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  • Inventory Management Supply Chain Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    By Cecil Bozarth PhD North Carolina State University Posted 02 02 2011 SUMMARY Inventory serves a useful purpose in the supply chain That said firms can help minimize the need for inventory by carefully managing those factors that drive inventory levels up Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management REFERENCES Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 30 2011 REFERENCES Most introductory textbooks in Operations and Supply Chain Management offer a good discussion of inventory systems Inventory functions and drivers independent demand models and safety stock calculations are routinely Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management REORDER POINT FORMULA Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth Ph D Posted 01 30 2011 REORDER POINT FORMULA The reorder point formula allows us to determine the safety stock SS needed to achieve a certain cycle service level In general the longer the lead times Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management SAFETY STOCK ANALYSIS Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 28 2011 SAFETY STOCK ANALYSIS EOQ tells us HOW MUCH to order but WHEN should we order Safety Stock What Happens when either Demand or Lead Time Varies What is the Chance of Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management PERPETUAL SYSTEM Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 28 2011 PERPETUAL SYSTEM The two classic systems for managing independent demand inventory are periodic review and perpetual review systems This section focuses on the Perpetual System What is a Perpetual System Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management ECONOMIC ORDER QUANTITY EOQ MODEL Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth Ph D Posted 01 28 2011 ECONOMIC ORDER QUANTITY EOQ MODEL The economic order quantity EOQ is the order quantity that minimizes total holding and ordering costs for the year Even if all the assumptions don t Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management FUNCTIONS AND DRIVERS OF INVENTORY Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 28 2011 FUNCTIONS AND DRIVERS OF INVENTORY Inventory serves a useful purpose in the supply chain That said firms can help minimize the need for inventory by carefully managing those factors that Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management PERIODIC REVIEW SYSTEM Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 28 2011 PERIODIC REVIEW SYSTEM The two classic systems for managing independent demand inventory are periodic review and perpetual review systems This section focuses on the Periodic Review System What is a Categories SCM Topics Inventory Management Supply Chain SCM Tutorials Inventory Management INDEPENDENT VS DEPENDENT DEMAND INVENTORY SYSTEMS An EXAMPLE Inventory Management Models A Tutorial By Cecil Bozarth PhD Posted 01 28 2011 h2 INDEPENDENT VS DEPENDENT DEMAND INVENTORY SYSTEMS An EXAMPLE Inventory items can be divided into two main types Independent demand and dependent

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  • Global Logistics Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    SCM Features Lessons Learned SCM Insights Videos SCM Resources SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows SCM Topics Global Logistics Trends Strategies Survey By Robert Handfield Ph D Posted 11 06 2012 We are writing to request your participation in a research project being undertaken by Professor Rob Handfield Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM Research References Developing Collaborative Supplier Partnerships By Brian Fillard MBA 03 Scott Frahm MBA 03 Amy Mercer MBA 03 Kendyle Scott MBA 03 Posted 01 24 2011 References 1 Burnes B New S 1997 Collaboration in customer supplier relationships Strategy operations and function of rhetoric International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management Fall 1997 V33 2 Monczka R Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM Topics Supplier Partnerships Conclusions An Assessment of Manufacturing Customer Pain Points Challenges for Researchers By Robert Handfield PhD Wolfgang Steininger MIM Supply Chain Redesign LLC Posted 07 01 2006 Conclusions What should manufacturers be doing to improve the level of relational social capital in their supply networks through trust and collaboration We decided to start off this special issue Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM Research SCM Pain Points Growing Emphasis on Product Lifecycle Management By Scott Hudson SCRC Posted 08 18 2004 To improve the communication between suppliers customers vendors and distributors companies are beginning to invest in product lifecycle management PLM software Product lifecycle management is an integrated information driven approach to Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM Features Facts Figures Aligning Demand and Supply Management By Rob Handfield Director Posted 06 02 2004 Supply chain managers are increasingly being relied on to deliver greater returns to shareholders and are also being held responsible for supply chain glitches that negatively impact a company s Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM

