calendar_today Feb 22, 2016 person Tony Lancione label Strategy

A make versus buy cost analysis involves comparing all of the costs associated with fulfilling a supply need (making) a good or service in-house against the cost of fulfilling a supply need (buying) a good or service from an outside supply partner. The common factors that companies consider in a make versus buy decision include proprietary knowledge, capabilities, quality, capacity, labor, volume, timing, and cost.

calendar_today Feb 15, 2016 person William Crane label Inventory

In today’s business environment, actions tend to be driven based on the results of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), and this is especially true in the manufacturing space. The typical organization develops KPI’s to enable them to holistically measure Quality, Delivery, and Total Cost of products they are supplying to their customers.

calendar_today Feb 8, 2016 person Sime Curkovic label Supply Chain Risk Management

This blog post is the continuation of our Identifying the Factors for Successfully Managing Supply Chain Risks – Factor 3 – Process Management (Part 3 of 5) research post. Our recent study to better understand supply chain risks focused on the structure, implementation, and maintenance of a formal system for managing risks in the supply chain.

calendar_today Feb 1, 2016 person William Crane label Strategy

Talented product designers and engineers today do a wonderful job painstakingly uncovering customer needs by spending countless hours interviewing potential customers about their biggest pains. Tech entrepreneurs then successfully develop painkiller products that address these customers’ needs.

calendar_today Jan 25, 2016 person Tony Lancione label Procurement

Every supplier is unique in their own way; however it’s the ones that share the following traits that make them best-in-class, and separate them from the competition.