Most respondents report more make-to-stock than make-to-order production flow. There is wide variation in how far in advance manufacturing teams give production schedules (from one week to more than three weeks out). Most respondents book truckload services less than a day out.
The vast majority of respondents have set up teams reviewing the impact of tariffs. The departments taking the lead to communicate and report are procurement and finance, legal, trade compliance, and purchasing/logistics.
Respondents use a wide variety of benchmarks and metrics to determine staffing needs. These include level of spend, part count, supplier cunt per sourcing professional, etc. Some deploy annual planning processes and review the benchmarks.
The vast majority of companies do not charge suppliers to access a supplier’s portal. Of those who do charge, most assess an annual fee while some charge by transaction. There is no bias in differentiation of the fees by region.