Omer Abdullah

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Omer is a co-founder of The Smart Cube and leads its business across The Americas. He also hosts The Smart Cube’s Inside Procurement podcast.

Omer has more than 25 years of management consulting, global corporate and industry experience across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior roles include A.T. Kearney (North America), Warner-Lambert (USA) and The Perrier Group (Asia-Pacific). Omer has an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA, and a BBA from the University of East Asia.

Follow him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/omer-abdullah-32a512.

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Using Procurement Analytics to Become an Agent of Change
Sep 29, 2021    0

The role of procurement is changing. Okay, I know – you’ve heard that before. But after the events of 2020 and the ongoing repercussions, that change has been hugely accelerated.

Increased market volatility and a high risk of supply chain disruption have placed pressure on procurement teams to maintain profitability, better manage working capital, mitigate third-party supplier risks and drive business sustainability. As a result, those teams are playing a more central and...

The Three Pillars of Successful Supply Chain Risk Management
Aug 25, 2021    0

Risk plays a role in every decision that is made by every business – and the supply chain is certainly no exception. Every supplier choice, contract negotiation and procurement transaction involves an unavoidable element of risk.

But just because risk can never be fully eliminated, that doesn’t mean it’s ok to leave it up to chance. Effective supply chain risk management demands continuous attention, careful planning and thoughtful execution.

It’s built...

Benchmarks Versus Best Practices
Jul 23, 2021    0

A topic that comes up time and time again in discussions with clients is the idea of benchmarks as a means to drive high performance. Are benchmarks valuable? How much emphasis should we place on them as we think through what we want to get done in our function?

This topic isn’t specific to procurement. It’s relevant across the board, regardless of function. But it...

The Role of a Center of Excellence
Jun 29, 2021    0

Centers of Excellence, or CoEs, are part and parcel of every progressive procurement organization. In the strict sense, they’re internal bodies that perform knowledge-based services on a one-to-many basis for the procurement function and other related stakeholders.

In this piece, I discuss the role of the Center of Excellence in a procurement department, the types of issues they grapple with, and how can they work to ensure that they’re playing a strategic role and...

5 Ways to Prepare for the Next Supply Chain Crisis
May 14, 2021    0

With the impacts of COVID-19 still being felt around the world, it’s hard to look ahead at what might be coming next. But you should.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a truly unprecedented level of disruption to global supply chains, bringing entire industries to a complete halt. It was unlike any supply chain crisis we’ve seen in modern times, but it was far from an isolated incident.

Over the past two decades, the volume, velocity and supply chain impacts of crisis...

How to Assess End-to-End Supply Chain Sustainability
Apr 21, 2021    0

For businesses across the globe, sustainability used to be a “nice to have,” but now the view has shifted. It’s a “must have — or else.”

There’s one reason for this: Governing organizations and regulatory bodies now see sustainability and ESG practices as business functions. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced in March 2021 the creation of a Climate and...

Procurement value
May 22, 2020    0

One of the most significant procurement trends we’ve seen so far in 2020 is delivering value beyond savings. So what exactly does this mean in the context of the function’s traditional goals?

Savings, as we all know, have long formed the foundation of procurement’s ROI to the organization. It’s been our primary charter over the years and is quite...

With 2020 just in the door, progressive CPOs and their teams are planning for the year ahead. Here are four major procurement trends to factor into your thinking.
Jan 02, 2020    0

With 2020 just in the door, progressive CPOs and their teams are planning for the year ahead. Here are four major procurement trends to factor into your thinking.

1. Increased Volatility

With shifting trade tariffs and barriers, the unpredictability of Brexit and fluctuating commodity prices, market volatility could be at an all-time high over the next 12...