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    Supply Chains at Risk from West Coast Ports Crisis

    It may take months before the full impact of the situation is felt or measured. For now, however, importers and exporters are taking a huge hit, and supply chains serving consumer goods, auto and electronic parts

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Latest Articles

Purchasing Metrics: Tracking Cost Savings, Capital Reductions and Avoidances

Guest Editor

Year after year, research studies by universities, consultants, and purchasing associations have shown cost reduction as one of a company’s three most important goals for the year. Although innovation and collaboration among business stakeholders and suppliers (SRM) continue to be part of the agenda in most of the companies, cost reduction remains a key part of the Purchasing agenda. Read More

Procurement Opportunities for Diversity Suppliers Good for the Economy

Susan Avery

Facing a group of students in the Global Supply Chain Management program at Bryant University and supply managers, Dr. Fred McKinney said he couldn’t resist an opportunity. “I’m going to put my professor hat on and question you about supplier diversity,” McKinney, President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, told the students and supply managers gathered for a meeting of ISM-Greater Rhode Island. Read More

2015 Grainger Show Opportunity for MRO Buyer Education

Susan Avery

“Grainger’s mission is to help our customers keep their operations running and their people safe,” said Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager of Grainger. "This show enables attendees to learn how Grainger partners with them to examine their challenges and MRO spend, and how we develop comprehensive and proven strategies to help them save time and money.” Read More

Unlocking the Potential Value of SRM through Effective Governance

Vantage Partners

A focus of our research study was to gain new insights into which specific SRM practices, independently and in combination, yield the greatest benefit and return on investment. One finding was that governance was a major differentiator of top SRM performers. In this article we discuss some of the specific SRM practices that collectively comprise effective SRM governance. Read More

Latest Videos

Achieve Competitive Prices without Bidding

In this 60-minute training video session given by Rod Sherkin, President of ProPurchaser, you will learn how to work more constructively with suppliers to drive down costs together, while strengthening your supply chain.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 4

In part 4 of the Source One video series, Kathleen Jordan completes the discussion on marketing and sourcing with a case study that demonstrates how sourcing can benefit from partnering with a consulting firm to address marketing’s needs.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 3

In part 3, Kathleen Jordan at Source One describes how sourcing can support marketing during its agency review process. She provides best practices for the two to use when conducting an agency search.

Latest Podcast Episodes

What a Healthy Semiconductor Industry Means for Buyers

Dale Ford, Vice President and Chief Analyst at IHS Technology looks at 2014 year-end results for the semiconductor industry in this interview with Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi. A healthy industry is good for suppliers and buyers, Ford says. It gives buyers opportunity to strengthen relationships with suppliers, which can help them manage supply chain risk. He also examines new growth areas for 2015: Industrial and auto applications.

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Procurement as Trusted Advisor: ISM-CV Spring Conference

ISM-Carolinas Virginia holds its spring conference on March 13. To learn more about it, Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi talks to Craig Demarest of R.J. Reynolds and Vice President of ISM-CV. The theme is procurement as trusted advisor and the agenda is chock full of presentations on influencing, innovation and team building. Says Demarest: “It’s an all-star program at an all-star venue (Milliken in Spartanburg, S.C.).”

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Latest Blog Posts

Open Innovation 2020: Five Trends

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Jon Washington
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The Innovation Garage visited seven cities and attended or facilitated seven events on the subjects of The Next Decade in Procurement, Design for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Technology, Innovation Executive Leadership and Accelerating Innovation. We’ll sha… Read More

How the Wisdom of Crowds Can Improve Predictions in the Raw Material Market

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Guy Soreq
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Purchasing managers rely on reports made by experts claiming to predict the next rise and fall of resin prices. When oil prices take a wrong turn or cotton crops have an exceptional harvest these experts find reasons in hindsight why their models went wron… Read More

ISM–Carolinas Virginia Spring Conference “All Star” Event

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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The ISM–Carolinas–Virginia Spring Conference commences in the second week of March at Milliken in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Among the largest affiliates of the Institute for Supply Management, ISM-CV consists of 15 chapters throughout Virginia and North… Read More

The Innovation Garage and Ideas on Procurement

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Susan Avery
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Jon Washington is founder and proprietor of Innovation Garage, a company that helps others collaborate, innovate and generate revenue for their organizations. “We make things, make things better and teach others,” is how he puts it to My Purchasing Center. Read More



Supplier Profiles


Staples Advantage is the one supplier that offers all the business solutions you need, all with the expertise of a specialty vendor. Read More

Lunney Advisory Group

Lunney Advisory Group was founded in 2007. Our firm is not your typical consulting company. Some members of our firm are highly qualified and experienced industry executives/practitioners while others are full time or adjunct university professors.… Read More


It started in 1972 with an idea, a new concept in distribution. Today, Digi-Key Corporation is one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the World. The stimulus for this growth is Digi-Key's customer-centered business philosophy… Read More

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