Tag Archives: cost

Medical billing: if you have to ask what it costs…

I enjoyed Tara Parker-Pope’s recent Well column in the New York Times: Getting Doctors to Think About Costs by Pauline Chen, M.D. Dr. Chen opined about how doctors have been typically unaware of how much various procedures, such as CT …

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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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Is Reducing the Supply Base the Right Move?

Many firms are aware that they are dealing with too many suppliers. So they figure that the first thing they need to do is reduce the number of suppliers. The benefits of a smaller supply base lie in the area …

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Becoming Lean: Procurement Can Help

I was reading the recent blog post at the Spendmatters:   Beyond Shedding the Deadweight in Procurement and Operations. Instead of just cutting headcount, particularly in procurement, Jason Busch suggests other ways to approach cost reduction. Among the suggestions are: …

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Lean Suppliers: Thinking Out of the Box (of inventory)

 A lean supply chain is a dynamic ecosystem comprised of processes, products and firms that work together smoothly to deliver products and services and add value to the entire network as they meet customer requirements in a cost-effective manner. Given …

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Lean Supply Chains – What Are They?

The term “lean supply chain” is bandied about by many to the point where the term is becoming a bit generic or even meaningless. Just like the lean enterprise, the lean supply chain is easy to understand, but harder to

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