Posted on the ATSC blog on July 3, 2017
Every year on July 4th, the United States stops to remember and celebrate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence by Congress. Some parts of this historical document are burned into our national consciousness: the color of the aged parchment, the big beautiful ‘John Hancock’ at the bottom, and of course the defining statement, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On the other hand, few people remember another important line, buried deep in the document in a list of ‘facts’ presented to the world in justification of the Colonies’ history-altering step:
“For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world”
Beyond the desire to be self-governed, global supply chains played a critical role in the American Colonies’ decision to break away from Great Britain, something that gives modern supply chain professionals a direct connection to their Colonial predecessors.
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Posted on the ATSC blog on June 25, 2018
As we enter the summer months, professionals all over the globe start to prepare for one of the slowest times of year. Some people take extended, multi-week vacations or sabbaticals while others work shorter days or leave early on Fridays. This personal downshift might make it easy to assume that our supply chains are also ready to take it easy.
And yet – the summer is actually one of the busiest times of the year for freight.
Freight is considered a leading indicator for the economy, and for good reason: goods have to be in place (or at least in distribution centers) before they can travel the final mile and be sold or delivered. This means that while many of us are ramping down for a few months, logistics activity is heating up along with the weather.
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Included in a whitepaper published by Source One Management Services, a Corcentric Company
When we talk about procurement transformation, we typically focus on two areas:
- The changes we need to make, and
- Our vision for the department’s future.
While these are important areas to consider, they neglect an equally critical component of the diagnostic process - a study of the friction between procurement and the rest of the enterprise. When initiating a transformation, procurement needs to focus on the current problems at hand, and nearly every organization can count internal friction among these problems. If Procurement fails to directly and immediately address this friction, transformation efforts have no chance of succeeding.
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