How Did We Screw Up Procurement? with Jim Barnes of ISM

by Lora cecere on November 29, 2016

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In this world where money moves faster electronically, and transactions are automated, why does it take so long for supplier onboarding? And why is the focus on terms versus removing the friction from procurement relationships? In this webcast we interview Jim Barnes, Director of Professional Development at the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), to understand why. In this podcast Jim gives advice for leaders of procurement.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #199

Is IT Standardization Killing Your Growth Agenda?

by Lora cecere on November 18, 2016

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IT standardization has been a popular strategy to manage investment and operations, but is it really the best thing for your business? In this podcast Lora and Alison discuss the possibility that departing from the IT norm could be the best thing for your business and your team. Listen in to hear about the implications to technology and people a new IT vision can have on your organization.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #198

VTech-A Supply Chains to Admire Finalist with Nick Delany

by Lora cecere on November 15, 2016

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VTech Holdings, founded in 1976, has its roots in learning products. The company acquired the cordless phone division from Lucent technology in 2000. Initially this led to operating losses and write-offs and was turned around in 2002. Today the Company’s core businesses are cordless phones, contract manufacturing services and children learning products.  The North American operation is one of the top three manufacturers in the US cordless market. The Company currently has $1.88 billion in revenues and employ 30,000 people in 10 regions of the world. In this podcast, Nick Delany, Chairman of VTech USA Holdings LLC, chronicles the journey of market turnaround of VTech through the last decade to be a 2016 Supply Chains to Admire finalist.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #197

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The pollsters taking the pulse of the country on their political leanings before the election got it wrong, which makes us think about how companies are often getting the data in their supply chains wrong, and predict the wrong outcomes. In this podcast episode Alison and Lora discuss how to incorporate social media, unstructured data, and customer sentiment into supply chain operations. Listen in for a perspective on why these important cues get overlooked and how to fix it.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #196

 

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Customer centricity is a an old concept with new life. Organizations around the world have committed to a customer centric strategy, but few have defined it and fewer know how to analyze their results.  In this podcast, Lora and Alison discuss the different ways to structure a customer centric supply chain and how to interpret metrics to continue to align to that strategy.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #195