SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. We had a series of great presentations this week at the SCRC meeting. Bill Knittle from BP first presented his experience on building a supplier performance measurement system, and how this has evolved into a true supplier relationship management system.  He talked about the importance of segmenting the supply base, and building out a small […]

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  2. Last week I had the opportunity to travel first to New York and then Monterrey, Mexico, and speak with a number of people to explore perspectives on the current economic situation we find ourselves in. Early in the week I sat in on a lecture given by Clay Christenson (from Harvard Business School) to a […]

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  3. A lot of people are emphasizing the need to drive sustainable supply chains.  “If we have a more sustainable supply base”, we hear from advocates, “…it will cost less, and we will be better corporate citizens.” I’m not sure I buy this line of thought, although I would certainly put myself squarely in the camp […]

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  4. Gerard Chick and I had a good chat over skype this morning, and we both started jotting down a few facts…. Banks are buying up gold and moving currency out since 2009.  A friend suggests that the banks feel it is very unstable out there, and are hoping for some stability.  But the dollar, the […]

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  5. “Supplier Relationship Management” is a term that’s thrown around a lot in procurement, and generally assumes that the relationship with the supplier is “managed” by the buyer.  This doesn’t leave room for what could be a more open interpretation of a relationship as a team effort, rather than a hierarchical relationship.  For this reason, I […]

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  6. At the Coupa INSPIRE procurement conference in San Francisco this week, the Chief Procurement Officer of Coca Cola Consolidated, Patrick Hopkins, shared his views on the “4 Truths of Procurement”, and how he has operationalized his views through the deployment of Coupa procure to pay software. Coke has an incredible history dating back to 1886, […]

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  7. Jason Busch from Spend Matters gave another great speech at the Coupa INSPIRE conference in San Francisco which I attended last week.  As an aside – Jason started Spend Matters in 2004 as a side interest because he was bored.  Look where it is today!  Spend Matters has grown to be a big part of […]

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  8. The issue of sub-tier supply risk continues to be a challenge in many of the companies we work with at the SCRC.  For example, one large company has experienced big problems in the form of tier 2 supplier mechanical failures that wind up in their product.  Even though they had a problem, they were totally […]

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