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NIGP Consulting: Unintended Consequence or Deceit By Design? by Jon Hansen

April 16, 2015

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“Say I’m a State wanting some help figuring out where I want/need to go with automating procurement and I want someone unbiased. So I think NASPO or NIGP, right? They are our State’s go to place for public procurement guidance and training. Now NASPO doesn’t have a ‘consulting’ arm but NIGP does! So let’s go […]

Supply Chains are indeed the ties that bind us all in a global economy

March 12, 2011

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Last June 23rd I can vividly recall the feelings I had when while sitting at my desk, our region was struck by what turned out to be a 5.0 magnitude earthquake.  With the epicenter a mere 25 kilometers from my office, the rolling build-up and corresponding shaking, was tantamount to a jet airplane flying through […]

The Paucity of suppliers bidding on City of Ottawa contracts is a symptom of a much larger problem

December 4, 2009

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It would be difficult for me to actually provide a number relative to how many times I have referenced the problems associated with what I refer to as an eroding supply based. Over the past few years, and more recently within the pages of this blog or on the virtual airwaves of the PI Window […]

Kraft Buys Into the Mirage of Vendor Rationalization

September 9, 2009

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“How important is effective internal collaboration?  Just ask a candy company in the U.S. mid-west.  As the manufacturer of a number of leading brands, this organization grew dramatically in a very short period of time through a series of acquisitions.  Unfortunately, an extemporal supply base was a byproduct of the transactions leaving the acquiring company […]

Buy American: Establishing Artificial Boundaries or Removing Unwanted Barriers?

September 6, 2009

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“This idea of international free trade is a fallacy. We don’t need free trade. We need smart trade . . . Even Canada is not truly a free trade partner. Their regulations require broadcasters use a specified percentage of Canadian-produced programming. That’s protectionism, and to deny it is to be the patsy to foreign governments […]

Will the Ghost of Harold Kutner Still Haunt the Corridors of the New GM?

August 11, 2009

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In a May 15th, 2000 Business Week article Harold Kutner was referred to as an “old school purchasing guy with a reputation for playing hardball with suppliers.” Amongst his heralded “accomplishments” at the time was the fact that he was the driving “force behind the auto industry’s first e-marketplace for car makers and parts suppliers” […]

Did an Anti-North American Sentiment and Arrogance Undermine Andersson’s Tenure at GM?

August 6, 2009

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On the August 11th PI Window on Business Show I will be talking with three time honoree as a Supply and Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros To Know,” and co-author of the book “Transform Your Supply Chain” Bill Michels, regarding General Motor’s precipitous fall in relation to their supply chain strategy. Like previous segments, I spend […]