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How to Wring Complexity Out of Your Supply Chain

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Some complexity may be necessary to answer your products’ form, fit and function needs. Yet how do you untangle that complexity and decide what to do about it? And how do you know if you’ve been making good procurement business decisions during the design process?

5 Ways to Avoid the Single-Source Supplier Crunch

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In my last blog post, I talked about differing priorities between engineering (form, fit and function) and purchasing (lowering costs, working with reliable suppliers) and how important it is to collaborate between engineering, purchasing, marketing and suppliers to develop smart strategic solutions when function vs. cost trade-offs arise.

Cross Functional Collaboration to Win

How Collaboration Creates Growth For Your SME

If you’re a procurement manager, the need to reduce costs is one that you feel acutely. But your engineering team’s priority isn’t just cost. It’s also function: more specifically, good engineers want to deliver form, fit and function. They want to assure that any part they design does what the market needs, fits in the space allowed for it physically – and delivers long term durability.

Let's Change How Manufacturing Works

I want to make a difference in manufacturing. I mean manufacturing with a capital M. I thought I could do that at GM – and I did make real differences there. But through my work with Akoya, a supply chain intelligence system, I can make a difference in manufacturing on a global basis.  Why? How? Let me explain. 

I’m a Procurement Geek. How About You?


This is my first blog post as Akoya’s CEO so I thought I’d start out by introducing myself and share the experiences that have shaped my life, my career, and my passion for manufacturing. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already somewhat familiar with Akoya – and certainly you have a good understanding of procurement management.

Akoya Granted Patent for Product Cost Management Software

Rosemont, Ill. - Akoya, Inc. today announced that it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the analytics methodology behind its software. This methodology is used by manufacturers to reduce product costs and strategically manage their purchasing and engineering organizations.  

Akoya inc. Names Purchasing Veteran Karen Caswelch as CEO

Ex-General Motors Executive to Work Closely With Manufacturing Customers to Reduce Costs of Highly Engineered Parts Rosemont, Ill. - Akoya, Inc., the leading product cost management solution provider, today announced the appointment of Karen Caswelch, formerly Vice President of Purchasing at Allison Transmission, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Manufacturing Business Technology PLM & Profitability Blog – One–to–One: Akoya Reducing Cost the PLM Way

Akoya featured by Jim Brown in Manufacturing Business Technology.  PLM and Profitability.  

Supply & Demand Chain Executive - Guest Column

Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Guest Column: Save Jobs and Gain the Ultimate Competitive Advantage through Better Use of Information By Brett Holland  

A modest proposal for creating your own internal stimulus package by using a new type of analysis to mine critical product information and achieve ultimate lowest total cost mix  

Unless you have taken a vacation from the planet, you can't help but acknowledge that the biggest news in the manufacturing world is layoffs. With over 200,000 layoffs in the manufacturing sector in January alone, it is no wonder that saving and creating jobs is officially priority number one for our new president.  

Sourcing Innovation - Spend Matters in Procurement

Sourcing Innovation

Spend Matters in Procurement  

Spend Matters in Procurement Yesterday, over on Spend Matters, JB brought up two very good points.  

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