Browsing All posts tagged under »Walmart«

Like a big screen action thriller, all that was missing from Barner’s ThomasNet article was popcorn . . . by Jon Hansen

September 3, 2014


From a penny wise, pound foolish acquisition to a misdirected NPM reference involving Walmart, Kelly Barner’s recent ThomasNet News article “Three False Assumptions About Strategic Sourcing” had it all.  The only thing missing for me with this roller-coaster ride of sheer procurement enjoyment, was hot buttered popcorn and a big box of Mike and Ike. […]

Is Walmart’s new “made by women” product labeling sexist? by Jon Hansen

July 7, 2014


“The path to gender equality does not involve stickers pointing out that a product has been made by a female entrepreneur. Women are not a charity group. If we want to help women in business, let’s close the pay gap and remove the glass ceiling – and then let products designed by women rise or […]

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


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 […]

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 […]