#ISM2017: Magic Tweetdom

In time, we'll find out if the 2017 edition of ISM®'s Annual International Supply Management Conference is the biggest ever. However, if Monday's Twitter activity is of any indication, ISM2017 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is on pace to shatter supply management social-media records. Inside Supply Management® asked Conference attendees, presenters and exhibitors to make liberal use … [Read more...]

Inside Supply Management’s Best of 2016

The end of business today marks the start of Institute for Supply Management®’s end-of-year close. With our office closed through January 2, leaving plenty of holiday time to relax and enjoy our families, we admit to feeling a little bit like children on the last day of school. But before departing, we would like to leave our own little bag of goodies — the best of Inside Supply Management® of … [Read more...]

How to Navigate Thorny Ethical Paths

By Chris Martus In science, the Anna Karenina principle is based on the opening sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Meaning that in any situation with multiple dynamics, an optimal outcome can only be achieved if every factor is positive. In other words, if any factor is missing or inadequate, the entire system … [Read more...]

Supplier Diversity Essential Strategy at Arizona Utility

At Salt River Project (SRP), supplier diversity isn’t just a program, it’s an initiative. The Tempe, Arizona-based utility, which serves more than 1 million electric and water customers, looks at supplier diversity as an essential sourcing practice, says Patti Pyle, SRP’s manager of diversity. Her team raises awareness of the importance of including and using diverse suppliers by educating … [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...]

Supplier Diversity from the CPO Perspective

If you want to find out what some of the finest leaders in supply chain diversity are doing, the Tuesday morning session “Supplier Diversity from the CPO Perspective” was the place to be. Five heavyweights in the field shared their insights in an information-packed, one hour panel discussion. Moderated by Joan Kerr, director supply chain social responsibility for Pacific Gas and Electric, the … [Read more...]

Innovation and Diverse Suppliers

In the not-too-distant future, minority populations in the United States will be the majority, and businesses “will die on the vine” if they don’t connect with minority communities and make diverse businesses an integral part of their supply chains. Diverse suppliers may surprise supply management practitioners by their agility and their ability to provide innovative products and services, … [Read more...]

Sallie Krawcheck Talks the Power of Diversity

Sallie Krawcheck describes herself as a proponent of lifelong learning. As the keynote speaker for Monday's luncheon at ISM2015, Krawcheck commanded the audience's attention as she explained the power of continuous improvement. "The pace of change in business has never been so swift," she said. To remain relevant and successful, leaders must change long-held preconceptions and beliefs to embrace … [Read more...]

Change Lives, Change the World

In February, I had the pleasure of attending ISM’s Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta. The program featured an array of topics ranging from talent diversity on the horizon, to lessons of a high-performing team, to messages about leadership. What was truly inspiring, however, was the opening keynote by Derreck Kayongo. Founder of the Global Soap Project, Kayongo spoke in detail about his … [Read more...]

A New and Improved Supplier Discovery Process

A popular supplier discovery and product sourcing platform from ThomasNet.com® has been relaunched with new functionalities and applications. The Supplier Discovery application includes more than 700,000 companies and is designed to help supply management practitioners quickly narrow down often-crowded fields of possible suppliers to the most viable options for their needs. Tom Greco, vice … [Read more...]