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    October 31, 2018

    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 10, 2018

    How to Implement a Successful Global Sourcing Strategy

    I have this image of a sourcing manager talking to a supplier with the conversation going something like this, “I don’t have extruded aluminum right now, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me have the aluminum...

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    June 12, 2018

    Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) When Strategic Sourcing: A Necessary Evil

    Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

    No?

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    May 01, 2018

    6 Tips for Sourcing Managers

    Sourcing. Procurement. Purchasing. Whatever you call it, the person doing it is probably one of the unsung heroes of manufacturing and new product development. 

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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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    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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