As Sourcing / Category Management / Supply Chain professionals we ARE playing the role of an internal consultant (whether we recognize it or not). To be effective in that role, we must integrate the consulting process into our business process – here is a simple illustration utilizing a…

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I know, I know.  We’re all tired of COVID but it’s safe to say that we will have to live with the impact of COVID on our supply chains for a very long time.  And prudent Supply Chain/Sourcing professionals are quickly realizing that these changes are going to…

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Those of us that are Supply Chain junkies have heard all the stories about Walmart.   Back in the day (and maybe even today) Walmart was notorious for their somewhat aggressive, even brutal Strategic Sourcing tactics.  They could and did “make” many Suppliers wealthy AND they could and did…

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Some of you may remember the reference to the camel’s flatulence having caused the ship being blown sideways in the Suez Canal.  This headline reminded me of that incident “Thanks to climate change, supply chain disruptions are poised to be the new normal”  because it is becoming clear…

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As your organization is making the journey from Strategic Sourcing to Category Management, understanding the skills and competencies required to get you there are key.  Does your Procurement / Sourcing organization have a competency model that articulates those required skills?  Do you know where your skills gaps are…

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