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Vested Way is the result of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Executive Education, daring to be innovative and creating Vested partnerships, in order to drive academic research into a dynamic movement that can empower your company, organization, or partnership for success you cannot even imagine (yet).

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Vested Way
227 Bellevue Way, N.E., Suite 193
Bellevue, Washington, 98004
United States
(206) 414-8378

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Vested: Sharing the Research

Hear what inspires the University of Tennessee's Kate Vitasek about her work on the art, science and practice of highly collaborative Vested relationships.

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Enhance the Value of Your Supply Chain Supplier Relationships
Developing and executing the right kind of supplier relationship based on the right kind of sourcing business model moves an organization from traditional supplier relationship management to the next generation.

Unpacking Sourcing Business Models: 21st Century Solutions for Sourcing Services
This white paper is a collaborative effort among the University of Tennessee, the Sourcing Industry Group, the Center for Outsourcing Research and Education, the International Association for Contracts and Commercial Management, and was the inspiration for the 2015 book, Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy: Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models in Modern Procurement.

Telia and Veolia: From Supplier to Strategic Partner
This case study is a perfect example of the journey of Telia Company AB, a Swedish listed telecommunications company and mobile network operator, of the dynamics of the Vested learning and implementation process.

How Dell and FedEx Supply Chain Reinvented their Relationship
This case study details how Dell and FedEx Supply Chain stopped thinking about “What’s in it for Me (WIIFMe)” and embraced Vested’s “What’s in it for We (WIIFWe)” mindset, and how, by reinventing their relationship achieved record-breaking results.

Case Study: McDonald’s Secret Sauce for Supply Chain Success
Together, McDonald’s, its owner/operators, and their suppliers have created a System to be reckoned with, a System that continues to set records after 50 years, and many have credited McDonald’s with transforming the food industry, but ask anyone at McDonald’s and they will tell you they could not do it alone.

McDonald’s “Secret Sauce” for Supply Chain Success
Is there a “secret sauce” for consistent supply chain success? McDonald’s, which is consistently ranked in the top echelon of supply chains by Gartner, thinks so, the fast food leader stays atop of the marketplace with a “system” where suppliers and McDonald’s “share the pie.”

Selecting and Managing a Third Party Logistics Provider
If done correctly, the partnership with your Third Party Logistics, 3PL provider can truly be a source of competitive advantage for your company.

2015 Top 50 Global & Domestic U.S. Third-Party Logistics Providers
Following last year’s merger and acquisition frenzy, the speed of technology implementation by the new “mega 3PLs” will need to keep pace with the evolving challenges of omni-channel fulfillment, and those providers that meet shipper needs will remain dominant.

6 Rules for Collaborative Global Logistics Contracting
Lopsided logistics and transportation agreements are comprised of onerous terms and conditions, and a disproportionate shifting of risk over to service providers, and this approach has become the norm in the third party logistics industry.

5 Steps to Improving Your 3PL Relationships
Kate Vitasek, Pete Moore, and Bonnie Keith, members of the University of Tennessee's center for Executive Education share their five steps and a series of tips to improve your outsourcing relationship right from the start.

Amazon the Remora (Suckerfish) of the Retail World, Operates within Supplier Warehouses is reportedly moving into warehouses owned by suppliers like Procter & Gamble (PG) to cut back on costs and shipping times, potentially giving the online retail giant an edge over competitors. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, some of Amazon’s important suppliers are sharing warehouse space with the company.

What Five Great Economists Can Tell Us about Outsourcing
Want to improve your outsourcing efforts? This article unpacks the lessons of five “Big Thinkers” in the world of economics and shares how their insights can help improve your outsourcing.

Vested Outsourcing & Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing
In her book, Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing, Kate Vitasek talks about three case studies, with P&G, McDonalds and Microsoft, and their successful supplier relationships. A common theme was the shift away from a traditional customer-supplier relationship to a highly collaborative relationship aimed at developing a win-win solution.

Challenging Transportation Pricing Models
The cost to transport finished goods from the plant through the warehouse facilities and, finally, to the customer continues to be the largest single logistics expense.

21st Century Solutions for Sourcing Services
The organizations and authors have teamed on this white paper to drive clarity around outsourcing business models and to help procurement, outsourcing professionals and commercial managers understand and use the appropriate sourcing business model to maximize their desired outcomes.

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