The Monthly Metric: Inventory Turnover Ratio

This month’s installment of The Monthly Metric coincides with the latest offering from the #ISMMagContentCafe: “Supply Chain and Procurement Key Financial Performance Metrics,” by Paul Lee, Research & Analytics Director at Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®). Published in the INSIDE Metrics digital supplement in August 2014, the article details a survey of supply management leaders on the … [Read more...]

What Productive Procurement Looks Like

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...]

Research Column Resources

"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: (available after … [Read more...]

Supply Management Attracts Top Talent

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...]

Employees Want Green Workplaces

If you’re preparing for a big meeting, you may want to rethink printing two dozen copies of that 50-page slide presentation for the attendees. And don’t underestimate the value of those blue recycling bins around the office. Today, employees are more engaged with environmental issues than ever, and research shows they prefer working for companies with green policies. More than 900 workers in … [Read more...]

Procurement Continues to Push for Spend Management

Is the C-suite losing interest in procurement-led business performance improvement? That’s one of the main questions technology provider Zycus examines in the results of its recently released Pulse of Procurement 2014 study. Every year since 2011, when Zycus began conducting its Pulse of Procurement research series, the proportion of business enterprises with global procurement teams that … [Read more...]

Unraveling Forced Labor Abuses in the Global Supply Chain

For a commodity with such a "soft" image, cotton sourcing can be a prickly challenge for companies focused on ethical supply chain practices. In Uzbekistan each year, over one million citizens are forced to work in the cotton industry under harrowing conditions. On February 20th, the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) released the report Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: A Survey of Corporate Practices to … [Read more...]