December 5-9: The Supply Chain Buzz, Future of Spend Control, and DEI

What is the current state of the supplier diversity movement? Last week on Dial P, I shared a recent interview with Aylin Basom and Lois Eichacker from supplier.io. They dug into the some of the data ...

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November 28-December 2: Indirect Spend, Modern Slavery, Supply Chain Process Maturity

Some stories fade from the headlines long before they are really over. Example: the baby formula crisis. Although the updates are few and far between, the challenges persist for families trying to fee...

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November 14-18: Procurement Experience, Questions from Finance, CPO Influence, and a Supplier Diversity Dial P Livestream

Although we aren’t (technically) in a recession yet, there has been plenty of news of layoffs. In this week’s episode of the Dial P podcast, I looked at examples across industries for what makes them ...

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November 7-11: Transformation Journeys, Supplier Diversity, and Applied Blockchain

If you’ve worked in procurement for a while, you have probably experienced a sourcing project where there are multiple decision-making stakeholders. These projects are not easy by any stretch of the i...

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Oct 31 – Nov 4: Digital Finance, CPO Compass 2023, and Quiet Quitting

In last week’s episode of the Dial P for Procurement podcast, I took on an upcoming federal court case brought against McDonald’s by Allen Media Group, the Black-owned company that owns The Weather Ch...

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Oct 24-28: Core Suppliers, Uncertain Times, and SUPERCHARGED Digital Strategy

In the latest episode of the Dial P for Procurement podcast, I covered the proposed European Union Single Market Emergency Instrument. Essentially a series of tools designed to prevent the kinds of di...

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Oct 17-21: Key Priorities, State of Supplier Diversity, Risk and Regulation

In last week’s episode of the Dial P for Procurement podcast, I followed the career of (former) Apple VP of Procurement from its sharp rise – to its spectacular fall. But what is the true reason he wa...

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Oct 10-14: Responsible Sourcing, Agility, and AI Powered Contracts

In last week’s episode of the Dial P for Procurement podcast, I dig beyond the headlines of the recent railway workers’ strike. Although it has been celebrated as “averted,” this issue far from over. ...

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Oct 3-7: The Buzz, Beer Cans, and Mastermind LIVE 2022

Note to self… if you book a number of live events for the first few days of a new month, you are going to be VERY SURPRISED when you turn the page on the calendar and look at your schedule! I’m all li...

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Sept 26-30: Risk, Risk, and the New Abnormal

Last week was Banned Books Week in the U.S., an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of deciding what we read for ourselves. I see this as a natural extension of the intellectual...

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Sept 19-23: The Great Resignation, CFO Relevance, Risk v. Cost

Last week’s new episode of Dial P for Procurement was our monthly video interview – and my guest had a fascinating point of view to share. Tom Burke is the COO of ButcherBox, a membership service that...

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Sept 12-16: Agility, Blockchain, and Order-to-Cash

After a break for the Labor Day holiday, procurement and supply chain events are back with a vengeance! This is the time of year when we start counting the weeks left to have an impact – and the fall ...

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Aug 29 – Sept 2: Dynamic Sourcing, Top CPO Metrics, and The Big Debate

How much pressure would your company have to be under to give up on the idea of being a customer of choice? Would you expect your suppliers to respond? In last week’s episode of Dial P, Philip Ideson ...

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August 22-26: Beyond ERP, Mergers Divestments & Acquisitions

Google “empathetic leadership” and you will find an abundance of articles content from across the business world. But look back through your last few weeks of work – does it feel like all of that advi...

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August 15-19: George Orwell, Inspiring Women, and Optimizing Cash Flows

I’m a huge fan of writer George Orwell, so the more the government tells me it is being “helpful” the more I start digging into the details. Case in point: this week’s episode of Dial P for Procuremen...

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August 8-12: Categorypalooza, Conversational Science, Sustainable Packaging

We’re all dealing with it – at work and at home – but WHY is fuel so expensive? In last week’s episode of Dial P for Procurement, I walked back through the oil supply chain, looking at the costs, risk...

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July 25-29: Perfect Supply Chain Storm and RPA-enabled Customer Experience

It is easy to agree that businesses should have to alter how they operate to preserve the environment. But who do we want interpreting Congressional legislation and turning it into rules? How clear do...

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July 18-20: Innovative Business Travel and Financial Resilience

In the latest episode of Dial P, I research the logistics challenges associated with the tragic migrant smuggling incident in San Antonio. The problem at the U.S. southern border is very real, and the...

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July 11-15: ESG Data Analytics and Decision Readiness

The 4th of July holiday in the U.S. last week meant vacation time for many of us – and why not? Procurement and supply chains made our fair share of contributions to the founding of this country. If y...

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June 27-July 1: EU Supply Chain Act, Player-Coaches, Reducing Carbon Emissions

In last week’s episode of Dial P for Procurement, I shared my monthly full-length interview: a feature with Ken Yearwood from McKinsey and Company. We spoke about leading supplier diversity practices ...

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