Combating Aggressive Supply Chain Management

Strategies and Tactics for Leveling the Playing

Combating Aggressive Supply Chain Management Strategies and Tactics for Leveling the Playing

Possibly the most important course you'll attend this decade!

Presented in cooperation with SEMI. Classes are held in San Jose, California.


Course overview

The SEM industry has been hit with increasingly aggressive customer supply chain management programs, initially introduced as PICOS, which have become more sophisticated and divisive. Their ultimate purpose is to demoralize supplier sales teams and reduce the supplier's high-tech products to commodity status, thereby transferring as much of the supplier's profits to the customer as possible.

Supply chain management programs have evolved to the degree that the supplier sales team is entrapped very early in the sales cycle and by the time negotiation begins, all of the supplier negotiation initiatives will have been neutralized. The only thing left to negotiate is the final price, which is now in the hands of the customer.


"The ultimate purpose of supply chain management is to demoralize supplier sales teams... and transfer as much of the supplier's profits to the customer as possible."

Quest Team's dynamic one-day workshop is designed to provide SEM industry companies with the knowledge and tools necessary for success in resisting commoditization of their products and maintaining profit margins.

The course content was developed following a multi-year examination of supply chain management programs being applied to SEM companies. Quest Team researchers conducted confidential discussions with several supply chain management executives and identified offensive and defensive tools that can be effectively applied by suppliers to level the playing field.

During the workshop participants gain a thorough understanding of the typical supply chain management process in the SEM industry. They learn a comprehensive set of tools to take control of that process and the negotiation in a non-confrontational way. This enables proper planning for achieving sales and relationship objectives without significantly compromising profit margins.


Who should participate

The workshop is designed for senior management, sales management, and account managers as well as product marketing/product management personnel who are involved in significant key account interaction.



What you will learn
  • Why better negotiation technique, by itself, does NOT address the challenge
  • Heightened awareness of supply chain management techniques (many of which are subtle) being used against you
  • Strategic policies and team orientation that puts the supplier on the offense during the sales cycle
  • Defensive neutralizing actions for customer negotiation initiatives
  • How to truly define value and have it replace price as the area of focus throughout the relationship
  • The critical role of the account manager and the account plan
  • Negotiation planning that effectively capitalizes upon the supplier's offensive and defensive actions
  • Special approaches to combat reverse auctions and controlled RFP situations


Course materials

Materials include: course manual, digital and hard copy offensive and defensive planning options worksheets for application at the participant's company, and a digital and hard copy structured template for proper planning of negotiations.

This one-day Seminar is held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Casual business attire is appropriate.


Course outline
  1. SEM Supply Chain Management Programs
    • How the process has evolved
    • Often hidden intent of the program
  2. Program Characteristics
    • A look at customer techniques applied at each stage of the sales cycle
    • Customer requests and "buzz words" that indicate you are under the program's control
    • Traps to avoid
  3. Preparing Your Company and Team to Disarm the Program's Impact
    • Policies and practices that must be installed before the customer applies the program
    • The special role of "value" and how to keep it at the forefront
    • Techniques and countermeasures for offsetting program traps
    • Bringing the account team fully on board
  4. Preparing for the negotiations
    • Application of concepts via a SEM case study
    • SEM Supply Chain Management Template to structure proper thought processes
    • Role-play demonstration of how case study concepts are applied during negotiation
  5. Special Traps to Commoditize Supplier's Hi-Tech Products
    • Asked to respond only to purchasing on an RFP or a Reverse Auction?
    • Alternatives available to you
    • Risks and likely outcomes of various alternatives
Quest Team Instructors

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