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. That is hardly optimal given the diversity of products, services and supply partnerships in place at most companies.

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

Logistics Viewpoints

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

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Research in Focus: Sourcing Trends and Concerns

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Our “ Research in Focus ” series highlights research conducted by select partners on timely and important trends impacting supply chain and logistics professionals today. This bring concerns for transportation costs as we see as the #2 area of importance for sourcing.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Supply Chain Planning.

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.

Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is over, but we hope the energy to define Supply Chain 2030 is just beginning. As companies prepare for Supply Chain 2030, we think that it is time to rethink the basics. Seven Predictions for Supply Chain 2030.

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.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

I feel that topic of supply chain management is analogous to the downward cycle of the news channels. What Drives Supply Chain Excellence? I analyze supply chain management. The source data for the analysis comes from Ycharts.).

3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020

AIMMS

What’s on the horizon for supply chain professionals? Moving past waste, water, and C02 reduction, they have begun searching for renewable energy sources, different forms of packaging, and increased efficiency overall.

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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

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways.

Agile Supply Chain VS Efficient Supply Chain

DynaSys

This is true for everyone, and supply chains are no exception. An agile supply chain requires the ability to rapidly identify, evaluate and execute alternative supply chains scenarios. FROM EFFICIENCY TO AGILITY.

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

The Growing Need for Blockchain in the Grocery Supply Chain

Cerasis

It’s getting a lot of attention thanks to new mandates by Walmart and others – including big players like Unilever, Nestle, Tyson and Dole – to require blockchain tracking of food from source to store. Clearly blockchain in the supply chain is.read More.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

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.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

Time For A Supply Chain Check-Up? When a company contacts me to help them with their supply chain, the pain is usually a gap in customer service. To complete a supply chain diagnostic, I take these four steps: Step One. Supply chains are not the same.

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. What are some of the main supply chain factors that are fueling this reshoring trend? 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.

The Branded Supply Chain

DELMIA Quintiq

What do H&M and Whirlpool know about supply chains that many of their competitors don’t? It is that world-class supply chains embody world-class brands by delivering to the customers the promises made and stories told by their marketing departments.

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

The Digital Supply Chain: How Are Supply Chain Managers Responding?

Cerasis

How do you define the digital supply chain? Most supply chains have been involved in digital processes for years. Managers Automate Processes to Respond to the Digital Supply Chain. Another aspect of response to the digital supply is training.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

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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.

Is Supply Chain “The” Source of Greater Economic Stability?

Logistics Viewpoints

On Saturday I engaged in a rare weekend activity for myself – I actually thought about supply chain. I thought about the transition from “push” processes to greater use of demand pull in replenishment; how retailers are sharing downstream POS data with their suppliers to develop a more efficient supply network; how multi-echelon inventory optimization […]. Inventory Management Production Statistics Supply Chain Planning

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. Her list of supply chain lies, which are re-quoted here, is nearly universal to all industries. Blog Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain

Supply Chain Predictions 2020: Uncertainty Demands Resilience

ToolsGroup

It’s been an interesting decade for supply chain: just when you think things can’t get any crazier, a new extreme weather event, political drama or tech start-up pops up, disrupting entire industries. Algorithmic supply chain planning will go mainstream.

Why Supply Chain Platforms?

Talking Logistics

As digital technologies embed themselves across supply chains, they will inevitably rewire existing business models into industry platforms. The question is not “if” or “when,” but “how” best to anticipate and get ahead of supply chain platform disruptions. The Role and Benefits of Supply Chain Platforms. The post Why Supply Chain Platforms?

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

ivalua

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. Sourcing consus global e-sourcing source to pay sourcing

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

For the supply chain leader it is not a game… The stake is business continuity. Gamers do well in the world of supply chain. Designing value networks and managing what-if conditions is fundamental to managing supply chain risks.

Procurement Can Prepare for  Supply Chain Risk

ivalua

Supply Chain Managers today have never been so reliant on suppliers to deliver goods and services to customers. Globalisation has made is much easier for UK businesses to trade across borders, allowing access to lower cost sources of supply and new markets.

6 Supply Chain Disciplines to Enable Profitable Growth

Talking Logistics

How can supply chain management enable profitable growth? Getting to the answer requires retailers to take a broader, more strategic perspective of supply chain management, one that goes beyond defining supply chain excellence only in terms of cost reduction and control.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

As I drank a cup of coffee and waited, I reflected on the article I had just completed for the Institute of Supply Management. At their request I wrote on the digital supply chain. Digital supply chain is such a buzzword. Traditional supply chains do not sense.

Supply Chains By the Numbers

Supply Chain Shaman

When 2015 rolls in, for me, it will mark a decade of quantitative research focused on understanding the evolution of supply chain management. Insights on Supply Chain Organizations. In the early years, there were no supply chain organizations.

How Your Warehouse Can Navigate Costly Global Supply Chain Disruptions

OneSCM

With over 17,000 infections and more than 300 deaths, recent news about the outbreak of the coronavirus in China has grabbed attention from a global audience, including supply chain and logistics managers. OneSCM: Complete supply chain orchestration within a single portal.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. Technology has clearly driven much change in Supply Chain Management (SCM). BPR has helped streamline supply chains with or without IT. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation.