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September 2017

ProcureForce – Software that Fits Your Purchasing Process

September 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a review of APD’s ProcureForce, software that brings Big Data Analytics to direct material purchasing.  ProcureForce is purpose-built for manufacturing companies, saving buyers time and giving them the data they need to strategically manage costs.  Most importantly, ProcureForce is highly configurable so it supports your purchasing process. You’ll learn how ProcureForce streamlines the most time consuming buyer tasks: Sourcing is easy with e-RFQ functionality that supports an unlimited number of detailed cost breakdowns Supplier quote evaluations…

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December 2017

IATF 16949 – Important Considerations for Purchasing Leaders

December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Join us for an exciting discussion on the implications for purchasing/supply chain in the new IATF 16949 quality standard.  Jeoff Burris of APD and Denis Devos of Luminous Group will discuss how the standard is creating new requirements for purchasing organizations, with a focus on the specific points auditors will be looking at when they conduct transition audits.   TS16949 will expire in September 2018 and every automotive supplier will need to conduct a transition audit that addresses both the…

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February 2018

What to Do if Your Purchasing Practices Are Not Providing Should be Costs

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Part 1: Should-Be Cost Models Based on Physical Part Characteristics   Frequently customers push sales people for fast and accurate quotes for new programs and potential design changes.  Their compressed time windows do not provide adequate time for purchasing to obtain quotes from suppliers.   Join us for exciting insights into how buyers can more easily support new business pursuit as well as design changes. In this 30-minute session, Jeoff Burris of APD will share what some purchasing organizations are…

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March 2018

What to Do if Your Purchasing Practices Are Not Providing Should be Costs

March 22 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Part 2: Should-Be Cost Models Based on Manufacturing Processes:   Frequently customers push sales people for fast and accurate quotes for new programs and potential design changes.  Their compressed time windows do not provide adequate time for purchasing to obtain quotes from suppliers.   Join us for exciting insights into how buyers can more easily support new business pursuit as well as design changes. In this 30-minute session, Jeoff Burris of APD will share what some purchasing organizations are doing…

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April 2018

Should-Be Cost Models: Simple & Fast Ways to Achieve Savings

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield Hotel,
26555 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033 United States
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If you have been obtaining detailed cost breakdowns from suppliers and are wondering how to take the next steps, this workshop is for you - a hands-on workshop for Purchasing Leaders and Buyers on should-be cost models.  Learn how to move from market-pricing to knowledge-based sourcing to achieve 5-7% savings on material costs with little or no resourcing of current suppliers.   After attending this session, participants will have the skills and tools to easily: Choose the best cost model…

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May 2018

Negotiating with Should-Be Costs

May 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

A fast-paced webinar for purchasing professionals who negotiate with suppliers to achieve the best pricing possible. Participants will learn: Best practices for understanding manufacturing cost structures to determine pricing Proven approaches for successful price negotiations How to successfully prepare for initial sourcing cost negotiations Register Now  

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August 2018

Is it time to start worrying about inflation?

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Everyone is talking about tariffs.  But is all this talk stopping us from having a conversation about inflation?  Tariffs are inflationary, but with a robust manufacturing environment, we are already seeing: More job openings than unemployed people Shortages and price increases for some commodities such as raw materials and freight Multiple manufacturer price increases in key MRO supplies Inflation has not been a problem for Motor Vehicle Parts as the Producer Price Index has only raised 0.6% annually since Jan…

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October 2018

2019 Purchasing Priorities Webinar – Business Planning in Disruptive Times

October 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 2019 business planning cycle may be one of the most challenging in years for manufacturing purchasing groups with the disruptions of tariffs, shortages, inflation and a highly competitive talent market. Join us for an in-depth discussion on topics including: Expectations for 2019 purchasing business plan Expected challenges in 2019 Responses to tariffs, inflation, and material shortages “Business Planning in Disruptive Times” will provide you with insights and strategies you can leverage to develop an impactful 2019 purchasing business plan. The…

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2019 Resin Outlook

October 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Over the past year APD has helped clients achieve 8-10% savings on $80 million of resins spend.  This webinar will provide an update trends likely to impact resin availability and pricing in 2019 and an understanding of how others are using feed stock cost models to understand and manage pricing.        

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November 2018

Strategic Cost Negotiations

November 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield Hotel,
26555 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033 United States
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Developed for manufacturing purchasing professionals who want to achieve better price negotiation results, this course is focused to improve buyers’ abilities to obtain and negotiate with detailed cost breakdowns. The skills learned during this seminar deliver the precise knowledge you need with pinpoint accuracy, using tools that can be immediately incorporated in day-to-day work. This course provides training, examples and real-life cases based upon knowledge-based price negotiations with suppliers.   Participants will learn: The shop floor costing methods behind suppliers’…

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