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Effective Logistics Problem Solving

Logistics is a critical component of effective supply chain management, as it covers the procurement and movement of materials, scheduling of people, organization of manufacturing processes to convert inputs into finished goods that customers are willing to pay for. Logistics, procurement and supply chain professionals must assure that all logistics and supply chain activities add value to customer and stakeholder…

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Pillars of Strategic Procurement Execution

The supply chain of today is dynamic, rapidly evolving, and requires great strategic, operational and tactical acumen. Procurement professionals must have a proficient understanding of many aspects of the modern business landscape. These include socio-demographic, technological, political, industry, economic, competitive, and ecological parameters. We must understand these parameters from the perspective of what is trending, how our organizations and procurements…

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The Benefits of Cashless Procurement Systems

The world is evolving day by day, and supply chains are becoming more complex. The topic of cashless systems has been at center stage for some time now. Cashless procurement systems are now no longer something of a distant future but one of sudden reality. The following are benefits of cashless procurement systems: 1.) Reduction of corruption: These systems eliminate tax…

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Digital Vendor Selection and Contracting

Emerging technologies are poised to play a major role in the procurement and supply chain worlds. Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning can provide great cost reduction and risk mitigation benefits in supply chains. Inefficiencies account for about 4% of spend in typical transactional cost. Digital Vendor Contracting, major benefits: Fraud Proofing, by digitizing with Blockchain. This technology…

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The Future of Procurement Technology

The future of procurement technology is a very interesting topic and requires great reflection by progressive minded supply chain professionals. The mechanisms of technology, networking, metrics, innovation, production, and logistics are poised for critical mass on supply chains. The interaction of these forces is lining up for a monumental shift with seismic value creation capability. According to a report by…

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Spend’s Role in Industry

The modern business environment is changing the way businesses execute their Mission Critical Functions. These pressures are not only economic in nature, but technological, political, competitive and significantly Customer Requirement Driven. There is a seismic shift in the mindset of the modern customer from Triple Constraint (wanting products cheaper, better, faster) to quadruple constraint (wanting products cheaper, better, faster and…

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The Worst Business Combination: Stupidity & Low Self-Awareness

Back in January, I blogged about “the possibility of the U.S. economy overheating in 2018.” Well, the economy has definitely been hot this year.  Has it “overheated?”  I’m not sure where the actual boil-over point is, but there’s no doubt that businesses – likely including many of your suppliers – have been struggling to find adequate talent for their teams.…

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Negotiation Preparation Beats Intelligence: Change My Mind

I had seen the memes for months.  But, it wasn’t until recently that I became aware that the guy seen sitting behind a table bearing a sign with the words “change my mind” had a pretty interesting and provocative series of webisodes. This guy, Steven Crowder, appears in public places with a sign stating a usually-conservative belief and inviting passersby…

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Levi’s sets Aggressive Targets to Cut Emissions Across Global Supply Chain

Concern over the planet is one of the Mega Trends of our era and has taken many forums, including emissions reduction, the study of the impact of natural and man-made disasters, and global warming. Levi’s & Company has embarked on a robust program to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by reducing its carbon emissions resulting from its Supply…

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MRO Made Simple: 3 Ways to Quickly Reduce Costs

Special thanks to Source One, a Corcentric company for this guest post. Every distribution center has materials and services used to maintain, repair, or operate their facilities, machinery, or equipment. These items are typically referred to as MRO products (Maintenance, Repair & Operations). This broad category of products includes items like repair components, lubricants, lighting fixtures, safety supplies, janitorial products and other consumables…

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