What Does “Good” Look Like: Strategic Sourcing

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So what does “good” strategic sourcing look like? The primary difference between Strategic Sourcing and “good” Strategic Sourcing is contextualized flexibility. Good” strategic sourcing…. Once again, up-front exploration expands the value proposition of sourcing.

Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Below is an excerpt from a report published recently by Amber Road and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) titled “ The Trade Trends Report: 2017 Report on Sourcing, Trade, and e-commerce.” Sourcing decisions can complicate or simplify this process.

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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

How Robust are your Global Manufacturing and Sourcing Strategies?

Dragon Innovation

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

Point-of-Danger ICE Raids and Audits

Speaker: Max Muller, Attorney and Author

Supply chain managers should constantly be on guard against forces that could cause a significant point-of-failure in or to their supply chains. The sudden loss of a workforce is an evolving danger to those who provide raw materials, subassemblies, finished goods, and/or necessary services to supply chains; and to entities requiring those items or services. Join Max Muller for this timely, fast-paced and guidance rich webinar that will educate you on the specific steps involved in undertaking your own internal audit, as well as providing you with guidance on what your major and/or sole source suppliers should do as well.

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.

Is the industrialized world overly dependent on sourcing from Chinese?

All Things Supply Chain

As Sophie Kersgens wrote for ATSC earlier this month, “As the world’s leading exporter and one of the fastest growing economies, China is a decisive business factor for companies all… General Supply Chain Management automotive supply chain coronavirus supply chain management supply chain sourcing

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.

Open Source Helps SMBs with B2B

Descartes

Thanks to open source, B2Bs can now address back office functions. Open source can make all the difference for SMBs to satisfy both their suppliers and customers. In order to thrive in eCommerce, they need an open source B2B commerce platform.

Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. Kevin discusses three factors that are helping to drive the reshoring trend, but the one that caught my attention the most was how companies are shifting their focus from least-cost sourcing to best-cost sourcing. One is the thought process around best-cost sourcing versus least-cost sourcing.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Watch the following video, which highlights this approach from the perspective of Unilever, a buyer of Symrise’s aromatic compounds.

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.

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.

Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

Logistics Viewpoints

The post Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Satellite imagery data represents another data set that may have the potential to improve company’s supply chains.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

How Big Data Analytics is Revolutionizing Sourcing Processes for Walter Charles III

Jaggaer

Sourcing with Big Data. Walter Charles’s philosophy on the modern state of sourcing is that it is artificially limited by the tools that teams are using. The traditional three bids and a buy model is a product of software constraints, rather than the ideal method of sourcing.

Responsible Sourcing! Making Sustainability Happen for Real!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Sustainability is created at the source of our products, services, and consumption. Sustainability is created from Responsible Sourcing. How can you make Responsible Sourcing a Reality? in this case, responsible sourcing. Source Smarter. Source: Purina.

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. However, priority is always given to cost cutting initiatives.

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.

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. Contract Management Customer Relationship Management Strategic Cost Management Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Supply Chain Management

Is “In-Sourcing” the Answer to Rigid, Enterprise Software?

The Network Effect

Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” CIO.com. “The in-sourcing and custom development is a painstaking process, but one McNamara says is necessary before the retailer can begin analyzing its supply chain for sales and customer trends and better allocate resources across the enterprise. Source: “Target CIO Adds Custom Apps…” CIO.com. The post Is “In-Sourcing” the Answer to Rigid, Enterprise Software?

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

Unleashed

It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective.

Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization

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On the surface, local sourcing seems simple – work with local suppliers in the areas where you do business globally. The post Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization appeared first on Directworks. Blog Local Sourcing 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. That’s where Strategic Sourcing comes into play. Are you getting the most out of your current sourcing vendor relationships? An important lever for modern organizations.

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

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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. The processes and strategies driving supply chain management success are evolving and strategic sourcing is being redefined.

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

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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. Strategic Sourcing Requires Collaborative Working Arrangements with Key Suppliers.

Don’t Jump In Without a Plan: Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

But many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, siloed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. How does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? The post Don’t Jump In Without a Plan: Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Live Episode: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:00 ET.

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. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. The post Outsourcing Sourcing! Subscribe Here!

Proving sustainably-sourced ingredients in health and wellness foods

Provenance

Food brands have always recognised the importance of sourcing the right ingredients. Communicating sustainable sourcing at Balance Festival. Knowing the source of ingredients will only continue to increase in importance as market demands grow.

Finished Product Sourcing

Insights Solutions Global

The post Finished Product Sourcing appeared first on Insight Solutions Global. With the help of Insight Solutions Global, the client cut the spending and saved up to $120,000/year, reduced the lead time and gained more leverage in the supply chain. Case Study

Make Better Logistics Sourcing Decisions with Data-Driven Optimization

Talking Logistics

Over the past few years, as supply chains have grown in scale and complexity, so has the logistics sourcing process. Mature sourcing organizations, which have been doing traditional sourcing and category management, are starting to plateau in terms of savings and impact to their organizations, yet each year are faced with increasing savings mandates and pressure to improve performance. Live Episode: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12:00 ET.

Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies”

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In a recent Sourcing Journal Online article, Sourcing is Hard , Mike Todaro, managing director of the Americas Apparel Producers’ Network, quotes Barbara Zeins, an industry expert that published a short list of “9 Big FAT Garment Lies,” which we might as well call “Global Sourcing Lies,” more generally. The post Universal Supply Chain Misconceptions or “Global Sourcing Lies” appeared first on Directworks. Blog Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain

Sourcing Tips: How to Find the Right Food Service Supplies

AFFLINK

Make a comprehensive list of the equipment that you need before you begin sourcing these items. Many restaurants go through a separate distributor for their regular food items and baked goods, as they can source baked goods locally that are fresher.

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.

Driving Responsible Sourcing in Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain

The larger the organization, the greater its influence on the creation of more sustainable products