Last year, we wrote about Alibaba partnering with Coupa in what appeared to be the Barney partnership of the year. The hookup was said to “provide Coupa customers with an easy way to find and source from suppliers on Alibaba.com. Coupa customers will have immediate, easy access to millions of additional global suppliers from Alibaba.com.” Fast-forward and Alibaba is taking multiple P2P wives, or so it would seem. Anyway, to get back to the title of this article and find out all the eProcurement applications that Alibaba is selling, all you have to do is check out the Alibaba site – which scares us a bit; read on to find out why.
From both procurement and HR perspectives, the systematic management of freelancers is arguably significantly more complex than managing the traditional contingent workforce that is employed by a staffing intermediary. Companies – or managed services partners administering programs on their behalf – must fully consider the same types of compliance and worker classification questions that come up in a staffing situation and the overall lifecycle associated with workers, from creating an initial job description/requisition through to selection, onboarding and offboarding. This Spend Matters brief continues our analysis of the Work Market platform, specially designed for freelancer management from the ground up, exploring how procurement and other users can more effectively and efficiently take advantage of freelancers as part of their contingent workforce program.