At the recent Prime Advantage Fall Conference, negotiation expert, Julie Kowalski of Spizzerinctum Group, held a professional development session that presented the tools for becoming a great negotiator. She outlined the factors affecting successful negotiations, shifts in strategies, vocabulary to use, debunked assumptions, and a bundle of top techniques. Here are some of the tactics that were discussed that you can employ today to become a leader in your negotiations:
“There is a new technological institution that will fundamentally change how we exchange value,” says Bettina Warburg during her Ted Talk on blockchain and it’s growing importance in trade and the economy. Blockchain is the latest way we as a society are trying to lower uncertainty about one another so that we can exchange value. As we’ve evolved throughout history, we’ve built formal institutions like banks, governments, and corporations, all to facilitate trade with confidence. Blockchain is the next generation of enabling trade with increased levels of assurance.
Prime Advantage, an OMNIA Partner, and riskmethods recently collaborated on a webinar for Prime Advantage Members highlighting some of the biggest threats in supply chain management today. The session was hosted by Bill DeMartino, General Manager of North America for riskmethods. A variety of topics were covered, including supply chain management myths, challenges, and solutions.
When a company’s engineering department is being stretched to its limits, this can have a debilitating effect on the organization. For one, this constrains the number of projects that can be in full-process at any given time. This in turn stifles production and innovation, which can weaken a company’s bottom line and decrease its competitive advantage.
At the recent Prime Advantage Spring Conference, supply chain expert Dr. Russell Morey held a professional development session tackling the current issues in purchasing and supply chain management. According to Dr. Morey, the skill set required to be successful in this arena is changing. More than ever before, a premium is being placed on analytical, negotiation, and conceptual skills. Procurement professionals need to be adept at understanding costs, navigating supplier relations, and have a firm grasp on domestic and global markets.
Procurement professionals are always striving to not only make better decisions, but to make them more rapidly. The level of intelligence purchasing departments can attain on precisely where supply chain risks lie, as well as on the most cutting edge solutions to dealing with them, will dictate how successful they are in reaching these goals. According to Spend Matters, as supply chains become increasingly global, the possible threats become more and more of a moving target.
How can purchasing departments stop adding to the densities of procurement and better leverage technology and skills to make the whole process less difficult? That is the million dollar question that Procurement Leaders explores in its 10-part series, “Making Procurement Simple.” Never before have purchasing professionals been called on to do so much with this level of ambiguity on which routes to take to get it all accomplished. This often leads to solutions that create more questions than they answer and add more tasks than they subtract.
At the Prime Advantage Fall 2016 Conference, professor Steven A. Melnyk of Michigan State University presented on the new type of leader required for the supply chain of the future. According to Melnyk, today’s supply chain is a result of investments made in the past. However, tomorrow’s supply chain will be a result of investments made today. And to make sound investments, we must be able to improve on our ability to forecast and project.
One of the biggest challenges purchasing professionals are met with every single day is locating enough resources to meet the demands of the job. It seems like procurement is being asked to do more and more each passing year, causing it to further stretch the resources it currently has at its disposal. Buyers are then forced to come up with creative and innovative methods to corral this predicament. Some of the savviest procurement professionals will tell you, the easiest way to get some much needed help is to join a group purchasing organization.