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2011 Ariba LIVE Article
Ariba LIVE 2011 in Nashville was well attended, with over 1600 attendees. Here are some highlights from the show.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Four - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Ford buys steel for its entire supply base. In the process, it has been able to rationalize the materials specifications for all of that steel resulting in consolidated spend, more efficient use of in... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part One Article
For some companies, managing only their immediate suppliers is not sufficient. Brand owners whose reputation and competitiveness is on the line for the performance and social compliance of the whole c... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Three - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Throughout much of its history, Ford was a vertically integrated company, owning its own supply chain assets all the way back to raw materials facilities such as steel mills and rubber plantations. An... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Two Article
One important way that Supply Chain Orchestrators manage multiple tiers is sourcing and buying on behalf of their suppliers. Learn how and why that is done. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part One Article
We report the findings of our survey, answering questions such as the level of investments being made in resilience, the scope of responsibility for supply chain organizations, and assessment of how w... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part Two Article
Findings from our research on Supply Chain Risk ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part One Article
2012 opens with a higher than usual number of 'balls in the air' and dramas at play across the world stage. Although the recovery seems to be taking hold, there are some scary scenarios for how world ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part Two Article
How can businesses deal with the uncertainties we face for 2012? We explore a broad array of very concrete strategies and practices for creating adaptable enterprises that can cope with extreme potent... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Alibaba and the 100,000 Jobs Article
The claim by Alibaba's CEO that they will create 100,000 jobs in the U.S. could be easily misinterpreted.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Applications of Total Cost Sourcing - Part 2 Article
Total Cost Sourcing (i.e. making sourcing decisions based on the total impact across the whole company) takes many different forms and yields many benefits. In this article, we explore various applica... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Ariba as Innovation Engine--Observations from Ariba Live Article
These are dynamic times for Ariba, as SAP figures out its Business Network strategy. Ariba Live provided a chance to see the key role Ariba plays in driving innovation forward for SAP.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

B. Braun's Implementation of SRM 7; Sapphire Part Two Article
B. Braun's implementation of SAP SRM 7.0 demonstrates that results need not take a long time when you allow opportunities for contribution wherever the talent exists across the organization.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part One Article
How this major oilfield service firm automates the interactions with its suppliers. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part Two Article
Read how this major oilfield service firm ramped up to high volumes of spend under its automated procure-to-pay system automating its interactions with suppliers. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Built for Change
Competitiveness for Today's Manufacturers Means Agility
Report
With huge structural challenges confronting us, agility becomes a prime characteristic of the enterprise to acquire. But agility, change, etc. are terms that are ephemeral - hard to nail down. And mos... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models
Part Two
Article
How one major high tech firm uses global commodity management teams to provide centralized sourcing that still meets the needs of various product lines, functions, and geographies.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models

