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I sat down with Michael Rösch, COO of POOL4TOOL, to chat about cloud computing. With a lot of buzz about the impact of the cloud on business, it was a chance to get a perspective, as well as a few hints and tips, from someone who has been at the coalface of procurement cloud services for the past 15 years. Michael has been at POOL4TOOL since 2000, becoming COO in 2012, and has worked on projects with German giants like Behr, Hansgrohe, Heidelberger Printing Presses, Carl Zeiss and ThyssenKrupp Presta in that time. Charlotte: The burgeoning benefits of cloud computing to businesses are well-known. It's enormously flexible, instantly scalable, continuously updated and accessible with just an internet connection. It's a simple question, but an important one: how are cloud-based solutions benefiting procurement organizations specifically? Michael: Procurement can ben... (more)

Yes, Four Ways Millennials Really Are Changing Modern Supply Chains

This has been cross-posted from procurement.world. Last December, the Boston-based PR agency, Corporate Ink, published an article about the impact of the millennial generation on modern supply chain trends. If you haven't heard of it, "millennial" is a demographic term for the young and tech-savvy, most commonly born in the 90s, who can't remember a time without a home internet connection. As an important consumer and professional group, the values of this generation have a massive impact on the business world. Older millennials are already moving into middle management in more established corporations or C-level in start-ups. The article identified four key impacts of millennial consumers on mostly B2C supply chain, but this also really strikes a chord when looking at overall supply chain and procurement trends, even away from the world of retail and B2C. And we ca... (more)

Dell Spending Big in China

Anticipating that it could spend $100 billion in China over the next 10 years, Dell means to open a second big manufacturing, sales and support center there next year in the city of Chengdu to support the growth in trade and commerce that's happening in western China with government encouragement. It says the place could grow to employ 3,000 people on top the 6,000 it's already got in China. It also plans to open an additional office at its main manufacturing and command center in Xiamen and hire maybe another 500 people there to support its projected needs in North Asia and globally. Dell's revenues out of China are now second only to what it derives from the U.S., up 52% last quarter. According to IDC Dell is the No. 2 computer supplier in China with a 9% share. Demand for systems in western China is projected to grow at a 21% a year through 2014. ... (more)

Supply Chain Transformation Strategies to Be Revealed at Aberdeen's Annual Supply Chain Management Summit

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/26/08 -- The annual Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit will be hosted by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), in partnership with Manufacturing Business Technology and Supply & Demand Chain Executive on April 2-3, 2008 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston, MA. The theme of the 2008 SCM Summit is Transformation. Summit participants will hear from industry thought leaders who will discuss the 4 key drivers of supply chain transformation and share how their companies are implementing processes and technologies to address: -- Supply chain responsiveness - visibility and agility combined to enable responsive supply chain -- Strategic alignment with business objectives and internal stakeholders -- Integration/collaboration with trading partners -- Gaining sustainability through green initiatives Attendees of thi... (more)

University of San Francisco Expands Industry-Leading Online Supply Chain Training Program with New Courses in Green and Lean Supply Chain Management

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of San Francisco (USF) set the standard for online supply chain training when it introduced its three-course Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management program. Today, USF is again making history with the launch of its eight-week advanced specialized certificate courses in Green Supply Chain Management and Lean Supply Chain Management - 100% online. While the master certificate program provides an essential big-picture overview of the supply chain, USF's specialized green and Lean supply chain training helps professionals hone their expertise in two powerful business philosophies that can completely transform a business. Developed by top supply chain, sustainability, environmental and Lean experts, the courses prepare students to lead changes that will have an immediate positive impact on the supply chain ... (more)