NAPM InfoEdge
December 1998, Vol. 4 No. 4

Integrated Supply Strategies

Table of Contents
  • Integrated Supply Basics Members Only Content
    Today's environment of competitive business strategies requires all aspects of an organization to improve efficiencies, validate costs, and optimize the supply chain. The purchasing and supply function is no exception. In their role of managing suppliers and the goods and services necessary to meet organization objectives, purchasing and supply managers must strive to establish a working model with suppliers that makes the most of that relationship. Integrated supply strategies are coming into play as a means to add value.

  • Benefits of Integrated Supply Members Only Content
    Organizations successful in utilizing integrated supply programs have achieved many benefits including:

  • Integrated Supply Opportunities Members Only Content
    Integrated supply agreements can take many forms. A supplier's involvement may come at a nontraditional time, such as in new product development, or in a more traditional capacity, such as supplier-managed inventory. The extent to which a supplier is integrated can also vary.

  • Finalizing the Integrated Supply Agreement Members Only Content
    A basic integrated supply agreement should have the following components:


Drew Curtis, C.P.M., CPIM
Drew Curtis is manager of strategic sourcing programs for Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada for TTI, Inc., at their regional office in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Curtis holds a bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Rivier College. He has over 20 years materials/purchasing management experience in high-tech industries and has held positions with Cabletron Systems, Nashua Corporation, and MKS Instruments. He has spoken at NAPM's 83rd Annual International Purchasing Conference and at the APICS International Conference regarding supplier management programs and strategies.

J. Don Etheridge, P.E., C.P.M.
Don Etheridge is a commodity manager with NCR in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A licensed professional engineer (P.E.), he has worked in engineering and procurement positions for Corning, Carolina Power & Light, and the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Etheridge has written articles that have appeared in Purchasing Today® magazine.

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