Notes from ProcureCon Indirect West at the Wigwam in Phoenix Arizona

Supply Chain View from the Field

Chris Hahn from Coupa did a demo for me, showing me the ease with which Coupa software allows Accounts Payable and Sourcing groups to access all of their data online. The software was founded in 2006, and is based on the Amazon model of being able to quickly access data…because of how new the platform was, it is better able to drive solutions that are truly mobile and accessible to sourcing and contract managers from their iPhones.

Five Tips on Sourcing Products From China


Google a phrase like “sourcing products from China” and you’ll instantly be faced by almost 39 million results! You need to source for products to sell at wholesale prices to your retail customers. And the place to source for most, if not all, of your products is in China. This blog post doesn’t aim to be the ultimate guide to sourcing goods from China. I like to start with a broad-based search at Alibaba and Global Sources. Introduction.


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Road to Nowhere: The Dire Status of U.S. Infrastructure


The collapse of a major bridge on I-10 connecting California to Arizona served as a striking reminder that US infrastructure is failing and little is being done about it. On Sunday afternoon, a bridge along Interstate 10—a key shipping route between Arizona and Southern California— collapsed during a heavy rainstorm , injuring one and leaving countless drivers stuck. The challenge lies in the bill’s major source of funding: The federal fuel tax, which charges 18.4

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

The Logistics of Logistics

Mr. Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed supply chain professional and is a recognized thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Optimization, and Logistics, strategic sourcing, international procurement, supplier management , contract negotiations and reviews, and purchasing operations. Experienced logistics and supply chain consultant, Chuck Intrieri is a new contributor to

New YouTube on Procurement Analytics from IBM Empower Conference


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. Supply chain data sources fueling cognitive solutions:

Government’s Big Move to Electronic Marketplaces


I was recently involved in a research discussion with Chris Yukins of George WAshington University’s Law School’s Government Procurement Program, and Thomas Kull from Arizona State University, exploring the impact of the rise of electronic marketplaces in government procurement. Another big bonus of these platforms will be the ability of government buyers to access supplier past performance, as well as increased transparency as to the source of suppliers.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

The source data for the analysis comes from Ycharts.). We selected these metrics based on correlation work with Arizona State University in 2012. Long-term balance sheet improvement requires a focus on a balanced scorecard and the alignment of sell, deliver, make, and source to drive value. I watch the news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates. When the nonsensical banter reaches a crescendo, I shake my head and ask myself the question of “Why?”

Blockchain: Preventing E. Coli Through Enhanced Traceability


Health officials narrowed the source down to romaine lettuce, but identifying which romaine lettuce from where is still a problem. Then, after an outbreak at an Alaska prison pointed to whole romaine lettuce heads, the CDC targeted all romaine grown in Yuma, Arizona. Whether it’s what we are putting in our mouths, what we are wearing on our backs or what we are using to do our work each day, consumers now want to know where it came from and if it was ethically sourced.

Supply chain innovation through the Nexus of Forces


In my last blog post, “ Will your supply chain lead in the next decade? ,” I talked about Gartner’s first-day focus at their Supply Chain Executive Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. In sourcing, successful manufacturers exploit all available information and analytics to make informed, strategic decisions in support of future success. Social: To be effective, it’s critical that sourcing break down the organization’s functional and communication silos.

ThroughPut Inc. Appoints the former Vice-Chairman of Bank of America and Distinguished Business Finance Expert, Luke Helms, to its Advisory Board


Where contemporary data systems fail to predict, we have always advocated for strong risk management, insurance fundamentals and a holistic view of operations across the end-to-end supply chain using all data sources. SOURCE ThroughPut Inc. PALO ALTO, California, Sept.

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Improvement is based on the work that we completed with an Arizona State University Operations Research team to determine the Supply Chain Index. How do you balance the trade-offs between source, make and deliver? Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. It was great to see old faces at the kick-off. 110 supply chain leaders attended. I smiled on the week following the conference as the accolades piled up in my inbox.

Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

The year 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the use of supply chain management as a cross-functional process for source, make and deliver in the commercial sector. This work will continue throughout the summer and culminate in the release of the Supply Chain Index for 36 Industry Sectors at our Supply Chain Insights Global Summit at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 11-12, 2013. Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index.

This Week in Logistics News (November 14-18, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Source: RevCascade website. of Arizona and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study Peloton’s current and next-generation truck platooning technologies, advanced powertrain concepts from Cummins, automated steering controls from ZF TMW and new truck designs from Peterbilt. Every leaf from every tree on my street somehow landed on my lawn overnight.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI


When I was Materials Manager at Maricopa County, Arizona, the second largest county in the country, I introduced Vendor Managed Inventory. Cutting the Right Costs with Technology by Sourcing Innovation. Editor’s Note: Cerasis is a 3PL focused on transportation management. So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory.

Beer Marketing Strategies in a Global Pandemic and the Best 5 Tactics Heading into 2021


The craft beer segment relies heavily on perceived value, craft beer enthusiasts expect high quality, creativity, and traditionally brewed beers with innovative flavours, using locally sourced ingredients. Breweries are also embracing renewable energy sources.

The Local Food Movement is right around the corner


From a recent survey of some of the major grocery store chains conducted here at iTradeNetwork, sourcing locally fresh food is a direct response to their customer’s desire. But all food simply cannot be sourced locally. That stalk of celery you purchased for the stuffing in your holiday turkey has a 95% chance of being from California or Arizona and about 88% of eaters in North America do not live near the major production areas.

Nitor and Ivalua Join Forces to Successfully Launch eMaryland Marketplace Advantage


Nitor, the leader in source-to-pay transformation, and Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud Solutions , announced the successful launch of the Maryland Department of General Services’ new e-procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA), which deployed on schedule and on budget.