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  • Lessons Learned Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    Posted 10 20 2005 PART 1 Introducing New Research on Relational Rents PART 2 Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management Practices PART 3 The Nature of Strategic Purchasing PART 4 Supplier Relationship Performance Outcomes PART Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Strategic Purchasing Introducing New Research on Relational Rents Part 1 By Rob Handfield Posted 10 11 2005 PART 1 Introducing New Research on Relational Rents PART 2 Strategic Purchasing and Supply Management Practices PART 3 The Nature of Strategic Purchasing PART 4 Supplier Relationship Performance Outcomes PART Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Digital Business Transformation DBT The Journey Must Begin Now Part 2 By Mike Johnston Posted 09 29 2005 True supply chain excellence will only come from making a digital business transformation DBT It s a transformation that exploits all that technology has to offer facilitates supply chain collaboration and leads to new levels of operational excellence More than a one time project the transformation is a journey and the time to start that journey is now Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Digital Business Transformation DBT the Journey Must Begin Now Part 1 By Mike Johnston Posted 09 22 2005 True supply chain excellence will only come from making a digital business transformation DBT It s a transformation that exploits all that technology has to offer facilitates supply chain collaboration and leads to new levels of operational excellence More than a one time project the transformation is a journey and the time to start that journey is now Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Lean Resource Centers By Scott Hudson Posted 08 16 2005 An important step in fostering lean learning in a company is to support continuous lean training Employees must stay up to date with the latest aspects of lean In order Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Mastering Complexity and Seeking Simplicity in Your Information Supply Chain Part 2 By Mike Johnston Posted 07 14 2005 Like the old adage about not seeing the forest for the trees companies must understand what is and what need not be complex in their data management processes Modern Enterprise Resource Planning ERP Systems offer the opportunity to centralize data provide information to the entire Integrated Supply Chain and manage interactions with Supply Chain Partners The challenge faced by many companies is to simply provide the needed information without unnecessary data to distract the user Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Mastering Complexity and Seeking Simplicity in Your Information Supply Chain Part 1 By Mike Johnston Posted 06 30 2005 Consolidation of a company s data in a single place is the most helpful action that a firm can take to extract maximum benefit from the data available By creating a Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Negotiations Contracts and the Chinese Culture By Scott Hudson Posted 06 15 2005 As manufacturing operations are relocated to China it is becoming imperative that executives understand how to negotiate and develop contracts in China Business travelers must realize and accept cultural differences Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Cultural Affects on the Global Supply Chain By Scott Hudson Posted 04 26 2005 As manufacturing operations are relocated around the world the efficient movement of goods is becoming more and more important Logistics providers are responsible for the movement of goods and face Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Sarbanes Oxley How It Is Actually Affecting Businesses By Mike Johnston Posted 03 23 2005 With some time to evaluate the real cost of the Sarbanes Oxley Act businesses are realizing the direct and indirect cost of this legislation to their businesses They must comply with Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Supply Chain Disruptions Minimize the Effects By Michael Johnston Posted 01 19 2005 The Christmas Tsunami in the Indian Ocean gave the world another glimpse of supply chain disruption Natural disasters wars and political upheavals occur regularly around the globe playing havoc with Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Benefits and Risks of Single Sourcing By Shana Martin Posted 11 11 2004 For many companies sourcing decisions can be some of the most strategic in the organization Single sourcing has become increasingly practiced today The decision to sole source an item particularly Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Supply Chain Disruptions By Scott Hudson Posted 09 28 2004 Weather causes many disruptions and disasters around the world Hurricanes floods heat waves and earthquakes cause large scale disasters where people need assistance An efficient planned supply chain is critical Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Success in Diversity Supplier Programs By Shana Martin Posted 07 29 2004 Many organizations are striving either to establish or to improve diversity supplier initiatives These plans aim to increase corporate purchasing from companies that are at least 51 owned operated and Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned The Benefits of Going Vertical By Shana Martin Posted 06 02 2004 Managers in many industries are discovering the advantages of going vertical in warehouse and production floor storage Vertical Lift Modules VLMs can be used on production floors to store locate Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned The Role of Purchasing in the New Product Development Process Part II By Erik Kruse Posted 04 22 2004 As was discussed in Part I it is important for organizations to integrate suppliers into the new product development NPD process 1 Because purchasing specialists are a key liaison between Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned The Role of Purchasing in the New Product Development Process Part I By Erik Kruse Posted 04 14 2004 Market globalization and the rapid advancement of technologies require that companies differentiate themselves with innovative products and services to create competitive advantage Increasingly manufacturers face shortened product life cycles and Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned South Korea Growing and Learning By Erik Kruse Posted 03 09 2004 With no lack of issues to deal with regarding the South Korean external business environment planners at Daewoo and Hyundai have plenty to think about For these companies though operating Categories SCM Features Lessons Learned Philips Electronics Balanced Scorecard By Scott Hudson Posted 01 21

