Seizing Initiative on Legal Spend

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By Robert DiDomenico In 2009, purchasing legal services was a new corporate initiative for corporate procurement departments — one that was quite different from buying hard goods. By addressing legal spend, the thought was, procurement professionals could create value for their organizations. While there is still agreement that money can be saved, the legal arena provides even greater … [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...]

Research Column Resources

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"Transform Supplier Quality," the Research column in the March 2017 issue of Inside Supply Management® features a list of additional supplier-quality resources from Institute for Supply Management® and CAPS Research: Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in China: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF), CAPS Research: https://knowledge.capsresearch.org/publications/pdfs-protected/hu2010.pdf (available after … [Read more...]

Handling Human Rights Issues in Tech Supply Chains

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Guest Post By John Kloosterman and Michael Congiu The electronics and information communications technology (ICT) industries are ever-prevalent today, and depending on your point of view, they have either profoundly connected or polarized our world. Like it or not, we rely on these devices every day at work and in our personal lives. Global businesses are always looking for the most … [Read more...]

Inside Supply Management’s Best of 2016

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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...]

Supply Management Attracts Top Talent

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By Tisha Danehl, Vice President, Ajilon Consumer expectations for faster delivery have sparked a tremendous change in the way things are operating in both logistics and throughout the supply chain itself — with a greater emphasis being placed on speed and enhanced technology. Amidst this changing business landscape, specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are becoming more valuable … [Read more...]

US poised to be most competitive manufacturing nation

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In recent years, China has ranked as the world’s most competitive manufacturing nation. But by 2020, it will likely fall to No. 2, relinquishing the No. 1 spot to the United States, according to the 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) and the Council on Competitiveness. Michelle Drew Rodriguez, manufacturing leader, Center … [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...]

Projected food price decrease welcomed, but ‘uncertainties’ remain

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When it forecast a 10- to 17-percent decrease in beef prices across all primal cuts this year, SpenDifference didn't mince words, calling it "the biggest story of the year" for chain restaurant operators and supply chain professionals. Richard Pineda is looking at many of the same indicators, and the vice president, supply chain at Pieology Pizzeria says the projections are encouraging. But his … [Read more...]