Cross-Post from cleveland.com: Why are supply chains broken? Blame the ‘black swan’ tsunami: Sarah Rathke

This is a Cross-Post from The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.

In this article written by partner Sarah Rathke, she explains dramatic strain COVID-19 has put on our logistics networks worldwide and the “‘black swan’ tsunai” effecting today’s global supply-chain.

From Supply Chain Management Review: Talking Supply Chain Podcast: The Legal Blacksmith

This is from Supply Chain Management Review‘s  Talking Supply Chain Podcast.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.

Partner Sarah Rathke, who co-authored The Legal Blacksmith with Rosemary Coates, discusses the legal implications of today’s supply chain crisis including the disputes supply chain partners face due to disruptions and labor and materials shortages with Bob Trebilcock of Editorial Director of Supply Chain Management Review.

You can listen to the podcast here and can subscribe to the Talking Supply Chain Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Cross-Post from Restructuring GlobalView Blog – Supply Chain Risk and Increasing Costs: How Are UK Businesses Building Resilience?

This is a Cross-Post from the Restructuring GlobalView Blog.  Please contact Simon Garbett with any questions. 

Partner Simon Garbett discusses the impact on the supply chain following the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions in the UK.  To learn how UK businesses are addressing the supply chain issues, read the full article here.

Upcoming Webinar: Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021

Partner Sarah Rathke is pleased to present “Why Is Everything Broken? Understanding Supply Chains in 2021” on December 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. EDT. This webinar will discuss the causes of the current supply chain logjams, put them into historical context and will outline various paths forward.

As the holidays approach, our sponsor and our speaker would like to help the many families in need this time of year, so we are encouraging all registrants to donate to a local food bank or please consider donating to Sarah’s preferred organization, Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

Cross-Post from Reuters: AI fixes for supply chain logjams carry legal risks

This is a Cross-Post by Reuters.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.

Partner Sarah Rathke discussed with Reuters on how A.I. and digital twin technology can aid to help solve supply chain disruptions and the potential data privacy complications companies might encounter when  sharing detailed supply chain data.  You can view the video interview here.

Cross-Post from Am Law Litigation Daily – Squire Patton Boggs Litigator and Supply Chain Expert Sarah Rathke on the ‘Mess All Over the System’

This is an article published by The Am Law Litigation Daily.  Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.

The global pandemic has landed the manufacturing supply chain in unchartered territory.  SPB Partner Sarah Rathke recently spoke with Am Law Litigation Daily to discuss the supply chain mess from a legal perspective.  The article here recaps the conversation on the changes and the future of supply chain disputes.

A New Tariff Exclusion Process For Some, But Not For All

This is a Cross-Post from the Capital Thinking Blog.  Please contact Nicole Golden with any questions.

The Biden Administration made its first step in outlining President Biden’s China trade policy including a new tariff exclusion process that will effect some. Nicole Golden discusses the two notable takeaways from a US business perspective.  Read the full article here.

Cross-Post From Capital Thinking Blog – Lawmakers Propose New Import Ban Targeting Commodities Produced on Illegally Deforested Land

This is a Cross-Post from the Capital Thinking Blog.  Please contact Ludmilla Kasulke and Yiannis Vandris with any questions. 

Recent legislation aimed at reducing commodity-driven illegal deforestation around the world calls for transparency in companies’ global supply chains.  Our colleagues Ludmilla Kasulke and Yiannis Vandris discuss the details of the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act in their article here.

Cross-Post From Capital Thinking Blog – Update: Biden Officials Request Comments on Challenges Facing Key Sectoral Supply Chain Disputes

This is a Cross-Post from Capital Thinking blog.  Please contact Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions.

As Milla Kasulke reports at our Capital Thinking Blog, the Department of Defense is seeking comments on four supply chain topics identified by the agency, in connection with President Biden’s February 24, 2021 Executive Order entitled, “America’s Supply Chains.”  Comments are due later this fall.  Find out more here.

We’re In The WSJ!

We made the Wall Street Journal today in an article discussing recent efforts by suppliers to provide for greater price flexibility in their supply chain contracts, quoting supply chain partner Sarah Rathke. While price escalation clauses are well known in some industries (for instance, energy) and in some geographical markets (for instance, at times, in Latin America), US-based manufacturing supply chain contracts largely do not address price adjustment to account for scarcity and/or inflation – which sometimes are one and the same thing. Contracting 101 might suggest that if suppliers fear inflationary risk, it might be sensible to include a price escalation clause tied to a well known index, such as the US Consumer Price Index. More often, however, it is better and more precise to use a published index used for the specific industry or product in question. Other important questions when considering price escalation clauses include how often pricing should be re-examined, whether prices can be adjusted down as well as up, and whether to include pricing caps.

Read the article here.

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