Category Archives: Sourcing News

How Risky is Supply Chain Risk Communication?

How risky is supply chain risk? Leading organizations assess it, manage it, and communicate it. But in an effort to be both cautious and proactive, it is important to remember that there is more than one audience for risk information. Information shared in a routine disclosure to one reader may signal a crisis to another, or so the Chipotle Restaurant Chain learned the hard way earlier this month. The Chipotle Restaurant Chain is reassuring consumers after an industry blogger highlighted … More

Transform Your IT and Get in Shape for the Digital Economy

By Ronald Paschen, Partner, ISG Today’s information technology (IT) organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, the digital economy is accelerating the pace of change in IT. The adoption of emerging technologies, the development of new business models and the consumerization of IT require that it evolve rapidly. On the other hand, IT faces a constant cost pressure and an increasing commoditization of services, which enable new sourcing approaches. In either case, incremental improvements and minor upgrades are not … More

Open Letter from IASTA on SAP/Ariba & Procurement Industry Changes

 Dear Procurement Colleagues, As many of you are aware, the Procurement applications industry experienced a tectonic shift last week on May 22, 2012 when SAP agreed to acquire Ariba. On behalf of IASTA, I congratulate Ariba and its shareholders on their well-earned, well-deserved success. Now I want to take a moment to address what I believe the acquisition means for you and the broader marketplace. While not entirely unexpected, the acquisition has ushered in extreme uncertainty within the sourcing practitioner … More

12th Annual ISM Services Conference Review

The 12th Annual ISM Services Conference, this year held in Phoenix, AZ December 1-2, focused on many topics dealing with the challenges involved in sourcing things like temporary labor, marketing agencies, and legal services. The conference had a full agenda, covering topics such as Building a High-Impact Indirect Sourcing Function and The Five Golden Rules of Negotiation.  Several of the sessions are summarized below: Enlightening Marketing Procurement: Maximizing Investment. Minimizing Waste. Presenters: Chuck Hatsis: President of Surge Consulting and Shannon Puhl, … More

Sourcing Strategy Market Intelligence is Only a Click Away

An article in the September issue of Inside Supply Management, entitled “Market Intelligence Matters,” compelled me to think about the reasons why we manage the supply chain proactively and develop sourcing strategies.  Fundamentally, we engage in these activities to ensure that our businesses can continue to provide world-class goods and services in a global marketplace.  Moreover, we want to demonstrate that purchasing adds significant value to our organizations. In his article, Joseph Mullan references some market intelligence best practices: • Supply … More

Helping Business Leaders Keep their Fingers on the Pulse of Global Sourcing

In-depth research from TPI Momentum continues to inform business leaders around the world. Nearshore Americas, an independent news blog dedicated to outsourcing in the Americas, recently highlighted TPI findings in its post LatAm is More Than a Delivery Destination: Domestic Demand Takes a Front Seat by Pablo Velasco, a TPI director who specializes in advising companies in Latin America. Pablo’s informed discussion of the growing trend in domestic outsourcing in Latin America stems from original, objective data collected and analyzed by … More

Holland America Line Marks Earth Day with Rollout of Sustainable Seafood Program

Adopts environmentally responsible purchasing practices and features menus that showcase sustainable seafood More

Elemica Touts Green Impact of Supply Chain Network

Debuts ‘Green Calculator’ to identify savings in energy, water, trees; sees greener supply chains aided by automation of B2B processes More

OfficeMax Names EVP President of Retail

Retail veteran Michael J. Lewis assumes responsibility for retail P&L and all aspects of the retail business, including merchandising, store operations and real estate More

GHX Debuts New Software, Services to Strengthen Healthcare Supply Chain

Company expands product capabilities to meet the growing needs for speed, convenience and cost savings More

Mexico Remains Top Choice for Manufacturing ‘Near-Shoring’

AlixPartners survey of senior executives says 63 percent of those planning to source closer to home cite Mexico More

Risk Mitigation Strategies for Supply Chains from 200 to 10,000 Miles

Natural disasters, political unrest and other events are forcing many businesses to re-examine their ability to manage supply chain disruption; JDA offers risk-mitigation guidelines More

In A New Age of Supply Chain Uncertainty

Supply chain risk management as a discipline More

Disruptions in the Global Supply Chain

By failing to prepare for the unexpected, businesses risk everything from interruption to ruin More

Time to Get Started with Supplier Diversity

How to build and maintain a successful supplier diversity program in times of budget cuts More