U.S. Congress Passes Three FTAs

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On October 12, the U.S. Congress passed free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. Originally negotiated five years ago, the agreements must be signed by President Obama before they go into effect.

What’s Going on with Supplier Relationship Management?

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Supplier relationship management (SRM) has received attention for its potential to improve supply chain effectiveness and dependability through greater collaboration with suppliers. Perhaps you’ve wondered: How many organizations have implemented SRM programs? How dependable are the supply chains for these organizations?

Majoring in SCM

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In my last blog post I outlined the essential skills for supply chain managers, as indicated by readers of the Focus Research Web site. That post focused more on skills rather than how supply chain professionals gain those skills.

What It Takes to Be a Supply Chain Manager

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What skills should every supply chain manager have? This question prompted a variety of answers from readers of the Q&A section of the Focus Research Web site.

Atypical Risks Take Center Stage

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Large companies that operate globally are now rethinking the way they manage significant risks, whether those risks are operational or financial in nature or whether they stem from weak strategic planning. They are not concerned so much about their well-honed processes for procuring and sourcing components, commodities, assembly, administrative services, etc. Rather, they worry about atypical risks that seem to be pooling into a critical mass.

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?