7 Ways to Strategically Elevate Freight Procurement

Talking Logistics

In the last decade, many companies, especially those with manufacturing operations, have evolved direct materials sourcing from an administrative function to a strategic procurement process. The embodiment of this transformation is the chief procurement officer, an increasingly common title for executives that strategically source goods and services. As a strategic process, transportation procurement may still seem very tedious and challenging.

7 Trending Business Practices Disrupting Procurement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

7 KPIs Your Procurement Team May Be Ignoring! Procurement is a business function that has undergone a lot of change in the last few years. As a believer in the power of procurement, this recognition makes me happy. procurement #technologyadoption #supplychainmanagement.

Top 10 Manufacturing Trends For 2019

IQMS

Bottom Line: The top 10 manufacturing trends reflect how manufacturers are planning to achieve their goals of revenue growth, operational improvements, digital transformation, and launching new products and services in 2019. to manufacturing value added in 2020.

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Trends 2019: Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Over half-a-dozen years ago, Brookings Institution analysts, Susan Helper, Timothy Krueger, and Howard Wial, asserted, “Manufacturing matters to the United States because it provides high-wage jobs, commercial innovation (the nation’s largest source), a key to trade deficit reduction, and a disproportionately large contribution to environmental sustainability.”[1] Manufacturing trends. The changing manufacturing environment is often described as Industry 4.0

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Procurement Experiences, Trends and the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Where is procurement, outsourcing, sourcing, supply chain, and purchasing going? We have worked in hundreds of different industries and spend areas over many years in thousands of procurement projects.

Becoming a Valued Busienss Partner: Procurement Analytics SCRC Meeting Insights

NC State SCRC

The December 2015 SCRC meeting was held this week in the brand spanking new Talley Student Center, and was a resounding success. After highlighting some of the results from the IBM study I worked on this past fall on procurement analytics, I introduced Rich Hughes, former Chief Procurement Officer from Procter & Gamble. In streamlining the P2P system, Rick notes that he had to take someone from procurement to go work in AP in finance to fix it.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. Manufacturing manufacturing trends

Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

Cerasis

Many different terms, such as less-than-truckload (LTL), procurement and transportation management, describe supply chain management processes. For example, transportation management often focuses on the journey of products after manufacturing. Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. What Is Procurement Management?

A Look at Direct v. Indirect Supplier Management in Three Industries

ivalua

The most fundamental spend categorization in Procurement is the line between direct and indirect spend, but one effort that transcends this split is supplier management. As long as indirect suppliers are meeting expectations, they are doing what is required. Industry: Manufacturing.

Paving the Way for Sustainable Public Procurement

EcoVadis

Sustainable public procurement can also be beneficial from the economic perspective: It can generate income, reduce costs and promote innovation among domestic producers. National Procurement Standards. ’s In-procurement Magazine Public spending is big business.

5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing

IQMS

Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks.

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

ivalua

Niul Burton wrote a great article in Industry Week titled “Procurement 2025: 10 Challenges that Will Transform Global Sourcing”. For those of you who are executives in Supply Chain, Procurement or New Product Introduction/Development, this is a must read.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

These teams and people meet daily in a “huddle” to discuss previous day goals and actual results. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The post How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain appeared first on Transportation Management Company | Cerasis.

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How VR, 3D Printing & Predictive Analytics in the IOT are Currently Powering the Manufacturing Industry

Cerasis

Newer technologies have created entirely new methodologies for improving manufacturing, and the outlook is brighter than ever. So, let’s take a look at how our predictions for the first four manufacturing technology trends (Predictive analytics, 3D Printing, and VR) to watch for in 2016 stacked up. Predictive Analytics Became Commonplace to Manufacturing. Ultimately, manufacturers no longer have to concern themselves with what might sell well in the coming months.

Procurement Leaders Americas Procurement Conference, 14th – 15th March 2019, Miami

ivalua

We look forward to meeting many of our customers and partners at this prestigious conference, which will be held in Miami in March. Ivalua has been developing Procurement Technology for Nearly 20 years and we work with many customers and partners in North America.

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The Future of Energy for Manufacturing!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Today manufacturers must continually look for waste reduction, process improvement and supply chain efficiency to meet competitive pressures and their customers’ cost reduction requirements. What role will energy play in the long-term strategy for manufacturers? Subscribe Here!

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

Cerasis

From artificial intelligence to refocusing on procurement, the state of supply chain continued to explode throughout 2016, and you need to understand why. For example, planning, purchase order placement, manufacturing floor information logistics operations and beyond became essential variables in the goal of creating a more agile supply chain. Also, it bridged the divide between manufacturing operations and service (logistics) operations, explains Springer Link.

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Reflections on the LIVING Supply Chain SCRC Meeting

NC State SCRC

The SCRC meeting was a huge success yesterday. The SCRC meeting featured a group of executives, students, and faculty participating at the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting yesterday in Raleigh, held at the new Talley Student Center on the NC State campus. This discussion was followed up by a great presentation from Vince Messimer, who is retiring from Shell Oil after 34 years with the company as their head of procurement for Shell Manufacturing.

Get Your Manufacturing Processes in Gear for the Holidays

Oracle SCM

Every year during the holidays, anxiety hits shoppers, retailers, and manufacturers alike about whether the season’s hottest products will face shortages. For manufacturers, at least, it doesn’t have to be this way. Partner for Manufacturing Flexibility.

3 Questions to Ask Before Developing Your Strategic Procurement Strategy

AFFLINK

There’s a tipping point where supply chain management is no longer enough: You need strategic procurement. Single-source procurement is efficient, but it’s also risky. And it’s not just the raw materials you need to manufacture your products.

