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Breathing Green Life into MEP

Last month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Phil Angelides, Chairman of Apollo Alliance, along with other business, labor and clean energy leaders introduced the “Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act of 2009,” a bill intended to …

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When Supply Risks are Self-Induced

Some supply risks can be caused by the customer firm itself and thus provide a real chance of avoidance in the first place.

What? You thought supply risks were all caused by forces beyond the customer firm’s control. Think again. …

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Teaming up to uncover supply risk

The recent article in Purchasing, “Allegheny Technologies Designs a Broad Risk Strategy”, (8/14/2008) is one of the rare glimpses into how some companies are actually dealing with supplier risk. Rather than just talking about risk or not

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Supply Chain Risk: Complexity Stumps Execs

McKinsey recently published the results of its global survey on managing global supply chains.  To boil down a seven-page article: they aren’t managing the risk.  Or to quote the article: “relatively few respondents…say that their companies are translating the …

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Segmenting the Supply Base for Lean

In a rush of enthusiasm about a lean supply chain, some firms expect that their suppliers will embrace lean with equal passion. Passion for lean can be contagious, but getting suppliers to adopt lean requires much more work than lean

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Lean supply chains and the white spaces

In an effort to flow lean to suppliers, firms are often internally focused. They are concerned with how suppliers can support their needs and tend not to view the situation from a systems perspective. Often it is about what suppliers …

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Presentation: Supplier Scorecards and KPIs

For those of you planning to attend the ISM 93rd Annual Supply Management Conference in St. Louis, MO next week (May 4-7), I will be presenting a session called: “Best Practices to Develop Supplier Scorecards and KPIs“.  My …

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