MRO – Controlling the Uncontrollable : Navigating

The materials related to Maintenance Repair and Operating Services/Overhaul (MRO) present unique challenges to procurement professionals. It is a spend category that companies all too often fail to gain proper control over. A category that is comprised of 1,000’s of unique SKUs across numerous subcategories where recurring spend tends not to repeat on the item level. The…

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New IT technologies to become airline companies best assets for cost reduction and efficiency a lesson from industry leaders

With oil prices forecasted to keep dropping, airline companies are seizing this opportunity to further increase investments in new technologies. While modernizing a fleet with new generation planes or fuel efficient engines can be difficult for companies with limited investment capabilities, cheaper options exist and can result in both optimizing operational efficiency and satisfying customer…

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Meeting to discuss another Meeting – and other forms of nonsensical resistance

Remember the book Alice in Wonderland? Do you also remember when Alice is at the Mad Hatter’s tea party and it seems like every time Alice is about to drink her tea the Mad Hatter and the Hare say it is time to move to another chair? Poor Alice never got the opportunity to drink…

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Supply Chain Recruitment Calls for a Global Approach

Supply chain management requires knowledgeable, experienced professionals with a highly refined set of skills, so finding professionals to fill positions can be a daunting task. It would be wonderful if qualified procurement professionals stood on every corner, holding up signs reading Here I am! so you could simply scoop them up. Unfortunately, locating the right candidate…

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Procurement Talent to the Rescue: Avoid Supply-chain Disaster

Even in the face of ideal conditions, supply chain management is a highly complex process, full of intricacies there’s a huge number of factors to learn and master, from pinpointing and procurement of raw materials, to forging partnerships with global suppliers , to logistics, and beyond. Throw in the wildly disruptive force of a natural…

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Leveraging Procurement Professionals within IT and Telecom Departments

Finding personnel with the perfect fit can be challenging for any department. You can develop a set of requirements and job specific functions, but how do you really determine whether someone is qualified to address and fulfill your actual needs? And for IT and Telecom departments, recruiting can be overly cumbersome. In many cases, companies…

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Naseem Malik Featured in Supply Chain Management Review!

Naseem Malik, Managing Partner at MRA Global Sourcing, had an opportunity to contribute to the July issue of Supply Chain Management Review where he discussed how organizations can navigate this candidate-driven market and attract top talent. Click here to read the full article!

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The Live Negotiation Part 1: Should you run an auction?

In 2017, technology is King. Whether you’re part of an in-house procurement team, or utilizing the services of a third-party procurement provider, the use of online sourcing tools has rapidly increased in an effort to streamline the strategic sourcing process. Bigger firms who maintain an in-house team have begun developing their own sourcing tools or…

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Best Practices for New Hire Onboarding


I was recently part of a team tasked with reviewing the onboarding process at my company. Our goal was to ensure that we were setting our new hires up for success from day one. Even though it had only been a few years since the process was first developed, our company had grown and evolved…

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