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Win-Win Relationships Spur Innovation

Win-Win Relationships Spur Innovation

In today's technological age, manufacturers can't possibly be at the cutting-edge of every aspect of their complex products. Automotive companies, for example, now rely more and more on suppliers to assure the best experience for their customers and to keep them one step ahead of the competition. Take the car interior example in this IndustryWeek article.

Managing Emerging Markets Growth - Q&A With Harsh Koppula

Managing Emerging Markets Growth - Q&A With Harsh Koppula

Studies have shown that only about 5 percent of companies can master the complexity of emerging markets, but those that do are 75 percent more profitable than every other company in their competitive set. If your company can successfully navigate the challenges, focus on the market and grow in an intelligent manner, the opportunities are tremendous.

In a recent interview, Managing Partner Harsh Koppula talked on the challenges organizations face as they attempt to expand business into today's dynamic emerging markets.

Supplier Collaboration Podcast Series - Part 1: Engaging Key Suppliers

Supplier Collaboration Podcast Series - Part 1: Engaging Key Suppliers 

The Institute of Supplier Collaboration has produced a series of three podcasts, which you can find on the Institute's website here. The first podcast, is "Engaging Key Suppliers" with Sundeep Maini. In it, he defines "supplier collaboration," describes how manufacturers can benefit from taking a collaborative approach, speaks to the status of collaboration and obstacles to instituting, and provides guidance starting a supplier collaboration program. Among other topics, Sundeep explains how engaging key suppliers is completely dependent on the relationships you make with them. Without a base of trust, you can never fully engage your suppliers.

Webinar - Supplier Collaboration and Vendor Scorecards for Retail and Distribution Industry

Webinar - Supplier Collaboration and Vendor Scorecards for Retail and Distribution Industry 

This Supply Chain Digest webinar/discussion shows the dramatic difference between Supplier Performance Management in the retail and distribution industry versus the manufacturing sector [watch: "The What, Why and How of Vendor Scorecards"]. Fill-rate, on-time delivery and PO/ASN accuracy dominate conversations in the retail sector.  The “maturity model,” even at the highest level of maturity, has no mention of collaboration as a key metric.

Insurance Industry Outlook – A Summary Perspective

What a year it has been for the global insurance market!  Households' and businesses' lack of confidence stemming from the US and global economies, global regulatory mandates, fluctuation in the stock markets and the historic number of catastrophes worldwide that ultimately increased  claims, all had significant impact on company profits and growth. All of these factors are putting the insurance market in a transitional state with regard to rates.

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