It’s arguably the most important legal fight of the year: Waymo, Google’s since-spun-off driverless car division, is battling Uber over allegedly pilfered trade secrets and information. The two companies are fighting in a space increasingly Read More
Digitization is redefining the boundaries and expectations for procurement. We see it every day in the growing use of digital technologies to generate revenue, improve partnerships, and Read More
Need to get updated on the latest trends, issues and solutions surrounding Indirect Sourcing? September 18-20 is your chance. The 7th annual ProcureCon West Indirect Sourcing Conference Read More
Big manufacturing companies with declining sales are always under pressure to manage their costs. Maintenance is a huge expense item 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.
George E. Krauter
In the world of sports, reference is made to unforced errors that add to the reasons for losses. In tennis, an unforced error occurs when a ball SHOULD be returned to an opponent. However, when it Read More
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” is the wrong answer for any Supply Management organization that’s pondering its future state. There is real risk Read More
Disruptive trends are impacting the procurement supply chain in a big way. One of those trends Read More
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
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
The Sourcing Strategies Group (SSG) was founded on the basis of being able to assemble the experience and expertise that can help Supply Management organizations achieve new levels of effectiveness, and value creation. Read More
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 …
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…
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…