Part One
Article
Large or divisionalized companies face the conundrum of how much power and decision-making to give to a centralized sourcing group vs. to the local procurement teams at each division, region, or busin... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Co-Managing Supplier Risk: Part 1 - The Challenges of Managing Supplier Risks Article
Managing the risks imposed by suppliers and third party service providers has become increasingly difficult and expensive. In part one of this series we explore the reasons why. In part two we'll look... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Co-Managing Supplier Risk: Part 2 - A Case for Co-managing Article
A new approach offers the potential to manage risk across your entire supply base without breaking the bank. Your most highly paid resources can focus on strategic high-value work, while tactical task... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Collaboration vs. Transactions Article
Lessons from eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn and other Social Networks - What traditional business management can learn from Social Networks. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Comprehensive Auctioning: Broadening the Scope of Reverse Auctions Article
Reverse auctions can generate double-digit savings year after year. Companies can build on those savings, including things that might normally not be considered auctionable, by defining completely and... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Concur's Relentless Quest for the Perfect Trip Article
Highlights from Fusion, Concur's annual conference, including Risk Messaging, Hipmunk's travel bot (Hello Hipmunk), Concur's SMB business, and more.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Concur-SAP Symbiosis Article
How Concur is both changing SAP and leveraging SAP's strengths. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Conquering the Inventory Dilemma Report
Managing inventory has broader and more influential factors beyond the 'standard' formula. Proposing a modern model for managing inventory.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Contract and Supplier Management Lessons Article
Distilled insights from ChainLink's recent research on managing contracts, supplier performance, and reverse auctions.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Contract Management: Negotiating, Creating, and Monitoring Compliance Article
Skillful contract negotiation and management are vital to realizing a company's spend management and supplier performance goals. Here we explore how to negotiate better agreements with your suppliers,... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Cooperation and Competition in Retailer-Supplier Relationships Report
They are the best of friends. They are the worst of enemies. That is the paradox of the retailer-supplier relationship: that on the one hand only by a true, close, strategic partnership can both side... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Counterfeits in the Mainstream Primetime TV Article
CNBC's Counterfeit Goods program estimates the cost to the US at $600 billion...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Customer Stories from Ariba LIVE 2014 Article
The journey and lessons from three engaging customer stories -- how they moved to centralized procurement, achieved sustainable savings, understood cost drivers, used cost modeling in negotiations, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Demand Management Technology Evaluation:
Best Practices and Technology Evaluation
Report
The complexity of business today--working a myriad of partnerships with both the channel side and the transportation partners, as well as dealing with the challenges of fickle and surprising markets-... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Digital Transaction Management for Procurement Article
Digital Transaction Management (DTM) has profound implications for procurement. Here are some key lessons learned during sessions on this at Dreamforce 2015 and DocuSign's Procurement Adviso... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 2:
Relationship-Intensity
Article
In our research on direct materials Procure-to-Pay (P2P) processes, we saw tremendous variation between industries or types of companies in how they execute P2P. One major difference is the 'relations... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 3:
Receiving, Invoicing, Payment
Article
Automation can be increased by developing deeper strategic supplier relationships. Automation on both sides (supplier and buyer), combined with a shared platform/Single-Version-of-the-Truth, can help ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 4:
Research Survey Findings
Article
Here are results from our survey and interviews with over 120 manufacturers about their level of direct materials P2P automation, why they automate, the KPIs they use to measure success for their dire... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 5:
Solutions Landscape
Article
There is a tremendous variety of direct materials procure-to-pay solutions. Here we explore a framework for understanding the P2P solutions landscape. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 6:
Solutions Examples
Article
A broad and diverse array of direct materials purchase-to-pay solutions are available to serve the different needs of various industries and companies. Here we explore examples of a variety of solutio... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part One
Article
The people in an organization make or break it. A solid education program is one key strategy to sustain supplier relationships and maintain human expertise through periods of organizational flux. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part Two
Article
P&G's sourcing and procurement training program is a great example for other companies. It builds a common foundation and continuity across a very large, very global organization. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Emerging Markets - Northeastern University Article
Session at Northeastern brings strategic insights to global markets.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Enterprise Social Networking: The Final Brick in the Supply Chain Platform Foundation
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 3
Article
Social networking in the enterprise is on the rise in surprising and obvious places.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

From Complexity to Clarity Part One - Mastering Today's Complex Supply Chains Whitepaper
Achieving excellence in Supply Chain has always been a challenge, but the last decade has gotten more complex, requiring solutions to enable clarity... ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

From Complexity to Clarity Part Two - Mastering Today's Complex Supply Chains Whitepaper
In part two we explore the impacts that New Product Introduction and Inventory Strategy decisions have across the enterprise on Sourcing and Transportation teams.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Future Forward Logistics
Creating an Extended Global Enterprise
Report
As enterprises focus on perceived "core functions," more activities are outsourced to third party providers of goods and services. This extended supply chain of manufacturers of products-- from raw ma... (more information)
by Carla Frances Reed


