Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains why quality control has become Amazon’s logistical downside with its suppliers in China. “Amazon’s whole business model is about distribution, not sourcing, so they never developed capabilities like auditing or qualifying suppliers,” said Handfield. “As a result, they sell anything on their website. Their whole
The trade war between the U.S. and China already had American companies rethinking their relationships with manufacturers in China. Then came two additional nails in the coffin. The first was the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law on Jan. 29, and the second was the outbreak of the coronavirus strain COVID-19. U.S.
Apple Inc. kept its business rolling through the coronavirus pandemic this week by launching a new iPad Pro and two new Macs. But that doesn’t mean its supply chain is in the clear. Deliveries of the new products will begin arriving on doorsteps next week. However, production of those devices likely started in early January,
Almost a year after Italy broke with its U.S. and European partners to sign up to China’s influence-extending Belt and Road initiative, relations between Rome and Beijing risk deteriorating rather than getting closer. The anticipated economic boost for Italy has yet to materialize, with its trade deficit with China widening further last year. And if
Most U.S. factories in China’s manufacturing hub around Shanghai will be back at work this week, but the “severe” shortage of workers due to the coronavirus will hit production and global supply chains, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. While about 90% of the 109 U.S. manufacturers in the Yangtze River delta