10 Key Logistics & Procurement Supply Chain Practices to Know and Master to Reduce Spend.

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Getting the raw materials needed to maintain production is one of the most important parts of the whole supply chain. However, following these 10 practices can help you learn how to reduce spend in the procurement supply chain. Many suppliers and manufacturers may have existing, internal analytics tools, but using these tools for benchmarking processes may be ill-fated. Use Big Data Analytics to Ensure Real-Time Management of the Entire Supply Chain.

Procurement can’t afford to be a digital laggard in today’s complex landscape

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Leading the charge in navigating this constantly shifting trading environment is the Procurement department. However, as things stand, many Procurement teams aren’t digitally mature enough to provide this input to the business. Smart Procurement can unlock a strategic advantage .

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

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” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Maturity in Analytics.

These 7 Industrial Procurement Trends will Impact Supply Chain & Logistics in 2018

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Procurement must never be an afterthought in any enterprise. Manufacturers need to have the right raw materials and supplies available. Supply chain entities need to know vendors will be held accountable and adhere to the terms within vendor-supply chain partner service level agreements. Supply chain professionals must also know how they will be shipping freight. Companies Will Seek New Ways to Use Technology in Procurement.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

Supply Chain Data Maturity A Guide to Transformation. How Mature is Your Supply Chain? that supply chain is moving through as the industry strives to leverage data. and advanced analytics. Again and again, the quality of supply chain and logistics.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

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As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work.

Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

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The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is over, but we hope the energy to define Supply Chain 2030 is just beginning. As companies prepare for Supply Chain 2030, we think that it is time to rethink the basics. Seven Predictions for Supply Chain 2030.

The expanding scope of procurement analytics: Some initial thoughts

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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). While this role of procurement analytics improves the efficiency of internal operations (e.g.,

The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

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The Hackett Group provides a useful visual for describing the maturity stages that supply chain is moving through as the industry strives to leverage data and advanced analytics. Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model (Source: Hackett Group).

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Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

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I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year. I visited the BVL Kongress in Berlin, and also attended the International Institute for Analytics ”Chief Analytics Officer” meeting last summer. Not surprisingly, analytics is at the top of the list.

Dealing with Unsupported Network Design Software? There’s a Silver Lining

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It can be incredibly frustrating when the software you use to run your supply chain will become unsupported. Attempting to run your supply chain on unsupported software is like walking a tightrope without a net. Your supply chain technology should not be a bottleneck.

Digital Procurement – Pack your bag, you are going on a journey

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The Hackett Group and Ivalua have been working together for some months to assess the status of Digital Procurement transformation and lessons learned from early adopters. Digital Procurement – a place we are planning to visit soon (and hopefully stay).

Siemens BT: Every analytical transformation requires a “Jonah Hill”

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One of our newest SCRC partners, Siemens Building Technologies, recently shared their insights on creating an analytics strategy. This effort was led by the Chief Procurement Officer for Siemens BT, Carl Oberland, but has recently been rolled out across the global organization.

Why Our Goal Should Not Be an Integrated Supply Chain

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This week I spoke at an SAS Global Analytics Summit on the connected supply chain. In my view, the connected supply chain is very, very different from the integrated supply chain. This model endorsed ERP as the system of record for the supply chain.

SIG Webinar on Procurement Analytics and Innovative Data Leveraging

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The webinar will also include Howard Richman, a colleague I have known for many years, first at Merck, and now working at Citrix as their Chief Procurement Officer. Also joining us will be Michael O’Leary, Director of Procurement Solutions at IBM. I emphasied to Alex that I had seen a similar trend – that purchasing executives seek to drive procurement value transformation, many find themselves struggling to make progress in these three areas of change.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

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recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins. appeared first on TAKE Supply Chain.

The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean

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Understanding how different factors affect the supply chain remains a top priority for research firms around the globe. From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. The State of Supply Chain 2016 Trends. Additionally, the push toward creating a self-sufficient AI is growing stronger among supply chain professionals.

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Supply Chain Artificial Intelligence Offers Wisdom to Supply Chain Management

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Our previous discussion on augmented reality revealed a new trend in supply chain management , the use of computer-simulated imagery to enhance production and efficiency. However, artificial intelligence is poised to radically change the supply chain in profound ways.

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

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Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. Supply chain planning is decision support.

21st Century Procurement Skills (Guest Post by Christoph Flöthmann)

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Our guest post today comes from Christoph Flöthmann, an expert in strategic and digital procurement, who has recently co-authored a new report. Digitalization already has a major impact on procurement, as we write in our new report: 21st Century Procurement Skills. Dashboards, governed by analytics bots, help to detect and prevent maverick buying in real-time without any human input. This is ultimately driving procurement effectiveness, efficiency and compliance.

