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Supply Chain Shortages

In this short video, we explore underlying issues, inflationary pressure, government policy, and the outlook for supply managers and sectors of the economy - findings from a recent CAPS Research whitepaper

Sustainability initiatives, financial institutions, and the impact on the supply chain

The role financial institutions play in environmental sustainability is coming under greater scrutiny. Governments, NGOs, and even consumers turn to them to influence the sustainability practices of companies they invest in and lend to. And as the role financial institutions play gets fine-tuned, its impact undoubtedly will cascade down to businesses and their supply chains. 

COVID-19 fallout tests auto industry’s endurance

Auto manufacturers are driving through a gauntlet of challenges while navigating the fallout from an 18-month-long global pandemic and responding to demand for clean energy. Here, we take an in-depth look at challenges and major shifts in the automotive industry over the past 14 months and into the future.

Measure the effectiveness of your category management strategy

With your category management strategy in place, it's time to monitor and measure the benefits it delivers to your organization and identify opportunities for improvement. To succeed long term, the category strategy must remain aligned with business objectives and the dynamics of the supplier marketplace. This requires regular re-evaluation.

Be strategic with supplier relationship management

It's critical that category management delivers maximum value to the organization through innovation, sharing risk and rewards, and ongoing assessments. For many companies, the hard work of supplier management begins after the contract is signed. We're moving on to the sixth step in category management strategy: supplier relationship management (SRM).

Negotiation & contracting to support business outcomes (stage 5)

Contracting and negotiating is the next step in the 7 stages to business-aligned strategies that organizations should follow as part of their category management playbook. It’s an important step in category strategy execution as you align supplier relationships with your strategy.

Move up the metrics and value reporting maturity curve

While inwardly focused metrics may be “safe” and what is expected of supply management, if the function is going to progress from tactical to strategic, the goal for most supply leaders ultimately should be alignment with stakeholders. Supply management must push beyond its own internal perspective to understand the business and, whenever possible, adopt the metrics that drive the enterprise.

Best practices for sharing and protecting data in supply management

In today's connected world, sharing data with suppliers is a given. But not all data, and all suppliers, are created equal. Organizations must assess their data-sharing priorities and connect with suppliers that are able to protect the data accordingly. Effective data security must be a critical element in supplier selection, onboarding, and relationship management.

Strategy development is the foundation of your category management playbook

Category management strategy development can align internal business requirements with the marketplace and suppliers' capabilities by segmenting the organization's spend into discrete groups. It's the foundation of your category management approach, and doing it well delivers significant value to the organization.

7 steps for creating an extraordinary internal customer experience

The relationships that procurement professionals form with internal customers are critical – they can impact relationships with the company’s external customers, and therefore, the bottom line. While substantial research has been conducted about managing relationships with external stakeholders, much less attention has been paid to managing relationships with procurement’s internal customers.

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Supply management professionals from member and non-member companies can participate in benchmarking surveys and get metric reports in return.