Must Reads on Going Green

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It’s no secret that “going green” is a hot topic among consumers and organizations alike. Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in where the products they purchase come from and how those products impact the environment. This can be seen in the rising popularity of Sourcemap.org, an open-source Web site that allows consumers and organizations to map the carbon footprint of products (and the materials that make up those products).

A Learning Session on Category Management

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APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking research has some interesting information on organizations with category management programs in procurement. For instance, did you know that at the median level, these organizations process nearly 100 percent more purchase orders per full-time equivalent employee than organizations that do not have category management programs?

Our data also show that these organizations have shorter lead times with suppliers and faster purchase order processing.

The Latest in Supply Chain Management Content

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Last week Marisa Brown and I hosted a Webinar on the newest supply chain management content in the Knowledge Base. If you want to find out what’s new and what we have planned for the rest of the year, watch the video of the Webinar or take a look at the slides. The slides include links to the new content as well as some reference information at the end on older supply chain management content. Enjoy!

Looking at the intersection of supply chain and risk

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APQC is studying enterprise risk management (you can check out our newest report on this topic), and so is our member IBM. Now we want to know how organizations align operations and finance to monitor, mitigate, and monetize risk. We invite you to participate in IBM’s global survey on Enterprise Risk Management to share your viewpoints on your organization’s challenges, strategies, and initiatives.

Supply Chain Happiness

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I've almost finished reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. I'm sure many of you have already read it since it came out last year and was #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List. But this was my first time through it. Fascinating book! I highly recommend it. The book got me thinking...how do most organizations deliver happiness? And how crucial is the supply chain to that happiness? 

Procuring by Category

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What practice in procurement is associated with shorter supplier lead times and faster PO
processing? Category Management. By clustering suppliers into categories, you can leverage similar market intelligence, sourcing strategies, and supplier relationship management programs. Here's an article with actual APQC data on this topic: Procurement Category Management: Faster Purchase Order Cycle Time

Logistics Keys to Success

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How does logistics impact the entire organization? Want to learn how to know if your organization is performing well? APQC has released a second edition of our popular Blueprint for Success: Logistics. It includes key measures, selected metrics, best practices, and case examples from successful organizations. 

 

Blue Coat Found the Green by Going Green

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Green Supply Chains Are Good for Business was Blue Coat Systems key takeaway when it revamped its entire supply chain. It revisited product design, logistics, and energy consumption. And found that going green helped save money.

Procurement Tune-up Diagnostic

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Does your organization need a tune up to keep your purchasing performance in top shape? If you want to run a quick test to see how your organization is doing, check out APQC's interactive Procurement Tune-Up Diagnostic.

Enter your data on four key measures, and the diagnostic compares you to actual Open Standards benchmarking data. Red, yellow, or green indicates how your organization compares.