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Tom DePaoli

Dr. Tom DePaoli is the Management Program Director at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisc., and the Principal (CEO) of which does general business consulting in the supply chain, Lean Six Sigma and human resources areas. Recently he retired from the Navy Reserve after more than 30 years of service. In other civilian careers, he was a supply chain and human resources executive with corporate purchasing turnaround experience and Lean Six Sigma deployments. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles. His Amazon author’s page is https://www.amazon.com/author/tomdepaoli

 



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Autonomous Vehicles (Robot Trucks) Will Redesign the Entire Supply Chain

December 22nd

Supply chain professionals must rethink their entire logistics strategies both eternally and internally with the emergence of robot trucks. Read More

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

September 9th

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

Future Purchasers Will Become Conductors of the Digital Supply Chain Orchestra

August 11th

The future purchasing professional will have increasingly thorough control of the supply chain and be able to anticipate and view any disruptions. As a conductor of the supply chain orchestra, future professionals will not only provide harmony and predicta… Read More

How to Avoid a Supply Chain Apocalypse

March 14th

As the importance of supply chain management grows leaps and bounds, the supply chain professional must develop multiple options and proficient tactics to ensure the continuity of the supply chain. A key element in lessening supply chain risk is to have an… Read More

Purchasing Professionals Need Teamwork That Builds on Their Strengths

July 31st

A purchasing leader should take the time to understand the strengths, skills and talents of their professional team and mesh them into the goals and tasks of the organization. The key point is to give purchasing professionals clear chances to succeed by us… Read More

Can Purchasing Use Some Aspects of Broken-Windows Theory?

July 24th

Can purchasing use any elements of broken-windows theory to be more effective? Yes, it can. Unfortunately, many organizations are not empowering employees, quite the opposite, they are ignoring them or at war with them. Read More

Can Appreciative Inquiry Work For Purchasing?

July 21st

Most purchasing professionals have never heard of appreciative inquiry. It is a systematic discovery process to search for what is best or positive in an organization or its strengths. These strengths are then improved upon to create an even stronger and m… Read More

Can Purchasing Bootstrap and Lead the Transformation of An Organization?

April 20th

Transforming your own organization’s culture is a grueling challenge. Expecting purchasing to “bootstrap” or use its own resources rather than external help, in organizational transformation, is a demanding goal. Purchasing, however, has many of the qualit… Read More

How to Convince Top Executives of the Value of Purchasing

March 2nd

Why do executives still remain skeptical of purchasing’s value? In many organizations purchased materials and services account for over 50% of the cost of goods sold; yet purchasing is often relegated to a bureaucratic mundane dungeon of clerical functions… Read More

Purchasing Leaders Need a Combination of Exceptional One-Off Leadership Traits

October 21st

One of the most valued characteristics of a leader is integrity. A purchasing leader needs to never waiver in being honest to everyone in all their relationships. The quickest way to demoralize your team is to not keep your word. There can be no compromise… Read More

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