SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Government Acquisition

  1. This past week we held a roundtable focused on “Combating Counterfeiting in the Supply Chain”.  This post is a continuation of an earlier post I wrote on this subject.  Counterfeiting is seen as a major problem facing major manufacturers as well as our defense organizations.  A common theme discussed was that greater public education is […]

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  2. Based on the deluge of news coming from the press on Trump, Russia, China, trade talks, tax reform, healthcare reform, and a multitude of topics, it’s enough to make your head spin.  This is particularly the case if you are working in the supply chain. In our upcoming meeting next week, we are bringing together a […]

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  3. This week we announced the theme of our upcoming Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting.  The theme of the meeting, “Mapping the Road Ahead in Uncertain Times”, brings together a number of industry experts to share insights and develop some thoughts on how organizations can plan ahead to deal with the many surprising events that pop up […]

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  4. Here’s a new insight by Tim Barnes in a guest blog this week, after Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership for the United States. I’ve been traveling the country this week meeting with both American business leaders and government and trade representatives from several Asian countries. During these discussions, I was asked […]

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  5. OK, so Trump won, Clinton lost.  Get over it, it’s a done deal.  Time to move on, and figure out what this means in terms of how the global economy will be impacted, and in particular, how the supply chain will be impacted.  In general, it’s fair to say that things won’t be as bad […]

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  6. On election night last week, I was stationed in Calgary Alberta, watching the results unfold in Mountain Time, and wondering what was going on in the country I’ve adopted as home.  You see, I’m a native Calgarian, and was visiting my home town to share insights with a group of supply chain executives at the […]

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  7. I had the opportunity to engage in a negotiation seminar with a large insurance company last week, and had the team work on a software contract role play.  In the scenario, there was both a buyer and supplier, and there were multiple facets to consider in the negotiation.  The problem in preparing for such a […]

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  8. Acquisition in the federal government has been identified as a major source of potential savings in the future, as in the private sector, but a recent set of workshops and interviews identified some major challenges that exist.  First, the majority of data exists in a database called FPDS, or the Federal Procurement Data System, which […]

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  9. The significant challenges associated with federal acquisition policies are well documented.  Many  problems with government acquisition are related to contract management, often mentioned as a core competence for federal contract officers to be proficient in.  Some of the biggest opportunities in this space include the application of incentives for contractor performance, cost-reimbursement contracts approved by […]

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  10. The problems with the federal procurement process are well documented in the literature.  Bloggers have also suggested that new approaches be adopted by federal acquisition contract officers to apply the practice of “strategic sourcing”, that implies  that the collective buying power of the federal agencies can be leveraged to squeeze better prices from suppliers on common […]

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