Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)


In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Financing, hedging, and currency plays. The post Strategic sourcing enters a new age.

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.

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Materials as currency: Provenance tracks a fully-recyclable carpet on blockchain


of all US landfill is carpet waste, resulting in 4 billion pounds of carpet not being recycled ( Source: GAIA ). The core purpose of this project is simple: Materials at the end of life have a tradable value – like a currency.

How is technology transforming global sourcing ?


Does your business source products and services from global markets? If your company is sourcing goods and services internationally you could be reaping many benefits. However, you could also face many challenges when globally sourcing across geopolitical boundaries.

Blockchain: A Single, Immutable, Serialized Source of Truth

Material Handling & Logistics

When many people hear the word blockchain, they immediately think about bitcoin and crypto-currencies, conjuring up images of hackers and black markets. Acquire the source materials: add a block. And so on, from source to end-customer receipt.

Sorting out Risk in FinTech Source Chains


But emerging technology is now beginning to create new ways to think about sourcing risk, which in the past has been a very manual, encumbered process. This has caused banks to look at the flow of activities in the “source chain”, which refers to the way that third parties use bank data for different opreations. Today, this end to end sourcing process has literally hundreds of different steps in the process. Let’s examine the source chain in more detail.

Lost in Translation-Incorporating Consumer Demand into your Supply Chain

The Network Effect

A few years ago, a news report came out of China stating that they were going to put an end to pegging the renminbi (China’s domestic currency) against the U.S. This was a long awaited announcement that completely shocked the global currency markets sparking massive trades out of the U.S.

Independent research reveals how organizations can succeed in a brave new tariff-driven trade world


by Mike McAllister It sounds ominous, but it’s a brave new tariff-driven trade world out there – a reality senior executives whose organizations operate global supply chains are coming to grips with.

Supplier Financial Health: Don’t Wait for the Worst, Reach out and Talk!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Traditional methods of supplier risk mitigation involve diversifying risk, multiple sourcing, or switching suppliers, which are not effective in situations where entire regions, industry segments, or supply chains are experiencing financial distress. This is particularly of concern in emerging countries, where major shifts in economic conditions bank lending rates, or currency issues increase the likelihood of supplier bankruptcy.

Managing supply chains in a fragile environment

Supply Chain View from the Field

Gerard Chick and I had a good chat over skype this morning, and we both started jotting down a few facts… Banks are buying up gold and moving currency out since 2009. Forecasting Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Supply Chain Management A friend suggests that the banks feel it is very unstable out there, and are hoping for some stability.

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

Supply chain has a big focus on the currency of today’s theories being implemented here. We used our existing facilities as currency and asked them if there was a need for you to make large molecule biologics? We built our muscle on supplier management and business cooperation, contract negotiation and sourcing. Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Ide c spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

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But I read an article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal – The Revolutionary Power of Digital Currency by Michael J. The WSJ article and other sources, such as this Khan Academy video series , explain how bitcoin works, so I won’t go into it here. Source: [link].

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Beyond Spend Analytics: Supplier Life Cycle Data

Supply Chain View from the Field

In sourcing, data must be tracked over the entire life of a supplier. Now think about millions of vendors, and different languages, different country codes, different product SKUs, and different currencies… This is making my head swim… This is going to take a lot more than a big Excel spreadsheet… Analytics Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics Supply Chain Management

An optimist’s view of Blockchain in supply chain: Learnings from Bitcoin


This is quite fascinating considering the code behind Bitcoin itself is open source. Blockchain is here to stay: For any currency to sustain, those carrying and transacting in it should feel confident in its value.

Blockchain Comes to the Freight Industry

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If you can convince a bunch of transportation neophytes who know nothing about freight that a [crypto] coin can become the currency of the industry, then you can raise whatever,” he says. What’s more likely to happen in the long run is that businesses will fall back on traditional currencies and “fiat-based smart contracts” to fund blockchain efforts, Fuller predicts. Global Trade Management Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider

Avoid “Lost in Translation”. Monetize S&OP to Include Finance.


One business, where finance was not involved in S&OP, was crushed by a rapid currency appreciation in the Swiss franc that made its products too pricey for the market. Finance speaks a different language than supply chain.

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Struggling with bespoke purchases?


