Manufacturing: Now in 3-D

PADT’s 3-D printer demo at ISM2015

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  3-D printing isn't “Star Trek” transporter technology. It's also not as simple as push, print, ta-da! And it also isn't going to magically bring all manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Despite these "limitations," Eric Miller, principal and co-owner of Tempe, Arizona-based PADT Inc., asserts that what it is is the best way to make prototypes or low-volume or custom parts, … [Read more...]

Meet Your Rising Supply Chain Stars

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A major highlight of ISM2015 was celebrating the brightest young supply chain professionals as part of the "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" recognition program, sponsored by ISM and ThomasNet. It was an opportunity to meet many of the “30 Under 30” stars and listen to their insights about the profession. Presented as a roundtable discussion, the dialog was moderated by M.L. Peck, senior … [Read more...]

Succeed With ISM Mastery Model

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While part of ISM2015 is celebrating the past 100 years, it's more about focusing on the 100 years ahead. Thomas W. Derry, ISM CEO, made that focus front and center during his press conference to launch the ISM Mastery Model. The ISM Mastery Model is a major step forward in training practitioners and growing the profession. Comprised of 16 competencies and 69 sub-competencies, the Mastery Model … [Read more...]

The Economy’s Bright Future

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Touching on the challenges the U.S. faces – taxes and debt – economist Barry Asmus gave an energetic and entertaining economic overview, highlighting the opportunities that will shape global growth into the 21st century. “If we get our financial house in order, these will be the best of times,” Asmus told attendees at ISM2015. After discussing economic challenges, he outlined three … [Read more...]

Is Your Supply Chain Resilient?

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Is resilience just the latest business buzzword or term du jour that business and supply chain professionals are talking about -- but doing very little about? What does a resilient organization look like? These and other questions about building resilient companies and supply chains were tackled in an ISM2015 presentation “Resilience … Taking Continuity to the Next Level.” And Betty A. Kildow … [Read more...]

Supplier Diversity from the CPO Perspective

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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...]

Helping Small Enterprises Enter the Exports World

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The old saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know” applies to smaller US firms that might not know how to take advantage of opportunities to do business outside of the country. Atlanta’s Metro Export Plan (MEP) helps small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify opportunities for exporting in the Atlanta region, and two representatives from Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce shared their … [Read more...]

Honoring a Role Model

Brad Holcomb

Citing the inspiring words of John Quincy Adams -- “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are leader” -- Bradley J. Holcomb was introduced at ISM2015 Tuesday as the 84th recipient of the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. With a career spanning over 35 years and six companies, Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, was honored as a visionary leader, successful driver of … [Read more...]

Innovation and Diverse Suppliers

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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...]

Vietnam: Should You Consider it for BPO?

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It can be tough to find the right country to outsource business processes. You want to avoid any deterioration in service quality while reducing costs. The talent pool in other countries can be either a boon or a detriment, and you need to consider things like long-term viability and how it could be affected by political instability, regulations, or any of a number of factors. Viet Ho, CPO of … [Read more...]