Category Archives: procurement

What really is Lean Procurement?

Lean enterprise principles and practices have been widely adopted in many companies and continue to enjoy strong support. Many organizations have realized incredible gains such as faster cycle times, reduced costs, higher quality and increased customer satisfaction. The lean movement …

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Lean procurement: eliminate waste, but don't neglect to add value

What really is lean procurement? From some of the descriptions of lean procurement that I’ve seen, it seems to have morphed into something that is either myopically focused and/or totally unrecognizable as lean to me. Let’s start with myopically focused.  …

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When cheaper costs you more: a cautionary tale

A recent conversation I had with the quality manager at a supplier who produces tools for milling, drilling, tooling and turning confirmed that Purchased Price Variance (PPV) is alive and well and still creating unintended consequences. Here’s the story. Production …

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When handling supplier price increases, consider WIIFM – Part 2

I wrote about ideas for avoiding a supplier price increases in last two posts:  9 Ways to Fight a Supplier Price Increase and Supplier price increases — get creative. Avoiding price increases isn’t purely a matter of “just say …

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Supplier Price Increases – Get Creative (Part 1)

In my last post, 9 Ways to Fight a Supplier Price Increase, I listed approaches to handling a supplier price increase. These involved pushing back.  These days, commodity prices may be at the heart of increases. They can be …

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9 ways to fight a supplier price increase

Back in the day when I was running New England Suppliers Institute, a regional non-profit industry organization that worked to improve performance by improving the customer supplier relationship via lean enterprise, supplier development, education, and networking, one of our board …

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If you thought outsourcing was just for purchasing geeks, now appearing in your living room….

I couldn’t resist making a few comments about the new show on NBC, “Outsourced” which aired last week. For those of you who haven’t heard of it or seen it, the show is about a call center in the U.S. …

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Supplier defects: preventing the ultimate sacrifice

Supply chain failures seem inevitable these days, but are especially disconcerting when they indicate a larger systemic problem in critical equipment that is supposed to save lives. The U.S. Army just announced a recall of 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH) …

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The Perils of Outsourcing Space Exploration

If you didn’t think space exploration was dangerous enough, here’s something else to worry about. NASA has been looking into outsourcing parts of the space exploration program to outside suppliers, reasoning that this is the best way to speed up …

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Managing and Improving Supplier Performance in a Lean Environment

I am in Covington, Kentucky attending the AME International Lean Conference, Journey to Greatness. Attendance is excellent despite the economy and its adverse impact on other conferences this year.  This may be due to various lean journeys presented by practitioners …

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