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  1. Here’s a new insight by Tim Barnes in a guest blog this week, after Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership for the United States. I’ve been traveling the country this week meeting with both American business leaders and government and trade representatives from several Asian countries. During these discussions, I was asked […]

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  2. Given our latest discussions on the impact of the Trump presidency on the supply chain, Tim Barnes’ excellent article shown below is exceptionally timely!  Tim has deep experience in navigating the import/export regulatory climate, and has written a great book on the impact of the TPP on global trade.  In this article, he describes a very […]

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  3. On the third day the team visited the Lenovo “Green Data Center”, and learned of how Lenovo is working to create their “converged” network servers that are on the leading edge of being focused on sustainable high speed efficient performance. Lenovo acquired the Data Center Group from IBM and moved the entire organization to RTP […]

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  4. The recent bankruptcy announcement of Hanjin, a major shipping line, on the Friday before the last Labor Day long weekend, was a shock to everyone working in the global logistics shipping industry.   However, the announcement should not have come as a surprise, as the ocean cargo market has been suffering for some time by […]

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  5.   I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.  Many people have heard about their partnership with Flex to build mass-customized shoes in Mexico, which is a big shift for the company from it’s largely Asia Pacific supplier network.  Although it is […]

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  6. In the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, author Parag Khanna discusses the concept of the “new supply chain wars”. In this book the author discusses how multinationals have become deeply connected and exposed to the emerging markets that have become their main competitors.   But as countries like China become wealthier and […]

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  7. Automotive news seems to be coming up a lot lately.  A story in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Bo Andersson, the current CEO of Russia’s largest car maker AvtoVAZ, plans to step down. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the majority owner of the firm.  According to the story, Mr. Andersson joined Renault in 2013 after he helped turn […]

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  8. More and more global luxury brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and others are promoting themselves as Lifestyle brands, spanning many products including fragrance, home collections, apparel, paint, wallpaper, foods, and many other products.  In this environment, the supply chain and logistics task becomes even more complex, as it involves delivering and fulfilling product and service […]

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  9. Arun Gupta recently went to a conference of the TPP in Washington, and was invited to share some insights on his visit and what he learned in a guest blog. In its current form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries (Canada, Mexico, […]

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  10. Professor Baofeng Huo left to return to Zhejiang University this week.  Baofeng and I have spent a great deal of time together this fall, discussing and comparing the importance of supply chain relationships in China and North America.  We have launched several major research programs together that will span the next five to ten years. […]

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  11. I recently interviewed John Zapko at Lenovo, who talked to me about some of the issues Lenovo is facing globally around supply chain talent management.  John began our interview by commenting on the importance of this topic. Zapko:  Without question, attracting talent, bringing it on board, being able to hire this talent and especially retaining […]

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  12. Jason Busch from Spend Matters gave another great speech at the Coupa INSPIRE conference in San Francisco which I attended last week.  As an aside – Jason started Spend Matters in 2004 as a side interest because he was bored.  Look where it is today!  Spend Matters has grown to be a big part of […]

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  13. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shows pictures of logistics couriers in China riding scooters, with stacks of deliveries teetering six feet up in the air, parked outside of office buildings in downtown Shanghai.  The reporter goes on to describe the increasing salaries for logistics workers, and goes on to document the high […]

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  14. A recent post in the UCLA blog features an interview with the former COO of Walmart-China, who makes some very interesting observations on the state of manufacturing in China. Edwin Keh notes that “Net export from the Pearl River Delta has declined over the last few years. The number of foreign-owned factories, the pool of […]

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  15. Jason Schenker spoke at the SCRC conference today and spoke about his forecasts for the global economy. The global economy is expanding, albeit at a modest pace. US GDP and the US labor markets are showing modest improvements. Chinese GDP will grow, but central bank monetary policy at home and abroad is likely to remain […]

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  16. We have currently launched an important online survey, being conducted in conjunction with BVL International, a non-profit global logistics institute dedicated to promoting knowledge and best practices in logistics. The study is also being carried out in parallel with Technical University Berlin, Darmstadt University, FDC Cabral (Brazil), and other research partners in India and China. […]

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  17. The ability to capture value from your business relationships is increasingly seen as critical differentiator in firm success (Cousins et al., 2006). Much of the strategic purchasing literature addresses the role of spend analysis, supplier selection, leveraging, negotiation, and contract management – yet there is a critical element of strategic supply management that occurs after […]

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  18. An MBA student team in my supply market intelligence class  this week presented their supply market intelligence study on phosphate production.  One of the key points was the volatility of Morocco as the major supplier of phosphate.  Based on current reserves and production trends, Morocco will play a very important role in the world of […]

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  19. I sat on a panel this week in Charlotte on “Strategic Transactions – Planning for 2012 & Beyond”, hosted by Moore & Van Allen.  One of the first speakers was U.S. Senator Richard  Burr, who gave an incredible speech outlining the current global landscape, the political climate in Washington, and what lies ahead. Senator Burr […]

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  20. In this on-going blog theme on China, we explore some of the challenges experienced by companies seeking talented individuals for supply chain roles as they expand in Asia. Much of my thinking here is based on a joint paper I am working on with Yanghong Shi, a visiting scholar from the Shanxi University of Finance […]

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  21. Though the advancement of higher education in China has produced more graduate students for entering level positions in foreign logistics companies, locating qualified candidates is a real challenge. Several of the recruiting personnel we interviewed from Western companies who expressed their frustration at finding the “right talent” for their supply chain roles. In general, the […]

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  22. Steve Allen, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Graduate Program in the Poole College of Management spoke about the current state of the economy at the SCRC meeting on December 1-2, 2011. In this lecture, he outlined some key thoughts for executives to consider in a glum market, and provide some thoughtful statistics […]

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  23. A company we spoke with noted that the turnover rate for their Chinese employees working in their logistics operations is higher than any other facility in the world (>10%). Why? There may be many possible reasons for this phenomena. China is a different culture and many Western companies go in without really understanding how powerful […]

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