Think youíve squeezed that last nickel out of your spend all the usual ways? Youíve consolidated vendors, negotiated discounts for on-time payments, even considered buying a consortium for your heavy hitters? Well, donít make the mistake of thinking youíve reached the limit of spend management!
But wait, thereís more.
Weíre here to say itís not over yet. The extended enterprise is an endless network of un-mined savings opportunities.
We created a blog to collect savings ideas, and we were avalanched with ideas from industry leaders and unknowns, everywhere from auto suppliers and aircraft, hotels, electronics, cell phones, to the biggest energy companies in the world, metals recycling, even specialty shippers...
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FINDING SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS BEYOND LEAN
When manufacturing managers first experimented with kaizen more than 15 years ago, they targeted only a few areas for improvementóset-up time reduction and changeovers and shop floor inventory. The methods and results were so impressive and revolutionary that the kaizen campaigns grew and morphed into a whole lean manufacturing approach.
But the limits of lean showed themselves when teams dug deeper into layers of complex global supply networks. Although kaizen, and later lean teams, achieved dramatic and substantial double-digit improvements, these impressive gains did not always translate into bottom-line financial returns. Indeed, sometimes they were isolated spots of improvement not supported by on-time and high quality supplier deliveries. Kaizen teams took months to identify and attack problem areas and even longer to instill a philosophy-driven approach based on culture change...
More savings ideas and examples from the trenches!
Book Development, Speeches, and Agency Projects
Keynotes and features;
Ms. Moody has helped develop, edit and place with publishers dozens of business books, including Mike Kennedy's best selling Lean Product Development
," and David Steiner, CEO of Waste Management's keynote address at the 2005 ISM Annual Conference.
"I've been thinking about writing a book..."
It's a lot of work, but a good book, a great feature, marketed well, can have huge impact on your brand, and it can take your message places you would never think of going! For more on the impact a book will have on your career, see http://www.raintoday.com/pages/941_new_research_from_raintoday_com.
"The Harley Experience," from The Purchasing Machine (Free Press, Simon and Schuster)
Eighty Cubic Inches
Being there. You want to scream at the guy mowing his lawn to get a life, he has put a 1-inch cut in his wrist and he's bleeding his life away in the hot sun, hearing the hum of the wrong engine, housebound, cutting weeds and grass back to a brown, respectable stubble. You want to follow the Vietnam Vet down Route 128, his weathered American flag flapping in the prop wash, until the gas in the tank goes to vapor. You want to cooly flick a glance at the next guy in the Nissan Sentra at the Route 97 traffic lights - "Hey , how're doin'?" - as all the Sunday drivers recoil from the noise. You want to find a formation and ride forever, up to the mountains and along the Gloucester Road that swings by Good Harbor Beach, back down by the quarries. You feel an urge to peel - at the intersection, to stand up in the stirrups, lift your clean white T-shirt, and flash your breasts at the mid-afternoon sun. Your thighs tingle as you chunk through all five gears - mouthing "Yeee-hah!", you swallow the road in big dry gulps. The heat index hits 90, a real July scorcher blasting waves of direct hit sunlight off the candy apple tank's chrome trim, as seven hundred pounds of iron slip into the turn, 1340 cc's away from heaven.
You wave to your neighbor, the orthopedic surgeon, as his eyes widen andhe steps aside - your dog, newly chastened by the unbearable rumble, skitters down the steps, taking down four big flower pots in his rush to get to cover. What's Mom doing on that machine? Your husband's face lights up in an "I don't understand, but anything that makes you happy", smile as you try to speak the words that still don't convey the freedom, the escape of the road the Harley experience.