1999 Purchasing Today Article Index
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A valuable reference tool, the Article Index is a comprehensive list of articles that have appeared in Inside Supply Management® (formerly Purchasing Today® and NAPM Insights®) magazine. Articles are organized by subject for easy locating and study.
First, draft a purchasing policy that requires changes in specifications to be reviewed for sourcability.
Quality is the collective effort of a team of people associated with the manufacture of the product.
Is driving sales at the expense of lower profit margins a solution to gaining market share?
What incentives do you develop within your supplier base to encourage quality in a positive way?
Cycle time and quality issues are important concerns for Radcliff
Jane Evans, buyer at Peachwood Manufacturing, has been told to purchase from a specific supplier. Her supplier analysis shows the need for an alternative choice. But, she's being unduly influenced - even to the degree of a veiled threat. Says Steve Jones, "The boss wants you to buy from Joe's Glass Company and if they have the best prices and can deliver, then why not? Besides, you know how Mike can be when he doesn't get his way. I remember the last time a purchaser didn't buy from one of Mike's friends. It took Mike no more than four weeks to get rid of him. The sad part was he was a good purchaser. He couldn't see that sometimes you just do what the boss says."
Reevaluating the situation and reviewing circumstances will help Cooper assess his next best alternative.
One of Hyatt's measuring machines is creating a bottleneck, and his suggested solution isn't garnering any support.
Hyatt revisited his theory of constraints and realized his team was headed down the wrong road.
Has your senior management ever directed you to purchase from a particular source? What did you do?
Irena Penrose, purchasing lead of Global Media Central of Golden, Colorado, just received another call regarding low inventory, "Irena, we're all out of shipping cartons for Windows 95 again." The shipping carton shortage of Windows 95 was typical. This last-minute notification to purchasing creates problems for assembly, purchasing, and the carton suppliers. Penrose is anxious to handle the whole situation in a more systematic fashion and wonders if moving to a JIT mode might work. Penrose is well aware of the Just-In-Time (JIT) system and its potential contribution. However, she knows that moving to JIT requires top management support, coordination from both the assembly and distribution departments, and supplier commitment.
It may not be enough to resort to one solution to remedy a host of internal problems.