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Sustainable Supply Chains Network

 
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Introduction 

Worldwide trading relationships now have a greater opportunity to engage minority organisations in their commercial relationships that develop positive economic and social benefits, this is achieved through conscious and deliberate steps in the procurement and contract development.  This network will bring together people who want to exchange ideas and best practice, and those who want to understand how they can put in place social and sustainable practices in their organisation. 

Purpose
The purpose of this network is to provide its members with insights into new trends and innovations in the development of social and sustainable procurement and contracting.  More emphasis is being placed on our social responsibility and commercial managers are often looking for guidance on how to engage meaningfully and ensure procurement and contracts drive sustainable practices through the life cycle of the commercial relationship.

The objectives will be met by sharing ideas/ best practice, discussing challenges, exploring new directions, developing data and metrics, initiating research and inviting experts to present on key topics related to these topics.

Meetings will be virtual (by phone or webinar) unless in specific cases there is an agreed wish to have physical meetings or workshops to develop specific initiatives.

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Network Updates

End of Life hardware costs

Recently, when reviewing the costs built up in a Service & Support contract noticed we had accounted for an "excessive" amount of hardware upgrades. I thought we had overestimated these costs, but we are talking about a 5 year contract and I can see now the rapid evolution of the technology and regulatory pressures to change existing hardware that reached the End of Life. I can see now we had properly estimated those costs.

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The end of Procurement

Hello Tim I found your article very interesting. I agree that procurement struggled for years to prove its real value, and it is still struggling. Firstly. Until the procurement staff performance is measured on monetary savings mainly and their work considered purely administration, it will be difficult to make any changes. The demand need to come from senior commercial leaders. The targets set for procurement staff are quick turnaround time and monetary savings. There is very little time to build relationship! Question. If the new technologies will make procurement quicker, with less or without people, would the relationship element be pushed back even more? No need to lift the phone anymore or meet in person! While I can hear that you would have more time to interact with suppliers. That is not, what I can see, but increasing volume of work, as you can do procurement quicker. In my view, the senior commercial leaders need to understand the benefit of relationships in business, set the direction and support the staff to achieve it. Support means not only sending a person on course but show it how it is done. Really seen nowadays! Secondly. I am always interested in self-development. What do you think what skills should we should concentrate on?

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Order Precedence: PO Terms vs MSA Terms

Hi, in case no precedence term is set and/or agreed in any documents including MSA, which term (PO or MSA) will take precedence and the legal ground behind it. Can someone please provide some ideas, comments and experience? Thanks.

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Supply Chain Financing: Liquid Inventory That Keeps Things Moving

I had an opportunity to interview Craig Weeks, one of our faculty advisors for the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative this week, at the NC State Football Stadium recording studio. Craig is a wealth of information on this topic, and we will be presenting the insights from this video soon. I thought it would be useful to present some interesting insights for those who are new to the term 'Supply Chain Financing'.

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Ask the Expert / MOOC Call 2: So you want to be a Contract 'n' Commercial Star?" and find it to be very informative and useful.

Listening now to Rod Wade's message as part of the MOOC's week 2 activity studies. Including Melissa Kargiannakis', founder and CEO of skritswap, words of wisdom for working in the remote/virtual world we are now in is much needed. "Huge helping of autonomy; dash of accountability; generous helping of flexibility; and a pinch of structure." Each "ingredient" she mentioned is the right measure that will make this new workstyle change we are in to be successful.

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Moving Forward - key resources to survive and thrive - IACCM Member update June 2020

To help IACCM members move forward, this webinar explores resources and information recently released. Topics include: Need to know 1. VIBE Summit 2. Staying on TASK in the New Normal 3. Coaching for the New Normal 4. IACCM Council Elections - Vote Now 5. COVID-19 Support. Member-only offer ends 30 June 6. Managing Contracts Virtually - offer ends 26 June Research 7. Most Negotiated Terms 2020 Resources 8. Contracting Excellence Ideas and Issues 9. Adaptive Automation and Talent: Is There a Link? Events 10. TASK Webinars 11. Virtual Member Meetings 12. Ask the Expert and other Webinars 13. Body Language in Live and Online Negotiations BONUS 14. Think Global - Act Local

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