FREE resources for Info on Suppliers, Customers, & Prospects. A former student working in B2B industrial sales, suggested the following list of free websites as a resource for research on competitors, customer supply chains, & prospect contact info.

FREE resources for Info on Suppliers, Customers, & Prospects. A former student working in B2B industrial sales, suggested the following list of free websites as a resource for research on competitors, customer supply chains, & prospect contact info. Many of these links may already be in your resource list, but if not, they can be helpful:https://lnkd.in/gV786uxYhttps://www.datanyze.com/https://lnkd.in/gqEUT3BBhttps://lnkd.in/gV2KB5dahttps://www.apollo.io/https://lnkd.in/gqR4ZPst Students, you can use this stuff for class. More stuff:Students: 3 supply chain orgs...
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Industry Certifications & Associations for Various Business Majors… Data shows that people earn more & have more job security if they become engaged members of their professional discipline. One way to do that is to join industry specific associations related to your majors. Further, these associations often have certifications with them that externally validate you as a subject matter expert ($$$).

Students: Data shows that people earn more and have more job security if they become engaged members of their professional discipline. One way to do that is to join industry specific associations related to your majors.  Further, these associations often have certifications with them that externally validate you as a subject matter expert ($$$).  I would give serious consideration to these moving forward in your careers.  In fact, for some of these, you can...
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I have asked a lot of SCM managers how they “prepare” to negotiate price increase requests from their suppliers. In particular, I was curious about how and where they get their data from (i.e., CME, COMEX, etc.). Many said their suppliers provide that information. I am not convinced that using data from your suppliers is a form of “Preparation” for the negotiation process.

Surprised by price increases? 70% of current contracts have price increase provisions?! We look at raw material market data from multiple sources, visualize & analyze historical pricing scenarios, & simulate planned purchases & what-if scenarios against forward price curves.  At the WMU ISM supply chain management program we teach our students to track commodity forward price curves. Here’s a quick video (see below) of Net Alpha’s cloud based materialx Decision...
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Student spotlight: Pursuing a career in supply chain management is a slam dunk for Megan Wagner.

Pursuing a career in supply chain management is a slam dunk for Megan Wagner. https://lnkd.in/eSEZ6Zvn. My student athletes are the busiest people I know. They are always in class, they work hard, they are humble, they are grateful, they are courteous, etc. WMU student athletes are one of the best experiences of my career. They actually inspire me._When the NCAA added a year of eligibility for athletes during the COVID pandemic, junior Bronco...
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The summer internships are ending & some employers are giving students a few days to make decisions on full time job offers several months before graduation. One student asked if that was ethical or even legal. Exploding job offers & do you want a full time job to begin in a job rotation?

The summer internships are ending & some employers are giving students a few days to make decisions on full time job offers several months before graduation. One student asked if that was ethical or even legal. Exploding job offers & do you want a full time job to begin in a job rotation? https://lnkd.in/ervskG5 My students are coming back to school from their summer internships and many of them will have received...
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Great videos on the economy and supply chain management.

A good watch, but longer… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CsZh3sQ61g This WSJ documentary offers a GREAT explanation on the supply chain. https://lnkd.in/giuVkH-c. Or, if you are really bored (from me): Recent observations & career advice (videos/podcasts):https://lnkd.in/gJK8xBZehttps://lnkd.in/g-CanjDxhttps://lnkd.in/gvPiGTt5 What is SCM?...https://lnkd.in/g2BC9YHnhttps://lnkd.in/gfchx-9dhttps://lnkd.in/gn-97v_B Sourcing Strategy:https://lnkd.in/g2YuH4Tyhttps://lnkd.in/g5Gppj_5https://lnkd.in/gtKnNdkzhttps://lnkd.in/gD5sY6AHhttps://lnkd.in/gxNpCsim Resume Advice:https://lnkd.in/eWen96qjhttps://lnkd.in/e7utipBihttps://lnkd.in/eVEHgvk6 Grad school advice:https://lnkd.in/g4tvSi9ghttps://lnkd.in/gM4GSR45 GDP:https://lnkd.in/g6A6tkv9https://lnkd.in/gngM96n9 Also, trendy things we are doing in our supply chain program to prepare our students for these issues…1. Getting hit w/ a price increase? We will be looking at...

The most important part of your long term earning potential is not what your starting salary is, but what your resume will look like 3-5 years from now.

Should current students negotiate an INTERNSHIP offer (i.e., a higher salary)? Yes, since many orgs are offering students 20-30% below market value. The avg supply chain internship is $44,918/yr, or $21.6/hr. People on the lower end, bottom 10%, make $37K/yr ($17.80/hr), while the top 10% makes $54K ($25.96/hr).  Open internships (>400) in MI, postings - https://lnkd.in/gVsHEZxz & 3,000+ nationally - https://lnkd.in/gRKmr7QE. What are they looking for? SCM majors. Perhaps delay graduation for work experience & stay specialized...https://lnkd.in/gdr7f9wb...
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The visualization libraries in Python can produce the kind of visualizations not available in Tableau & Power BI. Students will be able to differentiate themselves from other schools.

Is Python a must-have skill in the supply chain? 200K vacant jobs on LinkedIn say yes. If you want to specialize in data & become a Supply Chain Analyst (25K jobs on LI) / Supply Chain Data Scientist (500K jobs on LI - that's all). https://abcsupplychain.com/programming-languages-supply-chain/#:~:text=If%20you%20want%20to%20specialize,is%20a%20must%2Dhave%20skill A while back, I made these points about our CIS 2650 class (Programming for Data Analytics) and our Business Data Analytics minor in general. Do...

We studied the top skills in analytics jobs & Python was among the top skills. The visualization libraries in Python can produce the kind of visualizations not available in Tableau & Power BI. Students will be able to differentiate themselves from other schools.

We studied the top skills in analytics jobs & Python was among the top skills. The visualization libraries in Python can produce the kind of visualizations not available in Tableau & Power BI. Students will be able to differentiate themselves from other schools.  Is Python a must-have skill in the supply chain? 200K vacant jobs on LinkedIn say yes. If you want to specialize in data & become a Supply Chain Analyst...

From me: Everything has a supply chain? It’s a new world & that is all I am going to say… KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s no secret recreational cannabis sales in Michigan are continuing to climb.

From me: Everything has a supply chain? It's a new world & that is all I am going to say...KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s no secret recreational cannabis sales in Michigan are continuing to climb. With that growth, skilled marketers in the industry are now in high demand, and Western Michigan University students will soon be prepared to meet the need. The Haworth College of Business is offering a new cannabis marketing course starting in...