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Is Wal-Mart’s “Woman-Owned” Label Visionary or Just a Circus?

Is Wal-Mart’s “Woman-Owned” Label Visionary or Just a Circus?

In September 2011, Wal-Mart announced a plan to spend $20B with woman-owned businesses by 2016. More recently, they expanded their Women’s Economic Empowerment program to include a ‘women-owned’ labeling program. Products that meet company ownership requirements will start appearing on Wal-Mart shelves this September1. Qualified companies can apply to be a part of the program through WBENC and WEConnect International.

Despite the company’s apparent good intentions, the program has not been warmly received by all, including some critics who feel calling additional attention to these products simply because of female company ownership does little to advance equality. As one commenter posted in response to a BusinessWeek article on the program, “The path to gender equality does not involve stickers pointing out that a product has been made by a female entrepreneur.”2

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Book Review: The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World

Book Review: The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World

I have read and reviewed a number of business publications, most of them directly related to supply management, but The CPO is truly a unique creation. This book captures the adventure of procurement by outlining principles and concepts for success – not through dry or prescriptive chapters – but through the very engaging story of a fictional CPO and the challenges he faces on the job and at home. Thomas Sutter, the main character (dare I say hero?), captured my attention immediately and held it right through the final pages. I’ll even admit (my apologies to the authors for cheating) that at one point I was so wrapped up in the interpersonal dynamics of the story that I peeked ahead to read the end so that I might relax and absorb the full message of the book as I went.

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Is the Should Cost Model Obsolete?

Is the Should Cost Model Obsolete?

Q: Does anybody still use the “should-cost” model?

A: Yes, and if they don’t, they should start.

 

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Webinar Notes: Shape Your Procurement Team to Tackle Analytical Issues

Webinar Notes: Shape Your Procurement Team to Tackle Analytical Issues


This week’s featured webinar notes are from a September 26th Sourcing Interests Group event presented by A.T. Kearney Procurement and Analytic Solutions. If you are a SIG member, both the slides and the event recording are available on-demand at SIG.org.

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Webinar Notes: Are Your Priorities, People, and Technology In Line With Your 2013 Procurement Goals?

Webinar Notes: Are Your Priorities, People, and Technology In Line With Your 2013 Procurement Goals?

This week Sourcing Interests Group kicked off their 2013 webinar schedule with a high-level perspective look at procurement goal setting and achievement. The main speaker was Lynne McDonnell, Vice President at A.T. Kearney Procurement and Analytics. The information she shared was based on ATK’s 2011 Procurement Excellence study, which is conducted every three years to track the trends employed by leading professionals and organizations.

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Webinar Notes: SIG's Integrated Facilities Management

SIG Webinar: Next Generation Sourcing Strategies For Facilities And Maintenance Transformation, Presented By A.T. Kearney (Daryl Watkins, Senior Sourcing Manager and Bernard “Bud” J. Going, Director of Procurement).

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