The Monthly Metric: SWOT Analysis

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Welcome to the first installment of The Monthly Metric, where we examine a piece of data that can help supply management professionals do their job more efficiently. In our introductory post last month, we addressed how advanced analytics has taken over Major League Baseball, but is not as prominently used in procurement. This, according to survey results indicating that many supply management … [Read more...]

What Productive Procurement Looks Like

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In six years of Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) annual evaluation reports of procurement organizations — a collaboration of A.T. Kearney, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) — the results have shown remarkable stability. Or disappointing monotony, as ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry remarked in What Good Looks Like, a white … [Read more...]

The Monthly Metric: Introduction

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March seems to be a less-than-ideal month to start a project that involves seriously crunching numbers and exploring the science of supply management. After all, it’s spring break time, so who wants to go back to school, right? However, March is also when Major League Baseball teams are on the field for spring training, as the six weeks in Arizona and Florida prepare them for the 162-game grind … [Read more...]

The Intersection of Freight and Compliance

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By Cindy Yamamoto In 2010, two bombs hidden in printer cartridges were shipped from Yemen to Chicago. In a matter of days, they moved by truck and air through four countries before one was intercepted in Great Britain, the other in Dubai. The incident triggered a global response and called attention to vulnerabilities in the international freight transportation network. Security and the … [Read more...]

Cyber Thieves’ Latest Catch: ‘Whaling’

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First, there was phishing, then spear phishing. Now, a new term has taken hold as cyber thieves aim their harpoons at even bigger catches. The result is whaling, where hackers’ bait is the highest positions of authority in a company, masquerading through email as a senior executive to attempt to fool an employee or supplier into releasing money, procurements or sensitive information. In June, … [Read more...]

Brexit’s Cascading Impact on Global Trade

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By Hannah Kain, President and CEO, ALOM We have all gotten used to simply hitting the “buy” button on a shopping cart and then expect our order to arrive shortly thereafter. We hardly pay any attention to the origin of the shipment, and sometimes we may be surprised to see where it comes from. Businesses and governments have been focused on how to facilitate goods crossing borders with minimal … [Read more...]

Becoming a ‘Doer’ by Incorporating Agility

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Creating a Culture of Doers in Procurement: Tips for Ensuring Key Initiatives Reach the Finish Line ISM2016 session on Monday, May 16 Presenter: Chris Sawchuk, principal and global procurement advisory practice leader, The Hackett Group, Miami. Supply management professionals are always looking for ways to be more strategic, but are faced with many distractions. Thus, being agile can help … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing and Data Sensitivity Concerns

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By Timothy P. O’Toole and John C. Eustice Supply management companies around the globe are looking to cloud computing as a way to store data. But because servers are located worldwide and because of the sensitive or confidential nature of some of the information stored in those servers, governments, including the United States, are becoming increasingly concerned about export controls … [Read more...]

Prioritizing to Increase Efficiency

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For businesses and supply management professionals, doing more with less has been a running theme for years — and one that’s probably here to stay. As a result, it’s no surprise that reducing costs while increasing productivity are high priorities among procurement leaders, according to a recent research report by The Hackett Group. However, with staffing and budgets typically remaining flat, … [Read more...]

Global Tech Summit Offers New Ways of Looking at Procurement

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Today’s procurement professionals are faced with continually changing technologies, say speakers at the Global Procurement Technology Summit, presented March 14-16 in Baltimore, by Institute for Supply Management® and Spend Matters. “Technology is really shaping the way we work,” Mary Lue Peck, senior vice president of ISM, told the 200 attendees present during the opening remarks at the … [Read more...]