Sales and operations planning

What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017

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 […]

Fast Fashion Retail Requires Supply Chain Strategy Shifts

Supply Chain Matters has provided a number of retail industry focused commentaries regarding the trend toward Fast Fashion that has been pioneered by Zara and now other retailers. We now call attention to our blog readers to an industry focused commentary that has Supply Chain Matters focused insights. The December 2016 issue of STORES magazine, […]

Critical Holiday Fulfillment Period is About to Begin and its All Hands on Deck

Next week officially kicks-off the holiday buying frenzy with the celebrations of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States as well as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events that extend out to the following week. In its recent update on the U.S. online retail economy, analytical firm ComScore predicted that based on prior […]

Scoring of Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four

While industry supply chain teams continue to work on achieving 2016 year-end strategic, tactical, operational line-of-business business and supply chain focused performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our prior 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that we published just before the start of the year. Our […]

Revisiting Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One

While industry supply chain teams continue efforts in achieving 2016 year-end strategic, tactical, operational line-of-business business and supply chain focused performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our prior 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that we published at the beginning of this year. Our research arm, […]

Ocean Container Industry Consolidation Forces Moving at a Faster Pace

Developments concerning the ocean container shipping industry are now moving at a faster and more discernable pace. Last week featured the news of the consolidation of Japan’s three largest shipping lines. This week adds even more perspective to an industry that is now facing even more structural and other changes. Shippers, transportation procurement teams and […]

Good and Not So Good News: When All Eyes are Focused on Your Supply Chain

The following Supply Chain Matters commentary has a theme, let’s call it a good news- not so good news theme. Be warned that its length is somewhat longer because it represents a Research and Consulting Advisory that I felt should be shared with our blog readers. When I deliver presentations on supply chain management topics, […]