Why procurement planning is critical ahead of Chinese New Year

20/01/2020 00:46 | Share

Smart U.S. companies have plans in place to accommodate disruptions that come with the holiday, such as delayed production, slower shipping and tight capacity.

Supply chain certifications: What's new?

20/01/2020 00:46 | Share

Just as the business world evolves, associations offering supply chain certifications are revamping them to include relevant content.

Supply Chains in 2020 …

20/01/2020 00:45 | Share

… are going to be hard to predict, and more complex than even the true experts are predicting. Why?

1. Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Escalating Tensions

Once upon a time, tariffs were well understood, changed rarely, and could be easily calculated into total cost of ownership equations. This allowed an organization to make long term sourcing decisions with a solid understanding of long term costs. But with trade wars on the rise, tensions escalating, and tariffs being introduced and increased on an almost daily basis … no sourcing decision is safe beyond the minute it is made.

The situation is not going to get any better, and, in fact, might get worse. As a result, the ability to track not only costs, but tariffs, tensions, and risks thereof is going to get more complex than even the average expert expects.

2. Carrier Complexity

Carriers continue to come and go at the regional and local level (as a result of recently introduced or increased insurance requirements in some countries), ocean carrier availability depends on overall demand, suitability depends on costs which depend on availability and unpredictable energy costs, and air carrier availability depends on plane availability (which is affected when planes get grounded), weather and the non-occurrence of natural disasters (such as volcanic eruptions and hurricanes and severe thunderstorms that ground airplanes), and, of course pilot availability (impacted by strikes).

Then we have the risks of war closing off routes and even downing commercial planes. The risks of regulation limiting driver, pilot, conductor, and captain availability and/or putting carriers out-of-business. And of course the risks of escalating high-tech theft, including theft from moving vehicles.

3. Automation and AI

Automation is taking humans out of the equation, and AI is threatening to take even more out. This isn’t a good thing. Automation can streamline tactical processing and information gathering and processing, but not strategic decision making. And despite what some enthusiasts may claim, AI does not improve the situation … in fact, it makes it worse.

You see, with so many unknown variables across such a broad spectrum, no AI solution can even know all of the data to monitor, yet alone interpret it all properly when there is no foundation to measure against with so many new situations cropping up daily. AI will work the 90% to 95% of the time that the statistics says it will, but will fail in the remaining situations, and fail miserably. All of the savings or efficiencies the solutions will deliver across the first 19 solutions will be undone, and then some, in the 20th situation when the solution goes unchecked.

Even without getting into specifics, supply chain complexity will be a challenge in 2020. And, if things get worse, it could be a nightmare. We hope you’re ready.

[Announcement] Season 2 of Spend Culture Stories – January 21st

18/01/2020 00:05 | Share

Written by: Dani Hao

Hello readers!

We’re excited to announce that we will be launching season 2 of our Spend Culture Stories podcast next week on January 21st at 2pm PST.

Thank you for your continued support when we launched this in May of 2019 and for all the great conversations and learnings we shared together.

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Spend Culture Stories is a podcast that helps finance and opeartions trailblazers learn the tactics, strategies, and processes to build a proactive Spend Culture.
In this podcast, we have human conversations about the messy and sometimes hilarious stories that happen when people, organizations, and money meet. Learn how to pick the right tools, implement the most efficient processes, and how to develop the right people to transform the Spend Culture of your organization for the better.

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Navigating Global Trade

17/01/2020 14:01 | Share

The outlook for global supply chains has never been more volatile. Four experts in trade and compliance look at ways to navigate today’s choppy waters.

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