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    Will Hanjin's Bankruptcy Cause Freight Rates to Rise?

    Hanjin’s bankruptcy has occurred at peak season in terms of annual demand, calling for vessels doing key routes to operate at full capacity. Accommodating the tons of cargo scheduled to be carried by Hanjin will come at a price for manufacturers as carriers are likely to charge higher than usual rates

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Latest Articles

Risk Experts Advise Procurement: “Know Your Supplier”

Susan Avery

How does procurement identify supplier risk if resources are limited? How do we track performance at mitigating risk? How do we get stakeholders to understand the value of managing risk? A panel of risk experts helped procurement and supply management professionals think through responses to these questions and others at the September member meeting of ISM-Greater Boston in Concord, Mass., recently. Read More

Got a Large Group Procurement Job Interview? Here's How to Prepare

Guest Editor

The scene: You, your mobile phone and a message. You finally hear back from the procurement recruiter and the interview date is confirmed. “Great!” you tell yourself. “We are finally moving forward.” Then you download the interview schedule and suddenly more than 25 names and their assigned teams stream past. Your first thoughts are Read More

Why a GPO Can Be Crucial to Your Business

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A group purchasing organization (GPO) is a well-known buzzword in the healthcare and government industries. Do you know that using one in your business could translate into thousands of dollars of savings on the supplies and resources you use every day? Read More

Will Hanjin’s Bankruptcy Cause Freight Rates to Rise?

Anup Varghese

Hanjin’s bankruptcy has occurred at a time considered to be peak season in terms of annual demand, calling for vessels doing key routes (such as Asia to Europe in this case) to operate at full capacity. Accommodating the tons of cargo that were scheduled to be carried by Hanjin will come at a price for manufacturers as carriers are likely to charge higher than usual rates. Read More

Latest Videos

What is a Reverse Auction?

In this video, K2 Sourcing provides perspective on reverse auctions for procurement. If you take one thing away from this presentation, it is that a reverse auction is one of many tools to help automate the strategic sourcing and, ultimately, the category management process.

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.

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Procurement’s Role in Mergers: Assess Contracts, Select Suppliers

Lloyd Alexander, Vice President of Contract Strategy at Seal Software, discusses procurement’s role and growing influence with Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi. Take mergers and acquisitions, for example. Procurement may be called upon to assimilate thousands of supplier contracts. “The key success factor for achieving this is based on procurement knowing exactly what relationships the organization has to maximize terms from a financial standpoint, while minimizing risk,” he says.

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Procurious Procurement Career Boot Camp Begins September 19

“Organizations needing to innovate while remaining cost conscious puts procurement front and center of critical business issues,” says Lisa Malone, General Manager at Procurious, as she introduces the Procurious Career Boot Camp to My Purchasing Center. The boot camp, which takes place over 15 days beginning September 19, helps procurement professionals work on leadership skills by providing access to “career coaches” through podcasts and blogs. It also connects “campers” for brainstorming.

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Latest Blog Posts

Price Increases Don't Have to Spell the End of Profit

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Rick Bender
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Don’t take a supplier’s analysis for granted. If they are telling you a price increase will have a negligible difference, do your own research before committing to anything. Understand exactly how it will affect your bottom line to avoid any surprises down… Read More

Supplier Relationship Management: Two Sides

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Jim Baehr
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A next best area for managing total cost in the supply chain is Supply Relationship Management (SRM). This is especially true for supply management groups accomplished in strategic sourcing. Both the customer and buyer demonstrate an understanding that th… Read More

Hanjin Bankruptcy and the Supply Chain

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Rich Weissman
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For those who don’t pay much attention to logistics in their supply chain risk profile, here is a question: Where is your freight this morning? Read More

Why Haven’t Terrorists Attacked the Supply Chain? Vary Your Inbound Ports Now!

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Tom DePaoli
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With the expansion of the Panama Canal, the time is now to not only consider the new costs of logistics, but the risk of a major container port being shut down! Supply chain professionals should consider using multiple inbound ports to alleviate this risk.… Read More

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Procurement Party like 1999

A comprehensive study done by AT Kearney in late 2014 showed that 75 percent of procurement organizations have not improved their productivity since 2011. This seems hard to believe given procurement’s constant push for efficiency gains, declining commodity prices, and the rise of technology designe…

Do "Preferred Customers" Really Receive Better Pricing and Service?

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers" - companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight - obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain: How they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truck…

Must Have Information for Every Strategic Sourcing Manager

As we move into a 2016, it’s a safe prediction that buzzwords will continue to dominate the business world. 'Strategic sourcing' is one buzzword that has permeated the procurement function for the past 20 years, but is often hard to describe. Almost every large procurement organization claims to be …