Happy Thanksgiving Weekend 2021 from SafeSourcing. Who were the Pilgrims?

November 25th, 2022

This author is pleased to be descended from both Myles Standish and John Alden both Mayflower passengers neither of who were members of the religious congregation that was originally responsible for coining the word pilgrim.

 

Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

According to the Mayflower Society, as history has evolved, any of the 102 Mayflower passengers who arrived in Plymouth on the Mayflower and survived the initial hardships is now considered a Pilgrim with no distinction being made on the basis of their original purposes for making the voyage.

The Mayflower Pilgrims and their fellow travelers were authors of the first true governing document created in a New World colony. The Mayflower Compact is considered to have set the stage for the Constitution of the United States.

These were the same pilgrims that were responsible for the holiday we celebrate today called Thanksgiving.

We wish you and yours a peaceful and happy extended holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday is really a story of a supply chain found and developed!

November 24th, 2022

And without it, the possibility of Retailers servicing your needs this Black Friday would be ZERO!

 

Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from SafeSourcing

One hundred and two pilgrims and crew arrived in Massachusetts after a 3,000 mile trip from England on the Mayflower. It is safe to say that as a result of that distance there was no existing supply chain to leverage, so one had to be developed and quickly. This began with basic hunting and gathering and later included trading with the areas indigenous peoples known as the Wampanoag’s for corn, seed and foraging and planting techniques.

The Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621. Since the pilgrims had only arrived on November 21st of 1620 they had really not been there long enough to develop a fully reliable and renewable supply source. They had however established collaborative relationships with the local Wampanoag people who became regular trading partners and who helped them celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.

The most detailed description of the “First Thanksgiving” comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:”Our harvest  being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.

The fowl referred to above certainly could have included a wide range of fowl that was plentiful in the area such as wild turkey, pheasant, goose, duck, and partridge and unfortunately by today’s standards even eagles.

The pilgrims probably didn’t have pies or much of anything sweet at the harvest feast because they did not yet have ovens. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the first Thanksgiving, the supply had probably run out.

Their meals also included many different types of meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the staples of today’s Thanksgiving, didn’t really play a large part in the feast. Other items that may have been on the menu certainly included sea food such as clams and lobster, Indian corn, wild fruits and nuts, meats such as venison and seal and certain dry herbs and spices.

The Thanksgiving meal that has today become a national holiday is a symbol of supply chain cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s not just the price of turkey that will test your wallet this Thanksgiving.

November 23rd, 2022

The cost of traveling to get where you are going is through the roof!

 

Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

According to a really informative and well written and researched article in NerdWallet by Sally French and Sam Kemmis, while overall prices rose by 0.4 percent over the past month, prices within the travel industry were more mixed. Hotel prices decreased slightly by a half a percent month-over-month, but airfares rose a hefty 3.5% in that same period.

And in line with the broader inflation trend, almost all travel prices are still largely still higher than what they were this time last year — and even higher than what they were pre-pandemic. Airfares are up 43% compared to this time last year. Rental cars, which are still down from their record highs set in 2021, are up 47% from their pre-pandemic prices when comparing this month’s average prices with the same month in 2019.

 These are yet additional examples of prices that do not need to be as high as they are. There are ways to mitigate these costs, but you should have been considering that in February and March. And you should have been engaging SafeSourcing Inc.

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite. These include but are not limited to SafeContract™, SafePO™, SafeDocument™ and our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database that includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers.

For more information, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Associate.

References:

  1. Sally French and Sam Kemmis, NerdWallet

 

 

Talking Turkey!

November 22nd, 2022

We all know it will still taste great. But we are paying way more than we need to.

 

Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

According to a recent article by Thomas Barrabi in the New York Post, Americans will face a record-high cost for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey this fall because of inflation and a shortage caused by bird flu outbreaks.

The cost of turkey hens — the bird that most often appears on Thanksgiving dinner tables — is currently up 57% compared to its five-year average, according to market data from research firm Urner Barry cited by the Wall Street Journal.

Prices have hit their highest level on record. Turkey breast meat has surged to a record of more than $6.50 per pound this year. The same cut cost less than $2 per pound in 2020.

This is another example of prices that do not need to be as high as they are. There are ways to mitigate these costs, but you should have been considering that in February and March. And you should have been engaging SafeSourcing Inc.

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite. These include but are not limited to SafeContract™, SafePO™, SafeDocument™ and our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database that includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers.

For more information, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Associate.

References: Thomas Barrabi,  The New York Post

 

 

Based on October results are consumers really being impacted by inflation?

November 21st, 2022

Retail Sales Across Multiple Segments were up in October.

 

Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

According to TRADINGECONOMICS Retail sales in the US surged 1.3% month-over-month in October of 2022, the strongest increase in eight months, after a flat reading in September and beating market forecasts of a 1% gain. Sales at motor vehicle dealers were up 1.3% as supply chain constraints have been easing while rising gasoline costs pushed sales at gasoline stations 4.1% higher. Excluding gasoline and autos, retail sales were up 0.9%. Other increases were also seen for sales at food services and drinking places (1.6%), food and beverages stores (1.4%).

When results for this quarter are reported, we believe margins will also rise when looking at the cost savings we are seeing for our retail customers. If you want better margins and better earnings, maybe it’s time to talk to SafeSourcing about our risk-free trial. Sales up and costs down is a perfect formula

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite. These include but are not limited to SafeContract™, SafePO™, SafeDocument™ and our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database that includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers.

To learn more, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services associate.

References:

  1. TRADINGECONOMICS

 

Can We Collaborate?

