SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of academic presentations today, as part of the Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chain Management Workshop for Early-Career Faculty.  During the morning, we heard from a number of individuals in a session on “Inspections, disclosures and social responsibility”.  In this session, researchers from UVA and MIT explored […]

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  2. Many of the systems that we have designed to deal with financial accountability in the supply chain, are in my opinion not only cumbersome, but in many cases, create more complexity that in the end reduces transaction visibility and flow. This in turn even further “muddies the waters” and works against financial transparency, and hence accountability. […]

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  3. I had an opportunity to go on a “Google Hangout” with Alex Zhong from IBM yesterday.  We recorded the hangout discussion, and it gave me an opportunity to share some of my thoughts on how procurement needs to really step up and change.  You see the video here. A lot of the discussion was focused on […]

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  4. NORTH CAROLINA’S SUPPLY CHAIN Conduit for Commerce & Economic Development An Economic Impact Statement & Analysis This recent study on the state of the supply chain industry and its impact on the North Carolina economy was completed  by a team of who students recently presented both in front of the North Carolina Legislature (Subcommittee on State Logistics) and the […]

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  5. I spent some time working with IBM this past month on a slide share that covers 6 key questions on the minds of many of the Chief Procurement Officers I’ve spoken to in the last year.  Many of these questions relate to comments that you’ve read before (if you keep up with this blog), but […]

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  6. I had a chance to review the new book by Jim Hansen and Kelly Barner, “Procurement at a Crossroads“, which explores the many changes that the profession is facing, and challenges individuals to do things differently.  (I blushed a bit at the number of my  citations in the book including an interview I did with […]

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  7. The focus on corporate sustainability often calls for companies to increase transparency in all aspects of an organization’s operations, and much more so in the supply chain. Apparel and electronics companies that source all of their products from factories in emerging countries are especially targeted for allegedly hiring contractors that push the boundaries of human rights labor laws. […]

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