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Shining light on procurement’s dark purchases problem

Friday, April 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
Many companies do not have processes in place to control procurement spending, leading to millions in wasted dollars from untracked dark purchases.

Electronics Supply Chain Seeks Balance in 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024 · Brian Straight
Labor costs continue to rise in the electronics supply chain, but industry research finds materials costs and backlogs easing.

NextGen Leader: Marianna Vydrevich

Friday, March 22, 2024 · Brian Straight
GAF's Marianna Vydrevich sees technology like AI playing a role in supply chain network design, but she lives for that Aha! moment. Meet our March NextGen Leader.

Finding the Right Approach for Supply Chain Education

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 · Brian Straight
The COVID pandemic accelerated the adoption of online supply chain education. Today, organizations and employees have their choice of online, in-person or hybrid learning environments, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Are Your Data Visualizations Readable by Everyone?

Monday, March 18, 2024 · Norman Katz
Good reporting standards should be part of an organization’s policies and guidelines. Don’t wait until someone asks, and don’t force someone to be an exception: make sure that your data visualizations can be read by all those who receive them.

Crisis Management 101: A Supply Chain Primer

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 · Brian Straight
Many supply chains have developed plans to navigate through disruptions, but fewer have detailed crisis management plans to implement should the unthinkable happen.

Talent Procurement Success is in the DNA

Friday, February 2, 2024 · Brian Straight
Procurement departments are not immune to the talent shortage facing companies, but finding the right people to fill jobs goes beyond locating the right technical skills.

Alpesh Chaddha VP of Operations at Phillip Morris

Friday, January 26, 2024 · Brian Straight
Alpesh Chaddha joined Phillip Morris International in 2021, but since then, the vice president of operations strategy and results delivery has played a key role in helping guide it toward a smoke-free future.

Disruptions Remain a Cog in the Automotive Supply Chain Wheel

Monday, January 22, 2024 · Brian Straight
The automotive supply chain survived the semiconductor shortage, but there are plenty of potentially unsettling disruptions on the docket for 2024.

Project-Based Learning Moves the Classroom Into the Real World

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 · Brian Straight
Project-based learning is taking off at the university level, giving supply chain graduate students real-world experience to pair with theory-based instruction.

Fire Prevention Within the Supply Chain

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 · Brian Straight
Disruption is the new norm within the supply chain, but with C-suite backing, and the right decisions, supply chain managers can better prepare their organizations for the inevitable.

Disruption Challenges Procurement Leaders to Steady Supply Chains

Friday, January 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
Disruption has significantly altered the landscape for procurement leaders, challenging their ability to maintain stable supply chains and make strategic decisions. There are some options, though, to help mitigate the challenges.

Brands Make Vendor Compliance an Investment, Not a Cost

Monday, December 18, 2023 · Norman Katz
Traditionally, vendors viewed vendor compliance as a burdensome cost. Truthfully, it is to a certain extent. But it also can be an investment that can be turned internally and used to benefit the vendor company widely.

Reliable Middle Mile for the Unreliable World

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 · Andrew Mohn and Adriele Pradi
Transportation planning for the furniture and home goods industry presents a complex puzzle, and traditional planning methods often fail to account for the inherent randomness and variation in real-world operations.

This is the strangest economy

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 · Rosemary Coates
With so much uncertainty and mixed economic signals, it is hard, if not impossible, to see trends or predict what will happen in the supply chain.
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