Procurement Analytics Conferences Feature Emerging of Cognitive Procurement Technologies

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I had the opportunity to attend a number of exciting events on procurement analytics in the last month. First, I attended a CAPS Research event in RTP on Procurement Analytics, held right down the road at IBM headquarters. Finally, I attended an event held by IBM, called Empower2016 , in Orlando, which featured a number of speakers and analysts discussing the emerging technologies being developed around Watson Cognitive Analytics.

[Infographic] The State of Supply Chains: The Supply Chain Has Gone Digital

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We are continuing what will become a tradition of re-evaluating the progress of supply chains throughout the year in relation to our predictions, as explained by this blog post. Let’s look at how supply chains kept up with expectations and where they fell short, if at all.

Needed: An Analytics Platform to Support the New Face of Procurement Transformation

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As organizations continue to discuss the notion of procurement value transformation, there is a noticeable gap between the stated intentions of organizations to pursue value, and their actions as they pertain to on-going adversarial approaches to supplier relationships. As Gerard Chick and I noted in our recent book “The Procurement Value Proposition” (2015), many organizations see their supply function as a key driver of competitive advantage.

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

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I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people. It’s why we are ranked as a top 25 supply chain program by SCM World and Gartner.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?

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There has been a lot of news about driverless cars, and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit there was also some news about “driverless” supply chain planning when two companies described supply chain planning with almost no human intervention.

Supply Chain Operating Networks Create Supply Chain Rockstars

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Secondly, even though internal integration can be achieved through executive command, external supply chain partners – customers, suppliers and service providers – have their own way of doing business and won’t change their processes.

New YouTube on Procurement Analytics from IBM Empower Conference

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I was interviewed at the IBM Emptoris conference back in November on some of the emerging trends in terms of the value added that procurement can add through analytics, the importance of data governance as the foundation for analytics, sources of data for creating cognitive analytics, and the rise of Big Data and the possibilities in terms of applications. Data: The critical foundation for procurement analytics : https://youtu.be/VrvHi6d0vEE.

Predictive analytics in procurement means using whatever data is available

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Predictive analytics is still relatively new in procurement, but it’s increasingly important, particularly in organizations that have already been through the cycle of spend analytics, supplier leveraging, segmentation, and consolidation. Prediction requires a deep understanding of the technical and commercial attributes of the supply chain ecosystem, as well as advanced statistical and modeling capabilities.

How to Use Big Data Analytics to Drive Business Value in Procurement Forward (Part 1)

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JAGGAER InsideSpend Thought leadership Series – In this blog series, we profile leaders in the procurement industry. We hope their insights and experiences inspire you to achieve greatness in procurement. A conversation with Walter Charles, Chief Procurement Officer at Biogen. . Procurement Trends in Manufacturing. How are they impacting the procurement organization and proficiency? This the power of big data analytics.

Want to Improve Supply Chain Performance and Profitability?

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Acknowledge and Address the (Real) Root Cause of Your Supply Chain Data Silos. In a well-optimized supply chain ecosystem, information flows in all directions, as well as to and from suppliers. Especially the digitalization of an entire supply chain ecosystem.

Want to Improve Supply Chain Performance and Profitability?

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Acknowledge and Address the (Real) Root Cause of Your Supply Chain Data Silos. In a well-optimized supply chain ecosystem, information flows in all directions, as well as to and from suppliers. Especially the digitalization of an entire supply chain ecosystem. .

Supply Chain Priorities: Seven Things That Matter Most

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A recent Gartner study, conducted annually, sheds some light on what matters most to top executives in supply chain technology. Regardless of the trend “ du jour” in supply chain, Klappich says that “strategic gravity” consistently pulls companies back to the fundamentals.

Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

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Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? When I started my career the term “Supply Chain” had just been coined. What is it about Supply Chain that makes it such an appealing career path?

CAPS Procurement Analytics Study Highlighted in Inside Supply Management

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This month’s Inside Supply Management published by the Institute for Supply Management features an article announcing the launch of a study being undertaken by the Center for Advanced Purchasing on the evolution of procurement analytics. Examples include mapping product and service genomes, “block chains”, embedded procurement solutions, elimination of purchase orders, buyer assistance, and other solutions).

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

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In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management.

Supply Chain Predictions!

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Check out Procurement Experiences, Trends and the Future! In the book, The Living Supply Chain , the authors argue that, “Speeding up the supply chain is at the root of everything that is good: improved revenue, reduced working capital, higher profitability, and less obsolete inventory.

Only 1 Week Until the Supply Chain Analytics Conference at NC State!

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Many of the projects students in my MBA 541 class have been working on this semester will focus on analytics… coincidentally, the subject of our upcoming SCRC meeting on December 7-8, 2015. The theme of analytics is one that is pervasive in the media. We continue to hear about the power of “big data”, as well as how important analytics are to driving performance.