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1. Best-of-Breed vs ERP Series
Spend Matters has put together a great series on the ERP vs. Best-of-Breed topic. We posted the first installment but the subsequent ones by Pierre Mitchell were just as helpful. Links to the first ...
Created on 23 February 2017
2. Getting Started With S&OP
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is an undeniably important part of supply chain management. Lora Cecere has studied the process and provides suggestions on how to get started in a new post on the ...
Created on 19 September 2016
3. A Critique of the Gartner Top 25
Everyone in the supply chain world anxiously awaits the announcement of Gartner's yearly Top 25 Supply Chains, yet not everyone agrees with their selection methodology.When you're an ex-Gartner analyst ...
Created on 31 May 2016
4. Design Needs for Procurement
Pierre Mitchell from the Spend Matters team recently attended technology provider Coupa's conference and came away with some great observations. He advocates turning procurement's function from 'gate keeper' ...
Created on 17 May 2016
5. Building a Network of Networks
The Supply Chain Shaman addresses the concept of a 'network of networks' for the supply chain in a recent article on her site. Lora Cecere goes into some research and proposes a set of building blocks ...
Created on 05 May 2016
6. Challenges for the CPG Supply Chain
... g that model.According to a recent benchmarking study by BCG, the one-size-fits-all approach may no longer work well. Read about it HERE. ...
Created on 24 December 2015
7. Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking
Benchmarking is old hat in many areas of the supply chain. But planning is a different animal, since the self-reporting that typically drives benchmarks isn't usually available.The Supply Chain Shaman ...
Created on 04 August 2015
8. The Importance of Benchmarking
Recent research has proven that benchmarking is crucial as the role of procurement becomes more important to the organization. In a recent article on the My Purchasing Center site, Susan Avery discusses ...
Created on 20 July 2015
9. When Suppliers Merge
Supplier A is one of your stars, but you deal with Supplier B only when you have to do so. What happens when they merge?Bolaji Ojo on the EPS page has looked at this not unheard of phenomenon and talks ...
Created on 02 July 2015
10. The Long Tail and Demand
Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, recently discussed a demand planning benchmarking study with its author, Robert Byrne. They reviewed what's happening in the consumer product industry and identifie ...
Created on 03 February 2015
11. Supply Chain Sustainability in 2015
Supply chain sustainability is one area we've not addressed with 2015 predictions. Let's put an end to that! On the Triple Pundit site, Elizabeth Comere takes a look at the trends she sees for supply chains ...
Created on 29 January 2015
12. Looking For a Hot Job?
You probably won't see jobs in procurement or the supply chain on any of the 'hot jobs' lists that are produced throughout the year. Those in the real business world, though, realize that these areas are ...
Created on 03 November 2014
13. Do Best Practices Matter?
Almost everyone can recall being lectured about 'best practices' at one time or another. Sometimes it made sense, others not so much.In a Spend Matters blog, Pierre Mitchell discusses procurement best ...
Created on 22 September 2014
14. Funding IT Purchases
Everyone's interested in saving money, especially when you're buying technology. There are many ways to overspend, but if you keep some simple guidelines in mind you may be able to keep spending under ...
Created on 18 August 2014
15. Make Your Data Actionable
Ray Major, on the Smart Data Collective site, is looking at ways to leverage supply chain data to benefit the organization. If you're implementing a business intelligence platform, he wants to make sure ...
Created on 21 July 2014
16. Visibility Impact of Real-Time Data Sharing
Companies that share real-time demand and inventory information have to be ahead of the game, right? Not necessarily, according to APQC's benchmarking.Solid processes must be in place for this data to hav ...
Created on 16 July 2014
17. Visibility and Performance in an Omnichannel World
Michael Allen, in a post on the Retail Gazette site, takes a look at recent data from the Retail Systems Research group about omnichannel retail. Forrester has also contributed some analysis he reviews ...
Created on 02 June 2014
18. Are You a Best-in Class Supply Chain?
... blog site, you have to know the right metrics on which to focus and do a little benchmarking. Read his thoughts HERE. ...
Created on 30 October 2013
19. Sustainable Packaging
Supply chain sustainability covers a lot of ground. Not surprisingly, packaging is a big area of emphasis.In an article on the Packaging World site, Dr. Karli Verghese talks about how companies approach ...
Created on 08 July 2013
20. Benchmarking Your Program
Finding good benchmarking information for your B2B integration program can be a chore. In a GXS blog article, Rachel Cohen talks about recent research that may be helpful to you.It looks like satisfying ...
Created on 02 April 2013