Category Archives: Supply Risk

Think like a CLM consultant to improve compliance, reduce risk, and increase profit

Interesting how perspectives can make all the difference in the scheme of business. Looking at something differently can change how you approach it and affect the outcome. While I’ve spent many years in corporate management, for a couple of years, I took on an assignment as a Gartner Research Analyst before coming back to the business side. That experience as a consultant has changed how I look at things today. And I wanted to share some of this perspective as … More

Where to find contract management discussions at ISM 2015

ISM’s annual supply management conference is just around the corner, May 3 – 6 in Phoenix. If you haven’t yet made plans to attend, there’s still time to look into it. If your travel plans are all in place, then you have to make some tough decisions about which breakout sessions to attend. This year, the tracks at ISM 2015 are decidedly strategic and value oriented, making it harder to determine which sessions offer the processes that can best benefit … More

A New Metric for a New Perspective on Procurement

In March of 2014, Matthew Eatough, CEO of Proxima Group, wrote an article for Harvard Business Review discussing what he called ‘corporate virtualization‘. The concept is based on research that found that, on average, “69.9% of corporate revenue is directed toward externalized, supplier-driven costs.” The fact that such a large percentage of corporate revenue is spent with external business partners is surprising enough, but the study also uncovered that the percentage increased by 4% from 2011 to 2014, marking a … More

A visionary focused on helping procurement improve contract management

Just a couple of days ago, Gartner published its Magic Quadrant for Strategic Sourcing Suites, February 2015. We are proud to note that we have been recognized by Gartner as a visionary in the latest Moving from the leader’s quadrant into the top portion of the visionary quadrant, we take into account our adjustment from the previous report in July 2013. The elimination of many other vendors from the pool should also be noted. One could argue the changes in … More

How contract management improves supplier relationships

According to Gallup, supplier relationships are among the most overlooked but most important connections a business can have. Being a “customer of choice” can help mitigate risk, lower costs, and spur innovation. Companies that are great customers benefit from a more reliable supply chain and receive “flexible, non-bureaucratic support” from suppliers during crisis situations. What does this mean for enterprises seeking to improve their relationships with suppliers? Based on their research, Gallup came up with a list of five “core … More

Collaborative Supply Thinking Outside of the ‘Giga’ Box

Has your organization considered entering into a highly collaborative supply relationship? Some organizations are moving in this direction. Let’s take Tesla Motors and Panasonic for an example. On July 31st, Tesla Motors announced details about their plan to build a lithium-ion battery factory (Tesla Gigafactory) with their primary battery supplier, Panasonic. The factory will most likely be located in the Reno, Nevada area and is being hailed as the solution to Tesla’s lithium-ion battery supply constraints. According to current plans, … More

Procurement’s Ever-Growing Role in Retail

It’s been 10 years since AT Kearney categorized retailers into three different categories: Food and drug retailers, who sell just what you would expect (food and drugs) Soft line retailers, who sell apparel Hard line retailers, who sell appliances, electronics, and furniture Although these classifications still exist, the definitions have blurred considerably in recent times. Take Wal-Mart, for example. Wal-Mart is a hypermarket giant that combines all three of the above categories under one roof. And as we all know, … More

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

Your Top 10 Questions About Supplier Risk & Big Data

Are you suffering from information overload? If so, you aren’t alone! We live in a word full of too much information and data being thrown at us- both personally and professionally. In fact, Gartner predicts that enterprise data will grow 650 percent in the next five years. And IDC argues that world’s information now doubles every year and half. Talk about an explosion of data! Trying to get a handle on this information and knowing the best ways to create … More

4 Tips for Recovering From Supply Chain Disasters

What happens when disaster strikes your supply chain? As a modern sourcing pro, you understand your role in your company’s supply chain operations and supplier risk program. Even though you can’t avoid ALL supply chain disasters, having a plan in place and being proactive when responding to changes in your marketplace and your supply base is a critical to your company’s success. If you aren’t sure where to start in developing your supply chain disaster plan, start with these four … More

3 Real Supply Chain Disasters

Has your company ever experienced a supply chain disruption that turned your company upside down? Have you ever experienced a day at the office like this?… Phones are ringing off the hook. Everyone is running around the office- frantically looking for their supervisors. The media is knocking on your door- demanding answers or at least a comment. Facebook and Twitter are blowing up with comments about your company’s supply chain disaster. Maybe you’re lucky enough to never experience a supply … More

What’s old may be new again – M&A and eAuctions – Part 1

As is often the case with many ideas in business, trends capture attention of decision makers in terms of what is possible. Procurement is no exception. Consider progressive concepts that advance procurement activities related to emerging areas such as in supplier risk or predictive analytics; both hot areas where Iasta continues to be focused for defining the modern sourcing paradigm. But trends also come from what was once considered old with a new spin. A perfect example of this is … More

Fantasy Football and Procurement: 4 Tips to Choosing a Winning Supply Network

Football season is upon us! Have you started developing your strategy to pick the winning team for 2014? Many football fanatics have begun their annual Fantasy Football draft preparations – analyzing statistics of players-yards carried, completed passes, and playing time to create the “perfect” football team. Understanding and analyzing the stats of each player is critical for “coaches” when drafting their teams. Creating spreadsheets, scanning the internet, and looking for the most up to date player’s statistics are critical tactics … More

Kissing the Frog: How Procurement Can Develop Strategic Supplier Relationships: Part 1

Most procurement organizations are focused on developing strategic relationships with suppliers.  I recently listened to an extensive conversation about this topic at the Procurement Leaders Conference in Chicago. For a better understanding of the discussion, check out what Jason Busch recapped here and here. The panel discussion covered this topic (among many others), and this procurement challenge has been top of mind for me since that day. The term “Kissing the Frog” was used to describe the process Procurement professionals … More

What Do The Indy 500 & Sourcing Projects Have in Common?

On Sunday, Indianapolis will rev up for The Indianapolis 500, which is the world’s most famous and prestigious auto race. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” covers 500 miles (200 laps) on the 2.5 mile oval track. So what can purchasing pros learn from the Indy 500? The Indianapolis 500 isn’t won in one lap – and an auction isn’t won based on price only. Price is certainly an important factor when choosing the right supplier for your business needs, but … More