SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. I was recently involved in a survey of best practices in establishing a diverse supply base.  The most important and common method for driving diversity objectives in the survey (in 73% of firms)  involves explicitly building in diversity as an objective into sourcing processes. It is not uncommon to find that sourcing managers do not […]

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  2. Globalization has created the emergence of sophisticated supplier networks, creating management challenges as exposure to volatility and complexity of global sourcing has emerged.  While Western organizations have met short-term cost reduction and flexibility goals through outsourcing, it has been at the expense of lower transparency into suppliers’ operational processes within these far-flung areas of the […]

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  3. I have been interviewing a number of CPO’s on the subject of procurement analytics and predictive analytics.  In this discussion, an issue that frequently comes up is the debate over spend analytics and contract management systems. For organizations in the early stages of procurement transformation, which ones are more critical.  And how important are systems […]

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  4. The Supply Chain Management Review, one of the leading practitioner journals in the field of supply chain, is hosting their first ever conference in November at the Rosemount Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  The conference, titled Supply Chain Outlook promises to be an exciting event, with many leading speakers and academics attending.  I look […]

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  5. I had the opportunity to present at a hearing in Washington last week – this was a public meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Sub-Committee.  This group was composed of notable academics, as well as representatives from government and NGO’s – helping to shape the discussion on biofuels.  I presented the results of the study […]

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