Category Archives: Supply Chain

In the Desert on a Horse with No Name – Reflections on the IQNsiders Conference, Talent Pools and the Shimmering Future of Contingent Workforce Management

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IQNavigator’s recent client conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where Jason Busch and I saddled up earlier in the month, provided a perfect environment for attendees' further thinking about the changes, challenges and opportunities that are now emerging in the services procurement category of contingent workforce management. I share my top observations of the event and the current contingent workforce market.

Basware Acquires Procserve – Exclusive Interview with Basware CEO Esa Tihilä

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Last week, Finnish technology firm Basware announced it will acquire Procserve, which is headquartered in London. According to the stock market release on the acquisition news, (Basware is quoted on the Finish stock exchange), “The acquisition price is approximately EUR 25.9 million. In 2014, the net sales of the acquired business amounted to approximately EUR 9.6 million.” Procserve has a strong position as a provider to the UK public sector, particularly with its marketplace technology, having grown from what was initially an early in-house venture into e-procurement by the UK government itself. Esa Tihilä, CEO of Basware, was in London recently to meet and present to the Procserve staff and explain the vision for the future. I was able to catch up with Tihilä as he headed back to Heathrow Airport.

You Say You Want a Revolution, Industrial Supply Chains?

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The future is now. The industrial supply chain is yearning for a revolutionary take on mass integration of big data, analytics, smart sensors, mobile, cloud computing and more. In the new, FREE research download, Supplier Catalogs for Maintenance: The Internet of [Getting] Things by Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, you will learn how: 1) Smart catalogs can enable MRO process participants to meet their objectives, 2) They can efficiently find what they need to accomplish the task at hand and 3) To maximize productivity, uptime, reliability, profits and return on assets. Download this research paper today!

Study: Extending “Best-By” Dates Could Prevent Millions Worth of Wasted Food

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Changing how companies set “best-by” and “use-by” dates on food products could prevent thousands of pounds of food from going to waste every year, according to a recent study from UK charity WRAP. The study, titled Reducing food waste by extending product life, said as much as 2.6 million tonnes of food goes to waste annually throughout the food supply chain because the product has “expired,” based on the “use-by” or related labels on food products. Yet WRAP estimates that with a one-day increase in product life, about 250,000 tonnes of food waste would be prevented. Additionally, if food retailers extended the use-by dates by just that one day, they could save about $150 million in waste prevention, WRAP found.

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

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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.

US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

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.

US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

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.

US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

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.

US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

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.

US Imports Decline Blamed on West Coast Port Slowdown

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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.

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

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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.

Tracing Contingent Labor Flow: Demand to Supply

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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.