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GT Nexus Bridges 2015 Article
Insights and updates from the GT Nexus user conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Healthy Growth and Innovations Highlighted at Ariba Live Article
SAP Ariba is getting serious about managing direct materials spend, as well as innovating in areas such as machine learning, blockchain, integrating with other networks, and more. We explore these and... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Highlights from Ariba LIVE 2014 Article
Last week's Ariba LIVE conference clarified SAP's cloud strategy, highlighted the importance and future plans of Ariba's Business Network, and further cemented the central role of HANA as the foundati... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part One Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part Two Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Is Business Social? Article
How will Social be implemented in the enterprise? Research Findings from ChainLink Research.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Journey to Achieving the Supply Chain Vision: Introduction
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 1
Article
The web has become the dominant force in supply chain operation and technology. In this series we will discuss how it's evolving.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Larger Cost Savings Come from Total Cost Sourcing - Part 1 Article
Sourcing and procurement spend-reduction strategies are frequently a central part of business cost-cutting initiatives. Most buyers understand that the lowest price option does not always yield the lo... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Manage Your Suppliers as a Resource Article
Camco was the site of one of the earliest, most successful, make-to-order manufacturing systems in the world. Through insight and innovation, Camco's managers developed a manufacturing process that wa... (more information)
by Jonathan Byrnes


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Managing Supply Risk Part Four - Hedging Strategies: Approaches Article
Learn from one company's strategy and their approaches to hedging. And a discussion of financial instruments for hedging.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part One - Quantifying and Predicting Supplier Risk Article
How companies ensure continuous affordable supply by measuring supplier risk and anticipating potential supplier problems. Early warning gives companies a much broader range of options to deal with po... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Three - Hedging Strategies: Cross-Functional Teams Article
Global dynamics ensure that commodity prices will remain volatile, with huge price spikes, for decades to come. Good hedging strategies are increasingly critical. Cross-functional teams are a great wa... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Two - Supplier Business Continuity Article
Do your key suppliers have a working disaster recovery/business continuity plan if one of their plants or critical IT systems goes down? If you don't know, you are inviting disaster.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing the Digital Time Zone Article
Suppliers are generally burdened with some extraordinary time scales when they 'own' the product. Recently, outsourcing and other procurement strategies have reduced these financial touch points. But ... (more information)
by By Paul Miller

Mundane or Majestic Article
Supply Chain apps transform performance and image and brand of companies...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 1: The Outcome Economy
Report
This is Part One of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. This research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 2: Lean Machine
Report
This is Part Two of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. The research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 3: The Inside Job
Report
Changing the Way Your Enterprise Organizes, Learns, and Relates to Suppliers and Partners.

Most sourcing and procurement executives instinctively focus on improving their processes, often usi
... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outcome Sourcing in the Outcome Economy Article
The Outcome Economy is one of the main themes at our upcoming conference in Banff. This article describes the buyer's perspective.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outcome Sourcing in the Outcome Economy Article
The move to an outcome economy encompasses radical changes in the core elements of commerce. It requires a whole new way of thinking on the part of both buyer and seller - from buying and selling thi... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outcome Sourcing Part 2: Expressive Bidding™ Technology for Specifying Outcomes Article
One promising e-sourcing technology to support outcome sourcing is expressive bidding™. Reverse auctions evolved to allow evaluation of a broader set of requirements beyond material price, such a... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Outcome-based Business Models for Enterprise Software Article
A few pioneering enterprise software solution providers offer pricing and business models based on achieving specific outcomes for their clients, rather than just charging for software.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Overcoming the Challenges of Moving to Centralized Procurement Article
How one of the worlds largest mining companies, Anglo-American, transformed from a decentralized procurement governance model to a center-led model. Crucially, how they tackled the human, political, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Panjiva Announces Global Search Article
Panjiva launched 'Global Search' for its existing supplier search capabilities, providing additional supplier information for millions of suppliers worldwide. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

