Sourcing Priorities: Low Cost Geography or Domestic On-shoring?

For many years the predominant priority in sourcing has been finding the lowest cost possible. This paradigm has driven an incredible the movement of a tremendous amount of production to lowest cost regions such as Asia.

However the continuity of supply issues caused by the pandemic has created a call to repatriate much of this manufacturing into domestic, albeit higher cost, regions.

What is the appropriate sourcing strategy going forward?

Should you keep work in low cost geographies, establish sources in multiple geographies, or on-shore work into high cost domestic countries?

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6 Trends to Make Supply Chain Managers the Heroes of Their Company!

Supply chain leaders and heroes will face the year with uncertainty and opportunity. Digital technologies are becoming more prevalent in basic supply chain functions, and changes in legislation are likely to spur dramatic changes that will result in the need to reevaluate supply chain strategy in both domestic and international locations.  How can they be Supply Chain heroes?

Similar to the supply chain maturity curve of technologies, as explained by Steve Banker of Forbes, supply chain managers should consider how top supply chain trends will influence operations in the coming year.

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What is Procurement’s Place in the Value Chain?

Where does Procurement stand in your organization’s Value Chain?

Hopefully, you’ll be able to formulate an answer to that question after reading this post.

I speak with Procurement, Sourcing and Purchasing professionals every day, from various globally functioning organizations, and there’s a resounding similarity in every one of those conversations…

Procurement is — still — largely viewed as a secondary activity in most organizations’ value chains.

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Causes of Window Supply Chain Issues!

Supply chain issues have impacted almost all areas of the economy and windows are no exception. New houses all over the world are just waiting for their windows to arrive so their construction crews can finish them.

A recent study found that 65% of remodelers are facing window and door shortages, which can affect timelines for every stakeholder involved.

The experts at Window Cleaning People explain what is behind these windows supply chain shortages.

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How Can Customer Service Outsourcing Improve Your Supply Chain?

Call center outsourcing services help many businesses by reducing costs, streamlining operations, and delivering consistently excellent service. In this article, we look at how customer service outsourcing can positively impact your supply chain

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Top 10 University Supply Chain Management Programs

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and supply chain management has become a critical aspect of business operations. With the rise of globalization, businesses need to have an efficient and effective supply chain to succeed in the global marketplace.

As a result, universities around the world have developed supply chain programs to meet the growing demand for supply chain management professionals.

In this article, we will rank and describe the top 10 university Supply Chain management programs in the world.

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How to Source Everything Needed for Your Nightclub!

The allure of owning a nightclub is undeniable, as there’s nothing quite like the energy of a packed dance floor, with the beat of the latest music bouncing off the walls. However, before you can bring your vision to life, you need to source everything needed for your nightclub to run smoothly.

From the furniture and equipment to the drinks and décor, every detail matters. Where will you start to remain efficient and track everything necessary along the way? In this article, we’ll explore how you can source everything needed for your nightclub to create the perfect atmosphere for your patrons to dance the night away.

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The Importance of Monitoring and Managing Outsourced Software Developers!

In recent years, outsourcing software development has gained increasing popularity among businesses as a strategy to reduce costs, access specialized expertise, and accelerate project timelines.

However, working with a software outsourcing company also presents unique challenges. One of the most critical aspects of outsourcing software development is monitoring and managing the outsourced software developers.

The effective management of outsourced software developers is vital to ensure the successful completion of the project. In this article, we will discuss the importance of monitoring and managing outsourced software developers.

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Total Cost of Ownership Procurement Model Failure – What’s Missing?

Many businesses use some form of Total Cost of Ownership model to support their Procurement and sourcing decisions. In fact these models are not just used casually, but they often are designed to inform and make optimal sourcing choices.

But many dynamics that we have experienced in the last few years suggest that these models are less than optimal. From chronic global Supply Chain breakdowns during the pandemic through to disruptions caused by outsourcing and single points of failure, sourcing decisions have been exposed as being less than ideal.

What is the current nature of these Total Cost of Ownership models, and what needs to change to make their use more robust and responsive?

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What is the Best Supplier Vetting Process?

Does your business rely on at least one supplier? Or do you need multiple suppliers in order to perform your daily operations? Either way the quality, reliability, and value for cost of your suppliers and supplier vetting is crucial to your organization’s success.

On the other side, if your suppliers don’t live up to the standards you require, your organization can be damaged. 

Suppliers can tarnish your reputation by causing you to deliver unsatisfactory products to your customers.  A supplier with internal problems can delay your orders, making you miss deadlines and break promises.  Late or low-quality products could cause you to lose major customers or be forced to process refunds.

It’s vital, then, to use a consistent Supplier Management system to vet excellent suppliers and secure the ones that will help your brand to stay strong.

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Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

Imagine what the future will look like in Supply Chain!

We don’t mean the near future, but the very distant future.  There are articles which describe what the future of Supply Chain will be like in 2025, or even 2030.

But is that enough of a far-reaching vision to offer much more than an incremental view of what we see today based on existing technology?

Any view of the near future is more likely to describe incremental changes and incremental advancements based on the current knowledge base.  But an extremely distant vision of the future is more likely to offer revolutionary ideas as to what future possibilities are.

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Our 2019 Top 10 List!

Here at Supply Chain Game Changer our fundamental mission has been to share experiences and expertise in the areas of Supply Chain, Logistics, Distribution, Procurement, Business, Human Resources and more. We now present our 2019 Top 10 list.

In our 3rd year at Supply Chain Game Changer we have had the tremendous opportunity to share more content created by ourselves and a growing number of Guest contributors.

With new articles provided to us every week our audience is allowing us to share ever more engaging content and their incredible intelligence for the benefit of all. We extend our thanks to all and invite everyone to submit articles for our consideration.

Here at the midpoint of 2019 we would like to share the 2019 Top 10 List of our most viewed articles of 2019!

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Importing From China! The Essential Guide!

China has fast become a key player in the world’s economy. Since 2012, China has been the world’s number one trading country, and it shows no signs of moving from this spot anytime soon.

China is now the leading exporter of many items and Chinese products have become absolutely ubiquitous. In America alone, consumers purchase more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods per year.

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How to Source Supplies for Your Childcare Business!

Whether you are starting a childcare business or own an established childcare business, there are numerous supplies required to efficiently and effectively run your business.

And, while there are numerous big box, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and online sources with supplies available, most childcare budgets require that you make careful, moderately-priced choices in a limited amount of time.

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6 Reasons Supply Chain Employees Look For New Jobs!

As a boutique recruitment agency, we at Argentus are on the front-lines of the churn in the new jobs market. We speak with potential job candidates every day.

Some of them are passive, interested in moving into new opportunities when we reach out to them. Some of them are active, reaching out to us because they want to make a move.

With the economy experiencing a prolonged growth spurt, and demand for professionals in Supply Chain Management and Procurement – our area of specialty – going up, there’s a lot of activity, especially in short-term contracts where companies are onboarding talent for their change management and business transformation expertise.

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