Conquering Procurement Begins With Cost Effectiveness

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Tuesday, August 5, APQC will be hosting a webinar to discuss the results of its research on how top performers in procurement compare to other organizations. APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in procurement data was used to identify procurement top performers as organizations with high performance in four core areas:

Ford Motor Company Drives Environmental Performance through Standardization

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Last month, APQC hosted a webinar with Lawrence Merritt, Jr., Manager of Global Environmental Policy at Ford Motor Company’s Environmental Quality Office. Merritt discussed Ford’s implementation of its environmental operating system (EOS). Ford has established a robust manufacturing environmental strategy with well-defined targets for environmental metrics such as water use and waste sent to landfills. Ford's EOS enables it to translate these targets into concrete, actionable items in its manufacturing plans.

How Conflict Minerals Reporting Can Improve Customer Trust

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The deadline for filing your company’s Specialized Disclosure Report (or Form SD) and Conflict Minerals Report is looming (effectively June 2nd). The theory behind exposing human rights violations in corporate supply chains is important, but the mix of social consciousness and SEC filings is a new kind of animal for finance and compliance leadership.

Ford's Environmental Strategy Helps Improve Its Manufacturing Processes and Bottom Line

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APQC recently spoke with Lawrence Merritt, Jr., Manager of Global Environmental Policy at Ford Motor Company’s Environmental Quality Office, on the importance of having a manufacturing environmental strategy. He also discussed the implementation and benefits of Ford’s Environmental Operating System (EOS).

How critical is it that a manufacturing environmental strategy also be good for a company’s bottom line?

Supplier Day Events Offer Organizations a Competitive Advantage

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Organizations often find it challenging to develop and maintain effective communication with a diverse supplier network. In almost every industry, supplier relationships have a great influence over an organization’s ability to manage supply chain risks, improve processes, and service customers responsively while keeping costs low.

Does Your Organization Have Best Practices for Rapid Product Development?

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APQC is conducting a best practices study in the fall on rapid product and service development. We are currently looking for best-practice organizations to learn from and showcase in this study. Does your organization have best practices and processes for getting products and services to market faster?

EPM Integration Between Finance and Supply Chain: Worth the Challenge

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APQC recently talked to Dean Sorensen, founder of IBP Collaborative, on the benefits and challenges of integrating sales and operations planning (S&OP) and enterprise performance management (EPM) in finance and supply chain functions.

Dean Sorensen, a management consultant, helps organizations make step-change improvements to how they plan and manage their businesses. He helps organizations share innovative and integrated planning and performance management practices and technologies that enable these improvements.

How Your Supply Chain Can Better Manage Freight and Transportation Costs

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APQC recently interviewed Adam Robinson and Shannon Schreyer of Cerasis. Adam is a supply chain and logistics blogger, and Shannon has more than 12 years of experience in the freight and transportation industry. Adam and Shannon discuss what organizations can do to manage freight and transportation costs and remain efficient in today’s economic marketplace. 

How EPM2 Creates Value and Reduces Planning Costs

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In this short You Tube video, Dean Sorensen explains in simple terms the incremental business capabilities provided by the next generation of enterprise performance management (EPM), which he calls EPM2. These capabilities enable organizations to achieve financial, operational, and strategic objectives that are often undermined by fragmented and siloed planning models and processes.

5 Ways to Improve Supply Chain Logistics

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Today executives are examining the logistics function as a strategic opportunity for process improvement, cost savings, and increased customer satisfaction. APQC created our popular Logistics Tune-Up Diagnostic and Interactive Logistics Tune-Up Diagnostic to help organizations find out if its logistics function is running smoothly.