Improving on Strategic Sourcing

Logistics Viewpoints

These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Management Systems transportation management system transportation sourcing

Creating a Sourcing and Procurement Process Plan

Arkieva

What are the key elements of a sourcing and procurement process plan? Strategic sourcing is a fact based and systematic approach that organizations use to optimize the management of their supply chain. Creating a sourcing and procurement plan.

Best Practices for Sequencing Investments in Sourcing and Procurement Solutions

ivalua

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Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization

ivalua

Spend Matters recently published a story highlighting Auto News’ coverage of supply chain and procurement localization at Magna International. On the surface, local sourcing seems simple – work with local suppliers in the areas where you do business globally.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

procurement officers believe the quality of data is a major barrier, and the. process has been scaled in-house, then out-sourced, and partnered with rigid, error-prone ETL automation. chain design, procurement, and transportation with greater precision and will.

Manufacturing Sourcing in China- What Have We Learned?

Supply Chain Matters

China Supply Chain Strategy Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Strategy challenges in sourcing and procurement independent supply chain and B2B industry analyst Bob Ferrari's blog sourcing manufacturing in China strategic sourcing strategies Supply chain Matters blog

Responsible Sourcing Insights

SCM Research

Sedex is a nonprofit organization dedicated “to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains” Their new six-part “Responsible Sourcing Insights Films” series tackles key challenges in responsible supply chain management.

Modern CPOs on their way to Smart Procurement

ivalua

Last week, the Ivalua team attended an interesting CPO Round Table organized by the CIPS MENA in Dubai on the theme “Enabling Smart Procurement Today.” What we can notice is that the application of Smart procurement technologies is becoming key for them to think strategically, act quickly and take the right decisions at the right moment in a permanently evolving environment. The post Modern CPOs on their way to Smart Procurement appeared first on Ivalua.

Procurement Interview Questions & Answers

Supply Chain Game Changer

Procurement, or Purchasing, is an area of Supply Chain that involves and requires very specific skills and expertise. Check out this list of 25 Procurement and Purchasing questions and answers. If we buy a customized product from a single source how will you know if the price is fair?

Ivalua Now and the Art – or is it the Science – of Procurement?

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It’s a question that you can answer for yourself at Ivalua Now – The Art of Procurement , being held, appropriately enough, at The Louvre, Paris 10 th – 12 th April. The event is free to attend and aims to attract hundreds of procurement and supply chain professionals to discuss and learn more about the latest industry trends and processes. But now with strategic sourcing and category management, the process has become much easier to track, monitor and control.

Digital Procurement – Pack your bag, you are going on a journey

ivalua

The Hackett Group and Ivalua have been working together for some months to assess the status of Digital Procurement transformation and lessons learned from early adopters. Digital Procurement – a place we are planning to visit soon (and hopefully stay).

Report of Pending Product Sourcing Risks for European Based Manufacturers

Supply Chain Matters

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Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? According to Joe, enVista’s Director of Transportation, “The key to omni-channel sourcing is that it requires you to understand your goals and objectives.

Global Supply Chain Risk Exposures Report- Continued Reinforcement for More Risk-Balanced Sourcing Decisions

Supply Chain Matters

From our Supply Chain Matters lens, it provides a yet another stark indicator that supply chain disruption and risk criteria were most likely not weighted high in past outsourcing or global based manufacturing and strategic sourcing strategies. Within its 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, risk analytics and advisory firm Verisk Maplecroft calls attention to high profile risk cities that happen to be today’s growing manufacturing and logistics hubs.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

If you are buying widgets, there are many ways to make your purchase, from going to a retail location, ordering online or using a standard procurement software tool that allows you to order lots of widgets and receive them over a specified period of time.

Supply Chain Sourcing Taking on More Geo-Political Significance

Supply Chain Matters

The importance and implications of existing or future supply chain management sourcing strategies continue to be brought to light. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Supplier Management Supply Chain Performance Supply Chain Risk Management effects of Brexit on industry supply chains supply chain global sourcing strategies Supply chain Matters blog

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Future Of Procurement: What Is Your Role?

Cerasis

At Cerasis we work with our shipper customers who procure items every day and have needs for inbound freight management as they secure those products from their vendors. The Future of Procurement is Driven by Technology. Enter The Future of Procurement , an Oxford Economics study.

