SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. The leading IT magazine, CIO Review,  today published a special issue on supply chain transformation, and included an article I wrote on spend management as a core capability. Rather than striving for “perfect data” in all supply chain systems, my research suggests that primary efforts should be focused on the most fundamental yet most critical form […]

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  2. Today’s Wall Street Journal documented the new, upgraded UPS service that is running full tilt to bring packages in before Christmas.  This is an on-going concern, after the debacle last year when UPS’s systems shut down in the face of massive capacity constraints driven by etailers promising delivery by Christmas.  The facilities were unable to […]

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  3. Oil prices continued to plummet last week to below $60, and experts predict that it could continue to drop.  All of a sudden, what seemed like a boost to the global economy has caused consternation and worry among economists, as the recognition that the oil supports jobs across a number of important sectors.  There are of […]

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  4. Bob Trebilcock, the editor of the Supply Chain Management Review, interviewed me and my co-author Gerard Chick on our new book “Procurement’s Value Proposition”.  Here’s an excerpt from the interview. SCMR:  The role of the Chief Procurement Officer is becoming more strategic and even more important as procurement is affected by technological advances, changing demographics, […]

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  5. Speakers are the SCRC meeting yesterday and today continued to speak more on the topic of transportation strategy given increasing challenges in the transportation sector, and the need for an effective transportation management strategy. George List, a professor of mechanical and construction engineering, emphasized the need for governments to consider the broader impacts of global […]

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  6. The 30th SCRC meeting kicked off today with a theme on “Transportation Strategy in an Infrastructure Constrained Environment”.  This is a theme that was discussed a year ago at a conference in DC on Transportation Infrastructure, over coffee with William Lucas from Caterpillar.  We talked about focusing on transportation as an issue that needs to […]

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  7. A supply manager in the Canadian oil patch wrote me recently about their experience on a major capital project, after reading my blog on capital equipment uptime.  He was quick to point out that ensuring uptime of equipment is a major priority, not the cost of the equipment itself, due to the amount of production […]

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