Category Management

Oct 28, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What does”Supplier Relationship Management” really mean?

In a report I worked on in 2013, I conducted interviews conducted with 25 chief procurement officers (CPOs) on one of the most important drivers of value creation and resilience that is often overlooked:   harnessing the power of innovation […]

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

May 30, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Procurement and supply chain executives are struggling in the current environment of high inflation and missed deliveries.

A new study that the SCRC published with GEP examines the increasing pressure that supply chain executives are getting when it comes to responding to supply chain disruptions.  The report was published in the last month, and reflects some of […]

May 4, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Rising Interest Rates: Maybe It’s Time to Bring Back the Forgotten Art of Price Analysis

Price analysis is a subject that is often overlooked in supply chain education, (although it is certainly a big part of our chapter on Strategic Cost Management in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management).  This is perhaps a “forgotten art” that […]

Dec 13, 2021  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Supply Chain Index contributes again to the 2021 Wall Street Journal Top 250 Best Managed Companies

This year, as in the past five years, our supply chain index contributed to the overall ranking of firms in the top 250 best managed companies, as ranked by the Drucker Institute. The top companies in 2011 included the following: […]

Jul 26, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Human Resource Planning for Procurement, Contract Management and Supply Chain Management

I spoke recently on the subject of Strategic Human Capital, and the importance of developing human resource planning for supply chains with Dan Finkenstadt at the NCMA World Congress.  Much of the material was developed by Dr. Ian George, who […]

Jun 15, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Behind the Numbers of the SCRC Supply Management Index

The SCRC’s Supply Management Maturity Index was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, that identified the companies best prepared to weather the storm ahead in terms of supply chain disruptions.  In this blog, I’ll explain a bit more […]

Mar 17, 2021  |  Director's Blog

The Big Texas Chemical Freeze Raises Issues on Resiliency of the Petrochemical Supply Chain

Today’s Wall Street Journal article on the impact of the Texas winter storm on the petrochemical industry highlights many of the challenges that exist with this supply chain, that have been overlooked for too long. Christoper Matthews points out that […]

Dec 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The SCRC’s Contribution to the WSJ’s Best Managed Companies

Once again, the Drucker Institute has put together a list of the “Top 250 Best Managed Companies”, which was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.  And like last year, the ratings put forth by the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative remain […]

Feb 5, 2020  |  Director's Blog

American Red Cross Uses Amazon to Manage Tail Spend

“Tail spend” – the dreaded word that strikes fear into every procurement executive’s heart..for the uninitiated, this refers to the long “tail” in a Pareto chart, that includes the large number of suppliers that are small volume purchases, often for […]