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3 Green Supply Chain Management Challenges & Their Solutions

The future is bright for those organisations who adopt green supply chain management. By 2025, the global consuming class is expected to have swelled by 75 per cent since 2010. In addition, incomes are growing and people are spending a larger portion of their budget on consumer goods. If companies…
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Commercially-Savvy Reasons Behind Supply Chain Diversity

What’s the ROI of your supply chain diversity programs? If you’re struggling to come up with a number for this, you’re not alone. A poll taken as part of Supplier Diversity Discussions asked companies what the primary reason was for having a supplier diversity program. The most common reason by…
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How to Implement Proper Vendor Risk Management

For the vast majority of organisations, key strategic imperatives involve the use of third party suppliers. To achieve processing efficiency and cost savings, among other objectives, there’s simply no other way. But, as much as sourcing and offshoring initiatives are beneficial, they’re not without their risks. And as supply chains…
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5 Steps for a Robust Contingency Plan

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The modern supply chain is a beast, operating on a ‘just-in-time’ basis at a large scale. This fast and loose style works well when things are going smoothly and predictably, but when disaster strikes – like a pandemic – the vulnerabilities can no longer be ignored. The best way to…
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6 Tips for Supplier Risk and Performance Management

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The common thought is that COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in our supply chains. The reality, however, is that most organisations have been dealing with significant unforeseen vulnerabilities and disruptions for at least the past decade. The word to focus on in that sentence is ‘unforeseen’. Admittedly, there are some disruptions…
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5 Best Practices in Supply Chain Resilience

A chain held together by rope, indicating supply chain resilience.

The world is a riskier place. Before COVID hit, companies expected to see disruptions to their supply chains lasting one to two months every three-and-a-half to four years, interspersed with several shorter-lived hiccoughs. This grim outlook reflects two realities. One, the climate is warming and serving up more frequent, more…
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The Spend Profile: It’s Time You Got to Know Your Own Company

No, procurement officers, it’s not your imagination. People are staring. All eyes are on you. Hellish 2020 may be over, but now it’s February 2021 and companies are desperately trying to identify areas of cost-saving opportunity while shoring up a teetering supply chain. It’s time to step into the breach.

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The Fragility of Our Supply Chains Has Been Exposed. Now What?

For Barrett’s 12 Sales Trends Report last year, my article – We change, or we burn – argued that the Bronze Age collapse was a warning we should heed. Due to the complex logistical nature of the procurement process behind the production of bronze, the world of the Bronze Age…
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How agile is your supply chain?

Three people staring at a ticking clock, wondering if they have an agile supply chain

Now is the time to ensure you can respond quickly to changes in your supply chain. ‘Let’s face it – it can’t get any worse.’ This came from a man on ABC News, talking about the impact of COVID-19. It’s an optimistic statement at best, but more likely famous last…
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Make or Buy: It’s Time for a Rethink

What is the point of sales departments? To create markets and stoke demand. Sales departments have been a standard part of industry for so long that we sometimes fail to remember that, for much of human history, sales activity was business to consumer. Business to business sales wasn’t a concept…
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