Reflecting on Supplier Management Practices Related to the Apple Watch

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In our prior Supply Chain Matters commentary concerning Sharp Corporation, we reiterated the two sides of supplier based relationships involving the most recognized supply chain, that being Apple. On the one hand, being chosen as an Apple supplier can provide enormous scale, global reach and financial rewards.

What has been Apple’s greatest impact on supplier management? The answer may surprise you.

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Apple has long been known as a leader in supply chain management with Gartner consistently ranking them number one in its annual report identifying the Top 25 Supply Chain Leaders. The need to demand supplier transparency and responsibility. Blog Featured Supplier Management

5 Pillars of Effective Supplier Management

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This article focuses on effective supplier management. The five pillars of effective supplier management covered in this article are: Supplier Information Management. Supplier Lifecycle Management. Supplier Performance Management.

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

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They build strong supplier relationships to deliver on-time, high quality products and meet capacity demands. Given that sourcing and supplier management teams are responsible for building and maintaining supplier relations, they also have the opportunity to drive innovation.

If you had a clean slate, what supplier management practices would you eliminate?

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Which got me to thinking… If you are a manufacturer, what supplier management practices might you eliminate if you had a clean slate? Are there suppliers that you spend less on who could become the cornerstone of your product?

Report of a Different Focus for General Motors in Supplier Management Relationships

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and Canada based component suppliers for GM vehicles being produced in Brazil and Mexico to be able to periodically renegotiate their supply contracts. These suppliers are currently challenged with the effects of a volatile foreign currency environment causing rising material and labor […]. The Wall Street Journal has reported that General Motors will allow 400 U.S.

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Collaboration Will Drive Future Sourcing and Supplier Management Success

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Historically, if you asked sourcing leaders to name the one competency they felt they needed their procurement and sourcing teams to master in order to achieve ongoing sourcing and supplier management success, most would likely have said negotiation skills.

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

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In prior commentaries, Supply Chain Matters has highlighted reports indicating that Wal-Mart had once again focused on its suppliers for sharing the burden of needed higher margins. In April a front page published article by The Wall Street Journal reported on Wal-Mart’s increased pressures on North America based suppliers to squeeze costs.

Visibility to Wal-Mart Business and Supply Chain Strategies Again Front and Center

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Airbus and Boeing Report 2017 Year-End Sales and Operational Performance

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The Right Solution for Contractor and Supplier Management

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The benefits of outsourcing to suppliers and contractors is clear, but the associated risks are largely unseen, and the breakneck pace of change and the pressures of financial reality can cause important, risk-mitigating considerations such as contractor safety to be overlooked - which could be not only an ethical disaster but a business disaster as well

Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier

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There is another supplier quality conformance scandal involving a major Japan based supplier, Kobe Steel, and this time, the implications could involve multiple industry supply chains. Aerospace Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Industrial and diversified industry supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Supplier Management Boeing Supply Chain Kobe Steel quality scandal Supply chain Matters blog Toyota supply chain

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Choosing the Right Solution for Contractor and Supplier Management

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Here are some best practices you can follow that can help you choose a solution that can meet your needs and those of your suppliers

Another Part Specification Scandal Involving a Japan Based Supplier

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There is another supplier quality conformance scandal involving a major Japan based supplier, Kobe Steel, and this time, the implications could involve multiple industry supply chains. Aerospace Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Industrial and diversified industry supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Supplier Management Boeing Supply Chain Kobe Steel quality scandal Supply chain Matters blog Toyota supply chain

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Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier?

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Supply Chain Matters features a guest contribution from Mike Russo- Can Data Science Help Procurement Zero-In on the Right Supplier? Prescriptive or Predictive Analytics Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply chain Matters blog

Supplier Management: The Best-in-Class Approach to Drive Performance

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This report will examine the comprehensive approach, taken by the Best-in-Class, toward Supplier Management. It begins with supplier selection, followed by establishing and measuring key performance metrics and ends with focusing on visibility with their suppliers to ensure ongoing success

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Supplier Suspends Sales of Inventory to Major Retailer

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This past August, this author penned a Supply Chain Matters blog commentary: The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments- More Aggressive Push Back. The essence of that commentary was that with many more multi-industry procurement teams extending supplier payments under the umbrella of working capital savings, suppliers themselves are now more aggressive in pushing back, […].

