February Professional Development Meeting

February 13, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
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Strategic Sourcing for Successful Supplier Relationships

Presented by: Michael Ford

Tuesday February 13, 2018, 5:00pm
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Strategic sourcing seeks to embrace suppliers as partners. The goal is establishing long-term relationships founded on mutual compatibility of interests, competencies and trust. Traditional habits of beating up vendors on price and dictating terms are replaced with win-win negotiations that strengthen the supply chain. This view recognizes that supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link, and it is in all parties’ best interest to strengthen each link.

Attendees will learn:

  • The purchasing continuum from tactical order placing to strategic sourcing
  • Four major types of purchases and how they relate to the continuum
  • A supplier evaluation tool known as Weighted Factor Analysis
  • The importance of identifying core competencies in the supply chain
  • The contrast between vertical and horizontal integration


About the speaker:

Michael Ford provides expertise in end-to-end supply chain management as a corporate trainer, adjunct professor and business consultant. He delivers value-added solutions that center on two key concepts:

  1. A holistic approach driven by high level organization strategy and
  2. Cross-functional participation among procurement, internal operations and sales.

His personal philosophy is influenced by lean improvements and a desire to maximize customer delight.




Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Dr,
Plymouth, MN 55441



Date - Tuesday February 13,  2018


5:00 PM Registration and Networking
6:00 PM Dinner Orders and Service
6:45 PM News, Announcements and Cool Stuff
7:00 PM Presentation 
7:45 PM Summary and Q&A
8:00 PM Adjourn



Earn 1 Certification Maintenance Point for attendance at this event!

Members: $35.00, Non-Members: $45.00, Full-time Students: $15.00

Registration Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018, or until Sold Out! (Registrations after 5:00pm on Thursday, February 8th, will be accepted on a "space available" basis.  Please call the Chapter Office at 763-413-2513 to register after the posted deadline.) 





$35.00 Member Registration
$40.00 after 05:00 pm February 8

$45.00 Non-Member Registration
$50.00 after 05:00 pm February 8

$15.00 Student Registration
$20.00 after 05:00 pm February 8