Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

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Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. Procurement and Sourcing Service-centered Supply Chains Transportation and Logistics 2014 North America rail traffic volumes independent blog commenting on supply chain developments industry dynamics of the railroad industry Supply chain Matters blog

2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Automotive Supply Chains Residing in North America

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Annual Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chain Management Automotive Supply Chain Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Strategy 2017 predictions for industry and global supply chains challenges in automotive supply chains Independent supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari's Blog industry analyst advisory services Supply chain Matters blog

Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

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Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management automotive industry global supply chain challenges Supply chain Matters blogIn the week that the purchasing and supply management community is meeting at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference being held here in Indianapolis, is a disappointing report of business as usual supplier relationship management challenges across the U.S. automotive industry.

In Automotive Industry, Mexico is Indeed Becoming A North America and Export Production Center

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In a previous Supply Chain Matters commentary in early July, we noted a rising tide of production sourcing investments in Mexico among global based automotive OEM’s. Automotive OEM’s BMW, Honda, Mazda,Volkswagen’s Audi Group, and a partnership among Nissan and Daimler had each announced Mexican production sourcing decisions that amounted to billions of dollars of investment.

Overt Signs of Trump’s Agenda for Confrontation on Global Sourcing and Trade Policy

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Traditional vs. Operational Supply Chain Business Intelligence Needs in SAP Environments

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The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk

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Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Risk Management Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. Last week, we were reading a recent report produced by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in the U.K.

Lumber Liquidators Suspends All China Sourced Laminate Flooring Products

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Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America, announced this week that it is suspending all of its China sourced laminate flooring products. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption Supply Chain Risk Management blog dedicated to supply chain management Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain Risk

Lumber Liquidators Terminates Sourcing of China Produced Laminate Flooring

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, at the time, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America was involved in a supply chain expose. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Lumber Liquidators China sourcing Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

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A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. Kevin is currently the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain Effectiveness at Breakthrough Fuel , but prior to that he was the Senior Director of North America Logistics Operations at Whirlpool, another company that decided to invest in US manufacturing a couple of years ago (see “ Whirlpool, On-Shore Production, and Employee Talent ”).

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Trade Wars Put U.S. Small Business on the Front Line

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This means investing in international markets and sourcing from international locations. North AmericaThe U.S.-China China trade war is escalating by the day and the U.S. relationship with NAFTA countries Canada and Mexico is increasingly tense. trade is heating up with imminent E.U. tariffs on the horizon.

Frost & Sullivan: Freightera Among Key Automated Freight Solutions in North America

Freightera

Frost & Sullivan places Freightera among ‘Key Automated On-Demand Brokerage Solutions in North America’ along with Uber Freight and Convoy. The exception may be North America, where Frost & Sullivan predicts that it will be shared by several leading solutions.

The Kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show

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The 2018 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS 2018) kicks-off this weekend in Detroit Michigan amid an industry that is undergoing various stages of supply chain transformation inflection points and risk assessment.

Strategic sourcing and ‘big data’

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Big data is more than a buzz term, and if you are a strategic sourcing professional, it is a concept that should not be ignored. As a sourcing professional, big data can help you automate and streamline your job – if you have the right tools. Uncategorized big data strategic sourcing

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

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In April a front page published article by The Wall Street Journal reported on Wal-Mart’s increased pressures on North America based suppliers to squeeze costs. In prior commentaries, Supply Chain Matters has highlighted reports indicating that Wal-Mart had once again focused on its suppliers for sharing the burden of needed higher margins.

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Industry Supply Chain Impacts from Catastrophic Natural Events- Further Update

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Supply Chain Matters continues with succinct update to readers on business and industry headline developments concerning the unprecedented series of catastrophic natural events that have impacted the Caribbean, Mexico and North America.

Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent

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In August of 2014, we initially alerted our Supply Chain Matters readers to the growing attractiveness of Mexico as a North America based Manufacturing and export hub for the global automotive industry. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Ford Motor Company Ford Supply Chain strategic production sourcing in Mexico Supply chain Matters blog supply chain strategic sourcing strategies

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NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Now at a More Contentious Stage

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The fourth round of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks kicked-off this week and the prospects for reaching some consensus agreement on major NAFTA trade principles by the end of this year are now looking to be rather challenging. Global Trade Issues Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy NAFTA trade negotiations supply chain management implications to NAFTA renegotiation Supply chain Matters blog

A Declared Tough U.S. Stance Related to NAFTA Talks

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This week, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke to attendees of The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council indicating that the Trump Administration’s ongoing hardball strategy regarding ongoing North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks comes from perceived leverage over Canada and Mexico.

NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Now at a More Contentious Stage

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The fourth round of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks kicked-off this week and the prospects for reaching some consensus agreement on major NAFTA trade principles by the end of this year are now looking to be rather challenging. Global Trade Issues Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy NAFTA trade negotiations supply chain management implications to NAFTA renegotiation Supply chain Matters blog

The Beginning of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks- Monitor and Be Prepared

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With the formal start of re-negotiations concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), many industry supply chain teams should be monitoring developments and conducting ongoing analytical analysis and management education. There is a very narrow window for negotiators to come to a broad consensus of agreement.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

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Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage. As more consumers choose plant alternatives to dairy, it’s gotten so popular that just in the last month, some coffee shops were left without oat milk for days, even weeks. To meet demand, producer Oatly Inc.

U.S. Manufacturing Momentum- The Uncovering of Continuing Challenges

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and North America based manufacturing sourcing resurgence continues but will uncover broader supply chain ecosystem needs or deficiencies. China Supply Chain Strategy Controlling Supply Chain Costs Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing independent blog commenting on global supply chain management strategic sourcing supply chain insights Supply chain Matters blog U.S.

The Stream of UK Based Automotive Industry Announcements are Not Solely Related to Brexit

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According to business media reporting, over half of the Swindon plant output of Civics is exported to North America. Similarly, global manufacturers have sourced auto and parts production Canada, Mexico and the United States under the former NAFTA tariff-free umbrella.

One Year Later- Lumber Liquidators Struggles Continue

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America at the time, was involved in a supply chain expose. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption examples of supply chain disruption examples of supply chain snafus Lumber Liquidators supply chain supplier management snafus Supply chain Matters blog

Funding Questions Abound Over Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

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Divisions over the source of the money signal a potentially tough path for the plan. Global Trade & Economics All Logistics Transportation & Distribution North America Home Page Latest News News Transportation Management Logistics Outsourcing LTL/Truckload Services Home Page Slider

The Implications of U.S. Justice Department Dismissal of Alleged Ocean Container Shipping Cartels Has Multiple Consequences

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In contrast, rates on the Asia to North America trade lane are higher, and especially high during peak shipping periods. A U.S.

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

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Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog All Technology North Americabased corporations are reported to have between $2tr and $3tr stashed away in offshore accounts, to avoid paying high taxes on domestic income. Apple alone is said to be holding some $269bn in cash and cash equivalents through its overseas affiliates.

Supply Chain Management:Importance of Proactive Master Data.

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Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. In my current project about a year ago, North America region Supply Chain Planners were having major concerns related with flawed planning resulting from incorrect or no Source of Supply (SoS) for receipt elements such as Purchase requisitions &/or Planned orders. Sourcing,Procurement,Contract & Spend Management (38). About Us. Contact Us.

Report Indicates Wal-Mart Ratchets Up Pressures on Suppliers to Squeeze Costs

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Today’s WSJ report (paid subscription or free metered view) indicates that last month, Wal-Mart began an effort to place increasing pressure on its North America based suppliers to cut the cost of their products. When a report directly impacting supply chain strategy is featured as a front page article in The Wall Street Journal, we are certainly going to bring it to Supply Chain Matters reader attention.

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Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

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Here again, Maersk stands to reportedly double its existing North America based customs brokerage services, but also gain added technology prowess.

U.S. Auto Exports Expand in 2014 and So Does Supply Chain Capabilities

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In late December of 2011, Supply Chain Matters raised awareness to Japan based automotive OEM’s, specifically Honda, with plans to shift a major portion of export production capability from North America instead of from Japan. We did so because for our readers, it provides a valid example of a globally-balanced and flexible global manufacturing sourcing strategy along with proactive supply chain risk mitigation.

Lumber Liquidators’s China Based Supply Chain Linked to Reported Health Concerns

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Lumber Liquidators is reported to be one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Risk Management Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain Risk

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