How Robust are your Global Manufacturing and Sourcing Strategies?

Dragon Innovation

Global manufacturing choices are almost endless, but with innovation and progress what works today may not work in the future. factory selection sourcing supply chain management Contract Manufacturer supply chain RFQ

Is Single Sourcing, or Sole Sourcing, Dead?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Lockdowns have resulted in the temporary closure of Manufacturing and Distribution facilities and discontinuation of Logistics and transportation modes. In many cases the use of single sourcing, or sole sourcing, Procurement strategies has limited the ability for Supply Chains to access alternate sources of supply and more rapidly support higher than normal demand levels. What is Single Sourcing or Sole Sourcing? procurement #purchasing #sourcing.

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Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

The “reshoring” of manufacturing operations from China and elsewhere to the United States continues to make headlines. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. And earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article about how the toy maker K’Nex has moved most of its manufacturing operations from China to its factory in Pennsylvania.

Will COVID-19 Lead to More U.S. Manufacturing?

Talking Logistics

Will the COVID-19 crisis lead more companies to manufacture and source their products and materials from the United States instead of China and other countries? Manufacturing? Manufacturing? Global Trade Industry Trends China COVID-19 global trade Indago local sourcing reshoring US manufacturingI’ve been getting asked that question a lot these days.

Why Get a Product Sourcing Agent?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Product Sourcing Agent article and permission to publish here provided by Joyce Chen at Epic Sourcing. Your manufacturer is the backbone of your company; it regulates your inventory, which determines how consumers perceive and communicate with you. Functions of a Sourcing Agent.

The Role of Reverse Auctions in Strategic Sourcing

EC Sourcing Group

Within the procurement of goods, there are many processes as well, such as sourcing and the role of reverse auctions in strategic sourcing. However, there are many times where the reverse auction process is warranted and can play a significant role in your strategic sourcing strategy.

Intalere Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Source to Contract Best Practices

ivalua

Healthcare supply chain GPO, Intalere, deploys an end-to-end Source to Contract solution across its purchasing functions. has gone live with Ivalua’s Source to Contract solution. As a group purchasing organization (GPO), Intalere connects with the right manufacturers and distributors to aggregate purchasing volume across the supply chain and negotiate improved discounts on their members’ behalf resulting in unprecedented cost savings for the healthcare industry.

Sourcing And The Value Chain – Why Digital Platforms Matter

Gravity Supply Chain

Real time predictive analytics ensure offshore and nearshore sourcing decisions take place with certainty. The post Sourcing And The Value Chain – Why Digital Platforms Matter appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain. Gravity’s technology helps mitigate risk.

The End of Single-Source Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

In a post-COVID-19 world, no smart company can rely solely on China for its manufacturing

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How Can Manufacturers Manage Disruption and Improve Productivity?

Logility

How can manufacturers manage disruption and improve productivity? By using advanced analytics for manufacturing, to understand the valuable information concealed within the data they already have! Advanced analytics for manufacturing is a good place to start.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

However, if your role is managing the movement of widgets from point A to point B, or multiple points, the freight procurement task before you can be labor intensive and time consuming — unless you use a technology solution specifically designed for transportation sourcing. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

How transparency in the supply chain leads to sustainable sourcing

Pivot88

According to McKinsey’s 2019 chief purchasing officer (CPO) survey, sustainable sourcing at scale is the fashion industry’s new must-have. Where do they source their products? How do they manage and control their manufacturing process?

Skillfully Managing Manufacturing Reshoring Projects

Cerasis

There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. Reshoring is a hot topic in manufacturing. These “Bring Manufacturing Back” initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning and execution and very skillful project management. location and the best facility for manufacturing are key components to the overall success of the program. Transferring a manufacturing line from one location back to the U.S.

5 Ways to Make Your Manufacturing Plant More Sustainable in the Age of COVID-19

DELMIA Quintiq

This classification extends to the manufacturing facilities and personnel keeping us fed and supplied. Doing more with less is more critical in manufacturing than ever. Manufacturers of medical and cleaning supplies, as well as the specialists overseeing trucking, delivery and logistics companies, might have to make do with limited supplies and labor. They might even find themselves conscripted into manufacturing essential products under the Defense Production Act.

New Supplier Registration Process – E-Sourcing

TPSynergy

As part of the Supply Chain Management, an important task of the sourcing team is to identify and Onboard new suppliers regularly. Are these locations manufacturing units or corporate offices? What is a Vendor Registration Portal?

How COVID – 19 Might Shape the Future of China Sourcing and Manufacture

Logistics Bureau

COVID-19 and the Future of China Sourcing and Manufacture. But global dependence on Chinese manufacturing is mind-boggling…. The overriding reason for this China-dependence is the cost factor, and weaning manufacturing away from that country comes at a hefty price. China produces most raw materials used in product manufacturing, so even if companies move product assembly elsewhere part of their supply chain will remain in China. Covid 19 Global Sourcing

Time to Rethink Sourcing Rare Earth Elements

Supply Chain Game Changer

Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest! The Covid19 global pandemic has cruelly exposed the utter dependence of the US and the world on China’s mass manufacturing capability and supply of critical medical equipment and materials. These Rare Earth Elements have long ago been abandoned for mining and processing here in the United States and are part of our reliance on Chinese sources of supply. sourcing #rareearthelements. Subscribe Here!

