March-April 2018

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March-April 2018

"Inflation creeps into U.S. Supply Chain.” So said the headline on a Wall Street Journal article I read this morning before writing this column. The Journal went on to write that U.S. companies are grappling with rising material and ingredient costs on top of pressure from higher wages—a potential double whammy— and noted that companies like Whirlpool and Ford have already issued warnings to the market.
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From the March 2018 Issue: Why procurement matters

Finding solutions to the rising cost of supply is just one reason why procurement matters (as if readers who are planning on attending ISM 2018 in Nashville have any doubts)

Are you capturing enough “quick-response” revenue?

To capitalize on all revenue opportunities, companies need what we call QRF to identify when a demand spike or drastic change in demand might occur.

Unlocking the potential of India’s high-tech start-ups

Although India is the world's 7th largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, it lags many developing countries— notably China—on indicators…

Measuring risk and reward in the global marketplace

2018 promises to be an “exciting year” for supply chain managers, say analysts at Panjiva Research. The think tank has published a series of eight reports investigating the…

The Right Way to Procure Indirect Materials and Services

A new IP standard offers a framework to get the most from your indirect spend.

Power to the buyer

Buyers may feel powerless facing a sole-source, but they have more power than they think because they overlook the pressures on the supplier.

Contracting for Success with Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

Foreign firms doing business in or with China are likely to sell products and services to Chinese state-owned enterprises. When a dispute requires the Chinese legal system for…

Measuring Supplier Innovation

Most CPOs understand that the next big innovation is out there, being invented by someone. But, new research indicates that few have a process in place to identify and measure…

Serving Up An Experience

The next generation of supply chains will be tasked with delivering an experience as well as a product.

Building resiliency in your supply chain

The ultimate effect of populism on global trade is unclear, but the risks are high. Supply chain managers need new tools to value risk under different scenarios.

Leveraging Supply Chain Finance

The evolving supply chain finance sector is making it easier for suppliers and buyers to work out their own win-win financial arrangements.

Less than Truckload (LTL) market in high gear

Buoyed by surging demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are revving up for 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in a new era of pricing.

Sustainability and supplier management

Aligning supplier performance with sustainability goals takes effort, but can lead to efficiency.


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