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May-June 2017

May-June 2017

Trust hasn’t always been an element in supplier relationships; all too often buyers have been encouraged to carry a big stick and get tough with suppliers to get the best price—no matter the cost. That approach to procurement is beginning to change.
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May-June 2017

Trust hasn’t always been an element in supplier relationships; all too often buyers have been encouraged to carry a big stick and get tough with suppliers to get the best price—no matter the cost. That approach to procurement is beginning to change.

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May-June 2017 Features

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The Trust Factor
Trust hasn’t always been an element in supplier relationships; all too often buyers have been encouraged to carry a big stick...

4
Lessons for planners from the 2016 campaign
Business forecasters and planners can learn from the mistakes of the pollsters in the 2016 presidential election.

8
Turning disruptive change into a competitive advantage
In today’s fast-changing business environment, companies need to react quickly and decisively to disruptive market changes. Yet many enterprises lack the...

10
Blockchain coming of age
Supply chain managers have yet to fully embrace the power of blockchain technology, say analysts, but the advance seems all but inexorable.

13
Unlocking the Potential of Supply Chain Working Capital Finance
Too often, working capital pressures roll over supplier relationships without regard for what happens to supply chain risk. But now that new...

20
How they did it: Supplier Trust at General Motors
In 2014, General Motors launched a new strategic initiative to improve supplier relationships and drive financial performance. Nearly three years later, Strategic Supplier...

26
Supply Chain Negotiations: Creating Leverage
Power in a negotiation is less a product of the situation and more the result of the actions one takes. By thinking...

33
Four Steps to Maximize your Innovation Potential
To utilize the full innovation potential of the supply chain, companies need a strategic approach to deal with the obstacles to new...

41
Why retail supply chain transformations fail and how to get it right
Retailers committed to transforming their supply chains need to step back and look at their business model through a different lens.

48
Major Modes Join E-Commerce Mix
While last mile carriers receive much of the attention, the traditional modal heavyweights are in charge of connecting the growing web of...

54
Cutting through the fog of trade war
In uncertain times, flexibility proves to be the supply chain’s greatest strategic asset.

56
Maturity is key to analytics effectiveness
Although organizations have embraced supply chain analytics, few are highly satisfied with their ability to use the data to make decisions.

60
Top 50 Tucking Carriers: Reinventing the fundamentals
A new breed of leadership is creating a long-term vision to earn strategic relationships with shippers. Solid day-to-day execution and aggressive investment...

76
ProMat 2017 Show Wrap Up: Over 350,000 square feet of expo space featured
With more than 950 exhibits and 100 informational seminars, ProMat 2017 offered the best in materials handling and supply chain technology.

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Additive manufacturing and 3D printing promise to simplify manufacturing, reduce inventories, and streamline operations. But, to determine when and how to apply additive manufacturing, organizations need a decision model that assesses it’s market strategy, supply chain performance, and complexity.
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