2011 was a good year for The Strategic Sourceror and Source One (our parent). On StrategicSourceror.com, our traffic this year doubled, our posts nearly doubled, and we are receiving more and more feedback from our readers every day.  On the Source One side of things, we have experienced a huge uptick in inbound interest, have been fortunate to sign some wonderful clients, have established some great partnerships, had the first ever indirect spend book published,  and generally just had a great year.

More importantly, 2011 was a good year for the supply chain and procurement industries as a whole.  We have universally seen a shift in the business communities to focus on supply chain strategy, and specifically, strategic sourcing.  We find that "strategic sourcing" is becoming a mainstream term, to the point that it is even talked about in non-procurement publications.  People are more educated about it, and companies are putting more focus on it.  Procurement teams and supply chain managers are finally starting to become recognizable entities within their organizations, and are finally earning credit for the roles they play in the success of business.  We hope that 2012 will continue down this path.

We like to start each year with a quick summary of the most read stories on The Strategic Sourceror from the year before.  So without further delay, here are the top read procurement and supply chain stories on The Strategic Sourceror from 2011:

Top 5 Supply Chain and Business Stories from 2011:
  1. Rail Car Shortage Eating Into Automakers' Profits (April 13, 2011)
  2. Rising Milk, Food Prices Worrying Analysts (May 18, 2011)
  3. There's No Cryogenics in Baseball (August 10, 2011)
  4. After Supply Chain Problems, Nokia Ships E7 Smartphone (February 7, 2011)
  5. GM and Nissan Limit Supply of Electric Vehicle Offerings (March 2, 2011)

Most Read Series: "Cost Savings in the Windy City, Analysis of the Accenture Chicago Sourcing Contract"
  1. An Introduction - Cost Savings in the Windy City
  2. Unclear Language and Term Definitions
  3. Analyzing the Accenture Fee Structure
  4. Tracking and Compliance
  5. Resources and Responsibilities
  6. Determining What Counts as Savings
  7. Understanding Termination Clauses and Penalties
  8. Will Taxpayers Get What They Paid For?
  9. Why We Analyzed This Contract
 Oldies but Goodies (posts from pre-2011 that still get a lot of reads)
  1. The Role of a Strategic Sourcing Professional, No Sacred Cows Allowed (June 8, 2009)
  2. The Most Stupidest Contract Clauses, Part I (April 28, 2009)
  3. Dun & Bradstreet's New Competitor (September 22, 2009)
  4. Tips for Picking the Right Contingency Based Sourcing Consultant (January 20, 2010)
  5. Applying the Value Chain to Cost Analysis (September 24, 2009)
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