PrimeRevenue Partnership Delivers New Supply Chain Finance Capabilities for Ariba Article
Ariba's recently announced partnership with PrimeRevenue provides customers with a multi-funder supply chain finance capability, integrated into the Ariba platform.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance
Part 1: Holistic Supply Chain Finance
Report
Unlocking Strategic Value for Procurement, Supply Chain, and Finance Professionals.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance
Part 2: Core Capabilities and Benefits
Report
Unlocking Strategic Value for Procurement, Supply Chain, and Finance Professionals.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance
Two Part Report
Report
Procurement, supply chain, and finance professionals each have their own individual perspective on when, where, and how supply chain finance can be used. Here we take a broader perspective, 'holistic ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 1: Holistic Supply Chain Finance Article
Procurement, supply chain, and finance professionals each have their own individual perspective on when, where, and how supply chain finance can be used. Here we take a broader perspective and approac... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 2: Increasing Margins by Lowering Risk, Cost of Capital, and COGS Article
How holistic supply chain finance improves margins for buyers, lowers risk for lenders, and lowers the cost of capital for suppliers.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 3: Continuity of Supply and Time-to-Market Article
Here we discuss how holistic supply chain finance can be used to improve supplier's health, accelerate time-to-market, and enable postponement of differentiation.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 4: Foundational Requirements Article
Earlier in this series we looked at a new holistic approach to supply chain finance. Here we describe the underlying core capabilities required to implement this new approach.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 5: Operational and Strategic Benefits Article
Implementing a holistic approach to supply chain finance, with a connected trading partner network, can yield operational improvements (beyond the financial benefits). These include reduction in error... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinvention at SAP Ariba Article
At SAP Ariba Live, we saw big changes in product architecture, innovation speed & focus, openness, UI/UX, agile development cadence, and more. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reversal of the Offshoring Tide Article
The past two decades have witnessed a massive shift of manufacturing from the U.S. to China. Now there are signs of a reversal. What are the implications for those responsible for managing these suppl... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SAP Making Strides in Procurement and Supply Chain: Part One Article
Highlights from the SAP Insider conference on interesting and innovative new developments in their procurement and supply chain capabilities. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SAP Making Strides in Procurement and Supply Chain: Part Two Article
New developments in SAP's procurement portfolio, an inspiring use of their technology in rural South Africa, and Services Procurement-related enhancements, and more. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Sapphire 2011 Highlights: Part One Article
Among the many sessions from SAP's annual conference, we highlight SAP's new Supplier InfoNet and one of their customer's implementation of SRM 7.0.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Sourcing and Procurement / Supplier Relationship Management Collection
How a company manages its suppliers makes a huge difference in profitability, performance, and the continuity . . .... (more information)

Sourcing in Times of Uncertainty Article
Sourcing and procurement professionals are used to dealing with large swings in demand and supply. But the highs and lows created by the recent bubble and recession were difficult for even the most ad... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 1 - The Evolution of Spend Analysis Article
Companies that are good at spend analytics realize a sizeable competitive advantage. But it is not easy to do. In this first article in our series, we look at how spend analytics has evolved. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 2 - Applications of Spend Analysis
Sourcing and Supplier Analytics
Article
The most common application of spend analysis is to identify potential cost savings. However, spend analytic systems can be and are used for much more than that. We explore here some of the common and... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 3 - Applications of Spend Analysis
Parts, Product, Finance, Performance, and Cross-Functional Uses
Article
Spend analytics can go way beyond just analyzing spend or managing suppliers. We look at some of the more novel uses of these systems.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 4 - Steps in the Spend Analysis Process Article
Attaining value from spend analytic projects requires setting explicit goals, a good foundation of data hygiene, the right level of classification, great analyst skills, and last but not least - decis... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 5 - Selecting a Spend Analytics Solution -- Architectural Considerations Article
The architectural characteristics of spend analytics solutions can have a big impact on the types of analysis that can be done, the time and effort it takes to implement the system, ease-of-use, and o... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spotlight on Direct Materials
Procure-to-Pay -- Part 1
Article
The procure-to-pay process (P2P) for direct materials resists standardization and automation. As the critical execution phase of source and procurement, it is where the rubber meets the road for inbou... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Collaboration 2.0: Digital, Agile, Networked Article
Modern networked technology platforms are quietly revolutionizing the way businesses work with their suppliers. By allowing companies to rapidly find, assess, validate and integrate with suppliers, th... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Parks - Back to the Future Article
As supply chains become increasingly integrated and synchronized, we are witnessing the evolution of the business/production models (in some industries) that merge virtual integration with elements of... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 1
Article
How two top performing companies rate their suppliers, initiate and manage corrective action, and manage supplier performance across divisional boundaries.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 2
Article
A mini-case study on one manufacturer that integrates supplier scorecard data with operational and planning data from across their business units. They have not only been able to improve supplier perf... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Supplier Risk and Compliance Management in Practice: Part One Article
The ability to manage supplier risk and compliance has become a critical competence for organizations. Our research shows why and how to manage and reduce supplier risk--what actually works in practic... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Risk and Compliance Management in Practice: Part Two Article
We look at supplier risk standards, monitoring, and how to do supplier risk and compliance under tight budget constraints.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Suppliers: A Proven Competitive Weapon You May be Overlooking Article
Some authors have suggested that strategic sourcing is often done in a win-lose style, without true collaboration between buyer and seller. Nothing could be further from the truth, as a win-lose relat... (more information)
by Thomas W. Bower

