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Bob Vanek

Chief Strategist, Supply Chain, Perficient

Bob Vanek has more than 20 years of experience in delivering supply chain solutions across a variety of industries. In previous roles, he served as a subject matter expert at Slalom Consulting and Accenture.

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2 Strategies for Digital Transformation Success in Supply Chain

Supply chain is a massive industry that’s constantly evolving. The majority of our clients that buy, sell, or move products are affected by these changes. Digital transformation benefits supply chain by improving efficiencies and increasing visibility of processes. Consumer expectations and legislation (to some extent) are pushing requirements onto companies, which creates a significant need […]

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Identifying Sustainability Opportunities in a Supply Chain Part 3

My last post outlines the opportunities companies can take to implement sustainability protocols. This final blog in the series continues to identify sustainability measures companies can take. When building a roadmap for the supply chain organization, leadership can look at sustainability in two ways: by considering the impact of each operational component in the supply […]

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Identifying Sustainability Opportunities in a Supply Chain Part 2

Previously, I outlined the opportunities companies can take to implement sustainability protocols. This submission continues to identify sustainability measures companies can take. When building a roadmap for the supply chain organization, leadership can look at sustainability in two ways: by considering the impact of each operational component in the supply chain separately, or holistically viewing […]

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Identifying Sustainability Opportunities in a Supply Chain Part 1

Previously, I highlighted the benefits of sustainability in a business’ supply chain. This installment outlines the opportunities companies can take to implement sustainability protocols. When building a roadmap for the supply chain organization, leadership can look at sustainability in two ways: by considering the impact of each operational component in the supply chain separately, or […]

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Sustainability Initiatives in Action: Enhance the Supply Chain

In my last post, I analyzed the benefits of building a case for sustainability. In this post, I highlight the benefits of sustainability in a business. Leftover paint is an issue almost all people have dealt with at one time or another. The EPA estimates that every homeowner in the US has 3-4 gallons of […]

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Building a Strong Case for Sustainability Programs

Previously, I discussed the importance of implementing a sustainability program into your business. Today, I analyze the benefits of building a case for sustainability. Supply chain organizations must take a comprehensive look at their end-to-end operations to determine where both financial and socially responsible changes can benefit both the environment and the company. These opportunities […]

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[Guide] Develop a Supply Chain Sustainability Program

According to Investopedia, “Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is comprised of three pillars: economic, environmental and social – also known informally as profits, planet, and people.” Interestingly enough, the business of sustainability can be viewed as […]

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Tackling Supply Chain Trends

Current innovations in the supply chain industry can play a major role in improving any company’s existing supply chain capabilities. While some companies may be ready for cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain or data capabilities presented by advanced analytics, others may need to make sure the supply chain components they’ve already worked hard to put […]

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Supply Chain: Common Reasons for Missing Foundational Components

Our experience has shown that many companies want to look to the future, but are missing the key foundational components necessary to be successful. Common reasons for missing these foundational components include: Lack of a transformational roadmap for the supply chain organization that is aligned with business objectives and vetted with business cases to ensure […]

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Evaluating the Maturity of Key Supply Chain Components

To successfully address supply chain trends, it is critical that the foundational aspects of your existing supply chain are operating effectively. We recommend evaluating the maturity of the following key supply chain components before attempting to use the latest technologies. SUPPLY CHAIN DATA GOVERNANCE (BLOCKCHAIN, ADVANCED ANALYTICS) Data integrity is the key to supporting transformational […]

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What’s Next in Supply Chain?

While it’s impossible to know for certain what the future holds, trends can be a reliable predictor of what’s on the horizon. Our extensive work with supply chain has revealed several trends that we believe will be impacting supply chain in the near future. These include: Blockchain: Create immutable end-to-end data visibility into all aspects of […]

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[Guide] Six Trends for Optimizing Supply Chain Operations

Establishing the best supply chain possible is paramount to teams and leaders responsible for meeting the product and service needs of their internal and external customers. Fortunately, the supply chain world is constantly evolving and challenging leaders to reevaluate their place within the ecosystem. As innovations in process and technology are introduced, the speed of […]

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5 Ways to Transition from Purchasing to Procurement

Perficient’s supply chain team works daily with large companies to define P2P processes related to development and maintenance of large asset intensive infrastructures (e.g. Communications, O&G, Energy). Speed to production and continuous operation are critical in these industries and the value of the Procurement Organization is often overlooked. Procurement doesn’t have to be the necessary […]

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Perficient and IBM Host Blockchain Event in Denver

Blockchain is leading many of the most successful companies to an integrated ecosystem with their customers and suppliers to deliver the speed, convenience, trust and transparency demanded by the market. Because Perficient and IBM have seen this impact firsthand, we partnered to bring together 65 of Denver’s supply chain leaders to discuss how process innovation and […]

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