What has been Apple’s greatest impact on supplier management? The answer may surprise you.

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Apple has long been known as a leader in supply chain management with Gartner consistently ranking them number one in its annual report identifying the Top 25 Supply Chain Leaders. The need to demand supplier transparency and responsibility. Blog Featured Supplier Management

Reflecting on Supplier Management Practices Related to the Apple Watch

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In our prior Supply Chain Matters commentary concerning Sharp Corporation, we reiterated the two sides of supplier based relationships involving the most recognized supply chain, that being Apple. On the one hand, being chosen as an Apple supplier can provide enormous scale, global reach and financial rewards.

Why Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience

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They build strong supplier relationships to deliver on-time, high quality products and meet capacity demands. Given that sourcing and supplier management teams are responsible for building and maintaining supplier relations, they also have the opportunity to drive innovation.

If you had a clean slate, what supplier management practices would you eliminate?

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Which got me to thinking… If you are a manufacturer, what supplier management practices might you eliminate if you had a clean slate? Are there suppliers that you spend less on who could become the cornerstone of your product?

Airbus and Boeing Report 2017 Year-End Sales and Operational Performance

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Supplier Management: The Best-in-Class Approach to Drive Performance

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This report will examine the comprehensive approach, taken by the Best-in-Class, toward Supplier Management. It begins with supplier selection, followed by establishing and measuring key performance metrics and ends with focusing on visibility with their suppliers to ensure ongoing success

Visibility to Wal-Mart Business and Supply Chain Strategies Again Front and Center

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Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier

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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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Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier

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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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Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier?

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Supply Chain Matters features a guest contribution from Mike Russo- Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier? Prescriptive or Predictive Analytics Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply chain Matters blog

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

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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. 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.

‘New’ Supply Chain Sustainability

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More Information Disclosed Relative to Tesla’s Model 3 Ramp-Up

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Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Sales and Operations Planning Supplier Management Supply Chain Strategy Supply chain Matters blog Tesla Model 3 supply chainThis Supply Chain Matters blog is a supplemental update which adds additional information regarding the Model 3 manufacturing and supply chain ramp-up communicated from Tesla’s Q2-2017 financial performance briefing.

Supplier Suspends Sales of Inventory to Major Retailer

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This past August, this author penned a Supply Chain Matters blog commentary: The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Push Back. The essence of that commentary was that with many more multi-industry procurement teams extending supplier payments under the umbrella of working capital savings, suppliers themselves are now more aggressive in pushing back, […].

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

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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. 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?

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Report of Production Glitches for the Newest Apple iPhone

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NAND Chip Supply Challenges Looming Across Consumer Electronics Supply Chains

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High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Sales and Operations Planning Supplier Management Supply Chain Disruption Apple iPhone supply chain Nintendo supply chain Supply chain Matters blogThere are building concerns that consumer electronics supply chains may be dealing with a potential industry-wide shortage of a key component during its most critical product demand period.

Rockwell Collins Announced Acquisition of B/E Aerospace is About Supplier Leverage

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The Supply Chain Matters Blog Returns

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A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition

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BravoSolution CEO Jim Wetekamp provides a Supply Chain Matters guest commentary on the procurement and supply chain management impacts of the pending Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

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What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017

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As we approach the New Year holiday which marks the beginning of 2017, we are heads-down in the preparation of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. Supply Chain Matters blog readers should anticipate the full unveiling of our 2017 predictions over the first two weeks in January. We do however want to […].

Summary Highlights of the 2017 ISM Conference

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Executive Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference and shares summary highlights and important takeaways for supply management teams.

Boeing Grounds Newly Designed 737 MAX Aircraft Over Engine Component Manufacturing Flaw

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Days before the scheduled first customer delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing had to suspend ongoing flight testing after being notified by supplier CFM of an engine component manufacturing problem. Aerospace Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Supplier Management Supply Chain Disruption Boeing 737 MAX supply chain CFM International CFM International supply chain procurement challenges Supply chain Matters blog

A Growing Need for Responsive and Skilled Procurement Leaders- Consider Attending ISM 2017

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In just a matter of weeks, ISM will be conducting its annual 2017 conference which affords a timely opportunity to hone individual and team procurement management skills. Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management Supply Chain Skills Institute for Supply Management ISM 2017 Supply chain Matters blogThe role of procurement leaders, both in large and smaller enterprises, will further evolve in 2017 to include more strategic advisor skills.

