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Shefali Kapadia

Recent Posts by Shefali Kapadia:

Maine Pointe CEO Steven Bowen quoted: Tranche 4 tariffs by the numbers

Originally published in Supply Chain Dive

A false sense of comfort after months of trade truce has left many businesses unprepared for the new tariff list, which covers nearly all previously untaxed Chinese imports.

A relatively calm trade environment suddenly turned stormy earlier this month after a Sunday night tweet from President Donald Trump. The long-anticipated tariff hike on $200 billion worth of imports became reality on Friday, May 10, as the duty rate rose from 10% to 25%.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe supply chain End to End Supply Chain

Maine Pointe's Steve Bowen Cited in "Trade War Escalates: China, US to Raise Tariffs"

Originally published in Supply Chain Dive

Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen says many companies had hoped for a better agreement, and some US companies without optionality will be left with few supply chain alternatives, noting that a supply chain shift for a global company may be a years-long process. 

Topics: Total Value Optimization Tariffs Supply Chain Optimization Maine Pointe supply chain global trade supply chain risk global sourcing optionality

Trump, Xi won't meet before March 1 tariff deadline

With the pending March 1 deadline of the trade war "truce" between the US and China, Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen said that some companies have made the mistake of backing off of their contingency planning, but preparation is essential . 

Originally Published in Supply Chain Dive


Trade discussions between the U.S. and China are far from over. Several rounds have taken place since Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day halt on tariff increases last year at the G-20 summit, and additional discussions are scheduled for next week.

Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain Tariffs end to end supply chain integration Maine Pointe Steve Bowen End to End Supply Chain

How to navigate the 90-day tariff 'cease-fire'

The 90-day tariff "cease-fire" could bring more uncertainty to an already troubling situation, says Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen. During this confusing time tariff engineering doesn't go far enough – stress testing supply chains will be important to analyze cost impacts of the potential tariff scenarios that may emerge.

Topics: global supply chain Tariffs Steven Bowen Supply Chain Optimization end to end supply chain integration Maine Pointe

Resilience Plan of the Year: Hasbro's inventory management strategy

Originally Posted in Supply Chain Dive

EVP Procurement Rex Clothier offers commentary on Hasbro's strategy in the post Toys-R-Us world, and how the risks of the retailer's bankruptcy also enabled an opportunity as other retailers stepped up to grab a bigger share of the toy market.


Major risk event:

Toys R Us' decision to liquidate all stores and inventory. 


Demand planning and S&OP to optimize retail channels. 


Hasbro is expected to recuperate sales and revenue next year, as the blow from Toys R Us liquidation slowly wears off.

Topics: Supply Chain Optimization end to end supply chain integration S&OP inventory management Demand Planning retail