Risk Management Content

Ask the Expert: Should You Be Worried About Ebola and Your Supply Chain? [Plus+]

Should you be worried about Ebola? What can you do about this issue, and similar illnesses that might disrupt your supply chain and/or put your employees and suppliers at risk? On this week's Ask the Expert webinar, on Thursday 8/14 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters VP of Research Thomas Kase will provide an overview of the issue and possible ways to improve your understanding of the level of exposure – as well as ways to better alert employees and third parties when needed. We’re also pleased to have a special guest joining Thomas: Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director of riskmethods. riskmethods is a German firm focused on global supply basic risk visibility and mitigation. Spend Matters Plus and PRO members, click on through to register for this special event!

Apple's Procurement Strategy

Recently, news surfaced that Apple is planning to award more business to a relatively unknown company called Pegatron. Though the jury is still out on the success of such a move, it nevertheless provides some pointers on the procurement’s alignment with overall organizational goals. GEP takes a look at the potential benefits of Apple's decision, from risk diversification to margins sustenance.

Planning a Long-Term Response to the Bangladesh Factory Fire [Plus+]

Firms need to move away, even if only slightly, from their unrelenting focus on driving down costs. Addressing these issues also requires buyers to have a better understanding of their supply chains and suppliers. The first step towards doing anything positive for the workers is to have customers know and understand who is doing what for them in their supply chains. Without that knowledge, nothing can be achieved. But in many cases, the web of contractors, sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors is complex and opaque. It’s no wonder many buyers give up and just hope for the best in terms of their supply chain risk strategies.

RollStream (GXS): Supplier Management Prospect, Customer and Competitive Recommendations and Analysis [Plus+]

Spend Matters recently gave an updated company and product analysis of RollStream, a supplier information management (SIM) provider that was recently acquired by the EDI, trading network and peripheral direct materials business applications vendor GXS. We have long been impressed with RollStream’s user interface, which has taken a social networking-driven approach to presenting both buyers and suppliers with information in the context of supplier onboarding, initiative management (e.g., CSR, diversity, risk) and broader lifecycle management (e.g., continuous updating and maintenance of pertinent information including but not limited to AP-centric data).