November 18th, 2022

Two heads are better than one!

 

Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Director of HR, and Administration at SafeSourcing Inc.

You have probably heard that phrase so many times, you might not even recall the first time you heard it. The reason it is such a popular phrase is because it has remained true and helpful throughout. Even during early school years, we are taught how to work with others to accomplish some task – because it is such an important skill and helps to accomplish goals throughout life.

In our current climate, it is still important to be able to work together. We work within our organizations and use the skills of those strongest in certain fields to help the group as a whole. In fact, we do this so much that we choose people based on their strengths and their ability to fulfil the organization’s needs – making a hundred heads better than one.

Sometimes the need extends further than within an organization. This is where collaborating with another organization can help! In fact, this is something SafeSourcing does quite often. Let us say you need to source, as an example, plastic bags. Perhaps you do not buy enough to get much of a discount. Here we can collaborate. With a SafeSourcing collaboration, your plastic bag quantities and other organizations’ quantities combined can expand the resources available to you and could get you a more competitive price.

If you are not sure if collaboration is right for you, you can still collaborate with SafeSourcing to help you get the services or supplies you need from the vendors that can help you the best. SafeSourcing has the expertise that can help strengthen whatever project you are set to undergo.

For more information on what the SafeSourcing team can offer you, or on our Risk-Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

References:

  1. http://safesourcing.com/ContactUs/tabid/60/language/en-US/Default.aspx
  2. https://www.zippia.com/advice/home-improvement-industry-statistics/

 

Your prices will keep rising!

November 17th, 2022

Unless you act, your prices are going to keep going up!

 

Today’s post is from Dave Wenig is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Services at SafeSourcing Inc

There is always something. We have been watching as costs for everything continue to rise every month. There seems to be no end to the scary stories we are being told that seem to keep the prices rising and our wallets lighter.

One that has me particularly disappointed is the news coverage about a potential diesel shortage. The facts are minimal, and the stats are carefully selected. Comparisons are not offered nor are typical averages. The headline just tells us we are only have a 25-day supply of diesel. Of course, that is not really true. If you just look past the click bait and breathless recounting of the story, you will see it is nothing to be worried about.

What is worrisome is the effect that could have on already high prices. We all know that everything runs on diesel. America runs on diesel. That means that even a perceived shortage can spike prices (or just justify the already high prices to hold them there).

Regardless of the story and the excuse, when faced with increasing costs we must push back. Our customers have been doing that already and it is more important than ever.

For more information, please contact SafeSourcing.

 

 

 

How much more can I expect to pay for holiday dinners this year?

November 16th, 2022

If you are like everyone else you have noticed that you have been spending way more on your groceries...

 

Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.

If you are like everyone else, you have noticed that you have been spending way more on your groceries now than ever before.  Now with the holidays coming you might be wondering how much more it will cost to buy and prepare your holiday dinners.  According to researchers, grocery prices are approximately 12 percent higher than they were this time last year.  Prices for the traditionally bought items for the holidays like turkey, butter, eggs, and bread are up even more than 12 percent.  The price of turkey is about 17 percent higher, and it is forecasted that it could go as high as 23 percent.  Some reasons for the rise in cost for the turkey is due to inflation and the avian flu which has reduced the supply of the staple holiday bird.  Other ingredients that are used in the holiday preparation such as eggs are up about 40 percent, flour is up about 25 percent and butter is up about 34 percent.  Some analysts are even suggesting that it may be cheaper to dine out rather than buying the groceries and preparing the meals for friends and family at home.  This is because the cost of dining out has risen about 8.6 percent over the last year compared to the 12 percent rise in the cost of eating at home.  Regardless of the price increases nearly 87 percent of people surveyed said that they will be preparing their usual meals this holiday season.  Below is a list of other items and approximately how much more they may cost this holiday season.

  • Ham 9%
  • Canned Fruits 18%
  • Canned Vegetables 18%
  • Potatoes 15%
  • Fresh Rolls 14%
  • Juices 13%
  • Seasonings 10%
  • Flour 24%
  • Sugar 15%
  • Sauces and Gravies 15%

Interested in learning how SafeSourcing can help your company save money during these and other shortages?  If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to as

How do you keep track of all the moving parts with your Procurement Team?

November 14th, 2022

Purchase Orders, Contracts, Specifications, and vendors OH MY.

 

Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

You must be a WIZARD, and we have any easy to deploy solution for you.

SafeDashboard™ is the configurable entry point for companies to view every piece of information and tool that they have access to within the SafeSourceIt™ Portfolio.

Custom fit for every company, and to some extent every role and user within the company, the SafeDashboard™ allows a company to see the information that is most relevant to specific users in a way that does not require them to jump from screen to screen.

KPIs can be included to give executives an overview of their overall sourcing event activity within the system.

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite. These include but are not limited to SafeContract™, SafePO™, SafeDocument™ and our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database that includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers.

To learn more, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services associate.

 

 

 

 

Remember to say thanks to all veterans today, and every day!

November 11th, 2022

As have many family's, our family has also been proud to serve our country for generations as far back as the revolutionary war.

 

Today’s post is from Ronald D.  Southard, Founder and CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.  I am a very proud USAF Veteran. I began my supply chain career as an Inventory management specialist 645XO in the War Materials Department of Base Supply during the Vietnam War. The logistics involved at the time are still advanced to many things industry is doing today. What an education. Thank you to all my veteran brothers and sisters for your service past present and in the future.

SafeSourcing is extremely proud to be a Veteran founded and owned company.


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