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  • SCM Resources Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    ECR but goes further by formalizing the planning sales and order forecasting and exception handling activities The CPFR process model consists Categories SCM Resources SCM Tutorials CPFR List of Trade Unions Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 List of Trade Unions 1 Benelux Economic Union Benelux Note acronym from Belgium Netherlands and Luxembourg Established 3 February 1958 effective 1 November 1960 Aim to develop closer Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer List of International Trade Agreements Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 List of International Trade Agreements 1 African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States ACP Group Established 6 June 1975 Aim to manage their preferential economic and aid relationship with the Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer Additional Readings on Taxation Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 Additional Readings on Taxation Standard sources on government finance More advanced works Useful works on the historical development of fiscal thought Academic thinking about tax policy Overviews of tax systems Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer Trade Prohibitions Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 Trade Prohibitions 1 Prohibited trading partners The Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer Trade Agreements Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 Trade Agreements 1 MFN Most Favored Nation FTA Free Trade Agreement Other Applications of FTA MFN The most favored nation MFN clause binds a country to apply to its partner Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer Harmonized Tariff Schedules Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 Harmonized Tariff Schedules International trade has been facilitated by the use of harmonized tariff schedules Trading countries have agreed on the classification of goods by use and standardization of the Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax Primer Tariffs Tariff and Tax in International Trade By Winston Cockburn MBA 05 Michael Johnston MBA 05 Steven Edwards Co Director SCRC North Carolina State University Posted 01 15 2011 Tariffs Tariffs Transit Duties Export Duties Import Duties Tariffs 1 A tariff or customs duty is a tax levied upon goods as they cross national boundaries usually by the government Categories SCM Resources Tariff and Tax

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  • SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions & Terms Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    documentation of the requirements the statement of work The S O W identifies what the contractor is Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Specifications By Posted 01 19 2011 Specifications are the most detailed method of describing requirements Various types of design specifications are the detailed descriptions of the materials parts and components to be used in making a Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Sourcing Strategy By Posted 01 19 2011 A successful sourcing strategy requires a thorough understanding of a company s business strategy the resources required to deliver that strategy the market forces and the unique risks within the company Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Six Sigma By Posted 01 19 2011 See Quality Programs Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Service Level Agreement By Posted 01 19 2011 Service level agreements SLAs are contracts between service providers and customers that define the services provided the metrics associated with these services acceptable and unacceptable service levels liabilities on the part Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Scheduling By Posted 01 19 2011 Scheduling involves taking decisions regarding the allocation of available capacity or resources equipment labor and space to jobs activities tasks or customers over time Scheduling thus results in a time phased Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Reverse Logistics By Posted 01 19 2011 A supply chain that is dedicated to the reverse flow of products and materials for returns repair remanufacture and or recycling Source http www apics org 10th ed Categories Logistics Logistics Definition SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Relationship Management By Posted 01 19 2011 See Agreements Collaboration Contract Joint Venture Strategic Alliance Supplier Customer Partnership Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Quality Programs By Posted 01 19 2011 Some of quality programs that are currently used include Total Quality Management TQM TQM is a management approach to long term