Category Archives: History

Thirty Five Years Ago Today …

Apple Computer’s Macintosh personal computer goes on sale in the United States, beginning an era. As the first mass-market PC with a GUI (graphical user interface), built-in screen, and mouse, it set a new standard for the modern computer age.

While it wasn’t adopted en-masse initially due to its high cost (compared to the Commodore 64 and the IBM clone market), it set a new standard when when Apple consolidate down to 4 models 5 years later — the Power Mac G3, the iMac, the PowerBook G3, and the iBook — with more competitive prices and aesthetic designs, Apple became profitable and started its trek to become the brand of choice for the discerning enthusiast.

Now every device, including our pocket phones, have built in screens, GUIs, and trackpads (mouse replacements). The Macintosh ushered in a computing revolution. It just took a few years longer than Apple expected.

Fifty Years Ago Today …

Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another (which was also the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk).

This was a historic event in space exploration as it is one of the capabilities necessary to have a(n International) Space Station and we’re not going to reach the age of extra-planetary supply management (Part II and Part III) unless we can build space stations and efficiently dock spacecraft with them on inter-planetary supply runs.

70 Years Ago Today Was the Beginning of an Era …

When the first “networked” television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TB in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting east-coast and mid-west programming. And then,

12 Years Ago Today the End of that Era Began …

when Netflix announced it will launch streaming video services. Who needs cable TV when you can watch all the shows on your laptop, iPad, and even cell phone on the go?

Regardless of what you think, that’s a pretty fast rate of advancement. Eras used to last centuries. Now they barely last decades. Can your supply chain keep up?

One Hundred Years Ago Today …

The UK began its effort to leave the dark ages with the first general election where women were permitted to vote and the first woman was elected to the Commons.

If only it would finish its exit of the dark ages in Procurement, which, sadly, in many organizations is still controlled by white males in their fifties.

While the doctor does not want to be stereotypical, he does want to be realistic — Procurement is simply better when there are multiple perspectives (and skills) at the table. And without the second gender, you’re clearly leaving half the perspective and skill off of the table (and that is simple, irrefutable, math).

One Hundred and Forty Nine Years Ago Today …

An American Legend was born when Jesse James commits his first *confirmed* bank robbery.

What does this have to do with Procurement? Besides the fact that, when you think about it, many suppliers will rob you blind on a daily basis if you are unprepared during the negotiation, during the invoice review, or during the warranty process.

Well, if you think about it, sometimes if you want to get famous, you have to take big risks.

But, more importantly, if you take risks, you can get famous … but in the case of Procurement, you don’t have to rob a bank to make money. You just have to get smart about how you buy. There are savings to be had in every category, and all you have to do is find them to bring millions to the bottom line.  And take the risk of doing something new.

And all you need to do to figure out how is to read the archives, strategy, process, and the tools you need to make it all happen.