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June 05, 2017

4 Digital Technologies Disrupting Procurement Organizations

By definition, technology disrupts.

After all, technology is the application of scientific principles for practical purpose. It’s meant to change the way things are done. So, it stands to reason that technology has the capacity to create a seismic shift throughout every aspect of the manufacturing industry, including procurement organizations.

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May 26, 2017

5 Tips for Building Supply Chain Redundancy

Let’s say you’re a sourcing manager for a manufacturer. The company’s part/product is in production and things are going well. In fact, they’re going great! Things are going so great that you’re starting to get a little concerned. What happens if one of your machines goes down, you run out of a key material or some disaster — natural or...

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August 23, 2016

6 Things a World-Class Strategic Sourcing Team Must Consider

Let’s be honest. With a show of hands, when we say strategic sourcing, how many of you think this concept is really just about buying at the cheapest price? While engineers and brand managers get most of the credit for successful new product development and commercialization of product launches, the unsung hero is often the team who wears the...

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July 30, 2015

Making the Material Handling Equipment that Moves the Supply Chain

According to the Material Handling Institute (MHI), Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing represents some $30 Billion (over 25%) for the US Material Handling Consumption of nearly $165 Billion! $30 Billion!  Consider for a moment that $1 Billion = 10 tons (or about 10 pallets stacked neatly with $100 bills). Lots of $100 bills.

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July 28, 2015

2 Best Ways Engineers Find the Right Contract Manufacturer

We literally met one of our fastest growing customers walking down the hallway of their office after a meeting with the engineering and purchasing teams when the Global Sourcing Manager stuck his head out of his office and quipped, “Hey, can you guys make this?”  Turns out the answer was, “Yes!”

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July 23, 2015

3 Tips for Painless Supplier Agreements

There are two simple truths I’ve learned in manufacturing: (1) the larger the company, the smaller the NDA.  Why? They have an office building somewhere with more attorneys on hand (or within reach) than most global manufacturing companies would care to count.  And (2) the larger the OEM, the longer the supply agreement.

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April 09, 2015

How Cheap Killed Your Supply Chain

No matter how great the individual talent of each team member is (think the Dream Team – 1992 USA Basketball) the job of the head coach is to get the team to play together.  Thus is the life of the strategic sourcing and supply chain teams for manufacturing companies and OEM’s alike.  While much of the work goes to you, Chuck Daly, he was...

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April 07, 2015

What a Program or Commodity Manager Job Description Should Really Say!

While this is not an open position here at East West, I thought it'd be interesting to pull together what we think a Commodity Manager Job Description should really include when a company is looking to hire!

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March 26, 2015

5 Tips to Diversify Your Supply Chain

Diversification of your Supply Chain is the process of removing as much risk as possible.  Yes, cost has its place but if you cannot get product to keep your production line moving than the pennies you saved are now costing you dollars.  Lots of dollars.  Oh, and your boss is really ticked off as well.  Not to mention your customers too!

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March 24, 2015

Strategic Sourcing & Engineering: Friend or Foe?

On the outside both Strategic Sourcing and Engineering have a common goal: Partner with the best supplier possible.  Now defining “best” will have different meanings for the different teams.

Same Goal, Different Meaning

Strategic Sourcing is focused upon factors such as:

  • Competitive Cost
  • Supply Chain Efficiencies
  • Supplier Management Processes
  • ...
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