Category Archives : Sourcing


Recruiting Risks vs Supplier Risks

recruiting risks

Recruiting risks are often not given enough emphasis. Supplier risk is usually in the trustworthiness of the supplier alone. However, the raw materials do not lie or deceive, so you do not face the double risk. Investing investing in your people is good business let’s look at two aspects Recruiting Risks are Greater than Supplier Risks […]

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Ethical China Supply Chain Management Recruitment

China Supply Chain Management Recruitment

Hi, Today I want to talk ethics focus in recruiting which is needed for ethics in your operation. Let us think about two sites that are talking about Ethical China Supply Chain Management which is tightly related to China Supply Chain Manager Recruitment In the first article China Business Review talks about the Milk Scandal […]

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World Class Employees? What They Are. What They Are Not.

world class employees

I know a Western stock held company in North China whose Western GM told me he has three World Class Employees who can get work anywhere in the world. Picture of a World Class Employee? His HR Manager is one he names.  For the last 8 years she has worked with impressive professionalism. In the […]

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Logistics in China

China is a low cost country so logistics is low cost, right? Actually not. Technomics has a podcast up by Steve Crandall and Jim Serstad. It is well done. Take some time to listen to what they have to say here. In it, Steve said China has 800,000 or so trucking companies. The US has […]

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Our Ears are More Valuable Than We Imagine

Here is the first paragraph of a fine post by the Procurement Leaders: Perhaps the least appreciated, but among the most important tools procurement executives can have are their ears. That’s because listening to others in the organization – particularly the individual business stakeholders – is the first and most critical step in understanding corporate […]

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Sustainable Sourcing in Emerging Markets like China

Christopher Game at Procurement Leaders has up a post that is worth deciphering.   He uses vague terminology to avoid being judgmental in these emerging markets, but he is very clear on what he sees. Check it out here.  I paste a few points below. Parenthetical points are mine. Ask for references from customers of similar […]

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Offshoring to China

The Procurement Leaders Blog has up a post on offshoring that got me thinking. You can see it here. They noted that offshoring should not just be for driving down cost. So well said. Lets say it again. Offshoring should not just be about driving down costs. It is a much bigger question that should […]

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Purchasing for the Long Term

The Procurement Leaders have a blog up that I am happy to take note of. You can see it here. When selling, we focus on win-win, but we often have trouble seeking win-win in our supply or outsourcing solutions. Purchasers are pushed so hard on price that the quality is bargained away.  This is especially […]

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Suppliers Should Be Understood Deeply

Many times we treat suppliers as if they are expendable.   A post from the Procurement Leaders may keep us from making that mistake.  See the whole post here as it has very good thought. If a supplier goes out of business, the cost is actually very high and can stop production.  However, suppliers who have […]

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