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2. F2 Home Hardware

The company is Home Hardware and the year was 1980. I had just started my supply chain career and didn’t have any …

2. F16 Culliton

This is the first of what is going to be a series. The intent is to showcase a special and unique organization. …

8. A12 LT foreign currency rating

The acronym is BRICS. It represents 5 huge markets and economies. Why is knowing this going to be important? The main factor …

8. A11 KPIs for spend analysis

I just love this matrix. It helps me remind myself of work that I have done and work that some of you …

8. A10 Willing and Able

The more you know the better you can then deal with people. If you are in a management role and have someone …

8. A9 Gerald Purchasing Management Member

First of all, I wish to congratulate all the recent professionals that just got their supply chain designation. A lot has changed …

8. A8 Why people give up

I saw this image which I thought should be shared. It was Dr. David Weiss that brought this to my attention and …

8. A5 10 principles of Kaizen

I got this one from Chris Penny from Kinetic GPO who thought that it was worth sharing. I totally agree. Theses are …

8. A4 To Do Quadrants

I just finished doing a huge travel agenda visiting Kinetic members in suppliers. In 4 short weeks I was in BC, AB, …

8. A2 Industry Profit Margin

I have seen a lot of post about cost increases. There have even been a few excellent posts that provide you with …

8. A1 SCM Skills

Today’s post is dedicated to Idar that shares so many great posts. Enjoy!

7. J29 Bid or Cooperative Contract

When I started to work for Kinetic GPO on May 27, 2017, I had no idea how successful we would be. I …

7. J28 SQL Cheat Sheet

Why did I pick this infograhics? I like it because it lets me know how complex it is to extract data from …

7. J27 Obituary

Now that I have your attention, I should clarify that I am live and well. I have been reflecting lately about all …

7. J26 Less Stress Leader

In my last post I told you what I do when I am stressed and what I do often works for me. …

12 Stages of Burnout

This is something that you don’t want to get or to receive! Years ago I learnt one fundamental thing. Stress isn’t always …

7. J22 Bankruptcy Canada

I can easily predict that the trend is going to increase. I just can’t tell you who. One thing I do know …

7. J21 Rising Supply Chain Vacancies

A long time ago, I was a demand planner with IBM Canada. My job was to try and see the future demand …

7. J20 Top Contractors

There are two areas where the work will always happen because of one factor (aging). As things age they need to be …

7. J19 Supply Chain Salaries

Have you ever wondered how much you should get paid. There are a lot of factors that determine wages. Supply and demand, …

7. J18 Stop Light Communication

Since May 15, I have been doing a lot of travelling and I can stop for a while. I have been attending …

7. J15 Supplier Management

Here is a nice visual from McKinsey & Company which explain which procurement roles are needed and when. Full disclosure, I put …

7. J14 Project Management

I get one question a lot. Which skill or body of knowledge should I learn. The first one is of course supply …

7. J13 Psychology Tricks

I have spent a lot of time learning more and more about people. This is a nice visual reminder. A word of …

7. J12 Price is Right

This isn’t about the game show. it is about knowing the value of what you are buying. It is often easier to …

7. J8 Idar Nouti Infographic

I know that I have the experience and the knowledge. I also know that I can create visuals if I have to. …

7. J7 Incoterms

Yesterday I did a post where I mentioned Intermodal. Which then got me thinking about transportation. There are a lot of supply …

7.06.22

I must say that this is a term that I forgot that I knew. In Supply Chain we get to know the …

7. J5 Chaos Monkey

The chaos monkey is a smart piece of software and a brilliant idea from engineers at Netflix. The chaos monkey deliberately switches …

7. J2 Fraud Fighting

Every day we are challenged to make sure that we are not taken advantage of. Every day there are new fraudulent ways …

7. J1 Canadian Inventions

Today is a very special day. It is the day that my wife Joanne is organizing the annual street parade. The night …

6. J29 Supply Chain Canada

Supply chain has come a long way. Finding an Academic Institution that taught supply chain was a challenge. There were a few …