success through customer satisfaction TQM is based on the participation Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Quality By Posted 01 19 2011 Conformance to requirements or fitness for use Quality can be defined through five principal approaches 1 Transcendent quality is an ideal a condition of excellence 2 Product based quality is based Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Promotions By Posted 01 19 2011 One of the four P s product price place and promotion that constitute the set of tools used to direct the business offering to the customer Promotion is the mechanism whereby Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Purchase Requirements By Posted 01 19 2011 See Specifications Industry Standards Statement of Work Service Level Agreement Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Project Management By Posted 01 19 2011 Project management is the application of knowledge skills tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of the particular project A project is Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Program Management By Posted 01 19 2011 The coordinated management of a portfolio of projects to achieve a set of business objectives is called program management Or a program might refer to an ongoing set of activities internal to the organization for example a Total Quality Management program workplace safety program supplier development program etc Source http www mapnp org library prog mng prog mng htm Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Preventative Maintenance By Posted 01 19 2011 The activities including adjustments replacements and basic cleanliness that forestall machine breakdowns The purpose is to ensure that production quality is maintained and that delivery schedules are met In addition a machine that is well cared for will last longer and cause fewer problems Source http www apics org 10th ed Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Performance Measurement By Posted 01 19 2011 Supplier performance measurement and evaluation includes the methods and techniques used to collect information that can be used to measure rate or rank supplier performance on a continuous basis The Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Outbound Logistics By Posted 01 19 2011 The process related to the storage and movement of the final product and related information flows from the end of the production line to the end user Sources Christopher M 1998 Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies for reducing cost and improving service 2nd Ed New York Prentice Hall http www esri com industries logistics glossary html f l Categories Logistics Logistics Definition SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows Order management By Posted 01 19 2011 Order management involves the seamless integration of orders from multiple channels with inventory databases data collection order processing including credit card verification fulfillment systems and returns across the entire fulfillment Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Operating Policies and Procedures By Posted 01 19 2011 Definitive statements of what should be done in the business and a formal organization and indexing of a firm s procedures They are usually outlined in manuals which are printed and distributed to the appropriate functional areas Source APICS 8th ed Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Negotiation By Posted 01 19 2011 Negotiation is a process of formal communication where two or more people come together to seek mutual agreement over an issue or issues Negotiation is particularly appropriate when issues besides Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships New Product Development By Posted 01 19 2011 See Lead Times Cycle Times Supplier Integration in New Product Development Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Relationships Market Analysis By Posted 01 19 2011 See Business to Business Channel Management Customer Relationship Management CRM Customer Value Promotions Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Maintenance By Posted 01 19 2011 See Preventative Maintenance Total Product Maintenance TPM Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Physical Flows

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  • Information Flows Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    data to information portraying it in a manner useful for decision making and interfacing the information with decision assisting methods are considered to be at the heart of an information Categories Logistics Logistics Definition SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Lead Times Cycle Times By Posted 01 19 2011 1 A span of time required to perform a process or series of operations 2 In a logistics context the time between recognition of the need for an order and Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Language By Posted 01 19 2011 Differences in culture language dialects or terminology may result in miscommunication and cause problems While both parties may think that they understand what the other party has said a true Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Information Technology By Posted 01 19 2011 The technology of computers telecommunications and other devices that integrate data equipment personnel and problem solving methods in planning and controlling business activities Information technology provides the means for collecting storing Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Information Sharing By Posted 01 19 2011 A strategic partnering relationship between suppliers and buyers is characterized by a