CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Procurement
September 22, 2019

Commitment to sustainable procurement is on the rise

2019 Sustainable Procurement Barometer shows that sustainability awareness is growing among buying and supplying organizations, but challenges persist.

Survey: Millennials demand faster, more customer-focused services for industrial buying

Young, tech-savvy customers want quick delivery, post-sales support, UPS says.

Digitalization in procurement to accelerate in 2019

Survey shows 84 percent of CPOs consider digitalization important for improving procurement performance.

Supply chain tasks weigh heavy in healthcare, survey shows

Clinicians and supply chain managers say supply chain-related tasks are causing stress and affecting patient care, according to Cardinal Health survey.

Study: Procurement needs a higher profile

Companies must develop a stronger focus on purchasing in the digital age if they want to innovate and increase their business agility, Forrester/Ivalua study shows.

Digital transformation highlights talent crunch

Procurement organizations must transform and "reskill" existing staff to meet the demands of a digital business services environment, study says.

Legally sound procurement: how to add legal value to the purchase of goods and services

A simple but revolutionary change in the process of negotiating procurement contracts can dramatically improve a buyer's position. Getting legal experts involved right from the beginning saves time, allows for a better assessment of proposals, and may lead to more favorable contract terms. Above all, it ensures fully informed decisions.

Automotive supply chain braces for change

USMCA will yield long-term gains, but short-term cost increases will shift supply chain landscape, company survey shows.

Commentary: From a patchwork of solutions to unbroken digital thread

A cloud-based procurement network can knit together previously disparate data to reveal patterns and trends that can unlock supply chain efficiency.

What is intuition's role in the supply chain?

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

Planning for the unexpected: How "what-if" costing reduces global risk

Cost simulation can help retailers and others that source internationally to reduce unpredictability in their landed costs.

When suppliers and their customers don't see eye to eye

New research examines the implications when a customer requests extra accommodations from a supplier that the supplier views as falling outside of its normal roles and responsibilities.

More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte

Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

The Power of People: McCormick & Company's procurement transformation

When the spice and flavoring company adopted a long-term strategy focused on global growth, the procurement team stepped up with a bold plan to reshape their priorities and organizational structure. The initiative has exceeded expectations, with more improvements to come.

New report touts benefits of using group purchasing organizations for health-care supplies

Research commissioned by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association says health-care GPOs typically save members up to 18 percent on supplies while also creating a more competitive marketplace.

How supply chain complexity affects buyer-supplier relationships

Authors of a selected Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research.

Starved for resources?

Sustainable procurement now has management's attention. But a recent study finds that executives may not be willing to commit the human and financial resources needed for such programs to succeed.

What growing nationalism may mean for procurement

A report from the software and consulting company GEP argues that rising nationalism will mean increases in procurement costs and a growing need for risk-mitigation plans.

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CSCMP looks to give military veterans the EDGE
Veterans interested in a career in logistics and supply chain management can apply until June 1 for free CSCMP benefits.

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