Technology and Sustaining the Supply Chain

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Technology has come a long way in supporting everyday things, automating, simplifying and just making things easier to get done. That applies to the world of supply chain management as well, with ERP systems becoming friendlier and faster to use.   However, practically every breakthrough we have achieved still requires connection to the Internet or […]


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Mergers & Acquisitions: How CPOs Can Ensure They Remain on Their CEO’s Nice List Every Christmas

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We are now well on our way into the 2015 Holiday season, and Christmas carols are ringing in the air on most of our streets, TV ads and in our workplaces. Many of us have been attending our Christmas parties on the backdrop to 2015 becoming one the biggest years ever recorded in terms of […]


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Tech trends 2016, Part I: 6 catalysts for next-level change

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Procurement software is in the teeth of a massive transformation. Some changes are being driven by advances in technology, others are the result of experience —and frustration— with earlier generations of procurement software products. Bottom line is that procurement professionals have upped their expectations.   Technology-Driven   Cloud   It’s not too much of an […]


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Mergers and Acquisitions Among Suppliers: How Sourcing Teams Can Benefit

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I was recently conversing with a few professionals in the financial services industry about market arbitrage strategies around mergers and acquisitions. There are folk who have a special knack for researching extensively to identify such opportunities. Most of them act after the merger is announced, buying a very large volume of stocks of the parties […]


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Technology Implementation: Lessons From the Highway

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Being a consultant, I travel quite frequently and, weather permitting, prefer to drive to my client’s location over taking a flight. I’ve clocked well over 15,000 miles in the last 12 months. But as much as I like driving, it does get boring, and I make up for it by observing driver behavior and drawing […]


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Transformation Horizon: Creating Gravity-Defying Change in Procurement

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Good news is we’ve arrived. At many global enterprises, procurement executives are now key players in the businesses’ strategic, operational and financial plans. With expectations high in boardrooms, how do you move the needle year after year? Two words, huge concept — procurement transformation.   Now Procurement Leaders magazine and GEP have come together to bring to […]


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Lessons Learned From the Airline Industry: How Procurement Can Benefit Mature Industries

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Like other mature industries, airlines have high fixed costs, capital and labor as the major cost buckets. While the legacy airlines are consolidating at least in part to gain synergies, the low-cost airlines have gained momentum with ambitious savings strategies while remaining flexible to the demands of their increasing customer base.   Because capital is […]


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Collaborations Within Competition

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True to the popular adage “unity is strength,” more and more companies are coming together to compete effectively in the global marketplace. This article explores some of the areas within the automobile industry where this unity has led to cost-effectiveness and looks to identify the recipe for success of such programs.   An Unusual Alliance […]


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The MRO Inventory Dilemma: A Two-Pronged Approach to Optimize Stock and Drive Savings

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Analysts estimate that up to 60 percent of all MRO inventory in an enterprise is excess, obsolete or rarely used. That adds up to unnecessary waste, higher production costs and a lower bottom line. But it doesn’t have to be that way.   In a new white paper The MRO Inventory Dilemma: A Two-Pronged Approach to […]


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Low Oil Prices Continue to Give Markets the ‘Shivers’: The Winners & Losers

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As many countries prepare for Halloween celebrations globally, the implications of continuing low oil prices have certainly had many “spooked.” Earlier this week, crude oil (the global benchmark) was priced at $46.96 a barrel, which is nearly 50% lower than this time last year. In 2015, the supply-demand imbalance was due to lower-than-expected world economic […]


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