willingness to be open and to share forecasted demand and cost data as well as the benefits resulting Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Forecast Sharing By Posted 01 19 2011 A supply partnership between a buyer and supplier is based on mutual interdependency and respect and calls for information sharing between the involved parties By sharing its demand forecast with Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Forecasting Methods By Posted 01 19 2011 Qualitative forecasting techniques An approach to forecasting that is based on intuitive or judgmental evaluation It is used generally when data are scarce not available or no longer relevant Common Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Forecast Error By Posted 01 19 2011 The difference between actual demand and forecast demand stated as an absolute value or as a percentage E g average forecast error forecast accuracy mean absolute deviation tracking signal There are Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Forecasting By Posted 01 19 2011 The business function that attempts to predict sales and use of products so they can be purchased or manufactured in appropriate quantities in advance Source http www apics org 10th ed Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Demand Management By Posted 01 19 2011 The function of recognizing all demands for goods and services to support the market place It involves prioritizing demand when supply is lacking Proper demand management facilitates the planning and use of resources for profitable business results Source http www apics org 10th ed Categories SCM Supply Chain Management Definitions Terms Information Flows Currency Conversions By Posted 01 19 2011 Issues with currency conversion add complexity to the global sourcing process The absence of fixed exchange rates can be a

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  • The Evolution of Supply Management, Q&A with Dave Nelson - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    to be more and more exciting in the next five ten and fifteen years and grow as the importance of the functions particularly in the world of manufacturing When it gets right down to it typically manufacturing costs for products we manufacture ten I mean twenty percent twenty five percent is in house costs Seventy five percent to eighty percent is purchase costs And so managing the purchase cost is coming to be realized is much more important than a lot of other elements of the company relative to having success and making the company successful Working with Companies on Real Projects Rob Handfield Co Director of SCRC Thank you very much Well as you know Dave you were really one of the founding companies of the supply chain resource cooperative here at North Carolina State When I started here in 1999 I came to Dave and I asked you hey would you what do you think about the idea of building a center where young people could work with faculty and with companies on real projects that will A help the company B help the students learn and help the faculty become more cognizant of the issues that are going on in supply management You know as a founder obviously you believed in the role of universities in this evolution I wonder if you might comment on that Dave Nelson Yes I still believe so much in the evolution and for the value that both bring to education as well as to the companies When we have students who focus in on real meaningful project work with companies and by having these projects often find innovative ways in which companies can do their jobs better at less cost and at the same time be getting an education in this world of supply management I just don t think it gets any better than that What s Important When Considering a Career in Supply Management Rob Handfield Co Director of SCRC That s great What do you see as being you know a key message that you want to send out to young people that are considering a career in supply management You know I know we have an environment now where there s a lot of outsourcing We re moving into countries around the world China and Brazil and India where there s been a lot of outsource What do you see as the message you d like to send young people that you think is important as they consider a career in supply management and consider NC State as a place to get that education Dave Nelson As we said before in the course of the next five ten fifteen years supply management s going to continue to have a greater importance in the various companies particularly in the world of manufacturing but in companies in general And the jobs will be at a continuously higher level and a higher pay significantly higher pay And if we look

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  • Hot Topics Articles - SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University