6. J28 Buy Local

As I travel across the country, I am hearing this more and more. The strongest sentiment can be found in the Western …

6. J27 Procurement

When I started in supply chain the most common comment was you can have two out of three when it came to …

6. J24 Opportunities

There seems to be a few more individuals that are looking for a career change. And I would hope that this image …

6. J23 Time Wasters

I got curious and wanted to know how much time was wasted. I was specifically thinking of the loss of productivity in …

6. J22 Transparent Supply Chain

My mantra has always been “open & transparent”. For the majority based on this visual this is not the case. Of course …

6. J21 Negotiation

I do hope that this image isn’t too small as there is so much great information that is covered all at once …

6. J20 Stagflation

If you were born after 1980 you might have never heard of this word. What do you get when you put stagnation …

6. J17 BATNA

This is a concept that a lot of you will be familiar with. Supply chain is always about negotiations or in some …

6. J16 ZOPA

I am always fascinated when it come to acronyms. Especially it they help me understand a concept that I know yet can’t …

6. J15 Grey Power

We are now entering a time when a lot of people are going to be leaving the workforce. So much knowledge and …

6. J14 Liked

This is your cheat sheet so that you have a better chance to be liked. I am thankful that what I do …

6. J13 Interest

This interesting visual is courtesy of Visual Capitalist. We are still at an all time low in North America for interest rates …

6. J10 Contingency

I thought I would keep this post light and amusing. If you didn’t catch the phrase then look up fantasy island. Keep …

6. J9 Commodity

This was a visual that I wasn’t sure about. During my professional career I have never been that involved in buying commodities. …

6. J8 Brain Drain

If you haven’t heard this term then you will hear it a lot over the next two years. What does it mean …

6. J7 Hype

I have to thank Norberto da gloria for this one. Some on this list have made great advancements. Text to speech comes …

6. J6 Government trust

We all know that trust is earned and not given. When I saw this chart, I thought that I would have known …

6. J3 Professional Trust

I try and publish this trend analysis at least once a year. Every year, I am disappointed that Supply Chain or other …

6. J2 Inflation

I was talking to Victoria the other day and I asked what else I should be posting. She mentioned that It would …

6. J1 Coffee Comparison

All are the same size, the cups are the same, the ingredients should be similar. So how do you compare? This week …

5. M31 Appearances

This post is a bit different. I saw this picture and realized that there are still a lot of people that fall …

5. M27 Leadership

Yesterday, I did a presentation for the Supply Chain Canada BC Institute. My topic was leadership in supply chain in 3 not …

5. M26 Career Puzzle

Your career is like a giant puzzle. Too bad you didn’t get the final picture or the proper instructions. It would be …

5. M25 Expiration

I was talking to someone the other day about what QCsolver does and he asked can it track software licenses. I said …

5. M24 Connections

When I started to use LinkedIn, I set myself a goal. I wanted to have 500 connections which to me seemed like …

5. M21 Internet Crimes

Based on this report from Statista it does appear that there is an explosive growth trend. I knew it was big. I …

5. M20 Audit

Often these words bring a level of fear. What am I doing wrong? Why are they looking at what we are doing? …

5. M19 Centralization debate

The other day I posted about the swing between supply and demand. Today it is about the option of either centralizing or …

5. M18 One Size

I am a huge fan of sketchplanations. This one got me to stop and think. I do know that there is a …

5. M17 Bullwhip Effect

A lot of people are aware of the bullwhip effect and I have even done a previous post on the subject. I …

5. M13 Rejected

Today is Friday 13th and for some this is a very unlucky day. For others it is a regular day. I would …

5. M12 SupplyChain Conference

There is still time to register for this year’s conference. I am looking forward to representing Kinetic GPO, seeing some old friends, …

5. M11 Network

It does appear that I am doing a few things right based on the number of LinkedIn impressions and engagements I have …

5. M10 Rogue Spend

Spend under management or rogue spend? It is a simple question and math is once again involved. Take your entire purchases, minus …