Highlights of Oracle Procurement Cloud- Release 13

Supply Chain Matters

In this October commentary we take the opportunity to update our procurement focused readers as to the latest Release 13 features within Oracle Procurement Cloud. Oracle Procurement and Sourcing Oracle procurement support technology Oracle software applications supporting supply chain management Supply chain Matters blogIn a previous August commentary, Supply Chain Matters highlighted some of the major features of Oracle’s SCM Cloud, Release 13.

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures. There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcingThe logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage.

Lumber Liquidators Suspends All China Sourced Laminate Flooring Products

Supply Chain Matters

Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America, announced this week that it is suspending all of its China sourced laminate flooring products. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption Supply Chain Risk Management blog dedicated to supply chain management Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain Risk

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product.

Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important

Supply Chain Matters

In the quest to seek alternative global low-cost manufacturing sourcing across multi-industry supply chains, countries such as Thailand and Vietnam were high on the list. Both offered relatively attractive direct labor wage rates while offering a highly educated and motivated workforce. Up to this point, that has resulted in a steady flow of foreign investment in these countries including internal supply chain ecosystem capabilities.

A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

Supply Chain View from the Field

A new face of procurement is emerging which is recognizing that a new set of value drivers must be developed in the face of massive environmental changes. Some of the emerging views on the “future of procurement” focus on the importance of being a strong internal consultant, the importance of building relationships, coaching suppliers, post-award contract management, and relational contracting. Vested is a Sourcing Business Model in.

Breaking Procurement Tech News- JAGGAER to Acquire BravoSolution

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement spend managing software provider JAGGAER made a sudden acquisition announcement today, indicating plans to acquire rival procurement technology provider BravoSolution for an undisclosed sum. Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Technology Inc. JAGGAER JAGGAER acquisition of BravoSolution Supply Chain Matters

Breaking Procurement Tech News- JAGGAER to Acquire BravoSolution

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement spend managing software provider JAGGAER made a sudden acquisition announcement today, indicating plans to acquire rival procurement technology provider BravoSolution for an undisclosed sum. Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Technology Inc. JAGGAER JAGGAER acquisition of BravoSolution Supply Chain Matters

A Different Investment Environment Concerning China- Differentiating Market and Supply Chain Sourcing Strategies

Supply Chain Matters

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7 Trending Business Practices Disrupting Procurement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

7 KPIs Your Procurement Team May Be Ignoring! Organizations are ‘going carbon neutral by 2025’, and ‘implementing Artificially Intelligent business systems’ and ‘sourcing form solely environmentally friendly suppliers’. Responsible Sourcing. Source: Accenture 2013. “An

Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Four: Increased Anti-Trade Geopolitical Forces Provide Added Global Sourcing Challenges

Supply Chain Matters

The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […].

Lumber Liquidators Terminates Sourcing of China Produced Laminate Flooring

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Lumber Liquidators China sourcing Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blogIn February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, at the time, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America was involved in a supply chain expose. Approaching 18 months later, the retailer continues to deal with the customer, brand and financial impacts of that disclosure.

Understanding Your Sourcing Footprint is the Key to Procurement Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Direct conversations through on-site engagement with different lines of business is the most direct and effective means of understanding how sourcing processes are occurring today, as well as understanding how the sourcing need evolves and is expressed to suppliers. Supplier registration processes need to be designed around sourcing engagement processes, which track the supplier life cycle. Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Speak at Intesource E-Sourcing Innovation Conference

Supply Chain Matters

The role and contribution by procurement to the business is changing rather rapidly. Such trends include more rapid advances in the technology and software applications supporting sourcing and procurement business processes. On March 8-10, e-Sourcing technology provider Intesource will be hosting its 2015 InnovationBest Practices in Sourcing customer conference in Las Vegas. This week on the Intesource E-Sourcing Society blog, Bob is featured […].

Strategic Sourcing: The Key to Competitive Advantage

Supply Chain Opz

Strategic Sourcing has been used by companies of all sizes for years. Professor Schoenherr is the expert in procurement and decision making and he will provide some guiding principles that practitioners can use to create more sustainable competitive advantage.

Ocean Freight Procurement and Going with the Stream

Freightos

The annual fixed-price contract is the current go-to for ocean freight procurement. Source: SGX, Freightos Baltic Index. Just like streaming replaced that iPod as a better way of listening to music, ocean freight procurement now has a better way. Remember iPods?

Hilarious Sourcing Videos

NC State SCRC

I had an opportunity to watch some hilarious sourcing videos recently that I discovered on a sourcing blog by Citro Strategy. The video takes the viewer through some of the typical arguments used by procurement, applied in a consumer setting.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

Cerasis

As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work.