Tag Archives: supply risk

Finding Offshore Suppliers: A Web-Based Community for Supplier Evaluations

Supply managers and buyers have always had the challenge not just of finding suppliers but finding suppliers who are both high-performing and “best value”. Numerous supplier evaluation and supplier performance management software solutions are now available, where ten years ago …

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Getting Senior Management Support for SPM

Many people struggle with getting senior management support for supplier performance management initiatives. And, according to the editor-in-chief of Supply Chain Digest in his July 2nd editorial, many people don’t even know what senior management support means.  Most …

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Turning Supply Risk Fears into a Marketing Strategy

The pace of product recalls and supply risk fears have been increasing. I get quality news updates, and in just one week here were some of the headlines: 

Volvo Recalls Sedans in China

Body Defect Leads Volkswagen to Recall Touaregs…

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Where's the Beef……From?

A recent article in the Manchester Guardian reported on the latest sub-tier supply risk horror story. It is alleged that British supermarket chains Tesco, Asda, Marks & Spencer and dozens of other supermarkets may be inadvertent parties to a different …

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What KPIs Should You Use to Measure Supplier Risk?

With supplier bankruptcies a daily occurrence, to say that the topic of supplier risk has become hot is an understatement. The challenge is what to do about it.  Someone recently asked me whether there are any KPIs you can use …

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New Podcast: Measuring Supplier Performance

Many people are looking for advice about how to create supplier scorecards specifically and how to measure supplier performance generally. 

Listen as Sherry Gordon is interviewed about measuring supplier performance by Sandra Gauvin, Editor of Current Quality newsletter.

In this …

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Got scorecards? Now what?

My previous post about why supplier scorecards fail generated a lot of interest. So today I’m going to write about one of the biggest reasons for failed supplier scorecards: There is little or no action or follow through that results …

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Giant performance failure in a peanut supplier

The failures at Peanut Corporation of America are tragedy in every way. This supplier failed to meet both regulatory and customer requirements. Its customers failed either to uncover or report the failures, and people died as a result. Now a …

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Knowing the score

I was recently interviewed by Nick Zubko, Purchasing Editor at IndustryWeek magazine, for an article on supplier scorecards. The resulting article, “Who’s Keeping Score?”, summarizes the actions needed to ensure supplier scorecards that are meaningful and actionable and …

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Scorecard Statistics — do you get what you measure?

As the saying goes, statistics can be made to prove anything – even the truth.

Or, everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise (Bertrand Russell).

The customer sends the …

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