Centralized vs. Decentralized Procurement: No Debate Necessary

- September 17, 2014 3:30 PM | Categories: Procurement Research

Earlier this year, my colleague, Peter Smith, penned a very thoughtful paper exploring the age-old concept of centralization and decentralization with a modern twist and set of observations and recommendations: Centralise or Devolve Procurement? Why not Both? How Technology is Enabling New Operating Models. In the coming weeks on Spend Matters, we’ll take a look at some of the highlights and observations that Peter makes in his work, starting first today with what he aims to achieve with his effort. We’ll also include additional observations and commentary as we explore some of the elements of his analysis in detail.

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FedEx Announces 2015 Shipping Rates – Let the Ground Wars Begin!

For the first time, FedEx sets the bar, but will UPS follow? Since 1998, UPS has been playing "leader," setting yearly shipping rates, with FedEx left to play the "follower" role. My, how the tables have turned. Doug Caldwell from AFMS Logistics takes us through the current landscape, detailing the context behind FedEx's move, its new rates – and how USPS is getting hotter on the ground game.

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