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December 2015

Spend Matters: BravoSolution Procurement Predictions for 2016

By Peter Smith | December 21, 2015

I tend to avoid the “predictions for procurement” game because I just have a feeling it would be the same things I’ve been saying for years … more technology, value not savings and so on. So I’m a bit cynical about the various lists that come out this time […]

Five Supply Chain Predictions for 2016

By Paul Martyn, Forbes Contributor | December 15, 2015

From plummeting fuel prices to disastrous disruptions, 2015 was an action-packed year across the global supply chain. But it’s time to move on. What about 2016? In the spirit of “everybody has one,” I reached out to a number of our industry’s thought leaders, anxious for their […]

Op-Ed: Four Ways to Fight Unjust Labor in Your Supply Chain

Mickey North Rizza, Sourcing Guest Editorial | December 11, 2015

Nestlé recently shocked the international business community with a candid confession that the public doesn’t often hear: Forced labor was lurking in its supply chain.

After a year-long investigation, Nestlé uncovered migrant workers throughout Thailand’s seafood industry who are lured into employment with false promises and forced […]

Podcast: Due Diligence in the Supply Chain Minimizes Risk

My Purchasing Center Podcast with Susan Avery: From time to time, My Purchasing Center interviews Mickey North Rizza, Vice President, Strategic Services at BravoSolution, for a series of podcasts, Minutes with Mickey. In this one, North Rizza examines the important issue of unfair labor practices and government regs under consideration to mandate compliance. Using a news […]

Act Now with Suppliers to Ensure Compliance with Conflict Minerals Legislation

By Mickey North Rizza | November 24, 2015

Supply Management: As regulations tighten across the globe regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals, procurement organizations are racing to find ways to avoid fines and embarrassing headlines. […]

November 2015

Spend Analysis: Going Beyond Cost Control

By Mickey North Rizza | November 19, 2015

Spend Matters: The discipline of managing supplier spend is core to the mission of any procurement organization. After all, what good are the hours spent on negotiating and locking in the best possible price for goods and services if, at the end of the fiscal year, the budget […]

September 2015

Will Tech Manufacturing Stay in China?

Fortune | August 2015

Relocating might not make sense. But doubling down on China might not, either.

By David Z. Morris

In the past few weeks, the world has been clearly alerted to the many ills of the Chinese economy. But China watchers have been eyeing one worrisome strain for years—labor. The low labor costs that fueled Chinese […]

August 2015

Unlocking the Power of Your Procurement Team

By Jim Wetekamp | July 2015

Procurement Professionals: There’s a vast difference between the world’s best-performing procurement teams and everybody else.The top procurement teams drive the growth and profitability of their organizations and create an unrivaled financial advantage over competitors. The rest? They still operate as a back-room function, adhering to conventional procurement practices that are no […]

The Morning Risk Report: Expansive Supply Chains, Regulations Boost Food Recalls

By Ben DiPietro | July 31, 2015

Increased federal regulations and the globalization of the food supply chain has helped contribute to nearly doubling the number of food recalls in the U.S. since 2002, a report released this month said. So what can companies do to mitigate the risks that come with making foods that use […]

BravoSolution Named One of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

Business Wire | June 2015

CHICAGO–BravoSolution, the strategic procurement company, has been named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The award recognizes BravoSolution for its exceptional human resources practices and extraordinary company culture.

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