5. M9 Busy

Any time I am supper busy I start to wonder if more people are needed. In today’s world, I would kind of …

5. M6 How

Sometimes, as an individual you might take what you do for granted. You might take short cuts and fall into patterns. In …

5. M5 Interview Questions

If you don’t ask you won’t find out. Some wait too long to ask a few of these questions. Timing is important …

5. M4 Critical Thinking

This is courtesy of LinkedIn and I thought I should share. I often need these types of reminders so that I can …

5. M3 Resume

I have been asked a lot lately about courses that someone in supply chain should take in order to be in a …

5. M2 Procurement Fraud

Please take a careful look at this image that was posted a while back by JL Moreau. I hadn’t realized until now …

4. A29 100 Biggest Companies

I do think that Canada is made up of bright and innovative individuals. And we have been home to some of the …

4. A28 Economies Reopening

I am always fascinated to see how Canada compares to the rest of the world. Where are we and why? What are …

4. A27 Rare Earth Reserves

On Monday, I had a chance to talk to someone who lives and works in France who is having supply chain challenges. …

4. A26 Keiretsu

This is a Japanese term referring to a business network made up of different companies, including manufacturers, supply chain partners and distributors. …

4. A25 Don't worry be happy

I don’t often question why I am so upbeat most of the time. A lot of it is because I love what …

4. A22 4 Friends

There are so many new people that have joined the supply chain profession and a lot of them don’t know what they …

4. A21 Kraljic

Here is a supply chain word that you might not know: Kraljic. Definition: It is a method used to segment the purchases …

4. A20 Industry Disruption

Where does your industry fit in this matrix? Which of these sectors influences your organization? It is easy to see that energy, …

4. A19 Long Hard Slog

I found this wonderful image below courtesy of Gartner. It is true that buying can be a long, hard slog when it …

4. A19 Workforce Transformation

There have been a lot of courses and webinars developed regarding this topic. Every step as outlined in the image below is …

4. A1 Cold Calling

I thought it made sense to cover off cold calling statistics on the biggest day for deception and bluff. In Canada, we …

3. M31 Manitoulin

This recent post from Manitoulin Transport caught my attention and I thought I would share the link. When budgeting for 2022 and …

3. M30 Gartner

Gartner: one of the greatest places to learn more about trends in supply chain. What I like about this image is how …

3.M29 PMI

Inflation goes in cycles and if you have been in supply chain for a while then you have seen the trends come …

3. M24 Policy Advisory Groups

Today Supply Chain Canada has launched a new and important initiative. Here is what Christian Buhagiar posted today. “Today I am excited to launch …

3. M23 Apology Act

Never have to say you are sorry! Did you know that in 2009 an act was passed in Canada called the Apology …

3. M22 Money going down the drain

Everyone is being hit with increases everywhere and especially natural gas. I thought the image conveyed how we are all feeling. So …

3. M21 Career Path

One question I get a lot is which designation is needed to succeed in the supply chain. Notice I didn’t say which …

3. M18 Contractor Concerns

What concerns contractors and why should you care? The Ontario Construction Secretariat just released their 2022 contractor survey and I thought I …

3. M16 Road Map

I enjoy a great visual and especially one that provides me a road map or a reminder of what needs to be …

3. M9 Procrastination

Help me celebrate an exceptional day. This is the day when you realize that you can no longer continue to wait. I …

3. M8 Fingertip

I have come to the realization that I am very dependent on having easily accessible data. The first thing I do when …

3. M7 National Procurement Month

I am going to try and still add value to the profession as much as I can. For me, knowledge is the …

3. M4 Implementation of Category Management

I have been thinking that based on what I see on various posts and articles, that too much time is spent on …

3. M3 Strategic Roles

Why all of a sudden am I mentioning category management? For a while now my focus has been on systems & tech …

Cami

You might have noticed that I have been mentioning QCsolver a lot lately in celebration of Purchasing Month. I thought it was …

3. M1 Category Management

My next few posts will be about category management. This is another great image from CAPS Research. Lately I have seen a …