Happy Fourth of July!

By Rich Weissman

June 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Our patriotism is usually on full display as we approach July 4th. This year we have a further reason to pump our chests out a bit more. American manufacturing is making a comeback. Four examples…and I am proud to identify the companies involved. 

  • This week Google announced that one of their new tech products will be made in the United States.
  • I heard a radio advertisement this morning from automotive products manufacturer WeatherTech that their products were made in the United States with U.S. based raw materials and on U.S. manufactured equipment. I have their products in my Ford Escape…also made in the United States.
  • I recently ordered custom seat covers for my Ford F-150. I received an e-mail from Seatcovers Unlimited today apologizing for the delay in shipment. But, they have been busy and have recently hired more people, bought new equipment, and shifted some production to another manufacturing facility in Utah. They ended the e-mail by thanking me for buying from an American manufacturer. You are welcome. 
As sourcing professionals we have the opportunity to support American manufacturing. We can lead the charge! Boom!


Tags: Strategic sourcing Supply management Procurement manufacturing
Category: Blog Post

Rich Weissman

user_avatar

Endicott College Assistant Professor Rich Weissman teaches management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan Graduate School. He is also the director of corporate education, which includes the Center for Leadership, Endicott’s management development institute. He is vice chair of the planning committee and also serves on the technology committee and the Institution Review Board.  A practitioner turned educator, Weissman has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of procurement and supply chain management. He has held positions with large business units of Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized contract manufacturing companies, small venture-backed Internet startup firms, and third-party procurement, consulting and strategic sourcing firms. 

Rich holds an M.S. in Management from Lesley University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He is past president of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston and a recipient of the Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association.


Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »


Related Content

Suppliers and ePayables Acceptance: Latest Findings

Dennis Bouley

According to a recent NAPCP and Accenture survey, supplier acceptance of card payments has increased since 2009 across spend categories, with significant growth since 2013 in major categories Read More

A True Story of a Real Battle: Procurement vs. Operations

George E. Krauter

The CEO of a large multi-plant corporation sent a memo to the procurement CPO instructing him to reduce the company’s expenditures by 22% in the coming year. The same memo was sent to the operations Read More

Procurement Budgets Battle the Need to Digitalize Operations

Dennis Bouley

According to a recent Hackett Group research study, 95% of procurement executives indicate that digital transformation will change the way procurement services are delivered within the next two years. The percentage of organizations with Read More


Supplier Profiles

Staples

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

Digi-Key

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

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


Webcasts

What CEOs Expect Of Purchasing

Guest Contributor

Procurement and supply management leaders have a seat at the table, and management’s expectations are high. But what do CEOs really want, and is purchasing delivering on these expectations? This webcast looks at how procurement and supply management … Read More

Growing Purchasing Influence On Indirect Spending

Guest Contributor

At world-class companies, purchasing’s influence touches just about every area of spending. But, how exactly do procurement teams get to the point where other departments approach them for help with sourcing such indirect categories as human resource… Read More

Procurement-Finance Collaboration

Guest Contributor

Procurement & finance are two business functions which are often at loggerheads with each other. One reason for this is the lack of perception alignment on an important metric of procurement and finance performance - 'savings'. Read More