SCRC Meeting Themes Emphasize That Building a Supply Chain Risk Capability is a Multi-Dimensional Journey

Supply Chain View from the Field

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative concluded its two-day meeting on the theme of “Building a Supply Chain Risk Capability”, which proved to be one of the most popular themes yet that resonated with our audience. We have over 175 executives, students, and faculty attending the event.

Small Business Manufacturing in America: Innovate, Design, Develop and Manufacture

Supply Chain View from the Field

To achieve this capability, the company has invested a lot of upfront resources that not a lot of manufacturing companies in North America have today. This gives us a unique business model and helps us influence the parts to ensure that they are optimized for our manufacturing floor, and helps us to influence it so that we can bring to bear our deep market knowledge of the accessories we build for our OEM customers.” I believe this is the new model for American manufacturing.

3 Ways to Ensure your Sourcing Policy Streamlines and Optimizes Procurement

SYSPRO Smarter ERP

Procurement is often overlooked and undervalued, yet it impacts every facet of a business. Procurement and supplier relationships have an important role to play when it comes to ensuring manufacturers and distributors meet their strategic goals. Fortunately, strategic sourcing policies for procurement can provide the ultimate competitive advantage. It’s time to streamline the procurement process, harnessing […].

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through. Chris Sawchuck from the Hackett Group interviewed three heads of procurement from three large companies, and asked an important question. Does procurement add to top line revenue.

Can Sales and Procurement Ever be BFF’s?

NC State SCRC

The relationship between sales and procurement has always been a contentious one, and the idea of a friendship evolving between the two functions is laughable in the minds of many managers I’ve met with. Sales account managers accuse procurement of being purely price focused, and not recognizing the components of value. This situation does not always accrue – as there are cases where harmonious partnerships exist between sales and procurement.

Procurement’s Value Proposition: Gerard Chick Guest Post Part 2

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was recently interviewed by Jon Hansen on Blog Talk Radio , discussing my new book “The Procurement Value Proposition” co-authored with Gerard Chick. In the interview, I discuss some of the major changes going on in the procurement area, and how we are at a crossroads for driving change. Our book, The Procurement Value Proposition , will be released in December. It has already gotten a great review on Buyer’s Meeting Point.

Getting Sales and Procurement onto the Same Team

NC State SCRC

The relationship between sales and procurement has always been a contentious one. Sales account managers accuse procurement of being purely price focused, and not recognizing the components of value. Procurement executives on the other hand complain that sales account managers are always trying to “work around them”, and to make the commercial sale to engineering, operations, clinicians, or other business stakeholders.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths Part 5 – Lean and On-Demand Manufacturing

Logility

Today we are going to look at lean manufacturing. Myth: “No Need for S&OP; We have Lean Manufacturing.” ” Some proponents of lean manufacturing believe that if you are running lean processes where you have eliminated waste, raw and work in process (WIP) inventory will be delivered and used just-in-time (JIT) to meet customer demand. Raw and WIP inventory takes time to procure, build and transport.

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Analytics Powering the Next Evolution of the Supply Chain

Supply Chains Rock

As an employee and shareholder I am currently listening to the live stream of IBMs investors meeting. Sunil Founder International Institute for Procurement and Market Research www.iipmr.com/education. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two.

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

NC State SCRC

Companies like Flex are looking for ways to integrate vertically, not just on product manufacturing, but also in terms of how to collaborate better to drive more efficiency. 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.

Manufacturing Equipment: Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Cerasis

On one hand, it would be great to have brand new manufacturing equipment. Besides the expense, meaning you or your management are unwilling to make an upfront investment when the manufacturing equipment has not failed entirely, there are other roadblocks thrown up against upgrading: The fear of change. Why Upgrade Your Manufacturing Equipment? There are four big picture reasons to upgrade your manufacturing equipment. Manufacturing

Mind Map for medtech supply chains 2014

Supply Chain Movement

At the same time, new sales markets are emerging for manufacturers of medical devices, and innovative technologies such as 3D printing are making a breakthrough. Manufacturers of medical technology (‘medtech’) must choose a clear strategy: Plan.

Procurement Is A Key Catalyst For The Circular Economy

EcoVadis

One of the central organisational players in the transition towards a circular economy is the procurement function. Some of the key questions are, how will procurement expand its role to address the circular economy, and how can they add value? Sourcing and manufacturing: From homogenous supply chain to heterogeneous resource flow innovation and cascading. A Procurement Change Management Challenge.

The Evolution of Supply Chain is Becoming Patient-Centric

DynaSys

In order to be successful, core processes must be adapted to meet new requirements. Only after the drug or device is developed, manufactured, sold or distributed is the patient consulted. The face of life sciences has undergone a change.

When the Elephant in the Room is Your Supplier!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Procurement (and Purchasing) Job Interview Questions & Answers. Unless your company is amongst the very largest companies in the world then chances are your Procurement team will, at some point, be dealing with Suppliers that are larger than your company. Subscribe Here!

How To Differentiate With A Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Program!

Supply Chain Game Changer

All levels of the organization must be involved, from the procurement person responsible for the supplier up through the CEO, depending on the value of the supplier. The sourcing or procurement function will own the relationship and manage the overall process. Subscribe Here!

Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The 3 Pillars of Digital Procurement! I began my career working in a manufacturing plant within an international company that was completely vertically integrated. From component manufacturing through to subassembly manufacturing and end product assembly they did it all.