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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 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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    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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    March 12, 2015

    6 Critical Functions of a World Class Strategic Sourcing Team

    Let’s be honest.  With a show of hands, when we say “Strategic Sourcing” how many of you think, “It’s really just about buying at the cheapest price?”

    While Engineers, Program and Brand Managers get much of the credit for successful New Product Development and Commercialization of new product launches, the unsung hero is often the team who...

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