In the 1980s, General Motors learned a difficult lesson about technology when it copied Japanese auto manufacturers in their use of robotics — but didn’t copy anything else. Thinking that large capital investments in technology were the key element to the success of Japanese automotive supply chains, GM spent billions purchasing hundreds of industrial robots. Management claimed the increased automation would significantly boost productivity. Instead, the robots broke down and started painting themselves, breaking windshields and even welding doors shut at a Cadillac plant. Yet beyond the production delays and the expensive repairs required to straighten out the wayward robots, GM missed an essential point. The Japanese automakers saw robots as just one element of a larger supply chain design. GM’s competitors were successful not because of a technological silver bullet but because they had designed an operating plan that translated customer-focused product design into a simplified, flexible, self-improving supply chain. The lesson? There are no quick fixes or cure-alls. You need a comprehensive approach. Download this paper to learn how!
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There is a Zen Buddhist riddle that says, “If you seek it, you can not find it.” If you seek happiness as an outcome in life for its own ends, rather than a byproduct of merely living life fully, you’ll likely not be happy. The same goes for cost savings. Procurement organizations that focus only on the same approaches for finding purchased cost savings will not be happy, nor will their stakeholders, who own the spending. Not only is it impossible for procurement to save its way to zero, but stakeholders also will view these efforts as narrow and self-serving, rather than helping them maximize the value of their spend to accomplish their objectives. Download this paper - sponsored by BravoSolution - to learn the true art of managing spend and cost reduction.
Pierre Mitchell walks readers through how to connect the often disconnected internal silos of supplier enablement, sourcing, and contract management.
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This Spend Matters research download provides a recommended approach to sourcing MSP, VMS and related technologies and services in a manner that will result in the most comprehensive set of options for procurement organizations, including purchasing a “bundled solution,” which may or may not be best, depending on requirements. We offer both foundational and more advanced sourcing approaches depending on procurement sophistication and relative services spend sophistication. In this first installment, we begin by exploring some of the challenges associated with relying solely on an MSP to make technology decisions for a client.
An organization with good contract lifecycle management, backed by a solid CLM solution, can gain a firm grasp of its supply chain, its key suppliers, the composition of the products it’s buying and the locales in which it’s operating. Don't have a CLM solution? You should. Download this paper to learn the basics of why, and first steps you can take.
A Case Study in Global Supply Chain Risk Management: How AGCO Implemented an SCRM Solution to Save Millions
This is a case study of how AGCO worked with riskmethods on their supply chain risk management solution. Supply chain risk management is still in its infancy. If we're honest, the solutions on the marketplace today are only scratching the surface of what is possible. Any company that has grown beyond a trivial size realistically has to be proactive about risk, not reactively fighting the fires when emergencies strike. AGCO's foray into the space was forward-looking and extremely successful. Read on to discover how SCRM can help your organization!
In this introductory analysis, we begin our exploration of how to wring every bit of value out of spend data. From basic Accounts Payable (A/P) spend analysis by supplier to more advanced topics, this is definitely the place to get started.
The target audience for this paper is not only internal (brand management, C-level, finance, legal, line of business owners, procurement) but also sales, where SCRM visibility provides an advantage with risk-averse prospects and clients. As for takeaways, we’ll explore SCRM’s potential ROI, including the main drivers to consider when building a business case. This doesn’t just include supply base assurance and brand management - but also immediate hard savings through process efficiency, avoidance and reduction of crisis costs, and insurance premium reductions. What’s not to like about that?
En Spend Matters buscamos empoderar a las áreas de compras con contenidos de valor, en esta ocasión realizamos un estudio sobre el uso que las empresas mexicanas le dan a las tecnologías de información para habilitar o fortalecer su función de compras, en especifico las relacionadas con: Compras electrónicas, análisis del gasto, contratación de servicios, catálogos electrónicos, contratos, proveedores, abasto estratégico, gastos de viaje y facturación electrónica; esperamos que este estudio sea de valor para ti y nos des tu retroalimentación.
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Spend Matters Vice President of Research Thomas Kase and Founder of Global Soap Project Derreck Kayongo join forces to discuss corporate social responsibility in this Ask the Expert session.
This 3-part Spend Matters PRO brief, authored by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, provides an outlook on how best to manage supply risk programs in 2015. The lessons he presents are based on his experience working with and learning from best practice procurement and supply chain organizations – and academics in the field.