Feb 8-12: Emphasizing Opportunity, Agility, and Risk Preparedness

Save the Date: As you think about how to block your time for this week and next, let me put in a plug for Dial P for Procurement, my new livestream hosted by the team at Supply Chain Now. We launched ...

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The August 2020 ISM-New York Report on Business: Not July, But Still an Improvement

The August ISM-New York Report on Business was released on September 2nd at 9:45am Eastern and is available for download here: 2020_ISM-New_York_August_ROB_v02.pdf. Please see the end of this commenta...

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Recommended Procurement Webinars September 21-25: The New Reality, Industry 4.0, Efficient Supplier Performance Evaluations

Last week, I ‘worked the switchboard’ for an AOP Live session with Christopher Sawchuk from The Hackett Group and Vishal Patel at Ivalua. EPSNews did a fantastic write up on the event, and they captur...

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The September 2020 ISM-New York Report on Business: Continued Adjustment to Uncertainty

In September, New York City purchasing managers reported significant short-term improvements in Current Business Conditions and Current Revenues against a drop in Six-Month Outlook, according to the s...

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The October 2020 ISM-New York Report on Business: Escaping Velocity?

In October, New York City purchasing managers reported growth level numbers in every index except Current Revenues, according to the survey taken by the Institute for Supply Management-New York. Click...

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Is the industrialized world overly dependent on sourcing from the Chinese?

This content was posted on the ATSC blog on February 24, 2020 Acute awareness of China’s impact on global business has been front and center since the onset of the Coronavirus health emergency in late...

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Practical Advice to help Procurement Weather the Pandemic

This content was published on the ATSC blog on April 20, 2020 Seemingly overnight, every procurement professional’s top priority has become helping their company get through the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

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Procurement and supply chain during a crisis: Stronger together

This content was published on the Fairmarkit blog on April 20, 2020 If there is one thing you get used to when you work in procurement, it is that no one outside of the field has any idea what we do f...

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Silk vs. Steel: Rebuilding Supply Chains After COVID-19

This content was published on the ATSC blog on May 25, 2020 The word ‘chain’ evokes images of metal links locked together, but this analogy has not been apt for a long time. Terms such as network, eco...

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COVID-19 Business & Technology Implications & Recommendations

This content was posted on the Thinkers 360 Blog on June 13, 2020 What are your predictions for COVID-19 in terms of business and technology implications and recommendations for executives over the ne...

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Discovering the Importance of Cold Chain Logistics

This content was posted on the All Things Supply Chain blog on September 28, 2020 Back in the late winter / early fall of 2020, the whole world became intimately familiar with the detailed innerworkin...

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Unique Challenges of Small Parcel in the 2020 Holiday Season

This content was posted on the ATSC Blog on November 23, 2020 Like everything else in 2020, we can expect the holiday shopping season to come with unique challenges. Not only are pandemic shutdowns on...

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Pandemic Impact on Prices – Chemicals & Plastics

The current public health crisis due to COVID-19 has impacted not only people’s lives but also businesses around the globe. The demand in most sectors has shrunk, and with supply and demand unbalanced, the price of most products has been affected. With less demand, most products have seen price decreases, but there are exceptions.

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The May ISM-New York Report on Business: The Rebound Begins

The May ISM-New York Report on Business was released on June 2nd at 9:45am Eastern and is available for download here: pdf2020_ISM-New_York_May_ROB_v02.pdf. Please see the end of this commentary for additional information about the ISM-New York Report on Business.

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The March ISM-New York Report on Business: Contagion

The March ISM-New York Report on Business was released on April 2nd at 9:45am Eastern and is available for download here pdf2020_ISM-NewYork_March_ROB_v01.pdf. Please see the end of this commentary for additional information about the ISM-New York Report on Business.

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The June ISM-New York Report on Business: Big Changes, Small Changes

The June ISM-New York Report on Business was released on July 2nd at 9:45am Eastern and is available for download here 2020_ISM-New_York_June_ROB_v01.pdf. Please see the end of this commentary for additional information about the ISM-New York Report on Business.

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The April ISM-New York Report on Business: Searching for the Bottom

The April ISM-New York Report on Business was released on May 4th at 9:45am Eastern and is available for download pdfhere. Please see the end of this commentary for additional information about the ISM-New York Report on Business.

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Recommended Procurement Webinars August 24-28: Agile Networks, Lost Transformation, Rebooting the Enterprise

August hasn’t been as busy as June and July were, but the pace of new events is already picking up for September. There are already 12 events on the calendar for next month, half of which I added this week. If you are also a fan of Art of Procurement, run by my colleague Philip Ideson, you’ll want to SAVE THE DATE for AOP Mastermind Live: October 6-7.

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Recommended Procurement Webinars August 10-14: Contract Analytics and Competing in the Age of AI

It would seem that we are going to have a summer slowdown after all. There weren’t enough events to pick from last week, so I skipped my recommendations post, and there are only a few for this week but they are worthwhile. On the bright side, I already know there will be event recommendations for next week as well.

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Recommended Procurement Webinars June 15-19: Best Practices for Uncertain Times, Increased Resilience, Flattening the Cost Curve

Another week, another 10 events added to the calendar – all of which are taking place between now and the first week of July. There are 8 webinars this week and 11 next, and several events already listed for the week of July 4th. That may indicate that the pause in business that typically surrounds the July 4th holiday in the U.S. will be shorter than in more typical years.

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