SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Organizing for Supply Chain

  1. In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “The Procurement Value Proposition“, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key.  Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek to provide an answer to the question “how far along are you relative to your peers […]

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  2. Continuing my reporting of the Procurement Leaders meeting in Miami, I sat in on a very interesting session that included three professionals from very different walks of life: Captain Harry Thetford – Defense Logistics Agency Robin Shahani – CPO, TD Ameritreade Cynthia Dautrich, CPO from Kimberly Clark Each of these individuals had an excellent perspective […]

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  3. I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions at Procurement Leaders American Congress 2017 in Miami this week.  Despite the snowstorms that prevented many from making it down, there was a full house at the opening keynote. PL’s research shows that for procurement, cost savings is still the main issue that […]

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  4. I recently interviewed a large semiconductor company that developed a cross-enterprise initiative to drive analytical learning across its entire supply chain. The company established a supply chain IT organization that reports up to the CIO. It focuses on leveraging the corporate infrastructure and its SAP and SAP Hana implementation, in order to span all activities from […]

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  5. On the second day of our executive focus group on the LIVING Supply Chain, the group took the opportunity to share insights regarding the emerging trends in the future of supply chains, with a focus on digitization, development of analytics and a focus on emerging technologies. The executives spent a good amount of time emphasizing the importance […]

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  6. Proponents of integrated supply management propose that successful Contract Management (both pre and post award) requires a collaboration between the business functions (Engineering, Operations, Maintenance) that have the need (demand, specifications & service levels) that require contracting with third party services. The procurement function (contracting supply chain) typically provides the market & commercial expertise for creating […]

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  7. As organizations move towards visible, high velocity, transparent supply chains, a number of questions arise that are fundamental to the business, but which executive often struggle to answer with any clarity. How do we extend the concept visibility and control beyond our four walls to drive better execution in our supply chain? How do we […]

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  8. Debates over outsourcing are appearing with more frequency in the press. Companies have outsourced so many of their processes, through “Business Process Outsourcing”, that many now just sit as marketing companies. Examples include Apple, Google, Amazon, IBM, and many others, that produce very little, but have contract manufacturers such as Jabil, Flex, and others produce […]

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  9. The concept of “Collaboration” has been getting a lot of grief lately. For instance, recent articles in the Harvard Business Review and the Economist emphasize that collaboration has reached the point of “godliness” in modern business, and that managers are overwhelmed with collaborative tools.  They complain that multi-tasking through collaboration is reducing the quality of […]

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  10. Gerard Chick and I were recently interviewed by Kelly Barner on the Buyer’s Meeting Point Blog Talk Radio yesterday, and this was posted on their site for any interested parties to view.  We spent a lot of time talking about the need to move up the maturity ladder, as well as the different sets of […]

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  11. With only one week left prior to our upcoming SCRC meeting, students are busily preparing their final posters, putting the finishing touches on their presentations, and getting ready to meet with their project sponsors to deliver their insights and findings.  Many of the projects students in my MBA 541 class have been working on this […]

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  12. I spent some time this week with a group of procurement executives from Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, a company that conducts all of the procurement and supply chain activity for YUM! brands (including Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, as well as A&W). This organization was created a number of years ago, in response to a […]

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  13. I had the pleasure and honor of attending the 2nd annual Supplier Forum, hosted by Union Gas & Spectra Energy in Hamilton, Ontario at the end of April.  The meeting was intended to bring together senior executive’s from Union Gas’s top 100 suppliers, in a forum to open discuss how to drive improvement in the […]

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  14. A group of my MBA students are working on a project benchmarking vendor profiling approaches.  If you’re interested in this topic, be sure to take the survey. The goal of the study is to Understand different information companies ask from suppliers Identify industry classification codes for categorizing suppliers Compare your company’s supplier profiling practices to […]

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  15. Many people are talking about Key Performance Indicators, Metrics, Analytics, and other indicators of performance.  The importance of selecting the right metrics or “measures” as I prefer to call them, is critical as we all know that metrics drive behaviors.  Rather then selecting a plethora of meaningless metrics, it is always better to focus on […]

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  16. Recent articles, posts, and future trends studies are all awash with excitement about the Internet of Things.  For instance, Mike Morley writes on the Material Handling and Logistics site that the Internet of Things will change everything: “Billions of connected devices associated with global supply chains will transform the amount of information that can track shipments […]

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  17. Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Idec spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.  Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest […]

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  18. I was able to listen to Christopher Nassetta, the CEO of HIlton Worldwide, speak to his team of global supply managers in MacLean Virginia this morning. Chris spoke about a number of important themes at HIlton, which related directly to the role of supply management in running a major hotel chain.  He emphasized that “The […]

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  19. Gerard Chick and I are working on a new book, that is effectively questioning whether procurement, as we know it, is on the right track, and if not, what it will take to get it back on track.  There is certainly a lot of work to be done, and this exciting project that we’ve been […]

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  20. As “Obamacare” continues to plow forward, the effects on the healthcare environment are slowly but surely being felt.  One of the biggest recipients of this trend is the pharmaceutical environment. Several trends have shaped the pharmaceutical ecosystem in the last few years, and Obamacare is only one among many.  The issues supply chain executives face […]

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  21. I had a remarkable interview with a medium sized supplier today, that has truly found a business model which I believe holds a promise for a new industrial revolution in North America.  The approach is built on one of America’s most important capabilities that makes it stand out globally:  the ability to generate ideas and […]

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  22. This past week, I hosted a meeting with a small group of oil and gas procurement executives  in Houston to share thoughts on some of the major trends occurring in oil and gas, changes to the global oil and gas organization structure, as well as the impacts on procurement capability in the emerging ecosystem. As […]

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