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5 Universal Best Practices That Help in Trying Economic Times

Posted 04-26-2010 at 11:46 PM by 95th Annual
This afternoon, three distinguished presenters – two of them past J. Shipman Award winners* – presented their session, “5 Universal Best Practices That Help in Trying Economic Times”: Susan K. Modeland, CPSM, C.P.M., CPIM, enterprise supply chain project manager for Goodrich Corporation; R. David Nelson*, C.P.M., senior partner at Fenix Group International, LLC; and Robert A. Kemp*, Ph.D., CPSM, C.P.M., president of Kemp Enterprises.

All three presenters contended that economic security...
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How the U.S. Manufacturing Economy Is Critical to the Global Supply Chain

Posted 04-26-2010 at 09:44 PM by 95th Annual
As president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, John Engler represents 12 million Americans directly employed in manufacturing. In this role, Engler – also the former three-term governor of Michigan – maintains a strong focus on maintaining American competitiveness in manufacturing.

“Today, I want to talk about the manufacturing economy’s criticality in the global supply chain,” he told attendees during his lunchtime keynote session.

On one hand,...
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Supply Strategy for Enterprise Growth and Innovation

Posted 04-26-2010 at 09:12 PM by 95th Annual
For his session this afternoon, “Supply Strategy for Enterprise Growth and Innovation,” Joseph Sandor summarized findings from Michigan State University’s (MSU) Supply Chain 2010 and Beyond research initiative, which began in 2006. He also drew upon well a joint Darden/MSU September 2009 seminar, “Supply Chain Strategies for Enterprise Growth and Innovation.”

As Sandor — a Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor of Practice in Supply Management
At Michigan State University’s Department...
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Still Trying to Get a Seat at the Table

Posted 04-26-2010 at 08:52 PM by 95th Annual
This morning, Marilyn Gettinger, C.P.M., owner of New Directions Consulting Group, began her session — “Still Trying to Get a Seat at the Table” — by asking one important question: Why, after all of these years, are some supply management departments and staff not recognized as critical assets to their organizations?

“It’s a shame, because any organization as a whole would benefit by supply management having that seat at the table,” Gettinger said. “This is especially true when you...
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Keys to Becoming Your Supplier's Best Customer

Posted 04-26-2010 at 12:26 AM by 95th Annual
According to Elaine Whittington, C.P.M., CPCM, educator for G & E Enterprises – who, in 1966, was hired as Lockheed-Martin’s first female buyer – the customer/supplier relationship has taken on a much different look and feel in today’s market.

In her session this afternoon, “Keys to Becoming Your Supplier’s Best Customer,” Whittington emphasized that strong supplier partnerships are now a must. And, she pointed out, this relates back to Angel Mendez’s opening keynote-session...
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