Changing Perception in the Supply Management Industry

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The following commentary is a Supply Chain Matters guest posting authored by Jim Barnes, Services Managing Director, Institute for Supply Management (ISM). One of the biggest challenges in our industry is gaining recognition of the value procurement and supply chain management brings to the corporate bottom line. We know supply management increases shareholder value by […].

Rockwell Collins Announced Acquisition of B/E Aerospace is About Supplier Leverage

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Aerospace Supply Chain Internet of Things Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management B/E Aerospace commercial aircraft industry supply chain challenges Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins supply chain Supply chain Matters blog trends towards supplier aggressivenessThis weekend featured some significant news directly focused towards aerospace and commercial aircraft supply chain dynamics.

More Information Disclosed Relative to Tesla’s Model 3 Ramp-Up

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Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Sales and Operations Planning Supplier Management Supply Chain Strategy Supply chain Matters blog Tesla Model 3 supply chainThis Supply Chain Matters blog is a supplemental update which adds additional information regarding the Model 3 manufacturing and supply chain ramp-up communicated from Tesla’s Q2-2017 financial performance briefing.

NAND Chip Supply Challenges Looming Across Consumer Electronics Supply Chains

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High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Sales and Operations Planning Supplier Management Supply Chain Disruption Apple iPhone supply chain Nintendo supply chain Supply chain Matters blogThere are building concerns that consumer electronics supply chains may be dealing with a potential industry-wide shortage of a key component during its most critical product demand period.

Tesla Motors Contracts for Strategic Supply of Lithium for its Gigafactory

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Paris Air Show Adds New Impetus for Supply Chain Execution Across Aerospace Supply Chains

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The Saga of Supplier Takata Reaches a Sad Conclusion- What Has Been Learned?

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Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management independent blog commenting on supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog Takata Corp. This week Japan based Takata Corp., the company that has made unprecedented product recall headlines has filed for bankruptcy protection. What have we learned as a community- if anything?

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Supply Chain Related Fraud is a Growing Problem Requiring Attention

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Operations management Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP Supply chain Matters blog supply chain related fraud supply chain related fraud preventationSupply chain fraud has become a significant challenge for industry supply chains. According to a study conducted by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, supply chain professionals still appear to be ill-equipped to tackle instances of fraud.

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What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017

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As we approach the New Year holiday which marks the beginning of 2017, we are heads-down in the preparation of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. Supply Chain Matters blog readers should anticipate the full unveiling of our 2017 predictions over the first two weeks in January. We do however want to […].

The Supply Chain Matters Blog Returns

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Report of Production Glitches for the Newest Apple iPhone

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A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition

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BravoSolution CEO Jim Wetekamp provides a Supply Chain Matters guest commentary on the procurement and supply chain management impacts of the pending Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

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Summary Highlights of the 2017 ISM Conference

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Executive Editor Bob Ferrari had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference and shares summary highlights and important takeaways for supply management teams.

A Highly Visible Week for Apple and its Product Supply Chains

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Boeing Grounds Newly Designed 737 MAX Aircraft Over Engine Component Manufacturing Flaw

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Days before the scheduled first customer delivery of the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing had to suspend ongoing flight testing after being notified by supplier CFM of an engine component manufacturing problem. Aerospace Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Supplier Management Supply Chain Disruption Boeing 737 MAX supply chain CFM International CFM International supply chain procurement challenges Supply chain Matters blog

A Growing Need for Responsive and Skilled Procurement Leaders- Consider Attending ISM 2017

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In just a matter of weeks, ISM will be conducting its annual 2017 conference which affords a timely opportunity to hone individual and team procurement management skills. Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management Supply Chain Skills Institute for Supply Management ISM 2017 Supply chain Matters blogThe role of procurement leaders, both in large and smaller enterprises, will further evolve in 2017 to include more strategic advisor skills.

Why More High Profile Technology Players Want to Position Themselves in Automotive Supply Chains

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