Always plan to maximize efficiency

Many supply chain professional analyses their processes to discover ways to get the most out of their process delivery systems during peak demand periods. In effect, such analyses enable the service company to increase its peak capacity for a little additional cost. For example, during rush periods team members perform only the tasks that are essential to …

Supply chain strategy for small businesses

Focus on sales forecasts. Now think about the definition of sales and operations planning (S&OP): “A process to develop tactical plans that provide management the ability to strategically direct its businesses to achieve competitive advantage on a continuous basis by integrating customer-focused marketing plans for new and existing products with the management of the supply …

Successful Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Share Career Advice

Procurement and supply chain remains a male-dominated profession. So I asked women holding mid-level to senior roles in this field for a few pieces of career advice for their fellow female procurement professionals. Here’s what they had to say. Speak Up “Make yourself heard! Don’t be afraid to speak up!” — Wendy L. Tate, associate …

The power of successful supplier collaboration

Building on mature strategic sourcing practices can transform organizations beyond corporate borders and capture value Most people learn the value of co-operation in the home, the schoolyard or on the sports field. Most companies recognize the need to promote cooperative and collaborative working in their organizations too, and many have made strenuous efforts to break …