    A successful exploration and development drilling program requires strong performance from a multi disciplinary team as well as active participation and support from many suppliers and contractors The Suncor Foothills Drilling Asset Categories SCM Features Hot Topics The Evolving World of E Sourcing By Rob Handfield Posted 10 04 2004 A recent white paper by the Gartner Group provides an assessment of e procurement and strategic sourcing software providers The authors of this article note that Strategic sourcing applications have traditionally Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Ethics and Supply Management in a Global Environment By Rob Handfield Posted 09 22 2004 Many executives I speak with today discuss the challenges associated with global sourcing particularly in areas where customs and ethical issues differ One story related to me recently by an Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Supply Market Intelligence The Key to Strategic Sourcing By Rob Handfield Posted 08 25 2004 In the Tom Cruise film Minority Report the Department of Crime Prevention collected data in various fashions about crimes and murders that were going to happen They pieced this together Categories SCM Features Hot Topics The Role of Organizational Design By Rob Handfield Posted 08 04 2004 More organizations are seeking new approaches to compete through a competitive supply chain strategy Many of these strategies involve the following elements Development of a centrally led supply chain organization Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Conflict of Interest A Hot Topic By Rob Handfield Posted 07 21 2004 With the increased focus on ethical behavior more and more companies are examining their conflict of interest policies especially as they relate to procurement When an individual is hired by Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Managing Complexity in the Supply Chain Motorola s War on Supply Chain Complexity Part 2 By Rob Handfield Posted 07 07 2004 In the last column I shared an example of how Motorola is reducing complexity in their supply chain This initiative was started by Theresa Metty senior VP of procurement at Categories SCM Features Hot Topics The Key Ingredient For Success Competent People By Rob Handfield Director Posted 07 02 2004 One of the most important drivers for success in deploying supply chain initiatives today is people A high priority for supply chain executives is to understand what the key skills Categories SCM Features Hot Topics APICS Column Managing Complexity in the Supply Chain Part I By Rob Handfield Posted 06 23 2004 I recently sat on a panel of supply chain executives in Las Vegas at the Better Management Live Meeting sponsored by SAS The theme of this panel was to have Categories SCM Features Hot Topics The Key Ingredient For Success Competent People By Rob Handfield Posted 06 09 2004 One of the most important drivers for success in deploying supply chain initiatives today is people A high priority for supply chain executives is to understand what the key skills Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Aligning Demand and Supply Management By Rob Handfield Director Posted 06 02 2004 Supply chain managers are increasingly being relied on to deliver greater returns to shareholders and are also being held responsible for supply chain glitches that negatively impact a company s Categories Logistics Global Logistics SCM Features Hot Topics APICS Column Leading Change in Supply Chain Management By Rob Handfield Posted 05 26 2004 Any company that has undertaken the mission of implementing an integrated supply chain management strategy knows that one of the greatest challenges it faces is the significant change in internal Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Want to Improve Your Supply Chain Performance Start with Your Suppliers By Rob Handfield Director Posted 05 02 2004 Companies now know that suppliers of critical goods and services can provide major competitive benefits in the form of lower costs improved quality on time delivery technological innovation and customer service Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Lean Implementation Is Tough By Rob Handfield Posted 04 27 2004 Lean Business Solutions publishes free e newsletter discussing applications of lean thinking in the workplace Recently a reader by the name of Marty Laurent who has a lot of experience in Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Do Organizations Consider Strategic Cost Management When They Outsource To China By Rob Handfield Posted 04 08 2004 In today s economy the driving force behind global competition can be summarized in a single equation Value Quality Technology Service Cycle Time Price At the Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Leading Change in Supply Chain Management By Rob Handfield Director Posted 04 01 2004 Any company that has undertaken the mission of implementing an integrated supply chain management strategy knows that one of the greatest challenges it faces is the significant change in internal Categories SCM Features Hot Topics APICS Column Managing Maverick Spend at Deere and Delphi An Interview with Jon Stegner By Rob Handfield Posted 03 17 2004 Many managers today are struggling on how to turn their procurement organization around and reduce their maverick spend spending outside the procurement process different approaches are being adopted Jon Stegner Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Lean Implementation Is Tough By Rob Handfield Director Posted 03 01 2004 Lean Business Solutions publishes free e newsletter discussing applications of lean thinking in the workplace Recently a reader by the name of Marty Laurent who has a lot of experience in Categories SCM Features Hot Topics APICS Column The RFID Power Play By Rob Handfield Posted 02 25 2004 In June 2003 Wal Mart gave the edict that its top 100 suppliers would need to tag pallets and cases with RFID chips by January 2005 The deadline is now 2006 Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Driving Change in the Pharmaceutical Industry Getting Started Part 2 By Rob Handfield Posted 02 11 2004 A number of other interesting elements came up in recent discussions I have had with pharmaceutical executives The challenges discussed in the earlier version of this article must be met Categories SCM Features Hot Topics Managing Maverick Spend at Deere

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