Procurement en A Smarter Approach to Procurement <div class="field-byline"> David Schannon, Sam Thakarar and Klaus Neuhaus, partners, Bain &amp; Company </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Successful companies achieve greater savings by creating a collaborative partnership between procurement and the business.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Procurement Supply Chain The Latest Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:35:00 +0000 580011 at A Sustainable Supply Chain: It Begins with Trust <div class="field-byline"> Suhas Apte and Jagdish Sheth, authors, The Sustainability Edge </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Many companies are struggling with establishing sustainable supply chains because of their unproductive attempts at enforcement through leverage.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Customer Relationships Procurement Supplier Relationships Supply Chain The Latest Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:42:00 +0000 570861 at Small Firms Are Better Partners than Holding Companies <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>If you want to work with a supplier who will work with you as a partner so both parties can benefit, you have a better chance of this with smaller, family-owned businesses than large holding companies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ideaxchange Customer Relationships Procurement Supplier Relationships Leadership Supply Chain The Latest Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:32:00 +0000 561161 at Why a Low Price Sourcing Strategy Will Doom Your Lean Efforts <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A sourcing strategy that focuses on price reductions can disrupt the supply chain and derail a lean and Six Sigma initiative.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lean / Six-Sigma Procurement The Latest Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:43:00 +0000 544811 at A Bad Day to be a Buyer <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A supplier's bankruptcy leads to a creative solution: Is it really stealing if you take back something that you actually paid for?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ideaxchange Procurement Supplier Relationships Supply Chain The Latest Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:24:00 +0000 528591 at VW Dropped From Trusted-Cargo Program Over Cheating Scandal <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>As a result, VW vehicles and engines imported to the U.S. face a greater risk of lengthy delays at border crossings.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Procurement Supplier Relationships Regulations Trade Global Economy Supply Chain The Latest Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:56:00 +0000 520881 at Getty Images In Search for Better iPhone Screens, Apple Heads to Japan's Rice Fields <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Apple wants OLED screens on its next iPhones and Canon Tokki has a near-monopoly on the tech. It is also a growing backlog of orders. Can Apple source other suppliers in short order?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Emerging Technologies Procurement Supplier Relationships Global Economy Supply Chain Technology The Latest Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:10:00 +0000 499851 at <p>Canon Tokki, a key OLED supplier, is located in Niigata prefecture, traditionally one of the top rice-growing areas in the country.</p> Koichi Kamoshida, Getty Images Next Generation Lean – Tools <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>If a practice is sound, the use of an effective tool assures practitioners a good shot at satisfying customer needs by standardizing the application of best practices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ideaxchange Lean / Six-Sigma Procurement Supplier Relationships Supply Chain The Latest Mon, 19 Dec 2016 04:04:00 +0000 492051 at Bike Production Shifts Gears and Rolls Back to the US <div class="field-byline"> Harry Moser, Founder/President, Reshoring Initiative and Sandy Montalbano, Consultant to the Reshoring Initiative </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>After decades of offshoring, established bicycle brands and entrepreneurs are bringing bicycle manufacturing back to the United States as overseas costs rise and companies realize the value of "local for local" production.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Competitiveness Companies & Executives Growth Strategies Procurement Trade Global Economy Supply Chain The Latest Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000 477681 at <p>Kent International will roll out approximately 350,000 bikes at its Manning, S.C. factory, but expects to produce about 500,000 bikes in the U.S. in 2017, and has set a target to ramp up to more than 1 million bicycles by 2020.</p> How to Apply Next Generation Lean Strategies <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>This article will establish a construct for practitioners to use in applying Next Generation Lean strategies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ideaxchange Lean / Six-Sigma Procurement Supplier Relationships Operations Supply Chain The Latest Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:24:00 +0000 467801 at