2000 Purchasing Today Article Index
Term selected: General Management Issues
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.
A new study reveals that a link between cost savings and structural change proves pressure exists on purchasing and supply professionals to make a contribution to the bottomline.
An effective cross-functional team requires a leader of influence to facilitate good teamwork.
Because a start-up organization lacks a solid financial history, market research is essential to building a financial foundation for a new supplier venture.
Go beyond transaction-specific issues to facilitate and extract innovative ideas from key suppliers and internal units.
Before organizations can work together as an alliance, and realize the associated benefits, a level of trust must be earned by both parties.
Don't use technology for the sake of using "the latest" tools. Instead, be willing to try new technologies. Just make sure they enhance your ability to accomplish your job more effectively.
No doubt about it: every action, every flicker in the market can affect a supply manager's purchase, risk, and success. Learn how to tap into the information that can provide the competitive edge.
Increasing a purchasing organization's value-added contributions and competitive stance in the marketplace may lie with its employees' knowledge of the organization's suppliers.
Bringing potential suppliers together can set the foundation for a strategic relationship.
Today's organization has porous boundaries through which people of all levels, even production workers and service providers, are in touch with suppliers and customers.
A supply management department's communication plan can clearly articulate and illustrate goals, objectives, and strategies.
Expecting high ethics standards? First develop a sound ethics policy.
Incidental changes can put out a fire, but to be a truly effective supply manager, dig deeper and investigate the processes that are making or breaking success.
Mergers and acquisitions create a choice: manage the change and leverage results, or get bogged down in uncertainty.
Do you know what motivates your top purchasing and supply management employees? Are you struggling with finding, then keeping the best of the best? Researchers say organizations can't keep good people because they don't understand what motivates a high-performing employee. The key lies in developing a strong recruitment and retention process.
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
- Henry Ford
By combining several support and administrative functions – including some purchasing transactions – into a single shared services operation, organizations are realizing the power of partnership.
Sometimes working with a merged supplier means extra work. However, a well-planned effort can often produce an improved supplier partnership.
With several types of alliances to help organizations develop, where does your organization fall on the supplier alliance continuum?
If your organization uses materials or services that are volatile in price or availability, forecasting may help you stay ahead of changes in price or supply.
Just because a supplier relationship must end that doesn't mean it has to be a negative experience.