CSA picCSA Group is enjoying rewards as the organization drives to build a globally integrated supply chain.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Doing business in a world that is constantly evolving requires manufacturers to navigate through complex supply chains and regulations that change from country to country. In spite of this, the need to deliver quality products to market with speed has remained constant. CSA Group plays a critical role in that process, Global Director of Procurement Manny Satija says. 

“Whether it’s ensuring your ‘smart refrigerator’ has been through a cybersecurity evaluation for functional safety to ensuring medical devices in hospitals are aligned with EMC standards or hydrogen fueled automobiles of the future have been tested for safety, manufacturers engages CSA to help them navigate through such challenges,” he says.


Liberty Global picLiberty Global’s size provides speed and entertainment with considerable leverage, but the company must remain nimble in the market and always provide the services that consumers demand. 

By Staci Davidson

As a cable and telecommunications giant, Liberty Global is focused on technological innovation in all facets of its operations, and its supply chain is no exception. A strong supply chain is critical in the technologically advanced world in which its customers live. Supply Chain World recently spoke with Anita Arts,  chief supply chain officer at Liberty Global, about how the company uses its supply chain to remain competitive in its evolving industry. 

BrightView picBrightView tackles a mammoth landscaping project in America’s front yard in Washington, D.C. 

By Kat Zeman 

It takes a big-time landscaper to tackle a project the size of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. BrightView, the largest commercial landscaping company in the United States and Canada, is that landscaper. 

The mall, known to many as “America’s Front Yard,” is home to some of the nation’s most important civic, cultural and historic places. BrightView was contracted to give the mall a $40 million turf makeover designed to create a healthy and water efficient landscape. 

CDKCDK Global continues to improve its supply chain and procurement operations less than four years after breaking out on its own.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Mike Morsch had a big task in front of him when he joined CDK Global as its vice president of global procurement in September 2014. At the time, the company was completing its spin-off from human resources technology giant ADP. “I came on board knowing I would be creating a brand-new supply chain organization,” he says. 

Formerly known as ADP Dealer Services, the Hoffman Estates-based company is an enabler of end-to-end automotive commerce, providing  technology services and digital marketing solutions to automotive dealers. In his position, Morsch is responsible for the company’s procurement and supply chain functions. “My group is responsible for what we buy, how we buy it and how we get it delivered, either to a customer, a dealership or to an internal location or data center,” Morsch adds.

Delivering products and services to car dealerships and other sites is not always as easy as it sounds. “For the first six months of my tenure, we were focused on getting our contracts split [from ADP], and putting new agreements in place while ensuring our supply chain could still deliver,” he says. “We created a new operating model for the organization with the intention of moving it from a transactional or tactical function to a more strategic position.” 


GCP Pic 2 GCP Applied Technologies is focused on building a solid procurement team of experts who remain flexible as the market changes. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

GCP Applied Technologies was formed when in 2016 the business was separated from W.R. Grace to become an independent company specializing in construction products. The company’s products include concrete and cement additives, building materials and technologies that ensure specified quality and enhance business productivity. 

“We are now focused 100 percent on the construction industry, expanding through acquisitions in our segment and continuing to invest in construction technology,” Director of Global Procurement and Sourcing Tatiana Alfaro says. 

ValuePointBecause it is neither a manufacturer nor distributor, ValuePoint Material Solutions can manage its clients’ indirect spend free from outside influences. 

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For decades, companies viewed supply chains and procurement as a necessary expense. But in recent years, as businesses have looked for ways to become more operationally efficient, more have begun recognizing that their indirect management impacts both profit and performance. To improve that area, companies are turning to outside service providers such as ValuePoint Material Solutions to manage vendor relationships, procurement, inventory, warranty and repair on their behalf. 

Business Development Manager Spence Webb says ValuePoint has reacted to the trend by helping clients better manage their category spend on indirect materials.

PrologisPrologis uses technology and implements strategies to gain greater visibility into its global supply chain.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Prologis owns, manages and develops high-quality properties in the world’s most vibrant centers of commerce. The company owns or has investments in about 683 million square feet in 19 countries. It leases modern distribution facilities to a diverse base of about 5,000 customers in both business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment categories.

“Prologis is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets,” says Kishore Goud, head of global procurement. “Prologis offers its customers and investors the most modern and geographically diverse platform of distribution space in the world. The company is known for its unparalleled customer service and commitment to sustainable development.”



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