My Video Call with Santa Claus


Our call was scheduled quite early for me in Arizona since Santa’s HQ had adopted GMT as the standard time. As you can imagine, the CESC is inundated with data from multiple, disparate sources. Update on the Christmas Express Supply Chain. Around this time last year I had a call with the jolly old man of the north to talk over some ideas on how he and his army of elves might improve the Christmas Express Supply Chain (CESC).

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3 Trends for successful digital supply chains


Here, I have compiled the important trends and findings from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The decisive factor here is not the possibility of tapping into all possible external data sources via APIs, from weather information to social media events. Key message from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019: The right technologies are one thing. But the decisive factor is their specific design.

“Computing at the Edge”: Distributed Computing Will Accompany the Internet of Things


I had the opportunity to hear George Moakley, formerly the Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner at Intel, who is now one of the founders of the new Intelligence at the Edge for Supply Chain Lab at Arizona State University. This is also known as “distributed computing” and “distributed analytics”, which involves computing data at the source of collection, which will increasingly be in machines and equipment.

Evolution of B2B Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally, across multiple tiers, with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make, and sourcing organizations outside-in. To build this model, I flew to Arizona to develop it with Carol Ptak of the Demand-Driven Institute.

Time for a Mea Culpa?

Supply Chain Shaman

We often find that companies have better performance in the management of regional supply chains where the sources of supply are in the same market versus the management of products across borders. The one next week focuses on the work that we have been doing on the Supply Chain Index with Arizona State University (ASU). It is a slow week. Most of my friends are on vacation. I would like to be on vacation with them, but it is not in the cards.

Ivalua Selected by State of Maryland to Power ‘eMaryland Marketplace Advantage’ e-procurement system


Redwood City, CA March 14, 2019 – Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions, today announced that the State of Maryland has selected its Source-to-Pay platform to power a new statewide e-procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage. Customers span all levels of government and include the State of Ohio, State of Arizona, City of New York, Shared Services Canada, British Columbia and others. “We

What’s the Solution to Power Outage Proliferation

USC Consulting Group

These included Alaska (138 minutes), the state with the lowest population density, Arizona (138 minutes), Wyoming (153 minutes), Vermont (172 minutes), and Montana (212 minutes). weather-related events, source of electricity, car accidents that damage utility poles, etc.), They happen every year in California and throughout much of the Pacific Northwest: wildfires. According to the Interagency Fire Center, 8.2 million acres burned in 2018 in the U.S. overall.

Applying the Laws of Forecasting to Predictive Analytics


I had a chance to meet with my good friend Tom Choi from Arizona State University a couple of weeks ago. ” “The first rule is that aggregated forecasts are always better then product-specific forecasts. (This has been made popular by the trend of “crowd sourcing” recently.)

SCM Technology Leaders JDA and RedPrairie to Merge

Supply Chain Network

It will be the single best source of software products and domain expertise for manufacturers and retailers. 87th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260, telephone number (480-308-3392) or 87th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260, telephone number (480-308-3392) or 87th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260, telephone number (480-308-3392) or

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6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2019


Plus, thanks to our great employees, we were named as one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the fourth year in a row. As a result, all romaine lettuce was pulled nationwide because agencies had little information on the source of the lettuce. [4]. It’s been a great year for AB&R®. In May, we became a member of the RAIN RFID alliance , and in June we became a GS1 US Solution Partner.

The Definitive Guide on Produce Season Transportation Impacts

Zipline Logistics

And if most of your production happens in FL, you may choose to divert sourcing to your secondary facility, say in New Jersey, during heavy produce shipping season months to avoid the heightened costs. Arizona. Arizona is known for its plentiful sunshine and arid climate, making it a great state to grow leafy vegetables all year long. Inverse to most of the agricultural belt states, Arizona’s peak crop production happens when much of the rest of the country is cold.

Do No Harm…

Supply Chain Shaman

These tools allow us to look at sell, source, make, and deliver together. All of these studies that we are doing this summer will be showcased in a series of infographics at our upcoming Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 10th-11th in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Transportation Innovation 2018


over 2010 (Source: US Commerce Department). In May 2018 unemployment dropped to 3.8% (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics), with the addition of 223,000 new jobs. Source: US Commerce Department, Internet Retailer, USPS, Tompkins International. Delivery robots are being used in Arizona, after a law was passed in May 2018 giving the bots similar rights as pedestrians have on sidewalks.

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015


When I was Materials Manager at Maricopa County, Arizona, the second largest county in the country, I introduced Vendor Managed Inventory. However, complex supplier relationships, unreliable sources of material supply, and ever-increasing customer expectations greatly add to the expectations to select the best suppliers and conduct their operations more efficiently.

The PPE Shortage Nightmare is Far From Over – It’s About to Get Worse


Recent data that I obtained from a source identifies just how bad this problem continues to be. As the number of COVID cases continues to escalate exponentially in states like Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, and Texas, we are likely going to see new emerging shortages in these states as well. Sourcing of PPE has never been more important.

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data. During the year, we will be launching a number of team simulation games on outside-in processes and digital business to consider, and I am continuing my research with the operations research team at Arizona State University for the Supply Chains to Admire in 2015. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective. I am giving thanks.

Keeping You, and Those Around You, Safe During the Pandemic

Enterra Insights

Source: BMJ[2] (click image to enlarge). This is called source control. Vargas ( @edwarddvargas ), an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and Gabriel R.

Is the spot market sputtering or stabilizing?

DAT Solutions

The nationwide trends of locally sourced fresh produce or alternate sourcing may be part of the explanation for lower reefer volumes. Here are a few lanes that moved lower: Nogales, Arizona to Dallas plunged 33¢ to $1.89/mile. At first glance, it looks like the van spot market took a step back last week.