Strategic Sourcing: The Key to Competitive Advantage

Supply Chain Opz

Strategic Sourcing has been used by companies of all sizes for years. This commentary highlights some of the key principles to strategic sourcing. Involve suppliers early in new product (or service) development initiatives Supplier can be an invaluable source of ideas and knowledge, especially as it pertains to the materials or services you are sourcing from them. However, priority is always given to cost cutting initiatives.

Intalere Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Source to Contract Best Practices

ivalua

Healthcare supply chain GPO, Intalere, deploys an end-to-end Source to Contract solution across its purchasing functions. has gone live with Ivalua’s Source to Contract solution. As a group purchasing organization (GPO), Intalere connects with the right manufacturers and distributors to aggregate purchasing volume across the supply chain and negotiate improved discounts on their members’ behalf resulting in unprecedented cost savings for the healthcare industry.

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

ivalua

In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Leading manufacturers have proven that best-in-class strategic sourcing can create measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Strategic Sourcing Requires Collaborative Working Arrangements with Key Suppliers.

How Sourcing has Reemerged in a Covid-19 World

Jaggaer

For the first three months after Covid-19 hit, virtually every sourcing project , in every sector , was put on hold while companies tried to assess the situation and how best to deal with the epidemic. Diversify Your Sourcing Needs. COVID-19 Sourcing

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 1)

ivalua

Since its inception in the late 1980s, strategic sourcing has always been about getting the best value for the goods and services purchased from third party suppliers. Strategic sourcing requires an intense focus on the total cost of ownership, while incorporating customer needs, organizational goals, and market conditions. Done well, strategic sourcing creates measurable and sustainable shareholder value by contributing to top line growth and bottom line profitability.

How Locally Grown Products are Disrupting F&B Manufacturing

QAD

There is a developing trend that has been gaining steam in recent years that has the potential to seriously impact and “disrupt” food and beverage manufacturing. It means buying food that is sourced and/or grown within a geographical location that could be considered “local”. Smaller manufacturers are popping up all over the United States, as well as in other countries, to process and produce locally grown food products. Disrupting the Larger Food and Beverage Manufacturer.

Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

Digital Transformation: An Imperative for Industrial Manufacturing in 2017

Cerasis

Are industrial manufacturers seizing all the opportunities of a more digital world? A recent article suggests that, by 2018, only 30 percent of manufacturers investing in digital transformation will be able to maximize the outcome. Let’s take a look at four reasons why digital transformation is an imperative in 2017 for industrial manufacturers: 1. Manufacturers need to rise to meet these new expectations – and one of the keys is through digital transformation.

Sourcing and Procurement in Supply Chain Management

EC Sourcing Group

Sourcing and Procurement in Supply Chain Management. The terms “ sourcing” and “procurement” in supply chain management are often used interchangeably, although they are not quite the same. It refers to the entire process of sourcing and contracting with suppliers to gather all of the services and goods you need to make that final product. Sourcing is but one step in the procurement process. Sourcing and Procurement in Supply Chain Management : Finding the Right Tools.

Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption

Gravity Supply Chain

Sourcing: Mitigate risk during periods of supply chain disruption, such as those caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, by using digital technology. . The post Sourcing – What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Supply Chain Disruption appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain.

Understanding the Importance of Strategic Sourcing

USC Consulting Group

Sourcing is a key component of your Supply Chain – perhaps the most important part. As companies are navigating an increasingly turbulent yet robust economic climate, businesses in manufacturing, mining and metals, food and beverage, and other industries are looking for ways to reduce raw material procurement spending and offset rising material costs. That’s where Strategic Sourcing comes into play. An important lever for modern organizations.

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. He knew what his cost point had to be on the product which meant that he had to have the product manufactured overseas. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. Large companies can afford to have Strategic Sourcing Procurement staff around the world. The post Outsourcing Sourcing!

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. It had a fascinating mention of " Additive Manufacturing " (AM) and how it could be a game changer.

Why Automotive Manufacturers Need to Rev Up Production Immediately

USC Consulting Group

Back in November and December when the economy was running full speed ahead, automotive manufacturers had high expectations for robust sales activity in 2020. One of the issues that automotive manufacturers encountered throughout the pandemic was absenteeism.

Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015

Cerasis

Now is the Time for Manufacturing to Look at Logistics Efficiency. The source pointed to several trends that are encouraging the adoption of TMS, including better control of data, more comprehensive analysis and the need to support omni-channel supply chains. Manufacturing seems heading for a long awaited comeback. The post Steel Fabrication and General Manufacturing Tips and Tricks for 2015 appeared first on Freight Logistics Company | Cerasis.

The Complete Guide To Calculating Total Manufacturing Costs

Unleashed

To calculate total manufacturing cost you add together three different cost categories: the costs of direct materials, direct labour and manufacturing overheads. Expressed as a formula, that’s: Total manufacturing cost = Direct materials + Direct labour + Manufacturing overheads.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing

Cerasis

The world has changed from the oil days of machine assisted assembly lines and manufacturing processes as more robots have entered the workforce. Robotics is not just a way to help companies, but many manufacturers have recognized how robots can improve their supply chain processes, benefit the company, and drive their future success. Driving Forces Behind Robotics in Logistics in Manufacturing. Benefits of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing.

Why Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Management Can Make or Break Your Customer Experience

ivalua

”) Customer experience initiatives often involve people from diverse parts of a manufacturing organization. However, few manufacturers ever sit back and ask, “How can our procurement or strategic sourcing initiatives contribute to the overall customer experience?” I would argue that, if you’re in manufacturing, strategic sourcing is the first place to start shaping the customer journey. This problem appears to be the result of sourcing choices.