Innovation in the Supply Chain

Jul 5, 2019  |  Director's Blog

The expanding scope of procurement analytics: Some initial thoughts

Procurement analytics, which supports decision making in procurement management, typically handles problems and decisions that are related to cost reduction, supplier management, cost modeling, procurement-led innovation, market strategies, supply chain risk, and stakeholder value improvement (Handfield, Jeong, and Choi 2019). […]

May 15, 2019  |  Articles

First NCSU Procurement Leadership Program a Great Success!

We held our first ever Procurement Leadership workshop this week, hosting a group of executives from Altria, American Red Cross, Cheniere Energy, Smith & Nephew, RSCS (YUM! Brands) and the US Air Force.   The mix of executives from both the […]

Apr 15, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Leveraging Technology in the Retail Supply Chain

Companies in the retail sector are looking to automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological advancements to augment various sectors of their business. Savvy businesses are deploying new technology solutions everywhere from their supply chains to their storefronts. Technology is assisting […]

Mar 22, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leadership Workshop: Addressing the Need for a New Stakeholder Influence Model

Some of the typical complaints I hear from procurement colleagues are the same ones I heard 20 years ago, and it seems as if nothing has changed. “Procurement doesn’t get any respect!  I can’t get people in the business to […]

Mar 22, 2019  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Closing the Gap Between Marketing and Procurement

Our upcoming SCRC meeting on April 25 will explore a topic that has been top of mind for me and several other people for some time. To give you a clue as to what this is about, consider the typical […]

Sep 5, 2018  |  Articles

You Can’t Buy Digital Transformation “Off the Shelf”…(And Expect Results)

Companies everywhere are setting aside budgets for investment in upgrading their analytics capabilities.  Very often, this involves investments in cloud-based computing, data warehouses, artificial intelligence, business intelligence dashboards, and multiple other forms of software and hardware investments.  But the truth […]

Aug 24, 2018  |  Articles

New MBA Healthcare Analytics Class Takes Off This Fall

Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a means to minimize risk, optimize operating costs, improve revenue, improve […]

May 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Dell’s Supply Chain Data Analytics Center (SCDnA)

Dell and EMC merged last year, producing a power combination of products including laptops, PC’s, and high end servers.  As part of this shift, Dell moved towards creating a series of Data Analytics Centers across the organization, including one for […]

Apr 2, 2018  |  Articles

Shoes Made out of Corn? First-ever Plant-based Shoe by Reebok A Great Case in Innovation at Work!

Reebok is an American-inspired global brand with a deep fitness heritage and the mission to design and create the best gear and experiences for the sport of fitness and for fitness athletes around the globe. Reebok strives to inspire people […]

Jan 26, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Emerging technologies impacting contract management in the Financial sector

A meeting of financial supply management executives, faculty, and IACCM thought leaders took place on January 26, 2018 in New York.  A number of different topics were discussed during this session, and the agenda was kept fairly open in discussing […]