Trends in Procurement Webinar Series
"Supply Chain Management – The Next Frontier in Savings"
The second of 3 webinars sponsored by Grainger
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
What does success look like in supply chain management? It’s having the right things, in the right quantity, in the right place, at the right time, handled as few times as possible using the least amount of space and the fewest resources possible. To improve supply chain success, one large institution underwent a change for excellence by merging and reorganizing departments. Grainger KeepStock® Inventory Management solutions was a big part of their success by having direct delivery to their custodial closets and having Grainger staff onsite at their stores. This resulted in process improvement savings, reduced inventory and stockouts, and lower transaction costs.
One large university underwent a change for excellence. This involved merging and reorganizing departments and implementing Grainger KeepStock® Inventory Management solutions to help them get the right products, at the right time, right where they were needed. The results show process improvement savings, reduced inventory and stockouts, and lower transaction costs.
- What does success look like in supply chain management?
See what changes one large university made to their supply chain to become a center for excellence.
- Understand how Grainger KeepStock® Inventory Management solutions resulted in process improvement savings, reduced inventory and stockouts and lower transaction costs.
Barry Swanson, Chief Procurement Officer, University of Kentucky
Barry Swanson currently serves as Chief Procurement Officer at the University of Kentucky. Prior to taking this position, Barry served as the Associate Vice Provost for Campus Operations/Chief Procurement Officer for the University of Kansas, where he was responsible for leading seven departments – Design and Construction Management, Facilities Services, Parking and Transit, Environmental Health and Safety, the KU Center for Sustainability, Procurement Services and the Campus Operations Business Center.
Barry joined KU in 1998 as Director of Purchasing and during his nearly 19 year tenure at KU has also served as the Associate Comptroller with responsibility for the Payroll, Bursar, Central Accounting, Financial Management and Financial Systems areas at KU. Barry has worked in the private sector as Director of Purchasing for Seaboard Farms, in government as a Procurement Officer for the State of Kansas Division of Purchases, and he began his career serving as a staff member in several political offices.
Barry has served as chair of the Purchasing Committee for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and as the Kansas Board of Regents representative on the State Use Committee, which provides oversight to the Blind and Handicapped Workshop Program in Kansas. He has also served as the District V Representative on the NAEP National Board of Directors, and as co-President of the NAEP Great Plains Region.
Barry is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in History and Political Science. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from the Washburn University School of Law.
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