New Tool to Measure (and Manage) the carbon footprint of your supply Chain

Posted: June 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Best practices, CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Supply chain CO2Reducing the amount of carbon imbedded in the raw materials we source can be a very good thing – especially if it helps us meet our Corporate Social Responsibility goals as supply-chain professionals (not to mention helping the planet).

Virescent and ProPurchaser have just developed a tool to measure and manage the carbon footprint of a supply chain. And, we are pleased to announce that our blog readers are invited to take out a free, 3-month trial.

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Land the Purchasing Job You Want

Posted: June 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Land the Purchasing Job You Want
The competition for good jobs today is unprecedented.

Certainly not news. Most of us have had the frustrating experience of applying for a job we really want, only to find hundreds of others had the same idea. We were lucky to receive a response let alone an interview.

Well, there is news and it’s the good kind: a way forward, especially if the job you want involves negotiating with suppliers.

In the following article, we describe an approach that should help you stand out in the crowd: a method of demonstrating you can ‘hit the ground running’; that you will deliver bottom-line savings, the day you start working. Sound too good to be true?

Read on: Land the Purchasing Job You Want

 


Beating the Budget Blues

Posted: June 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

BudgetMost Purchasers are called upon each year to prepare a budget for the products they buy. Given the uncertain marketplace, estimating Suppliers‘ prices is a tough job. It’ easy to go wrong, easy to make decisions you’ll come to regret.

Ths article will help you survive & thrive in this career minefield.

via Beating the Budget Blues on Propurchaser.


Tag-Team to Wrestle Costs Down

Posted: June 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , | No Comments »

Wrestle cost down The arithmetic is simple: profits are being squeezed. Finding ways to drive down costs lower than your competition’s has become more important than ever.

Here, we describe a different approach to supplier negotiations that might help you gain an edge.

via Create a tag-team to wrestle cost down on Propurchaser.


Sustainable Procurement – Supplier charter

Posted: June 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Sustainable procurement
One way of integrating sustainable procurement into your supply chain is to start a the very beginning and put a ‘supplier charter‘ in place.

Set out your companies CSR priorities, send these to your suppliers along with a questionnaire asking them to evaluate how they perform against each of the priorities. Once you start collecting information and forming a constructive dialogue with your suppliers, it becomes possible to implement your CSR objectives through your supply chain.

How to implement a supplier charter


The Multiplier Effect

Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

multiplier effectIf you want to really use your buying power to make a environmental difference, make sure that any “green” criteria for vendor selection are widely publicized so that your suppliers’ competitors hear about them too.
In this way, encouraging a change in one supplier can have a “multiplier effect” on many others.

via Negotiating Nugget | Propurchaser.


Few Canadian companies disclose environmental practices

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: | No Comments »

Environmental practiceMajor pension funds are demanding more environmental data about the businesses they’ve invested in, but most companies are still not giving them key information about things such as energy and water consumption, according to a new review of corporate social responsibility in Canada.

via Few Canadian companies disclose environmental practices – The Globe and Mail.


Green Procurement: knowledge is power

Posted: May 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CSR in purchasing, Gem, Greening the Supply Chain, Negotiating with Suppliers, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Green procurementTo actually make your supply-chain more green, the first step is to understand what the main environmental impacts are and where they occur in the supply chain or product lifecycle.

I intend to write about what purchasing professionals can actually do to ‘green’ supply-chains and lower their organization’s carbon footprint. My goal is to stimulate ideas and debate; so please feel free to comment or add your ideas.

Increased public awareness, scrutiny from environmental groups, regulatory pressure and concerns about climate change has led companies in a race to establish their eco-credentials; through removing harmful but regulated substances like phthalates (often found in PVC) from products, changing palm oil suppliers to save rainforests, and setting huge targets to remove carbon emissions from supply chains. For many companies, their products’ biggest impacts, and therefore risks and opportunities, are from the supply chain in the production, extraction, cultivation, and transport of raw materials.

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Has the purchasing profession made strides over the last 7 years? – Part 2

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Best practices, Gem, What's Happening in Our Profession | Tags: , | No Comments »

business man with a dollar symbolFollowing the results of responses to the first area probed in our Purchasing Effectiveness Survey which focused on Senior Management’s view of Purchasing, we continue with results from the second area (leaving money on the table). 

Here are the results.

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Are Green Supply-Chains More Expensive?

Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gem, Greening the Supply Chain | Tags: , , | No Comments »

SurveyThis is the second article discussing the results of our ongoing survey examining what Supply-Chain professionals in North America are thinking and (more importantly) doing about greening their supply-chains.

The first article, How important is a Green Supply-Chain in North America?, focused on the perceived importance of a green supply-chain, homing in on senior management’s expectations, as well as our own attitudes towards suppliers with green credentials.

The survey asked how strongly participants agreed or disagreed with the following statements:
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