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Do You Have a Firm Grasp of Your MRO Program?

Do You Have a Firm Grasp of Your MRO Program?

Parts and supplies are coming and going.  So far, so good! But do you have a firm grasp of your MRO program?  If not, you may find yourself waiting for an important piece of your manufacturing puzzle at an inopportune time. And that’s not helpful. Your MRO program is what keeps the wheels turning.  It… Continue Reading

Why is it So Difficult to Manage Your MRO?

Why is it So Difficult to Manage Your MRO?

The complexities of MRO can sometimes seem ungovernable.  Your company is running what you believe is a tight operation, but Maintenance Repair and Operations can sometimes take a back seat to other priorities. And that’s not the best way to manage such a crucial and integral aspect of your business.    Getting a handle on… Continue Reading

What is MRO?

What is MRO?

Equipment.  It’s a word that can refer to a lot of different items.  In the case of MRO (Maintenance Repair and Operations), it’s the equipment that’s used to produce end products.  But MRO can also refer to things as mundane as required cleaning products and office supplies. With hundreds of subcategories falling under category headings,… Continue Reading

The Importance of a Strategic Sourcing Process – Does Your Organization Qualify as a Modern Procurement Department?

The Importance of a Strategic Sourcing Process – Does Your Organization Qualify as a Modern Procurement Department?

In case you hadn’t heard, modern procurement has moved well beyond the purchase order.  Now a sophisticated and strategic beast, procurement means everything from supply chain infrastructure to supplier development to outsourcing to strategic planning. This post is about the importance of a strategic sourcing process.  Does your organization qualify as a modern procurement department?… Continue Reading

Purchasing and Transportation

Purchasing and Transportation

Any procurement professional will tell you that it’s expected for suppliers and GPOs to form alliances which are mutually beneficial and benefit the end buyer.  That’s just part of doing what we do. And it’s pretty much the same wherever you look in the world, whether you’re talking politics, world affairs, or about trading shifts… Continue Reading

How can you be sure you are negotiating the best deals?

How can you be sure you are negotiating the best deals?

When you’re in RFP mode, your head can be down and focused for quite a long time.  RFPs are notoriously time-consuming affairs. Everywhere you look online, you’ll see detailed tutorials about how to do a great request for proposals, or how to manage one on the other end. But concurrently, there’s a growing trend toward… Continue Reading

How Suppliers are adapting to compete with Amazon

How Suppliers are adapting to compete with Amazon

It seems that with every revolution of the sun, online giant Amazon grows a new set of horns.  Their recent acquisition of Whole Foods is a recent example. The current scuttlebutt is that they’re about to get into the medical supply industry and that has traditional suppliers knitting their brows. What was once a welcome… Continue Reading

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