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Walmart “Tapping” ThomasNet Gives One An Uneasy Feeling by Jon Hansen

July 9, 2015

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“Responding to feedback from its vendors that finding U.S. sources of supply was a challenge, Walmart found the solution in ThomasNet.com, industry’s leading platform for product sourcing and supplier discovery.” – Bloomberg Newswire, July 8th, 2015 One of the most frequently used taglines in the movies is “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” It […]

Translating Irrelevance: Why vendor “market share news” has little value in a practical sense by Jon Hansen

June 18, 2014

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“Il mercato mondiale del software dedicato al procurement e al supply chain management è cresciuto del 7,3% nello scorso anno, toccando 8,9 miliardi di dollari nel 2013.” – Gartner, crescono le soluzioni IT per il procurement 18 Giugno 2014 No I haven’t been taking lessons in Spanish – on a good day I have enough […]

Walmart sues Visa for price fixing; A “Vlasic” example of what is good for the goose is not good for the gander by Jon Hansen

March 29, 2014

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One of the most enduring posts here on the Procurement Insights blog in terms of overall reads is a piece I wrote on July 9th, 2007 titled “Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect“. One would think that after 7 years the insights it offered might no longer apply because after all, things change.  However when […]

Never make a pretty woman your wife, or why charismatic leaders are overrated

March 30, 2012

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NOTE: While a post on leadership is not what you would call a procurement topic along the same lines of one written about spend management or strategic outsourcing, it nonetheless has a very important impact on an organization including those of us who have occupied the hallowed offices of a purchasing department. For this reason […]

Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect

July 9, 2007

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UPDATE March 4th, 2013: According to an article in FCW, President Barack Obama is slated Monday morning to tap Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next head of the Office of Budget and Management. Reuters first reported the news, citing sources familiar with the issues. Given Walmart’s history in terms of “dealing” with […]