Category Archives: Supply Chain

Where Does the Services Supply Chain Lag the Physical Supply Chain?

Marathon-running-race-people-competing-in-fitness--012514FFBA924F40 It is not overly surprising that the services supply chain lags the physical supply chain (i.e., direct materials) in rigorous management processes. But the delta between relative maturity and sophistication of indirect materials (e.g., MRO, IT) procurement management compared with services spending is perhaps even more suggestive of the comparative immaturity of how organizations are managing the lifecycle of services suppliers and services engagements overall compared with other spend types. Check out some of the details Spend Matters research reveals.

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US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

- March 19, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Industry News, Sourcing, Supply Chain

Unloading of a container ship While the worst of the West Coast port disruptions may be over, the damage has already been done this year. Total US container imports sank more than 5% during January and February, compared to the same 2 months in 2014. The drop is attributed almost entirely to the months-long contract disputes and worker slowdowns at the West Coast ports. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each saw container imports fall 19% and 20%, respectively, according to a new report from trade research firm Zepol.

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US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

- March 19, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Industry News, Sourcing, Supply Chain

While the worst of the West Coast port disruptions may be over, the damage has already been done this year. Total US container imports sank more than 5% during January and February, compared to the same 2 months in 2014. The drop is attributed almost entirely to the months-long contract disputes and worker slowdowns at the West Coast ports. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each saw container imports fall 19% and 20%, respectively, according to a new report from trade research firm Zepol.

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US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

- March 19, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Industry News, Sourcing, Supply Chain

While the worst of the West Coast port disruptions may be over, the damage has already been done this year. Total US container imports sank more than 5% during January and February, compared to the same 2 months in 2014. The drop is attributed almost entirely to the months-long contract disputes and worker slowdowns at the West Coast ports. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each saw container imports fall 19% and 20%, respectively, according to a new report from trade research firm Zepol.

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US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

- March 19, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Industry News, Sourcing, Supply Chain

While the worst of the West Coast port disruptions may be over, the damage has already been done this year. Total US container imports sank more than 5% during January and February, compared to the same 2 months in 2014. The drop is attributed almost entirely to the months-long contract disputes and worker slowdowns at the West Coast ports. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each saw container imports fall 19% and 20%, respectively, according to a new report from trade research firm Zepol.

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US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

- March 19, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Industry News, Sourcing, Supply Chain

While the worst of the West Coast port disruptions may be over, the damage has already been done this year. Total US container imports sank more than 5% during January and February, compared to the same 2 months in 2014. The drop is attributed almost entirely to the months-long contract disputes and worker slowdowns at the West Coast ports. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each saw container imports fall 19% and 20%, respectively, according to a new report from trade research firm Zepol.

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Supply Risk Management in Mexico: Tips and Analysis For Multinational Procurement Organizations

XBWD547R7K Supply risk management continues to be an important topic of not just debate but practice, too, within global procurement organizations. And on a more frequent basis, supply risk management efforts are extending “south of the border” for North American companies, as manufacturers continue to emphasize a more prominent role for Mexico and Mexican suppliers in their global supply chains. In this Spend Matters PRO analysis, we explore how Mexican companies are managing supply chain risk. We also share survey results from a recent study in the region and provide tips and lessons learned for multinational procurement organizations that are increasingly sourcing and manufacturing in the region as well as general supply chain risk management best practices.

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Tracing Contingent Labor Flow: Demand to Supply

highway-lights-night-1290 Creating a simple graphic to show labor supply types and how they flow through internal and external channels into a business is an exercise in futility – there’s nothing simple about it, regardless of how much one attempts to simplify the various labor, talent and process flow. But we had to at least try! We created a graphic that is as distilled a version as possible to cut through the complexity of supply and demand for various services (and services workers) “consumed” by the business.

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Learn Supply Risk Management from the Cream of the Crop

clouds-corn-field-2678 Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, continues his ongoing series on managing supply risk with Supply Risk Management 2015: Best Practices. Part 2 is now live and available for FREE download, but only for a limited time. If you’d like unfettered access to all premium Spend Matters research (in addition to a slew of other perks) then sign up to become a site member today. Learn more about plans and pricing here.

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The Art of Supply: Uncommon Commodities

- March 14, 2015 7:40 AM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post, Supply Chain

Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Art van Bodegraven. In the ever-growing department of “what's old is new again,” risk management and mitigation have been rediscovered. For the past couple of years, the topic has popped up increasingly in conferences, forums, workshops and webcasts in the supply chain management arena. The subject is worthy, judging by the appearance of Captain Obvious impersonators at all these events. But, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Dr. Yossi Sheffi covered the basics in his 2005 work, The Resilient Enterprise. And, enlightened organizations were actively and creatively working the issues decades ago.

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The Wonders of Amazon and The Extended Supply Chain

- March 11, 2015 3:09 PM | Categories: Analysis, Supply Chain

Empty-road-leading-to-snow-covered-mountains-Iceland-101313188A733BDD Why would a buying organization use a firm like Amazon as a supplier network given its fees based on the percentage of the goods? This is one of the questions Pierre Mitchell poses in his PRO research brief "Amazon vs. SAP/Ariba and the Coming Battleground" published earlier today. Make sure to check out the in-depth article before you head home today!

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Adapting Supply Chain and Direct Procurement Lessons to Services Procurement

2F5409A5EA Spend Matters research suggests that the opportunity for Global 2000 companies to translate and adapt processes, lessons learned, skills and expertise from the direct and indirect materials supply chain into services is highly material. The data and observations should also serve as a wake-up call to the services procurement provider ecosystem (managed services providers, vendor management system technologies, industry analysts and consultants) that an immense opportunity remains to drive even basic efficiencies, control and continuous improvement within services supply chains.

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