Bad Times for Business, Good Time for Change

I had a meeting recently with two executives of a division of a large multinational business, which we’ll refer to here as Acme plc. We were discussing a change programme they intend to push through their supply chain and purchasing operations, and how I might support...

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Have You Found Your ‘L’ Spot?

Something is afoot in the business world. Over the last year or so I have noticed an ever- increasing number of companies claiming to operate “LEAN”. Some even have ‘LEAN implementation’ as one of their strategic objectives. This trend can be seen even in the jobs...

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Manufacturing’s Outsourcing Challenge

A recent article in an engineering publication outlined some of the contemporary developments in car manufacturing, most notably that Western car manufacturers today really do very little ‘manufacturing’. Instead they have transitioned to become what might best be...

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Evolution of Manufacturing

For traditional UK manufacturing companies the outsourcing of activities overseas has had a number of evolutionary impacts. Manufacturing itself has almost become ‘commoditised’ in many sectors, and is less of a core competence for many erstwhile Western...

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What Do We Think of What Bosses Think of Procurement?

“Purchasing people don’t understand financials.” Purchasing is a source of problems. 37% of CFOs feel that Purchasing has either a negative impact or none at all. “Getting Purchasing to align its work with a company’s overall approach can be a frustrating task.” These...

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