Tag Archives: supply chain

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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The game of risk: keeping supplier risk at bay

What steps can you take to avoid supply risk? Be methodical and be proactive. Segment the supply base for risk. And look beyond just the obvious categories. First, look at all types of suppliers who have risk potential, depending on …

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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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Supply Chain Cost Drivers: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

The wastes that are part of lean thinking are well-documented, waste being defined as anything that doesn’t add value to the customer or that a customer would not be willing to pay for. The classic seven wastes in lean thinking …

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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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