Customer satisfaction with Florida’s online purchasing system, MyFloridaMarketPlace, topped 90 percent in a recent survey and has saved the state $71 million through strategic sourcing.
The system achieved an overall satisfaction mark of 91 percent, according to a survey conducted in August. The survey polled purchasing and finance/accounting groups about MyFloridaMarketPlace’s purchasing and invoicing components.
The contract manufacturing industry is selling itself short by not leveraging the benefits strategic sourcing has to offer, such as obtaining top-quality resources, turning fixed costs into variable costs and increasing controls over unit pricing. Currently, the contract manufacturing industry remains largely focused on cost-plus or rate-of-return models — resulting in negligible strategic benefit. By employing strategic outsourcing principles, the contract manufacturing industry’s customers and vendors will be able to realize true business improvements that bolster both the success of their business and the industry as a whole.
As with virtually every area of business these days, the procurement process itself has become a target of Business Process Outsourcing, or BPO.
Several very large consulting firms, such as Accenture, IBM Global Services, and AT Kearney, and a few procurement software vendors such as Ariba and IGC Commerce, are now offering outsourced procurement services.
Comprehensive manufacturing and supply chain management software has enhanced scalability and performance, updated core manufacturing and supply chain functionality
Epicor Software Corporation has introduced more features and functionality for Epicor Vantage, the company’s comprehensive manufacturing and supply chain management (SCM) software system. Epicor Vantage is built using a true service-oriented architecture (SOA) that enables continuous performance initiatives, real-time connectivity between supply-chain applications and partners, and greater business agility for make-to-order (MTO) and mixed-mode manufacturers and distribution companies.
The green sourcing wave has begun to roll with an increasing number of electronics companies beginning to catch on and ride the wave in an effort to proactively manage a new era of customer needs, environmental regulations and competitive realities that will ultimately impact their business.
Retalix(R) , a global provider of software solutions for distributors and retailers, has expanded its Supply Chain offerings to fulfill the critical transportation requirements of inbound traffic, yard management and dock scheduling for grocers and distributors. Chuck Bealke, vice president of transportation solutions, leads this initiative.
e-Future Information Technology Inc. , a leading front supply chain management software and service company in China, today announced its e-Future ONE Visual Process Management (VPM) system has been successfully put into operation in Sino Rubber Electronic Exchange (“Sino Rubber”), the biggest professional natural rubber exchange in China that accounts for 25% of China’s local natural rubber yield.
Dubai Logistics City (DLC), part of the world’s first truly integrated multi-modal logistics platform, currently under development at Jebel Ali in the UAE, will be leading an impressive line up of case studies at SCM Logistics Middle East 2007 – the region’s definitive conference for supply chain professionals in the manufacturing industry at the Shangri-la Hotel, Dubai on 29 and 30 October.
The world’s top supply chain management experts will hear how Dubai has transformed itself into a leading global commerce and logistics hub through DLC’s development within Dubai World Central (DWC) – the 140 square kilometre urban aviation community rising up from Dubai’s desert.
Three former Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commanders have mixed opinions about a sweeping Air Force Materiel Command reorganization that calls for in-place transfer of about 1,000 Robins Air Force Base supply, contracting and technical workers to a new center headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Tom Scott, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 987 – the bargaining unit for most civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base – is more blunt. He said the shift will diminish the local center, an economic engine that produces thousands of jobs and billions of impact dollars each year.
Government agencies and companies involved in the agriculture sector were urged to give Malays the opportunity to get involved in the entire aspect of the ‘supply chain’ and not only in the output of the crops.
Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia (ISIS) director-general, Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin, said the agencies and companies like those under Felda and government-linked companies (GLCs) needed to set up a system of suppliers or sub-contractors.
“Malay farmers and new Malays should be involved in all aspects of the value chain such as marketing, logistics, packaging and in the process raise their income from value-added agricultural and agricultural-related activities,” she said at the National Agriculture Convention 2007 here.