The Risks and Benefits of Socializing with Suppliers
I had a chance to meet with a group of supply chain executives at the University of Calgary this week, which included a discussion by Ken Rawson. Ken has over 30 years of experience working in supply management, first with […]
Cheniere is driving change, locally and globally
Bill Knittle, Chief Supply Chain Officer, came to speak to our students this week at NC State. Bill is helping Cheniere build up one of the largest LNG exporting facilities in the world. Up until a week ago, Cheniere was […]
Resin prices vary a lot more than you think! RTi helps you understand why..
I had a great opportunity to meet with CEO Pete Suerken from Resin Technologies Inc. (RTi), yesterday, and share thoughts on how should-cost models are being actively used to drive improved visibility into the true costs of resin, paper packaging, and […]
The Supply Chain Team's Impact on Capital Projects
In industries that are going through a lot of Capital Expenditure investments, including construction of pipelines, LNG facilities, and mining operations, the role of procurement on the success of the organization is somewhat different. The supply chain function impacts a […]
Who Owns Contract Management of Major Projects: Procurement or the Business?
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 […]
Van Horne Institute Considers Alaska Transport Route, and Weighs Trump's Plans for Keystone XL
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 […]
Oil and Gas Companies Consider Alternatives to Lump Sum Bid Contracts
A recent discussion with my colleague Tim Cummins at IACCM suggests that an increasing number of oil and gas companies are exploring alternatives to traditional “lump sum bid” contracts, that are typically used for large oil and gas construction projects. […]
Driving Supply Chain Engagement in Oil and Gas: NOW is the Time!
I recently participated in a workshop of oil and gas leaders in Calgary Alberta. With the announcement of $30/bbl oil, the long-term view of the oil and gas industry is that it is going to be a long time before […]
The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015
I had the opportunity to speak to a group of oil and gas executives at the DHL Global Energy conference this week, held in the Petroleum Club. I was joined by one of my former NC State students, Scott Frahm, […]
Re-thinking supply chain risk: Protection at any cost?
I have been having a number of fascinating interviews with Chief Procurement Officers this past week on the subject of procurement analytics and supply management risk. This is part of a study I am doing that will result in a […]