Earlier this week, BBC News reported that Sony Ericsson would be delaying the release of its Xperia smart phone due to supply chain disruptions caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The above-linked article points out that with “competition from the iPhone and Blackberry, the delay might be costly for the company.”

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Has the full impact of the Japan supply chain disruption been calculated?

It doesn’t appear so, or it is at least being kept a secret by Sony Ericsson. Even though its quarterly earnings release listed “some supply chain disruption due to the Japan earthquake” as one of the top bullet points, Sony Ericsson did not divulge specifics. Their CEO was simply quoted as saying “the Japan earthquake made it a challenging quarter operationally and we are experiencing some disruptions to our supply chain. We will continue to evaluate the situation.”

Both sales and profits were down over the same period last year.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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