Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Mexico and Canada are heading into 2018 with no clear plan for saving the North American Free Trade Agreement,” states a Bloomberg article published on December 15. North Korea : The more missiles North Korea launches and tests, the greater the risk for military conflict — or worse. In short, relations between the United States and North Korea have significantly degraded this past year and it doesn’t look like things are going to improve anytime soon.

Supply Chains Must Pay Attention to Geopolitical Strife

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

Rising diplomatic tensions in North Korea and around the world pose a serious threat to global supply chains. Many manufacturers have taken steps to protect their global operations from the effects of natural disasters. Read More

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Supply Chain and Logistics Resolutions for 2017: 4 Things to STOP Doing This Year

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As I highlighted recently in “ Your Supply Chain Strategy is Your Business Plan (Unless It’s Not) ,” the people who really need stop viewing logistics as a cost center are not the people in the front lines of supply chain and logistics (they already know it), but the CEOs and CFOs at manufacturing and retail companies. Three years ago, I wrote a popular post highlighting “ 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain and Logistics Executives.”

Chinese New Year Shutdown 2020: How to Prepare

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In mainland China (and even in other countries that celebrate the holiday such as Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Brunei), the Chinese New Year holiday is a very big deal. The upcoming Chinese New Year is on January 25, 2020, but the holiday shutdown can affect production times at China’s manufacturing companies for as long as two months as many workers travel back to rural villages to celebrate with friends and family.

Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics

NC State SCRC

An interview I had today with a senior executive at a major global contract manufacturer helped to shape some ideas on this question of preparation for risks such as Hurricane Harvey, which is making a big mess in Houston. Houston is a center for plastic resin due to the string of refineries in Texas and Louisiana, and the kind of commodities that are impacted include all plastic parts manufactured in the US.

In Chains: How to Approach Human Trafficking in your Supply Chain

Elementum

California has its own Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which requires that “retail sellers and manufacturers doing business in the state… disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct Supply Chains”. Malaysia, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand were among the worst countries for human trafficking violations, with Nepal, Indonesia and Iran mentioned as frequent violators as well. Are You Linked to Forced Labor?

Thoughts on Supply Chain Impacts (After Listening to Trump’s State of the Union)

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Trump emphasized the growth of manufacturing in the economy. One of the truths of manufacturing is that many operations are increasingly automated, and that robots are increasingly performing many of these jobs , particularly those related to repetitive manufacturing. So will there really be 200,000 manufacturing jobs?

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

companies that move manufacturing operations overseas? Russia, Iran, North Korea, and ISIS : Call them “The Unpredictables” (you can probably add China to the mix too). planes and ships ); Iran and North Korea and their nuclear ambitions; ISIS exporting its brand of terrorism around the world; and China building islands in the South China Sea (and reportedly putting weapons on them ). Past performance is not indicative of future results.

This Week in Logistics News (September 5-9, 2016)

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The kids are back at school, we have air conditioning again, and North Korea tested a nuclear bomb yesterday. “If JDA Powers the Always-on Supply Chain with Latest JDA Manufacturing Planning Release. With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans is evolving from a mere van manufacturer into a supplier of holistic system solutions.”. Everything is back to normal. If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together,” Morrissey sings in this week’s Song of the Week.