A Statement That Evokes Special Concerns and Actions Within Retail Supply Chains

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Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Management Sears Holding supply chain Supply chain Matters blogEarlier this week, Sears Holdings, operator of Sears and Kmart branded retail stores in issuing what is termed a “going-concern” warning to the company’s investors, evoked special, and added concerns among its supply chain partners.

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For Smartphones- Integrated Product Design, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Capabilities Matter

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A growing tenet in today’s broad supply chain management capability umbrella is the ability to be able to integrate product and manufacturing process design with global-wide production capabilities, faster and cheaper than existing competitors. These notions are now playing out in the global smartphone market with recent revelations that China based industry disruptors are gaining more global market-share.

Supply Chain Sourcing Taking on More Geo-Political Significance

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The importance and implications of existing or future supply chain management sourcing strategies continue to be brought to light. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Supplier Management Supply Chain Performance Supply Chain Risk Management effects of Brexit on industry supply chains supply chain global sourcing strategies Supply chain Matters blog

Reinforcement of Messages for a Year of Certain Strategic and Tactical Supply Chain Planning

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Why More High Profile Technology Players Want to Position Themselves in Automotive Supply Chains

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There’s a High Visibility Supply Chain That Can Also Move Supplier Fortunes

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Readers of this blog are well aware of the power and consequences of supplier visibility that is attributed to the Apple supply chain. Knowledge of supplier contributions to Apple’s product value chains can literally make fortunes or cause significant financial harm, depending on the news or developments, whether real or rumored.

Initial Learning from the Samsung Note 7 Sales and Production Suspension

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Thus far, the information points to both product design/management as well as supply chain related learning. High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Product Lifecycle Management Sales and Operations Planning Supplier Management Supply Chain Disruption alignment of product and supply chain management interplay of supply chain and product management strategies Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product recall Samsung Galaxy Note 7 supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Stop Settling!

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Blog Direct Materials Featured Supplier ManagementI love the series of DIRECTV ads featuring the Settlers, that determined, frontier era family who is living in the suburbs, but refuses to adopt more modern conveniences.

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Significant Announcement Between APICS and JD.com in Supply Chain Management Skills Development

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This week, supply chain management professional association APICS and China’s E-commerce company JD.com announced a strategic agreement to establish nationwide standards for the Omni-channel supply chain capability within China and to advance supply chain performance of the e-commerce industry in the region.

Honda Finally Severs its Relationship with Air Bag Inflator Supplier Takata

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To continue with this week’s theme of decisive supplier management, Supply Chain Matters must also comment on Honda’s decision to no longer source air bag inflators from troubled Japan based supplier Takata Corp. regulator accused the supplier of misleading regulators and withholding information that eventually led to one of the largest product […].

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Supply Chain Matters Profile of Powerlinx- A Business Partner Matching Technology

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Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supplier Management Supply Chain Technology Supply chain Matters blog technology supporting business partner matchingFrom time to time, Supply Chain Matters will highlight what we believe our technology and services providers that are providing unique or differentiating technology approaches in supporting business process needs.

Rolls Royce- Another Potential Weak Link for Commercial Aerospace Supply Chains

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Supply Chain Matters has highlighted some percolating supplier weak links among commercial aerospace supply chains from either financial, operational or product quality perspectives. Certain key suppliers such as Pratt and Whitney have provided signs of such industry concern. Aerospace Supply Chain Internet of Things Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supplier Management Rolls Royce Trent 1000 supply chain Rolls-Royce supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

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In 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. The Wall Street Journal reports Lukewarm Supplier Ties Hamper Auto Makers (Paid […].