.

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Nissan Motor Co. to revolutionize S&OP

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Melissa Clow Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan manufactures vehicles in 20 countries around the world. Nissan offers products and services in more than 160 countries and areas worldwide. As a leading global automotive manufacturer, Nissan Motor Co.

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[PROFILE] Zak Stern '14 - Parker CMC Networking

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Pre-Business School:  Associate, Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG , Language Teacher, JET Program - Japan. Parker CMC Networking. About UCLA Parker CMC.