Last week we featured a new interview series focused on the technology renaissance coming to direct materials procurement. In collaboration with our sister site MetalMiner, Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch questioned procurement technology leaders and experts on the reasons this renaissance has begun, as well as how procurement and supply chain professionals are using technology to navigate volatile global trade trends. This interview features Roger Blumberg, chief commercial officer at Pool4Tool, which works with leading manufacturers such as Miele, Swiss Steel and Tower Automotive.
The Supply Chain Category
Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Guy Courtin, vice president of industry and solution strategy at Infor Retail.
Tell me if you’ve heard this before: the world of retail has changed. The balance of power has shifted from retailers, and the brands they carry, to the consumer. Traditional retailers are being forced to shift their perspective on inventory, align with customer needs and better integrate e-commerce and mobile commerce — all while facing the pressures of an ever-changing retail landscape. But what about consumer product goods companies (CPG)? Are they immune from these changes? Absolutely not.
Let’s face it. No child ever says, "I want to be a purchasing manager when I grow up.” Honestly, the term procurement itself draws blank stares from kids — and even adults. The best I can do is tell people that I try to help companies “buy better.” They usually nod politely, and even murmur an “uh-huh” if I give some B2C consumer analogies of how people try to shop online for supplies, home services, mortgages, travel and so on. So, perhaps the solution isn’t to try to sell kids vocationally on procurement at all but rather introduce the area of the broader supply chain.
Where is Manufacturing Procurement Technology Headed? An Interview with Keith Baranowski, Global Vice President and GM, Direct Materials Sourcing, SAP Ariba
Our sister site MetalMiner recently started a series of interviews with a range of experts at technology vendors. This interview features Keith Baranowski, global vice president and GM, Direct Materials Sourcing, SAP Ariba, which works with leading manufacturers such as Ford, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.
Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from María Cecilia Siqueira, of GEP.
Formerly known as a tool for cost reduction, procurement is now changing the business game. The market’s fast pace and global competition has forced some critical transitions in companies’ structure, strategy and execution. As Klaus Schwab, chairman of World Economic Forum, puts it, “Nowadays, it is no longer the big fish that eats the small fish — it is the fast fish the eats the slow one.”
Salaries for supply management professionals grew strongly in 2016, an indication that the tightening labor market is pushing companies to compete for top procurement talent, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s 2017 salary survey. The average compensation in 2016 for survey respondents was $115,440, an increase of 5% compared with a year earlier ($109,961). Median compensation in 2016 increased 3.2% to $96,000, versus $93,000 in 2015.
This is Part 2 in a two-part interview with Cheryl Dalsin, director of APICS’ Supply Chain STEM Educational Outreach Program. In the first half of the interview, we spoke with Dalsin about how the program began with a simple activity on lemonade she did in 2011 with her daughter’s first grade class. The program then expanded, rather serendipitously, through word-of-mouth, while Dalsin was working at Intel. Now she's at APICS, which sponsors the program.
Ask children what they want to be when they grow up, and you’ll get answers ranging from astronaut to teacher to president — but, let’s be frank, it’s not that wide of a range. You probably haven’t heard a child say, “I want to be a supply chain manager when I grow up!” As APICS Director of Academic Outreach Cheryl Dalsin points out, part of the reason is that many adults haven’t heard of supply chain careers either, and it may be more a matter of name recognition than understanding what the profession does.
The final Q&A in this series is with Abhishek Dahiya, a supply chain program manager and chief of staff for global materials at Dell. Dahiya studied computer science as an undergraduate, before pursuing an MBA with a concentration in supply chain management. He started out at Dell as a procurement intern and has two pieces of advice for interns who want to impress. Read on for what those are, as well as for Dahiya’s thoughts on the disruptive potential of predictive analytics and what supply chain professionals can learn from the popular Netflix show “Game of Thrones.”
Adidas and Reebok scored the highest and Dior, L.L. Bean and Forever 21 scored among the lowest in this year’s Fashion Transparency Index. The report was released last Monday, the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse. Just in its second year, the Fashion Transparency Index ranks 100 of the biggest global fashion and apparel brands based on how much information they disclose about their suppliers, supply chain policies, and social and environmental consequences. The methodology was developed with input from a group of more than 20 industry experts and academics.
The blockchain may be the biggest new technology to “know of” in 2017. But how are companies using it now, and how do these current use cases apply to procurement? To learn more, I sat down with Joe Fox, senior vice president, business development and strategy, at SAP Ariba, to see how SAP Ariba is approaching blockchain, discuss emerging use cases and discuss what elements of this disruptive technology procurement should be most excited about.
Trade Extensions sells the most advanced sourcing optimization technology that Spend Matters has encountered on the market today (read our research, linked below, if you want to understand why). It’s capable of tackling extremely complex multitier sourcing challenges. This is one of the reasons Coupa is buying it. Yet today, most customers are just scratching the surface of what the tool can enable in the majority of their sourcing events (if not all).