Supply Chain

Trump’s Government Policies - Catastrophic or Fortunate?

Corporations and investors were buoyed by the Trump government’s proposal to substantially cut corporate taxes, ease regulations and increase spending on infrastructure, which would have supported the growth and prosperity of US companies. However, the recent actions of Trump’s government are aligned to their agenda of “new protectionism,” which includes a ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries, impositions of higher import tariffs, an end to various free trade agreements and changes in energy policies are likely to have economic and strategic impacts on domestic and international markets.

Rising Concerns Around Lack of International Consensus on Climate Change

Rapid changes in weather patterns could lead to severe drought situations and water crises, which in turn could spark geopolitical and societal risks like mass involuntary migration and local or regional unrest. Ineffective management of the earth’s shared natural resources such as the atmosphere, high oceans etc. could have far-reaching local and global consequences.

Is It the Beginning of the End of Global Free Trade?

Globalization today is facing its biggest test in decades. Britain’s vote in June last year to leave the European Union as well as the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is leading to trepidation that the model, which has governed the global economy for so long, is seemingly crumbling.

Geopolitical Instability Among Top Concerns for Procurement and Supply Chain in 2017

This past year was an eventful one, as far as geopolitics is concerned – the European refugee crisis and growing unrest in the Middle East, coupled with China and Russia’s assertive stance on regional issues, caused widespread political instability across several nations.

Toyota’s Lessons in Disaster Management: ‘How Quickly Can We Recover?’

Toyota relies on its Just-in-Time inventory system to reduce storage costs and maintain quality control of its parts. It’s an efficient system that, in normal times, works well. But we are not in normal times. Sadly, the most recent series of earthquakes in Japan again has highlighted its drawbacks. Back-to-back quakes of magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3 (among others) shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, one of the country’s major automotive manufacturing areas. Dozens of people died and thousands of buildings were destroyed.

Blockchains — Improving Trust and Visibility Along the Supply Chain

Blockchain startups have been gaining traction over the past few years. Earlier this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entered into a strategic partnership with a blockchain startup named Blockstream. Under this alliance, Blockstream will offer its expertise in the Bitcoin protocol and sidechain solutions to PwC’s clients in different industries.

Apple's Procurement Strategy

GEP is proud to announce it's newest guest post on Spend Matters, titled "Apple's Procurement Strategy". In 2012 alone, Apple sold more than 120 million iPhones, 60 million iPads, 35 million iPods, 15 million Macs – staggering numbers, to say the least. The success of the world’s biggest technology company has come on the back of a robust supply chain network.

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