Supply Chain Finance Networked Platforms: Financing Services
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 2C
Article
Various forms of supply chain financing have been around for centuries. The use of networked platforms is a much more recent trend that enables dramatic reductions in the cost of capital compared with... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supply Chain Financial Network Platforms: Invoicing and Payment
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 2A
Article
Network platforms that integrate trading partners, logistics processes, and visibility have enabled bold new approaches to payments and financing for participants in the supply chain. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Surviving the Upturn: Ensuring Continuity of Supply in Allocated Markets Article
The fabled bubble of the last millennium culminated in leadtimes extending from weeks and months to months and quarters on a broad range of components, component markets going into allocation, and pri... (more information)
by Colin Kessinger


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The Boeing Challenge - Can They Increase Production Rates? Article
Boeing has a huge order book that promises ten Dreamliners per month. Can they do more?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Future Logistics Enterprise
Roadmap to Transformation
Report
This paper will articulate and validate the Future Logistics Enterprise (FLE) vision and objectives for readers such as industry suppliers and partners, members of Congress, members of other governmen... (more information)


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The Interview: Talking with Terry Vavra and Tim Keiningham, coauthors of Loyalty Myths Article
One of the biggest challenges firms have is creating and sustaining customer loyalty. And for supply chain leaders or brand companies, working through their channel partners to achieve these goals can... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The Next Phase of Supplier Performance Management in the Retail Industry Article
Supplier performance management in the mass merchandising market is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Increasingly, retailers are deploying vendor scorecards as a means of better aligning their supp... (more information)
by Mark Jones


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The Rise of the Agile Networked Platform Article
New networked technology platforms are co-evolving with new networked business models, together enabling companies to rapidly find, assess, and integrate with trading partners in order to swiftly crea... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Truth About VMI: Revelations and Recommendations Report
The high tech industry has experienced a striking shift from traditional replenishment processes to Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) replenishment for various products during the last decade. This has b... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Understanding the True Cost of Sourcing Article
In today's twenty-first century global outsourced business world, the traditional and somewhat simplistic approaches used to measure cost for sourcing decisions of direct materials fall short.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath, Colin Kessinger


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Walmart Supplier Reliability Article
Walmart Supply Chain performance looked like artwork from The Little Prince, thus their Supplier Reliability program initiative...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Teams With Suppliers to Buy Raw Materials Article
In its relentless pursuit for additional cost advantage, Walmart is looking to combine its own spend with that of its suppliers. It raises questions of how much control Walmart can exert over their su... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Why Selectica + Iasta? Article
Selectica (a contract management/configuration solution provider) recently announced their acquisition of Iasta (a sourcing solution provider). Here we discuss the fit and some of the reasoning behind... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Will International Trade Increase or Will We Reshore and Insource? Article
Release of final 2014 numbers and 2015 forecasts of world economic numbers shows a changing picture of national economies. What will the impact be on supply chain strategy?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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