Telia-Veolia Case Study

We’ve published the latest example of Vested in practice, a case study describing how Telia – a Swedish telecom company – applied the Request for Partner process to get to a Vested agreement with Veolia, one of its long-time suppliers. Simply put, Vested helped them go from a supplier-buyer relationship to a true strategic partnership. […]

Forbes — 30 September 2018

Three Ingredients For Food Startup Success Article by Kate Vitasek published 30 September 2018 in Forbes It’s a recipe for success when a small food startup can blend a great idea with the expertise of a food startup accelerator and the resources of a Fortune 500 company… Here is the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevitasek/2018/09/30/three-ingredients-for-food-startup-success/#6afee58f7273

Corporate Real Estate Journal — Volume 8 (2018-19)

Comparing the why, what and how of performance-based and Vested Outsourcing models in CRE Article by Kate Vitasek and Michele Flynn in the latest issue of CREJ Volume 8 Number 1 The concepts of Vested outsourcing® (as developed by University of Tennessee researchers) and performance-based contracting have significantly risen in popularity as more and more […]

Trust the Price Tag?

The concept of a price tag is only about 140 years old. Prior to that transactions were a negotiation between buyer and seller. Basically, everything was a yard sale, with haggling expected. Today of course, haggling about the price of an airline seat or an entree at your favorite restaurant is a lost cause. The price […]

Most Negotiated vs. Most Important Contract Terms

It’s here! IACCM has released this year’s report on the most negotiated contract terms, which provides insight into the contracting practices of more than 2,100 organizations. One of the major insights of the survey identifies a disconnect between what is deemed most important in contract terms and the terms that are most… Click To Tweet […]

Carillion Needed a Strong Dose of Vested

Carillion, the large British multinational facilities management and construction services company that went bankrupt early this year, is a textbook example of how not to collaborate, communicate and well, do business. Julie Jackson, managing director at OCS Group, summed up the situation nicely in a recent article for FMWorld. “If we can’t agree on a different way […]

Outsource Magazine — June 2018

Prahalad and Hamel: Corporations and Core Competence Column by Kate Vitasek published 2 June 2018 in Outsource Magazine. Here’s the link: http://outsourcemag.com/prahalad-and-hamel-corporations-and-core-competence    

Contracting Excellence Journal — May 2018

Smarter way to harmonize all parties to the contract Article by Kate Vitasek published 30 May 2018 in IACCM’s Contracting Excellence Journal Do we exist within the contracting paradox – “the delusion that we write contracts to make plans, but we cannot really plan accurately,” and, as a nice twist, we trick ourselves into believing that […]

SupplyChainBrain — 2018 Resource Guide — Vested articles

Go for ‘Best Fit’ – Not ‘Best Practice’ — Metrics Avoid Strategic Drift in Your 3PL Relationship with a Sound Governance Structure The articles by Kate Vitasek and Karl Manrodt were published in SCB’s  2018 Resource Guide.  

Retailers/Manufacturers: Try Some SC Collaboration

Have you been to a mall lately? Does anyone even bother to go to the mall anymore? How is it that in a strong economy, retailers – Toys R Us, Bon-Ton, Macy’s – are having such… Click To Tweet ? Dan Gilmore, editor of SupplyChainDigest, addressed this problem in a recent First Thoughts column and […]