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How Rising Freight Costs Are Impacting the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Nov 15, 2021 3:36:39 PM

Transportation companies are essential to the supply chain since they quickly deliver incoming materials and ship finished goods to customers. Though some operate with their own transportation fleet, most small to medium-sized manufacturers rely on external transportation companies, which means most have been faced with significantly increased land and air freight costs and challenges that began during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Advisor, Freight Cost

How to Overcome Coronavirus Economic Effects in Manufacturing

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Oct 11, 2021 2:07:00 PM

A bit over 18 months have passed since the majority of the globe locked down due to COVID-19. As we continue to acclimate and adapt to the ongoing pandemic, we see some signs of recovery. The manufacturing and packaging industries, however, continue to struggle in many areas. These struggles have required procurement executives to become more agile and diverse in their approach to finding the most cost-effective packaging while also problem-solving when others come up short.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Vendors & Contracts, Contract Management, Contracts

3 Tips for Strategically Sourcing Flexible Packaging

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Aug 26, 2021 10:00:00 AM

With roots stemming back to the 1950s, the flexible packaging market is a significant product in the procurement industry due to its efficiency, customizability, and sustainability. 

Flexible packaging is a type of package or container made of flexible material, which, when filled, can still easily change shape. Though there are many examples of flexible packaging, a few examples include:

  • Paper
  • Cartons
  • Blister packaging 
  • Flexible laminates
  • Woven bags 
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Topics: Manufacturing, Strategic Sourcing, Packaging

Vendor Negotiation Techniques to Increase Savings in a Virtual World

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Aug 12, 2021 10:00:00 AM

There would be no such thing as vendor negotiation if prices were set in stone. Yet decisions in government, international relations, speculation, and supply and demand shape market trends and price fluctuations, requiring procurement professionals in the manufacturing industry to develop and implement vital vendor negotiation techniques. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Cost Reduction, Vendor Negotiation, Vendor Negotiation Strategy

3 Vendor Contract Management Best Practices You Can't Ignore

Posted by Andrew Keathley on Jul 29, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Vendor contract management is the process of creating, negotiating, agreeing, storing, and tracking vendor contracts. This process enables teams in legal, procurement, and finance to manage risks involved as well as renewals. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Vendors & Contracts, Vendor Contract, Vendor Contract Negotiation, Vendor Contract Management, Vendor management

Learn How to Solve Procurement Challenges by Outsourcing

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Jul 15, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be lifting, and some people are resting easier. Nevertheless, many organizations faced upheavals and disruptions that have left systems and processes tattered and, in many cases, broken. Moving ahead, managers can try to revert to the old ways of doing things ... or they can embrace change, learn how to solve procurement challenges, and adjust procurement strategies and processes to tackle the new realities.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Procurement Consulting, Procurement

Cost-Saving Initiatives in Procurement for Manufacturers to Implement

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Jun 9, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Most were glad to leave 2020 behind. Yet, for all the uncertainties and unusual changes the world faced, people also learned important lessons and, as a result, changed their habits in ways that will be in effect for years to come. Nowhere is this more apparent than in manufacturing procurement. 

Remote work, social distancing, supply chain issues, shortages, and other disruptions have permanently reshaped operating strategy trends and created new opportunities for cost-saving initiatives in procurement. The operational landscape has altered, and many long-held practices are being adjusted to reflect the new reality.

Partly due to the pandemic and partly because of advances in technology, several trends have emerged in 2021 that promise to affect procurement strategies for years to come. Additionally, these changes offer new cost-saving opportunities. Below are four trends and cost-saving initiatives in procurement that every manager should consider implementing.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Procurement Consulting, ManufacturingAdvisor, Procurement

Key Differences Between Procurement Consulting and In-House Resourcing

Posted by Jim Kurtz on May 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM
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Topics: Manufacturing, Strategic Resource Management, SRM, Procurement Consulting, ManufacturingAdvisor, Procurement

Packaging Costs Matter in Your Vendor Contracts

Posted by Jim Kurtz on May 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Interesting times are ahead for companies that purchase significant pulp and paper volumes, a group that includes virtually any manufacturer with packaging needs. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index, from February 2020 to February 2021, pulp and paper prices increased more than 5%. Data published by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank shows that corrugated prices increased approximately 11.5% between September 2020 and March 2021. These price increases will soon show up in packaging costs...if they aren’t already.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Vendors & Contracts, Paper, Packaging, Vendor Contract, Vendor Contract Management

5 Procurement Strategy Initiatives for Untapped Savings in Manufacturing

Posted by Jim Kurtz on Mar 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Most of us were glad to see 2020 come to an end. Many changes brought about by the pandemic are becoming permanent, causing businesses to respond in new and innovative ways. Suppliers have had to react to pandemic-driven disruptions in creative ways, and the impact of demand shifts along the supply chain has caused procurement organizations to need to quickly adapt. 

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Topics: Manufacturing