The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. All of a sudden, everyone is “knocking on the door” of procurement and logistics, asking for cost improvements. These are the types of asset productivity savings that are often left untouched, as procurement goes relentlessly after pricing cuts.

Emerging Issues for Procurement in Oil and Gas

Supply Chain View from the Field

This past week, I hosted a meeting with a small group of oil and gas procurement executives in Houston to share thoughts on some of the major trends occurring in oil and gas, changes to the global oil and gas organization structure, as well as the impacts on procurement capability in the emerging ecosystem. As companies become more decentralized, procurement executives need to be able to employ the influence model , described in other of my posts.

Changing SRM Behaviors in a Period of $70/bbl Oil

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was in Houston yesterday evening, speaking to a large group of procurement executives at a roundtable held by KPMG’s Procurement Advisory Group, at the fabulous Brennan’s restaurant on Smith Street. The event was sponsored by Coupa, one of the leading providers of software, and several of the Coupa executives from the Houston area and from California were present.

Pacific Drilling Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Sourcing Best Practices Globally

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New York, NY April 2, 2019 – Consus Global , a leading Procurement services provider and Ivalua, the leading global Spend Management Cloud provider, today announced that Pacific Drilling , a deep water drilling company based in Houston, has selected Consus’ services in conjunction with Ivalua’s Sourcing platform to achieve cost savings and drive transparency across their sourcing operations. We look forward to contributing to their Procurement cost optimization initiative”.

From networking to insights: our 5 favorite parts of ISM 2018

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From speakers like Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, to Dan Bartel, chief procurement officer at ABB, the conference was full of highly informative presentations, forward-thinking ideas from thought leaders, and big goals for the supply chain management community as a whole.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

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and HOUSTON, Tex. Founded in 2002, Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. PRESS RELEASE.

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Pacific Drilling Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Sourcing Best Practices Globally

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New York, NY April 2, 2019 – Consus Global , a leading Procurement services provider and Ivalua, the leading global Spend Management Cloud provider, today announced that Pacific Drilling , a deep water drilling company based in Houston, has selected Consus’ services in conjunction with Ivalua’s Sourcing platform to achieve cost savings and drive transparency across their sourcing operations. We look forward to contributing to their Procurement cost optimization initiative”.

Guest Post: An MBA student’s perspective on the ISM Meeting 2019

NC State SCRC

This week’s guest post is from my MBA student, Nikhil Singh, who accompanied me to the recent Institute for Supply Management conference in Houston. The first was the CSCMP Edge Conference in Nashville last year, and more recently the ISM Conference in Houston. The procurement function has experienced much growth over the past 15 years and is viewed as an enabler of driving innovation and change.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

to the region of Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey, and 300 of them are in the Houston vicinity. Interconnected global supply chains, heavy dependence on chemical products and the lack of sub-tier visibility are key factors affecting recovery timelines.

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Managing Legal Aspects of the Implications of a Hurricane on the Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

Early data shows that most supply managers believe that Hurricane Harvey, which caused widespread destruction in south Texas and the closure of the Port of Houston, will impact supply chains in coming months.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

MercuryGate Launches Global, Omni-modal Freight Procurement Solution. The orders are being fulfilled from about 160 Best Buy stores in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington.

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2019 Logistics & Supply Chain Events to Attend in the US

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Houston, Texas. At this event, you will get the opportunity to be part of a huge network of more than 2,500 global supply chain and procurement professionals. Are you interested in expanding your knowledge on the latest trends and technologies within the supply chain industry?

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The American Red Cross: A New SCRC Partner Company Engages the Influence Model!

Supply Chain View from the Field

This was at the request of my good friend, Tom Nash, who I have known since 2000, when he was an IT Sourcing executive at Shell Oil in Houston. The team spent about two weeks preparing and explaining the market situation to key stakeholders, who together (led by procurement) developed the sourcing and negotiation strategy for engaging the supplier. The head of IT was brought in, and her role in supporting procurement’s contracting strategy was explained.

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders

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Whether it is access to data, maneuvering around competing innovation objectives, tracking down actual factory-floor operators, or involving oft-neglected procurement groups, there are internal bottlenecks everywhere.

SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies

NC State SCRC

A problem in procurement can impact manufacturing and logistics and planning, but often these dots are never connected, so there never emerges a cross-functional approach to working on them. This mechanism must be driven not simply by external impacts, such as floods in Houston or explosions in Tianjin.

InSight, InControl: Real-time position and quality monitoring for production material transports

SupplyOn

This significantly optimizes the procurement process. “Houston, we have a problem” But before everyone gets too excited about this new transparency, there’s one important thing to remember: most people are virtually drowning in information. By combining real-time asset tracking and condition monitoring of production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures to keep your production running long before goods receipt.

Get Your Supply Chain Back on Track in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Material Handling & Logistics

Brands that procure their products through a single source will likely face the most difficulty, especially if that source is located in an affected area. Companies have an even smaller margin of error than usual entering peak season, due to the ripple effect of the recent hurricanes.

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Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area. Behind the scenes during the tumultuous disaster season of 2017, building materials manufacturers leaned heavily on dynamic digital tools to supply recovery efforts.

5 Tips To Maximize Your Conference Experience at ISM 2019

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We’re gearing up for the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Annual Conference, ISM 2019, in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, one of the largest events in the procurement world with over 2,500 attendees. Plus, JAGGAER is happy to be sponsoring ISM’s diversity breakfast panel, featuring even more accomplished women in procurement.

This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. LevaData to Transform Strategic Sourcing for Global Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders.