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

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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.

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Report of a Different Focus for General Motors in Supplier Management Relationships

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and Canada based component suppliers for GM vehicles being produced in Brazil and Mexico to be able to periodically renegotiate their supply contracts. These suppliers are currently challenged with the effects of a volatile foreign currency environment causing rising material and labor […]. The Wall Street Journal has reported that General Motors will allow 400 U.S.

Collaboration will drive future sourcing and supplier management success

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Historically, if you asked sourcing leaders to name the one competency they felt they needed their procurement and sourcing teams to master in order to achieve ongoing sourcing and supplier management success, most would likely have said negotiation skills.

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

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

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General Motors Embroiled in Supplier Crisis

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In supply chain and procurement communities, there is somewhat of a known axiom that any lower-tiered component supplier, even smaller in scope, can cause a significant supply chain and production disruption. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management General Motors supplier crisis General Motors Supply Chain Supply Chain Matters

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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.

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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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.

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

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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.

New Study Finds Social Responsibility as Part of the Business Sustainability Agenda

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Changing Perception in the Supply Management Industry

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The following commentary is a Supply Chain Matters guest posting authored by Jim Barnes, Services Managing Director, Institute for Supply Management (ISM). One of the biggest challenges in our industry is gaining recognition of the value procurement and supply chain management brings to the corporate bottom line. We know supply management increases shareholder value by […].

Leveraging Efforts for Wal-Mart’s U.S. Manufacturing Initiative- ThomasNet Corporate Edition

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suppliers to aide them in expanding their own U.S. Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management supplier discovery portals Supply chain Matters blog ThomasNet ThomasNet Corporate Edition Wal-Mart business initiativesIn 2013, mass retailer Wal-Mart made a significant commitment in announcing a U.S. manufacturing investment initiative, pledging to invest $50 billion in U.S. sourced products over the coming ten years, a total of $250 billion.

Tesla Motors Contracts for Strategic Supply of Lithium for its Gigafactory

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Supply Chain Matters Book Review: The Power of Resilience- How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected

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From time to time Supply Chain Matters will feature book reviews which we believe would be of value and a learning asset to our extended global supply chain management community of readers. In this particular posting, we share our review of: The Power of Resilience, How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected.

Collaboration Will Drive Future Sourcing and Supplier Management Success

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Historically, if you asked sourcing leaders to name the one competency they felt they needed their procurement and sourcing teams to master in order to achieve ongoing sourcing and supplier management success, most would likely have said negotiation skills.

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of ISM

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This executive editor conducted a recent interview with Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Our interview was in conjunction with next week’s ISM 2015 Conference, which this year celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the organization. That is quite a noteworthy achievement offering a time to reflect on the past […].

Other 2016 Predictions Assimilated by Supply Chain Matters

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During the process and over the past few days, we have also read and received other supply chain management related predictions which we […]. Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Management Transportation and Logistics 2016 predictions for industry supply chains BravoSolution Chris Jones Descartes Systems Group EcoVadis Intesource Supply chain Matters blog

Supply Chain Related Fraud is a Growing Problem Requiring Attention

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Operations management Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP Supply chain Matters blog supply chain related fraud supply chain related fraud preventationSupply chain fraud has become a significant challenge for industry supply chains. According to a study conducted by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, supply chain professionals still appear to be ill-equipped to tackle instances of fraud.

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Commodity Markets Continue to Plunge: Good News and Not So Good News for Industry Supply Chains

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China Supply Chain Strategy Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply Chain Annual Predictions blog commenting on global supply chain management developments challenges in sourcing and procurement Supply chain Matters blogLast week’s financial and equity market headlines featured the news that global investors and speculators are bailing-out on commodities amid mounting worries about the slower pace of global manufacturing growth.

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

When a Product Contains What it is Supposed To- A Business Media Expose

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Last week, The Wall Street Journal featured a novel but rather important article (Paid subscription required) reflecting on the importance of knowing your product, your supplier management and oversight practices along with supporting your core product marketing strategies.

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

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When that report correlates with other related reports, namely supplier squeeze or bullying tactics, rest assured we will bring it to greater industry supply chain visibility. We have previously featured reports of supplier bullying strategies involving certain consumer product goods supply chains, and quite recently, supplier squeeze tactics among certain commercial aerospace supply chains.

One Year Later- Lumber Liquidators Struggles Continue

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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 blogIn 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.

A Highly Visible Week for Apple and its Product Supply Chains

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New Iterations and Larger Stakes in Supplier Based Innovation

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Aerospace Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supplier Management Airbus supply chain Boeing Supply Chain GE Aircraft supply chain General Electric supply chain Supply chain Matters blogIn 2012, The Economist described the dawn of the Third Industrial Revolution, an era that would feature the digitization of manufacturing and the use of new, stronger and more innovative composite materials.

Major Earthquake Occurences Remain Multi-Industry Supply Chain Concerns

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

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The Implications of Wal-Mart’s Broader Fees on Suppliers

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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.

Advisory Update on E2open’s Acquisition of Terra Technology

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B2B Supply Chain Business Network SAP Supplier Management Supply Chain Execution Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Technology Con Agra supply chain E2open acquisition of Terra Technology E2Open Inc. A week ago today, Supply Chain Matters broke the news regarding the acquisition of product demand sourcing provider Terra Technology by E2open.

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.

Boeing’s Strategic Carbon Fiber Supplier Hints of Global Supply Diversification Strategy

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Aerospace Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Boeing 787 supply chain Boeing Supply Chain Embraer supply chain examples of strategic supply risk mitigation strategies Supply chain Matters blogIn the backdrop our previous Supply Chain Matters commentary related to Boeing and its decision to shortly assemble new 737 commercial jets in China, we provide another related development.

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Boeing Agrees to Pay Fine and Submit to Enhanced Quality Compliance Systems

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federal regulators, Boeing has agreed to pay $12 million in penalties as part of a settlement mandating tighter oversight of suppliers and tighter quality controls inside its own production facilities. Aerospace Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Supplier Management Supply Chain Business Process Boeing Supply Chain integrating product innovation and supply chain strategy Supply chain Matters blog

Not a Good Week and Time for Automotive Service Management Supply Chains

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United Technologies Announces Manufacturing Cost Reduction Initiative

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Because UTC is a major component supplier to the […]. Aerospace Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management aerospace industry supply chain challenges Pratt and Whitney supply chain product innovation Supply chain Matters blog United Technologies Corp Yesterday, United Technologies (UTC) at its Investor and Analyst Meeting announced a series of efforts to boast profitability. Included was a $1.5

Paris Air Show Adds New Impetus for Supply Chain Execution Across Aerospace Supply Chains

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Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Three Must-Dos for Procurement in 2014

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Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management BravoSolution challenges in procurement procurement''s relationship with the CFO Supply Chain Matters Supply chain Matters blog A Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting By: Mickey North Rizza, BravoSolution Supply Chain Matters is thrilled to feature the following guest contribution from Mickey North Rizza, recently voted Top Female Supply Chain Executive 2013.