Source One's series for keeping up with the most recent highlights in procurement, strategic sourcing, and supply chain news week-to-week. Check in with us every Monday to stay up to date with the latest supply management news.
Commodities Roundup: Alunorte Restart, India’s Elections and Rare Earths
Fouad Egbaria, Spend Matters, 5/31/2019
For those of you procuring commodities, Spend Matters and MetalMiner have rounded up the latest news and insights for relevant markets. Get the insights on alumina/aluminum, platinum/palladium, steel and cobalt production, and the current state of economy for India, the United States, and China.
Drones have become increasingly popular across a number of supply chains for their precision, detail, and environmental responsibility. Public Spend Forum provides tips on subjects including regulations, specifications and safety, when procuring drones. Don't forget, these could be a part of your supply chain sooner than you expect.
Intelligent Automation: Forget Scale - Think Impact
Nick Andrews, Future of Sourcing, 5/29/2019
Just about every company is looking to reap the benefits of Robotics Process Automation (RPA) at scale, but few have proven successful. Many companies don't have the scale to introduce simple automation (or they don't know how to harvest it) and they focus largely on the low-hanging fruit, ultimately spending way more than they ought to. Andrews explains that businesses can achieve sustainable, transformational results when they consider cost, technology, combined knowledge, sponsorship and budget for impact rather than just scale alone.