Bespoke requirements - key sourcing issues. Sourcing Bespoke requirements the right way. Sourcing of bespoke requirements needs to be managed effectively within an Organisation. Inefficiently sourcing bespoke goods and services can waste a lot of time and energy.

What are Block Chains? – Jason Busch on the Future of Money, Trust and Transparency


Jason started out by discussing the fact that a company ledger is just a source of truth. Over the last few years the number of different sources of information has grown at a logarithmic rate, making it very difficult to synch systems across different parties: SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards, and all the different legacy systems. Most retailers and CPG spend time gathering data from sources to create a demand forecast for suppliers. Barter system led to commodity currencies.

The Messy Reality of Cross-Border E-commerce (Thoughts on UPS Acquiring i-parcel)

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The i-parcel platform supports merchant’s websites with a local language welcome mat, fraud protection, fully-landed total prices (including customs duties and taxes) in local currency and numerous value enhancing features. Source: Pitney Bowes (click to enlarge).

Improving Transportation in the Real World

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Implementing a comprehensive audit, across all modes, geographies, currencies and languages, can achieve this data set. Source. With a solution designed and determined, it’s time to source it.

5 key trends affecting the Consumer Package Goods industry


b) Commodity price and currency exchange volatility – together they introduce increased unpredictability into the business and make managing shareholder expectations more challenging. These cross regional flows and increased sourcing options add to supply complexity.

Improving Global Freight Process Management

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There are many reasons for this including a multitude of additional service providers, currency and language conversions, import and export compliance restrictions, a lack of supply chain data, and the confusing nature of working with and managing disparate technology systems across various global locations. It is a challenge to access and understand the various languages, city naming conventions, and currencies used by various vendors.

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Blockchain and Supply Chain Analytics: Impact of Small to Large Supply Chains


This is an essential step in taking advantage of blockchain technologies, especially cryptocurrencies, which some consumers and supply chain partners will be using within the next few years as a primary currency.

Recommendations for Managing Supply Chain Risks and Challenges


Check whether it’s possible to source these products from alternate suppliers — potentially from different countries — who are not affected by the issue. Globalisation means that our supply chains are more entwined and complex than ever.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process


If your supplier decides that you need to pay more or global currency exchange rates drive up the cost of a component (and you have no alternatives ready to go) your margins can be significantly impacted. by John Westerveld Reason #5: Not having a supply chain risk management process.

8-Step Importing Guide For First Timers


This should serve as a general framework to source products from different countries according to their strengths. We’ve got a great guide on sourcing products from China , for example. By the time you source, produce and receive the goods, the trend would have passed.

Doing Business in South Africa


While it does have a history of sporadic electrical system outages, being primarily powered by thermal sources, the country is on a path to growth and sustainability in the power sector. And although the Rand has been a volatile currency in the world market, there are signs of improvement.

Doing Business in South Africa


While it does have a history of sporadic electrical system outages, being primarily powered by thermal sources, the country is on a path to growth and sustainability in the power sector. And although the Rand has been a volatile currency in the world market, there are signs of improvement.

US Economy Still Growing But at Slower Pace

Material Handling and Logistics

currency. Chemical Products). -- "Production targets continue to be a struggle due to shortages of globally sourced components.

Rethink your Business Strategy by Rethinking Your Supply Chain

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Until recently, single worldwide technology platforms weren’t available to companies with international operations, resulting in disconnected, inefficient networks separated by language, currency, and culture.

Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

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Source: “Blockchain Technology: Possibilities for the U.S. Overview of Fluent Applications (source: Fluent website).

Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations

Material Handling and Logistics

It arrives from an array of sources, and it is presented in a variety of formats. Data is the new currency of business. Learn how to organize your data operations in alignment with supply chain strategy.

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Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember


And while each market can be unique, we found a few repeating themes in our own experience and from sources including Gartner and our customers Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Cipla Medpro. Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different.

The Future of Procurement Is Upon Us. Are You Ready?


Niul Burton wrote a great article in Industry Week titled “Procurement 2025: 10 Challenges that Will Transform Global Sourcing”. Burton predicts that China and Brazil will become hubs for global sourcing.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

Most budgets are completed in currency at a brand level. Popular techniques included business process outsourcing, contract manufacturing to reduce the cost of labor, low-cost country sourcing, tax efficiency projects, and the elongation of payables to improve cash-to-cash.