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1. Reverse logistics will trash your inventory plans
... growing each year. The problem is one that is not going away or getting easier as consumers shift toward online purchasing. And as holiday deadlines loom closer, shoppers can compress their buying time ...
Created on 12 September 2017
2. Procurement Research Summary
Some research on the procurement function that's hot off the press is the topic of a recent article on the Supply Chain Management Review site. Patrick Burnson summarizes key findings on topics like organizational ...
Created on 21 February 2017
3. Blockchains in Procurement?
We've heard the term 'blockchain' a lot over the past year or so. It's interesting to note its advancement along the 'hype cycle' as we read of potential uses for the technology.Thomas Cherian, on the ...
Created on 29 January 2017
4. 2016 Economic Numbers
The economic data is beginning to firm up for the 2016 year and it was truly a mixed bag. Overall growth for the US continues to be slow, yet some sectors (such as oil) have seen real improvement and some ...
Created on 17 January 2017
5. Procurement's Direction in 2017
Procurement is a process that's always changing, but the beginning of a new year is a good time to put a few bets on where it's heading. Technology is driving a lot of change, but the Presidential election, ...
Created on 04 January 2017
6. Research Summary on Procurement Organizations
A recent study by A.T. Kearney indicates the majority of procurement organizations just aren't cutting it when it comes to delivering value.Their guidelines for high performing teams are well-defined, ...
Created on 03 January 2017
7. Starting Up Your Procurement Process
For a business start-up, developing a procurement process typically isn't top-of-mind. It's important to have, though, since out of control purchasing has been the downfall of many small businesses.On t ...
Created on 29 December 2016
8. The Importance of MDM
We're swimming in data, but many business leaders don't know what's being collected and how it's managed. Elizabeth Skipor, writing on the My Purchasing Center site, tries to resolve that by explaining ...
Created on 03 November 2016
9. Procurement Needs 'Wins'
The procurement function within the supply chain tends to operate in the background. That ought to change, according to an interview with a KPMG consulting executive.In a summary of the interview on the ...
Created on 03 November 2016
10. Increasing MRO Spend Value
MRO (maintenance, repair, & operations) is a 'special' procurement category that often flies under the radar. According to some recent research by A.T. Kearney, a little focus can result in some big savings.In ...
Created on 01 November 2016
11. Becoming a Procurement MVP
Everybody wants to be a star, but do you have what it takes to be an MVP? Of Procurement? Becoming a 'trusted advisor' may be the key to stepping up into that role, according to Chris Sawchuk of the Hackett ...
Created on 26 October 2016
12. Keys to Attracting Supply Chain Talent
The talent gap in supply chain roles has been well publicixed and it's not improving. What can a company do to ensure a flow of good people into the supply chain organization?In a guest article on the ...
Created on 26 October 2016
13. Begin With the Basics in Managing Risk
... but to manage risk you need to have the basics covered. Read Susan Avery's summary of the meeting in an article on the My Purchasing Center's site HERE. ...
Created on 25 October 2016
14. SAP to P2P Integration Fun & Games
Integrating SAP with a P2P system can be challengiing. In fact, the technical part is the easy piece, according to Jason Busch. The business process changes add a complex layer to the whole thing. ...
Created on 25 October 2016
15. Executing Those Holiday Plans
If you're in retail and you don't yet have your plans in place for the holiday season, good luck to you! All aspects of supply chains, from purchasing, to order fulfillment, logistics, and transportati ...
Created on 18 October 2016
16. What to Call Procurement?
It's sort of a fundamental question: why the confusion on what to call the procurement function within organizations? Supply management, buying, purchasing, and procurement have all been tried, but whic ...
Created on 06 October 2016
17. Whither the Supplier Catalog?
Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell of Spend Matters are duking it out on the topic of catalog use in procurement. In 2 recent posts on the site, we learn the pro and con arguments as well as alternatives ...
Created on 19 September 2016
18. Integrating the Procurement Pieces
When you have an ERP, P2P systems, supplier networks, and various supply chain system components running your supply chain functions, you have your hands full. Integrating the technology pieces is tough, ...
Created on 11 August 2016
19. Applying Lean to MRO
MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) purchasing is one area of procurement that consistently flies under the radar. Might it be a good target for process improvement and cost reduction?Kevin Tacek ...
Created on 02 August 2016
20. Is It Time to Re-Invent Procurement?
Re-inventing your procurement process sounds a lot like trying to change a tire on a moving car, doesn't it? Adapting to what's happening in the world may be a challenge, but to get full value from your ...
Created on 25 July 2016