The Four C’s of Supply Chain Resilience

Supply chain resilience has been one of the hottest topics over the past three years, with numerous disruptions and challenges facing procurement professionals across the globe.

But what does this mean in practice? We believe there are four C’s of resilience that we’ve adapted from psychology that ring true for the supply chain discipline.

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Performance, not Power: Using Data to Fuel Better Supply Chain Relationships

We’ve recently been working with customers that are amidst their digital transformation and realising the power of data and performance to drive relationships – not the contract.

In this article, we discuss how data can help the evolutionary process from contract focus and scouring T&Cs to dish out punitive punishment to supplier relationships that are relationship-focused and mutually beneficial.

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Relational Vs. Transactional Contracts: How to build healthier and more beneficial supplier relationships

We’ve all been in those contract negotiation meetings with suppliers on one side of the table and buyers on the other. It often feels like it’s the way to “do business” with a bit of good cop/bad cop interplay that can actually undermine the relationship from the get-go. So what’s the solution? This article proposes a more relational, contemporary, collaborative approach to supplier relationship management and shows how an SRM platform helps you achieve this.

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How to Supercharge Supply Chain Sustainability

In contrast to the conflation that sustainable means “green”, the push for sustainability should encompass a multitude of other business goals and organisational values. In this article, we discuss where the push for sustainable business practice comes from and what you can do to prepare for the ever-increasing demands for this in your business.

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How Sales Strategy can Strengthen Supply Chains

Supply chain issues seem to be front and centre of many business meetings at the moment, and this reaches far beyond the procurement and operations teams. Supply chain teams don’t operate in a vacuum and the delicate interplay with sales is becoming ever more vital for company success. Here, we look at a particular example of Ford which has stopped taking Fiesta orders after supply chain issues ‘significantly affect’ production. What has driven this decision and what can we learn from their approach?

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Five Strategies to Boost Supply Chain Performance in Complicated Times

With so many strong external forces at play in the supply chain world at the moment, it’s easy to feel out of control. The truth is that no one can control everything and you can be forgiven for that feeling of powerlessness but there are still many strategies you can still employ to boost effectiveness and efficiency in these complex times, here are our top five…

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The Impact of Inflation (& how supply chains can handle it)

According to the Office of National Statistics, the inflation rate (YoY) is 9.0% and The Bank of England expects the rate of inflation to keep rising throughout 2022. In this article, we discuss how we got here, what we can learn and how forward-thinking supply chain teams can focus on three areas of your operation to make a tangible change to how your business experiences inflation.

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Crisis Averted – How to Avoid Supply Chain Catastrophe

It feels like there’s a new crisis every day affecting the supply chain – it’s certainly been a turbulent time for supply chain managers so far in 2022. If you’re experiencing price hikes or extended lead times like many of our clients, it may be time to start a data-driven, pragmatic conversation with your supply chain using technology to help you avert the crisis…

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