Supplier Management

Stop Faking Cultural Understanding: 5 Tips for Building Effective Relationships Overseas

Posted: 07/17/2019 - 07:11
Business Relationships Overseas
As the world continues to shrink and the global supply chain grows, it’s not enough to invest minimally in your international relationships—it means truly understanding the people and culture you’re working with. These relationships can become a valuable asset to your business, giving you an advantage over competitors.  
 

How Supplier Diversity is Working in the Real World

Posted: 07/10/2019 - 01:21
Supplier diversity has been an important topic on the corporate agenda for most of the past five decades. Formal supplier diversity programs began in the 1960s in response to government programs that were designed to expand economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Today, “diverse suppliers” encompass several additional types of business organizations, including:
 
  • Woman-owned business enterprises

Cognitive Procurement is Trending and Cognitive Outsourcing is Up Next

Posted: 05/25/2019 - 01:29

There has been a lot of buzz about “cognitive procurement,” the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to support buying goods and services to free up humans to handle valuable procurement functions that AI cannot manage.

The same advanced technologies that are making procurement smarter, more efficient and more data-driven, can be used to make outsourcing relationships leaner, more profitable and more advantageous. 

Human Ecosystems: How to Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Partner Management

Posted: 05/17/2019 - 22:04
I recently met with a senior supply chain leader who, fresh off a redeye flight from Asia, faced a day of meetings that he barely participated in because of interruptions. Not a meeting went by without a call about a supplier “meltdown” in the region he’d just left.  This situation was all too familiar to him. “I’m just tired,” he told me. 
 

Why Standard Contract Terms Can be Bad for You?

Posted: 04/18/2019 - 01:58

If your company is like most, it promotes “boilerplate” contracts or at a minimum, pushes for standardized terms, such as the contract length, warranties, a 30-day termination of convenience clause or 90-day payment terms. While this may make your lawyer and CFO happy, Russell Korobkin suggests that using standard contract clauses is a bad idea. 

How Supply Chains Should Adapt to the Trade War “Truce”

Posted: 01/16/2019 - 04:04
On December 1, leaders from China and the U.S. broke bread with their enemies and reached consensus to halt the mutual increase of further tariffs until March 1, 2019. As of now, the total U.S. tariffs applied exclusively to China is at $250 billion, and China answered back with $110 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods. The “truce” has prevented the January 1 deadline for most tariffs to increase from the current 10 percent to the established 25 percent. 
 

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