China Supply Chain

Jun 6, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Emerging Supply Chain Wars

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 […]

Apr 11, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Bo Andersson's Supply Strategy Collides With Vladimir Putin's Russia: The Performance Triangle Collapses

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 […]

Oct 24, 2014  |  Director's Blog

Global Luxury Management "Lifestyle" brands require push supply chain design customization

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 […]

Feb 21, 2014  |  Director's Blog

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Guest Post by Arun Gupta, PhD

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 […]

Dec 12, 2013  |  Director's Blog

Unlocking the Secrets of Guanxi in Supply Chains…

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 […]

May 10, 2013  |  Director's Blog

Supply chain talent management remains a priority at Lenovo

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, […]

Apr 10, 2013  |  Director's Blog

Jason Busch's Thoughts at the Coupa Conference

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. […]

Mar 7, 2013  |  Director's Blog

Using Scooters for Logistics in China

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 […]

Jan 5, 2013  |  Director's Blog

Is the Chinese manufacturing engine waning?

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 […]

Dec 4, 2012  |  Director's Blog

The Global Economic Outlook: Jason Schenker's Soothsayings…

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 […]