Shadow Inflation and the Effect on Inventory Carrying Costs

By Logan Wamsley

Most people are familiar with the concept of inflation, a monetary phenomenon that occurs when individual currently loses its value. As a result, basic goods and services increase their prices to maintain profitability, while personal income such as wages often stay stagnant as individuals see their dollars stretching less and less. Taken to its extreme,…

New Data Reveals Depths of Supply Chain Crisis

By Logan Wamsley

The modern supply chain is in a crisis. Although supply chain disruptions occur in some form annually, and major disruptions occur in cycles at least every few years, 2021 is proving to be a different beast. Inflation, raw materials shortages, port congestion, political tensions within nations that constitute critical pain points for critical electronic component…

China’s Alleged Hypersonic Missile Test Is Bad News for Global Supply Chain

By Logan Wamsley

In what is being called by some analysts as a “Sputnik” moment for military technology, China shocked the world by allegedly testing a state-of-the-art, nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August. According to recent reports, the missile completed a low-orbit the Earth before striking only two-dozen miles away from its intended target. The apparent rapid advancement of…

Medical Device Manufacturers Have a Cost Problem

By Logan Wamsley

Manufacturers of critical, life-saving healthcare equipment deal with a myriad of complexities and regulations that no other industry has to consider. Many of these considerations require significant additional costs, and in an era that has been defined by risks and disruption include supply chain delays, inflation, raw material shortages, extensive lead times, natural disasters, geopolitical…

Tensions Between China and Taiwan Pose Catastrophic Supply Chain Risk

By Logan Wamsley

A Supply Chain Risk Years in the Making The eyes of the international community are now focused squarely on the relationship between China and Taiwan, highlighting a supply chain risk that could complicate an already strenuous year. Earlier this week, one day after China celebrated the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949,…