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Alison Chebuhar

Alison is the Manager of Member Recruiting for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. When she's not at the office making magic happen, she enjoys traveling, hugging her new nephew, and cheering on the Blackhawks.
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Building a Business Where the Best Ideas Win

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Dec 8, 2017 8:22:20 AM

“Rather than thinking you’re right, ask yourself, how do you know you’re right?” These are the sentiments of Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, during his recent TED Talk on enhancing decision making. Dalio believes that one of the greatest tragedies of mankind is that people arrogantly and naively hold onto opinions that are incorrect, and act on those views without any verification process. His tactics may be too radical for some, but the principles his company is applying every day to create an idea meritocracy could help any business or individual reach better outcomes. The approach is based on truthfulness and transparency. Find the smartest people who may disagree with you and do your best to fully understand their perspectives. The ability to see things collectively above one’s self leads to much more effective decision making. Rather than arguing over opinions, shift the conversation to figuring out objective criteria for determining which opinions are the best. Then embrace the mistakes and collect what you’ve learned to create your ultimate code for making decisions.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Want to Be More Productive? It All Starts With…

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Oct 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all so busy. As companies get leaner and technology makes us more efficient and empowered, we’re all tackling more throughout our day which continuously raises the bar for us to keep outdoing each other. Exhausting. So how are we ever going to get everything done? The key to maximizing your output lies in how you start your day. It sets the tone and makes or breaks your ability to successfully plow through that to-do list.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Cybersecurity Threat in Manufacturing is Real

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Aug 8, 2017 3:15:00 PM

A staggering 39% of manufacturing companies responding in a recent Deloitte survey reported experiencing a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months. And over one-third of these companies lost between $1 million and $10 million as a result of the attack. These attacks can wreak havoc upon businesses in terms of lost productivity, ransomware payments, and intellectual property being made public to the competition. Phishing, pharming and social engineering make up the majority of the breaches, according to the report.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

How Artificial Intelligence is Empowering Procurement

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Jun 21, 2017 10:40:00 AM

As the role of purchasing continues to expand and time becomes more scarce, it’s good to know that help is on the way. Though artificial intelligence isn’t “help” in the traditional sense, its capabilities for strengthening procurement aren’t either. The benefits of AI are much more significant. And if your firm delays in embracing AI, it will be giving the competition who makes it a priority a leg-up. Any company looking to perform true strategic sourcing will need AI’s assistance in tackling the challenging and nuanced task.

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Topics: Industry News, Procurement

Sourcing Strategies for a Volatile Metals Market

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on May 17, 2017 2:50:00 PM

At the recent Spring 2017 Prime Advantage Conference, Lisa Reisman of MetalMiner gave a Metals Outlook presentation on how procurement should approach the metals market and all of its fluidity. Reisman contends that most forecasters are notoriously inaccurate and that metal production and consumption numbers are largely useless to metal buying organizations. These numbers aren’t very actionable and fail to correlate to the timing of purchases. The chances of hitting a bullseye when prophesying based off of these figures is extremely small.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement

Is Your Company's Cybersecurity Unprepared?

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Apr 4, 2017 1:45:00 PM

The Internet of Things (Iot) and smart devices have made our lives a whole lot easier. We can put a pot of coffee on, adjust the room temperature, and turn on the lights, all as we’re pulling up to our driveway. In the workplace and on manufacturing plant floors, smart machines connect to each other to create harmony in production, use thousands of sensors to make modifications in real-time, and can even repair themselves. At the rate technology advances in the modern age, the present seems more like that future than ever before.

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Topics: Industry News, Analytics and Technology

Keeping Your Supply Chain Moving Smoothly Down Risky Roads

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Feb 14, 2017 2:00:00 PM

With supply lines growing longer and competition continually increasing, keeping a supply chain running efficiently requires a more complex strategy than ever before. Fluctuations in demand and regulatory protocol further muddy the waters when determining the best options available to mitigate risk. The current landscape requires a better business-value approach for any company with growth aspirations, or at the very least, looking to stay afloat.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Bizcast HQ’s Interview with Prime Advantage Chairman and CEO Louise O’Sullivan

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Dec 15, 2016 11:15:40 AM

Bizcast HQ, the video showcase hub that features companies to watch, recently sat down for an interview with Louise O’Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Prime Advantage. A variety of topics were discussed, including, how group purchasing organizations can help with strategic sourcing, alleviating the rising costs of healthcare, as well as one very important piece of business advice.

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Topics: Buying Groups and Group Purchasing Organizations

How to Rise to the Occasion and Perform Under Pressure

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Oct 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Pressure, pushing down on me…

We’ve all been there: We find ourselves in a pressure-packed situation where we must get an important job done in the face of adversity. Maybe we’re on a time crunch. Or maybe we’re understaffed or under-resourced. Maybe we’re performing a task that is way out of our comfort zone. Or maybe we find that business with a VIP customer is hanging in the balance. Whatever the case may be, we need to be able to step up to the challenge when the heat dial gets turned up.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How Your Business Can Get Lucky

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Sep 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good. But ideally, you can be both: You can put in the hard work, master your craft as best you can, while setting yourself up for outcomes that break in your favor from time to time. You can minimize the amount of “chance” in your equations by governing the controllable within them. Your organization will never be perfectly insulated from potential disasters, but much like putting on your seatbelt, you can reduce the probability they will happen. Here are some tips on how to increase your odds of getting on Lady Luck’s good side:

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

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