Category Archives: supply risk

Supply chain risk management for small and medium-size businesses

Supply chain risk management isn’t just for the big guys*. As supply risk continues to grow as a business challenge, supply risk information and awareness have been spreading. Many approaches to supply risk identification, management and mitigation have been evolving. …

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Extending payment times to suppliers: don’t bank on it

The practice of extending payment times to suppliers and using them as a funding source to fuel growth is described in today’s Wall Street Journal article, Firms Pinch Payments to Suppliers. Procter and Gamble, which till now was paying …

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Are Boeing’s Dreamliner issues the fault of outsourcing?

The Boeing Dreamliner battery issue that is still grounding its planes is being dissected from many angles, even as the root cause is still unknown and corrective action cannot be taken yet. Many have been delving into the battery issue …

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Sub-tier risk can undermine supplier codes of ethics

I wrote a post earlier this week about supplier ethics as a supply chain risk and also provided links to supplier codes of ethics for several big-name corporations, such as Walmart, IBM, and HP. Are supplier codes of ethics just …

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Dealing with supplier ethics

In my recent post about supplier ethics, I wrote about how suppliers whose ethics are not in alignment with those of their customers pose a real supply chain risk. This risk can come in the form of fraudulent products, unethical …

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Another supply chain risk – ethics

I often speak about the importance of alignment of procurement, supply chain management and quality with overall company goals and strategies. But what about supplier alignment? There are many areas where customer-supplier alignment is important, but maybe none as risky …

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Supplier risk incident rattles the stock market

Yesterday Google experienced the costly pain of an unexpected supplier glitch. Its financial printing supplier, R.R. Donnelley, released Google’s financial statements to the SEC 3 1/2 hours early (and in draft form) due to an employee error, according to Donnelley. …

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Social responsibility: a vitamin or a painkiller?

Are social responsibility and business mutually compatible or conflicting? In other words, is the only reason to espouse social responsibility in procurement or other areas of the company is because there is a tangible and demonstrable return on investment (ROI)? …

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Supplier trouble: when the handwriting on the wall becomes legible

Supply chain risk is a major concern. An increasing array of new software solutions and offerings from consulting firms continue to become available to address supplier and supply chain risks.┬áThe large number of tweets on Twitter about supply chain …

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Supply chain risk management: 10 reasons why companies haven't hopped on the bandwagon

Supply chain risk management (SCRM) is the hot topic at conferences, the blogosphere, and in many supply management circles. Supply risk experts, pundits and wannabes are shouting supply risk warnings from every rooftop, inundating us with webinars, talks, and articles, …

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