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Sourcing

SPECIAL REPORT
By Karen E. Thuermer · July 6, 2017
While warehouse and distribution centers (DCs) have historically been located where land is cheap and transportation networks are excellent, today’s criteria needs to include a skilled workforce ready to manage an increasingly digital operation.
By Patrick Burnson · June 7, 2016
With the complex economic and global trade environment pushing rates higher and capacity tighter, shippers and their procurement teams are under pressure to nail down the right suppliers and transportation partners—while squeezing as much value as possible out of their transportation network.
By Patrick Burnson · April 15, 2016
PwC has published a paper on “3 Things You Need to Know” about the law recently for supply chain managers to consider. In this exclusive interview with Brian Dunch, Principal at PwC, we explore some of the finer details
By Patrick Burnson · March 22, 2016
The maturing global services industry experienced continued growth in 2015, with location activity reaching an all-time high. The drivers of that growth, however, have evolved. Small and mid-sized buyers led growth across industry verticals, and the adoption of new technologies caused disruption in the market, according to Everest Group
By Michael Gravier · March 1, 2016
One of the biggest issues facing supply chains today are that companies are outsourcing too much of the process and development, and are therefore divesting themselves too much from their own product. This results in the company loosing control of the process, and going over on budget and time.
By Patrick Burnson · January 14, 2016
Greybeard Advisors is Named a Top Strategic Sourcing Consultancy by Kennedy Consulting
By Rosemary Coates · September 8, 2015
In the 1990s and 2000s, companies went to China out of fear of being left behind, not necessarily because they had made an informed decision based on data about the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Now it seems they are coming back for fear of being left behind again.
By Robert A Rudzki · August 31, 2015
Don't let the conventional budget process constrain your ability to add real value to your organization.
By Bob Trebilcock · August 21, 2015
Regardless of the industry, the best companies are in the midst of transforming their supply chains to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.
By Patrick Burnson · July 29, 2015
Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, based in Portland, Oregon, is an importer of high quality specialty-grade coffees from over 15 countries around the world. As pioneer of the “Relationship Coffee Model,” it has championed the direct trade model and the creation of closer connections between farmers and consumers.
By By Robert Giacobbe, Robert J. Pitts, and Michael R. Reiss, Accenture · June 1, 2015
With an integrated strategy in place as part of a digital supply network, companies can strategically source transportation events more efficiently. Here’s how to begin the assessment of your internal and external operations on the way to gaining a critical edge.
By Patrick Burnson · December 12, 2014
“Companies should look before they leap into reshoring or nearshoring,” said Foster Finley, managing director at AlixPartners and leader of the firm’s Supply Chain Practice in the Americas.
By Patrick Burnson · September 18, 2014
Greybeard Advisors is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month, and ranks today as one of the leading advisory firms in the field.
By Patrick Burnson · September 15, 2014
A.T. Kearney released its Global Services Location Index today, which analyzes and ranks countries worldwide based on metrics in three categories: financial attractiveness, business environment, and people skills and availability
By Patrick Burnson · July 17, 2014
Sixty-five percent of Shared Services executives from Fortune 1000 companies do not believe their vendors are sufficiently focused on minimizing risk, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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