It’s easy to find reporting on the generational differences in the workplace. For more than a decade there’s been Read More
It’s frequently said that the past two decades have been the golden age of internet technology development in China; the country has Read More
George E. Krauter
In the world of MRO supply chain management, “master data” refers to applying proper and Read More
The Hackett Group
Cloud, analytics, big data, cognitive computing ̶ all these are terms that fall under the broad umbrella of the “digitization” trend that is sweeping the procurement industry. The digitization era has Read More
My Purchasing talks to Peter Cook, Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain at The Smart Cube, about the rise of nationalism and how it could affect the supply chain. As he sees it, buying local may raise cost and could be “the catalyst that accelerates innovation” leading to more automation of internal processes as procurement leaders look at where and how they source. He offers tips for going forward.
Ian Buchanan, Lead Procurement Research Analyst with IBISWorld, discusses the world price of crude oil in this inteview with My Purchasing Center. In it, he first examines current prices, which have been on a downward trend, then looks at where prices are heading over the next five years. Supply and demand will come into balance, he says, putting upward pressure on prices. To close, Buchanan offers buyers suggestions for managing the coming price volatility.
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.
This isn’t intended to be an admonishment; however, in conversations with sales types, they continually express vexation with procurement professionals. Maybe this isn’t new. Maybe this is an age-old problem. One thing for certain is that “collaborative re… Read More
George E. Krauter
Keeping the status quo is safe, especially when change is considered radical, aka MRO outsourcing. Are the benefits of change worth the risk? How would you know if you do not investigate the potentials? As Albert Einstein said, You can’t make a mistake if … Read More
Purchasing and supply chain professionals must be aware of and strive to improve their emotional intelligence. A definition of emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control and express one's emotions and to handle interpersonal relationsh… Read More
David S. Yin
Procurement, like any other corporate function, is valued by its contribution to the company’s bottom line. In recent years, procurement has gained greater prominence as companies emphasize cost-cutting as a principal way of improving margins. However, the… 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
The work and purpose of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston today reflect the early intentions of its founders to "create acquaintance and foster the exchange of knowledge." Read More
Tamr and My Purchasing Center are partnering to bring you some of the best information published on procurement performance metrics in a new guide. We selected these articles so you can benchmark what you’re doing at your company with what procurement experts are advising.
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…
Abstract: Understanding what can happen at the U.S.-Mexico border with your truckload shipments could impact the decisions you make—and whether or not you will actually get what you pay for. By reviewing the process and your options, you will be able to develop better, more efficient strategies to …
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…