Supply Chain Diversity After the Pandemic | Christopher Sawchuk


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Ep. 239 - Christopher Sawchuk is the principal and global procurement advisory practice leader at The Hackett Group. He’s a globally recognized expert on the topic of supply chain management. In this episode, Christopher shares his insights on supply chain diversity and how the pandemic has shifted the procurement industry. Listen in to learn about the massive opportunities available for diverse suppliers and how to become visible as a supplier to bigger organizations. You will also learn how organizations are proactively enhancing and measuring supply chain diversity as an initiative.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of diversification in supply bases in organizations
  • How to become visible as a supplier through networking and participating in events
  • Be transparent about your business information like performance on the databases

"If you're working with companies that are customers of yours. Ask them, "what can we do to work together to do other things?" - Christopher Sawchuk

In this episode you’ll discover:

How Chris went from engineering to procurement in a period when supply chain wasn’t popular [1:39]

How organizations have pivoted and are now driving for supply chain diversification [9:00]

The massive opportunities that exist for diverse suppliers in the coming years [10:42]

How organizations have developed or are developing opportunities for supply diversification [13:50]

The different ways to stay visible to organizations developing diverse suppliers’ opportunities [15:36]

Why we have geographical diversification with supply and how automation can change that [18:38]

The customer-focused manufacturing and supply chain that exists in today’s markets [23:08]

Why consumers should expect more transparency from organizations [25:55]

How organizations are enhancing and measuring supply diversification as an initiative [28:18]

Why supply diversification is a business issue and how it varies in different parts of the world [37:55]

The importance of diversification certification and removal of supply chain barriers [40:33]

The three things you need to do to become visible as a supplier to bigger organizations [45:24]


Christopher is a Principal and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group. Mr. Sawchuk leads Hackett’s Global Procurement Advisory Practice. He has over 20 years of experience in supply management, working directly with the Global 2000 and midsized companies around the globe, and in a variety of industries, to improve all aspects of supply management, including process redesign, technology enablement, operations strategy planning, organizational change, and strategic sourcing. Mr. Sawchuk specializes in working directly with CPOs to help define a long-term strategy.

He is a regular contributor to business publications, a frequent presenter at industry events, and an author of numerous research papers and books.

Mr. Sawchuk’s background includes engineering, operations, and sales roles with both United Technologies and IBM.


Christopher is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of South Florida. He has a masters degree in Business Administration from Binghamton University.


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