Decoding the Signals of the Global Tariff and Trade Wars
What will global trade and commerce look like in the coming years, and how will it influence the business landscape? This question has moved to the forefront of executives’ minds as the US administration seeks to renegotiate relationships with key […]
What does the global trade chess board look like lately ?
Global trade is becoming more and more confusing, given the vast array of different tariffs, trade wars, 301’s, customs duties, and other shifts in global trade. I had the opportunity to speak with a few different industry experts this week, […]
Procurement’s Role in Managing the Tariff War
The news is in – in the form of more Tweets, of course. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump announced another round of tariffs on the roughly $300 billion of Chinese goods that had not already been targeted by American levies. The […]
Are US-Chinese Tariffs Part of the New Normal?
Today’s blog post is a guest post by my former student, Krunal Sonpal. The topic is a timely one: the on-going US-Chinese tariffs and what it means for supply chain executives. This is an issue that should cause every supply […]
The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain
In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA) helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain. Patrick […]
Relational Contracting Part II: Four Numbers to Be Concerned About in Global Economics
Jason Schenker, a worldwide leader in global economic forecasting, brought a spirit of levity and predictive insights to a subject that is often mired in gloom: economics! Jason, who founded the Futurist Institute, commented on some of the major changes […]
Get Ready for the Electronification of Everything …and More Global Component Shortages!
I had an opportunity to speak with some executives this week that are frequently in Asia, negotiating with suppliers of everything from memory, semiconductors, and multiple other types of electronic components. Anyone who is working in this industry knows that […]
What Trump's Announcement of Withdrawal from the TPP Means for US Supply Chain Executives
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 […]
Guest Post from Tim Barnes: Navigating Trump’s 35% import tax, and how US companies can utilize “Parallel Manufacturing” to grow globally
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 […]
Day 3: Lenovo Goes About Creating the End to End Transparent Supply Chain
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. […]