John MacLean, Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain at American Airlines, understands the value of relationships. MacLean, who is leaving his post at the end of April, looks back on his career in procurement at the world's largest airline in an interview with My Purchasing Center. He has served as a member of the My Purchasing Center Editorial Advisory Board since the online publication launched in February 2011. For MacLean, the highlight of his career was when his team received the Purchasing Medal of Professional Excellence in 1998. Read More
Many machine shops in the United States and Canada are working to remedy a shortage of skilled workers. Strategies for finding and employing qualified workers are evolving, with management weighing the option of investing to develop those who are willing to learn machine-operating skills and, most important, stick with a training program and an employer. Read More
“There is a significant disconnect between those who make decisions regarding industrial capital expenditures, and those who are tasked with managing the costs of manufacturing operations,” says Alex Chausovsky, IHS Manager and Principal Analyst, Motor-Driven Systems and Industrial Automation. “Individuals making capital expenditure decisions when building new industrial facilities rarely, if ever, consider the long-term costs associated with projects.” Read More
The procurement function will need to think differently about how to support the organization in this ever-changing global business environment. By partnering with the Human Resources organization to ensure the attraction and retention of top talent at the most effective cost, HR and procurement can support bottom line growth and differentiate their company from the competition. Read More
Source One’s Fandozzi continues her presentation with a look at ways procurement can meet challenges of sourcing indirect categories. Tools such as reporting, transparency and training can be particularly helpful to market procurement value, she says.
In a presentation to supply chain graduate students at Rutgers University, Lindsey Fandozzi, Director, Supply Chain at Source One Management Services, describes challenges procurement faces when sourcing indirect spend categories. Using a case study of Apple as illustration, she shares key points with My Purchasing Center.
Bill Michels of ISM, ADR North America and ISM-ADR China talks to My Purchasing Center about innovation and something few in procurement are preparing for--succession planning. What will companies do when Baby Boomers retire?
Not what you think. Listen to My Purchasing Center’s interview with Richard Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Development at Zycus, for his response. First, however, Waugh walks us through highlights of the Zycus 2014 Pulse of Procurement report. “Procurement’s vital signs are strong,” he says. Spend under management and contract compliance, two important metrics, are up.
My Purchasing Center talks supply chain risk with Sundar Kamakshisundaram, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing at Ariba, and David Charpie, Vice President at Supplier InfoNet. The two look at ways procurement understands, monitors and executes plans to manage risk of sub-tier suppliers, and how combining the intelligence of the Ariba Network and SAP HANA can help.
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A professional development association in the Midwest requested an analysis of a MRO store room. The company is a large food processor that claimed its stores operation was efficient and constituted effective support of maintenance projects. Something was … Read More
Considering how much time we spend working indoors (almost nine hours a day on average), it’s important to always make sure that our environment is the healthiest it can be. Making wise choices about suppliers and products will help ensure that your facili… Read More
Many internal users are non-compliant with purchasing policies because of the time required to get their purchase requisition approved. Enabling approvers (often procurement professionals) with mobile access would help to reduce the overall cycle time for … Read More
“You can imagine a CPO and the angst he or she must feel looking at a $15 million line item they are unable to leverage,” Vic Macchio, Founder and CEO at Dinova says. “We stepped up and offered them an opportunity and they are receptive to it.” 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
Staples Advantage is the one supplier that offers all the business solutions you need, all with the expertise of a specialty vendor. Read More
To help our readers achieve their goals and provide the latest information on strategies in world class procurement, My Purchasing Center and OfficeMax compiled some of the best articles and research on strategic sourcing posted at MyPurchasingCenter.com into a new guide. Our eGuide, Strategies …
New approaches to outsourcing are helping shippers drive down costs in the short term and build smarter, stronger supply chains for the long term. This white paper introduces some of the new thinking that is shaping today’s most successful transportation outsourcing models.
Top industry analysts provide valuable insight on pricing, availability, and production of key global commodities for the coming year. Get the inside track on projected price increases, pricing volatility, and commodity availability that could significantly impact your company’s operations in the ye…
Your Supply Chain Can Drive Strategy How can you keep up with fast-changing customer demands? In this new white paper, find out how some organizations are seizing upon the customer’s need for speed to make their supply chains more flexible, drive business goals faster, and create a better experi…