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Jan 27, 2015

Paul Ericksen's Blog has Moved!

Read Paul Erickson's latest Supply Chain commentary on IndustryWeek's Ideaxchange....More
Jan 09, 2015

Everyone's Got to Eat2

The goal of every OEM’s procurement function should be lean, not anorexic, supply chain performance....More
Dec 13, 2014

The Overlap between Employees and Suppliers

The primary function of Supply Management is to be a mentor to its suppliers....More
Dec 01, 2014

Supply Management Strategies to be Avoided1

Putting a common price reduction goal in front of all suppliers can actually lead to counter-productive results....More
Nov 12, 2014

Supply Management Policies: Consensus Building and Communication

Supply Management must engage and gain buy-in from the other affected functional areas in their own organization....More
Oct 28, 2014

Supply Management Policies and How to Manage Them

Executives aren’t above putting their personal and department needs above company benefit....More
Oct 16, 2014

Where Should Supply Management Report in a Manufacturing Organization’s Hierarchy?

Supply management should not report to product engineering or to finance, so which department should they report to?....More
Oct 01, 2014

How to Manage Your Strategic Suppliers

Supplier contracts may be necessary but they cannot really change business fundamentals....More
Sep 16, 2014

The Strategy Behind Choosing Strategic Suppliers

The strategy OEMs should employ with strategic suppliers is to develop an extended enterprise type of relationship with them....More
Aug 28, 2014

The Extended Enterprise and Next Generation Supply Management

Next Generation Supply Management is the natural evolution of what could have resulted had extended enterprise remained the basis of Chrysler’s....More
Aug 15, 2014

The Overseas Sourcing Decision

MCT isn’t just a lead-time metric of office and shop floor operations. It also includes the time needed to deliver products to a customer’s point-of-....More
Aug 04, 2014

Implementing Next Generation Supply Management Practice

The key to manufacturers benefiting from work with academic organizations is to find those that can relate to the reality of the shop floor....More
Jul 21, 2014

Reducing Waste Often Reduces the Need for Manpower

Improved supplier quality performance leads to less of a need for receiving inspectors....More
Jul 07, 2014

The Piece-Price Reduction Trap1

Does the procurement function in your company have the flexibility to focus efforts on cost reduction strategies other than piece-price?....More
Jun 19, 2014

Should Procurement Have a Seat at the Table?

Does the procurement function in your company have a voice in decisions regarding strategic direction, financial goals, and how those directions and....More

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What's Next Generation Supply Management?

Purchasing is no longer your father’s—or mother’s—profession. Discuss and learn strategies for the practice of more effective supply management.

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