The Supply Chain Category

30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Steven Clowney Shares His Top Advice for Young Professionals

Now a global commodity manager at AGCO Corporation, Steven Clowney has worked at a plethora of big-name companies, from Coca-Cola and Kellogg to Best Buy and Target, and made a name for himself as well. At Best Buy, Clowney identified $1 million in parcel shipping costs avoidance, and his leadership of strategic sourcing activities at National DCP resulted in $4.5 million in annual cost savings.

APICS Publishes Report on Supply Chain Salaries, Benefits and Career Satisfaction

First off, here is the figure that everyone is curious about: The average salary for U.S.-based supply chain professionals last year was $85,210. This number, along with a wealth of new data on salaries, benefits and career satisfaction in the supply chain sector, comes from APICS’ first annual Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report. More than 2,600 professionals took part in the survey. About half held positions at the associate level, while 42% were managers and 11% were at the C-suite, VP or director level. More than three-quarters hold an undergraduate degree or higher, and more than half have been in the supply chain industry for at least a decade.

Healthcare Supply Chain Connections: Value-Based Purchasing and Point of Service Compliance

As complex operating structures, healthcare providers have long tended to segregate operations, thinking that by addressing them as disparate tasks they’ll be better able to manage them. One effect, unfortunately, is how this approach often confounds attempts at eliminating variance, regardless of type. To compound the matter, such divisions filter down, even into otherwise functionally integrated operating environments. Procurement and supply chain, despite their convergence, are not exempt. 

Commodities Roundup: Developing European Lithium, Cobalt Supply Chains Under the Microscope

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scoured the landscape for what mattered this week.

Commodities Roundup: Trade Trip in Beijing, Section 232 Exemptions and Nickel Prices

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scour the landscape for what mattered this week.

Susan Marty Joins ISM as Chief Product Officer, Tasked with Driving Member Engagement

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) recently shared with Spend Matters that Susan Marty has joined the organization as its first chief product officer, in charge of driving member engagement, market development and overall organizational growth. Marty has an extensive background in marketing and product management. "We are thrilled to have Susan join the ISM team,” says Debbie Fogel-Monnissen, chief financial officer at ISM. “She is a high-caliber talent with a wealth of experience to help us deliver superior products that are valued by our customers."

30 Under 30 Star Leah Williams on How Supply Chain Organizations Benefit from Diversity

Leah Williams, supply chain planning analyst at Northrop Grumman, has a knack for juggling multiple responsibilities and roles. Aside from her day job, the valedictorian of the 2015 undergraduate class at Delaware State University plays on three Northrop Grumman sports teams, holds leadership roles in six professional organizations and plays nine instruments. And this isn’t even getting into her extensive volunteer work. In today’s 30 Under 30 Q&A, Spend Matters chats with Williams about the importance of supplier relationship management, what supply chain organizations should know about diversity, and more.

Is Cultural Resistance Holding Supply Chain Organizations Back from Digital Transformation?

A substantial gap separates digitally innovative companies from those that still rely on traditional approaches to supply chain and logistics. Yet while most supply chain and logistics professionals believe that their organizations are average or below average in digital maturity, only about half are actually implementing new technologies. These insights come from a new Janeiro Digital report, “The Modernization Gap: Digital Innovation and Transformation in Supply Chain and Logistics.” The software firm surveyed 98 middle and senior-level managers in supply chain on their organizations’ progress and attitudes towards digital transformation. 

Hospitals Can No Longer Afford to Pay the Bill for Increased Manufacturer Profitability

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I recently read a Forbes piece penned by my friend Paul Martyn. Essentially, it took hospitals to the woodshed, pointing out how many of them remain victims of Stockholm syndrome. It’s an unfortunate analogy meant to describe the state of mind of far too many acute care supply chain practitioners. The implication here is that hospital purchasing staffers tend to identify with the goals and objectives of their “captors.” In this case, the captors are the major pharmaceutical and device manufacturers (OEMs).

Peanut Prices Surge Amid Concerns Over Supplies From Argentina

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jara Zicha, market analyst at Mintec.

The peanut market has seen an uptick in pricing lately, caused by the severe drought Argentina has been experiencing, which has also had an impact on other major crops, as reported in our previous post. Prices for Argentinian peanuts delivered to Rotterdam have increased from $1.26 per kg in February to $1.49 per kg in mid-April, up 18%, quickly approaching levels seen last year when prices were in a free-fall slide due to large global supplies.

Commodities Roundup: Steel Tops Out, A Wild Month for Aluminum

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scour the landscape for what mattered this week.

Manufacturers Are Moving Toward Digital Supply Networks, Despite Barriers

Manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits digital supply networks offer, but implementation of the technology still lags, according to a new study conducted by Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). In contrast to a traditional supply chain, a digital supply network is a “flexible, interconnected matrix that allows data and information to move non-linearly to maximize efficiency to meet changing consumer and market demands,” the study authors write.