October 18-22: The State of Supplier Diversity, Elevating Procurement’s Brand, Triple Bottom Line Management

We have an extra special event taking place on Tuesday of this week. Dial P for Procurement, my monthly livestream on Supply Chain Now, has been selected as the launch platform for the 2021 State of S...
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September 20-24: The Return of Outsourcing, Supplier Diversity, and Supply Chain Resilience

This week is a Dial P for Procurement week – and boy, do we have a double treat for you. Una’s Kris Lance is back, along with Jim Luff from Chosen Payments. He will answer your payment related questio...
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Case Study: Chrysler Purchasing Changes the Supplier Diversity Landscape

Back in 2012, Chrysler Group allowed a modest-sized company to manage all of the chemicals and related supplies on a trial basis for one of its North American assembly plants. Like any Chrysler supplier, ChemicoMays had to prove itself on cost, quality and its capacity to deliver.

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Recommended Procurement Webinars for Jan 31 – Feb 3: Recognizing Supplier Contributions to Value

This week’s webinar schedule is light compared to last week, but it is also something of an unofficial supplier celebration. Both events look at the positive opportunities procurement has at hand if we can strike the right balance of competition and collaboration with the supply base. Click on the title of each webinar below to view the full description and register.

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Is Wal-Mart’s “Woman-Owned” Label Visionary or Just a Circus?

In September 2011, Wal-Mart announced a plan to spend $20B with woman-owned businesses by 2016. More recently, they expanded their Women’s Economic Empowerment program to include a ‘women-owned’ labeling program. Products that meet company ownership requirements will start appearing on Wal-Mart shelves this September1. Qualified companies can apply to be a part of the program through WBENC and WEConnect International.

Despite the company’s apparent good intentions, the program has not been warmly received by all, including some critics who feel calling additional attention to these products simply because of female company ownership does little to advance equality. As one commenter posted in response to a BusinessWeek article on the program, “The path to gender equality does not involve stickers pointing out that a product has been made by a female entrepreneur.”2

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