Browsing All posts tagged under »Walmart«

What financial impact will Walmart’s decision to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the products it sells have on its supply chain? by Jon Hansen

March 5, 2014


“Walmart and Sam’s Club believe that customers/members should not have to choose between products that they can afford and products that are better for them and the environment.” A March 4th article by Mike Hower was interesting on so many levels. As someone whose family has eschewed factory food in favor of cooking healthy […]

What we can learn from Walmart regarding eCommerce network fees by Ronald Duncan

February 20, 2014


Originally posted on In The Cloud:
In reading Duncan Jones’ recent Procurement Leaders article Are eCommerce Network Fees For Suppliers A Barrier Too Far?, his reference to pricing model penalization reminded me of a 2007 article I read by Jon Hansen titled Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect. Even though the Jones article had…

Spend Matters giving Walmart kudos is like giving Al Capone a good citizenship award for supporting a soup kitchen by Jon Hansen

November 19, 2013


The great advantages of having access to a real-time industry news feed is that I can track everything – and I mean everything – that happens in the procurement world.  The benefit of course is that there is no shortage of both interesting and timely subject matter about which to write. One such example is […]

Why I believe that Michael Porter’s position on corporate social responsibility smacks of colonialism

May 27, 2013


Back in April of 2008 I wrote a post titled What is the Value in your Supply Chain? (A PI Q and A), in which I questioned the merits of famed Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter’s model. Specifically, I had indicated that while Porter’s theory at the conceptual level has merit, its “value” in terms […]

Fiscal realities and Government contracting (Part 3): Compliance over Value?

September 8, 2011


Government contracting must be conducted in a manner that will: stand the test of public scrutiny and reflect fairness in the spending of public funds; respect operational requirements; support long-term industrial and regional development and other appropriate national objectives, including aboriginal economic development; and comply with the government’s obligations under the trade agreements. from the […]

The Ultimate Silver or Lead Conversion: A Strategic Shift in Transportation at Walmart

December 7, 2010


In the I am from the government and I am here to help you and this is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you genre, and similar to the old story about two scuba divers who upon encountering a shark one diver stabs the other in the leg and swims […]

A Winning Strategy: Is Walmart Right To ‘Delayer’? (A Guest Author Post by IACCM’s CEO Tim Cummins)

March 9, 2010


At first glance, Walmart’s new strategy of ‘delayering the supply chain’ appears to be a reversal of the cost saving device of consolidating spend and reducing the number of suppliers. Are they mimicking others, who are saying ‘if we get rid of the prime contractors, we can get better deals from working with each sub’. […]

Guest Author Post (Essential Connections): Public Sector Procurement and the Wal-Mart Effect

March 8, 2010


The following is a post that appeared in today’s Essential Connections Blog, referencing my July 9th, 2007 article on how public sector procurement has to a certain degree experienced what I referred to as the WalMart Effect. It is an interesting new Blog focusing on public sector procurement, that features guest posts by industry thought […]

Today’s PI Window on Business Show on Contracting Challenges Drives Home The Lessons That GM Has Learned The Hard Way!

July 10, 2009


When it rains, it pours! Wednesday’s post pertaining to the folly of the new Procter & Gamble “Preferred Vendor” strategy was the epitome of the “when will they ever learn” axiom as companies that should know better continue to make the same mistakes.  Specifically, seeking quick savings through the silver or lead mindset that is […]

Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect

July 9, 2007


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 […]