Why the Term ‘Supply Chain’ Is No Longer Relevant

By Terry Volpel When I started in supply management, one of my first duties was to contact my suppliers and introduce myself. My predecessor’s working relationship and communication stream with supplier sales representatives was always linear, simply back and forth. I came to realize that this linkage was just a single “link” in a supply chain. My customers relied on my sales people, I relied … [Read more...]

Shelley Stewart Case Competition Winners Announced

This morning at ISM Diversity 2016, the winner of the inaugural Shelley Stewart Case Competition was announced. The competition — held at ISM’s annual Diversity Summit — pits teams of top supply management college students against each other as they demonstrate analytical and reasoning skills in a professional setting, much like they will face in the business world. The universities with their … [Read more...]

ISM Diversity 2016 Kicks Off

By John Yuva There are few events and conferences where networking and content come together so naturally. Free-flowing conversations, interactive sessions and an overall atmosphere of paying it forward are just a few descriptors for ISM Diversity 2016 in New Orleans. The first of this two-day event in The Big Easy brings together supply management practitioners committed to diversity in … [Read more...]

Finding a New Offshore Supplier

By Viet Ho, CPO, Russell Investments Recently, I was tasked with helping a company find an alternative low-cost offshore supplier for IT services. In any consideration for offshore suppliers, there are four key areas during the research and investigation stage where it pays to spend the extra time and effort with each potential supplier: Risk management. How well-equipped is the supplier to … [Read more...]