SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. While not always the case, companies often use category teams to develop supply management strategies. Supply management strategies often apply to categories—general families of purchased products or services. Examples of major category classifications might include castings, electronics, motors, or wiring harnesses. These are some of the big, complex categories that are ripe for strategic sourcing […]

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  2. I sat on a panel this week in Charlotte on “Strategic Transactions – Planning for 2012 & Beyond”, hosted by Moore & Van Allen.  One of the first speakers was U.S. Senator Richard  Burr, who gave an incredible speech outlining the current global landscape, the political climate in Washington, and what lies ahead. Senator Burr […]

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  3. Environmentalists have been up in arms about the Keystone pipeline over the last few months. As a result, the Obama Administration first delayed the decision, and then rendered a decision to NOT approve the pipeline. The greens crowed in delight – this would show those Canadians that the US will not buy their dirty, filthy […]

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  4. David Theleman, Vice President of Business Development at Genco Lifecycle Logistics presented in my MBA class today, and gave a fantastic overview of the emerging area of reverse logistics. Once viewed as a necessary evil associated with being in retail, some companies are partnering with third party logistics like Genco to render RL more of […]

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  5. Many economic forecasters have a certain number of “givens” in their economic projections, including the fact that the economies of Brazil, China, and India will remain stable….let’s take a look at some of these “given assumptions”…. As noted in earlier blogs, there is significant doubt about the challenges associated with economic growth in China. The […]

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  6. Who Said Sustainability is Easy?

    February 13, 2012
    by: handfield
    categories: Supply Chain Management, Sustainability

    In recent posts, we’ve talked about the challenges of driving sustainability across supply chains. To the uninitiated, it seems as if this is an easy decision, as it’s simply the “right thing to do”. But what I’ve found in talking to people is that even when leadership is behind the idea of sustainability 100%, the […]

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  7. I had an interesting discussion with Stephen Hall from the Procurement Leaders Group this morning. Stephen is putting together a feature for Procurement Leaders Magazine on ‘The End of the CPO’ and we had a quick chat about this idea. Stephen is essentially looking at where the procurement chief role is heading in mature functions. […]

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  8. A recent article in business insider portends bad news for marketing folks.  Procter and Gamble’s prodigious CEO, Robert McDonald, announced that he is going to lay off 1600 marketing people in order to “moderate” his ad budget because Facebook and Google can be “more efficient” than the traditional media that usually eats the lion’s share […]

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  9. In a recent white paper published in October 2010, Jim Rice from MIT argues that there is a potential crisis for supply chain talent brewing.  A speaker from a large global manufacturing company spoke in my MBA Supply Chain Relationships class today, and shared his views on if this talent shortage really exists, and if […]

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