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. A sourcing agency will typically do one of the following roles: A.

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. The challenge lies in the bill’s major source of funding: The federal fuel tax, which charges 18.4

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. I watch the news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates.

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:

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. Social: To be effective, it’s critical that sourcing break down the organization’s functional and communication silos.

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.

Supply Chain Management in a VUCA World

Enterra Insights

To make that point, Mortson lists ten different definitions for the term from various sources. ” Rather than trying to define supply chain management, Eddie Davila, a Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director at Arizona State’s W.

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.

Supplier Diversity Reporting in Utility Industry

Infosys Supply Chain Management

The client was from utility industry located in Las Vegas & had a customer base of approximately 2 million including residential, commercial and industrial customers.They provided natural gas service to parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California. Sourcing Process: Apart from having a streamlined supplier on-boarding mechanism, another aspect which enables diverse supplier spend is the visibility of the supplier information during the sourcing.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Learning is in the Making: The Powerful Combination of Making & STEM


Many studies highlight the need for a redoubled focus on STEM education to main a vibrant economy, both in Arizona and nationally. In Arizona, STEM skills have stayed in demand even through the economic downturn. Today is National Manufacturing Day !

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.

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. It is a slow week. Most of my friends are on vacation.

“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.

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.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

These balanced metrics overlay the functions of source, make and deliver. In 2012, we worked with Arizona State University to determine which portfolio of metrics most aligned with market capitalization. Daily I see one. You probably also have them in your mail. What is it? A cute press release ginned-up by an aggressive marketing group at a software company. The are noise hiding the issue that business leaders are struggling in the delivery of business results.

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. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective. I am giving thanks. This blog was started in 2010.

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].

Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll


Arizona. #7. Arizona. The legislation mandates that 80% of the overall funding will comes from these sources before the federal government will step in with financial support.

What Effects Could Trump Policies Have on International Shipping

3PL Insights

According to , supply chain technology and the change in global supply and sourcing is allowing shippers to be more proactive with their shipping and projections.

The Latest in TMS Brokerage Capabilities

Talking Logistics

Automatic price feeds – Get an automatic feed of consortium price indices, including DAT, so you can stop digging through websites and different sources of price information. Dave holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and earned his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Turning up the pressure on utility providers: Takeaways from CS Week 2016

DELMIA Quintiq

I recently had an opportunity to attend CS Week – the premier customer service-focused conference for utility companies in the North American market – in Phoenix, Arizona.

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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50 expert tips on logistics planning and strategy

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” — William Verdini, associate professor and chairman of the Supply Chain Management Department at Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business, as quoted in The Importance of Education in Supply Chain Management , Reliable Plant; Twitter: @NoriaCorp.