The Case Study Category

Finding Synergy in a Procurement Transformation: AGCO’s Partnership with SynerTrade


In 2012, AGCO stood at a crossroad. The agricultural equipment manufacturer faced stiff opposition from competitors, and knew that to extend its global reach, the company would need to transform the way it operated. The key to this transformation was a reimagined supply management function. The former AGCO purchasing organization ran a decentralized, regional and brand-oriented procurement model that had proven sufficient for those needs. But to become the operating company management envisioned, AGCO knew it needed to establish a single, global procurement organization, based on a global commodity management approach and setup, a strategic procurement philosophy and the technology platforms necessary for a streamlined supply chain.

How Can We Validate Service Providers’ Past Credentials?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Suvigya Muchhal, of GEP.

For any potential customer, case studies are instrumental in providing an overview of the provider’s capabilities and in helping the client assess previous experience and scalability in a particular domain. These case studies are mostly published by service providers; some are posted on the provider’s website, while others are shared with the clients during a sales pitch. The question is, how can these case studies be validated?

Procurement’s Involvement in Divestitures: The Staples Case


Procurement's role, and a supply chain group's role more broadly, should figure into the strategy as well. Any procurement organization can have a strategy that supports an existing enterprise strategy, but only a truly strategic procurement group can actually help influence the business strategy. So, let’s consider a future case study in the making and consider the situation with office products retailer Staples.

How to Start a Global Supply Chain Risk Management Program (Part 2)

Yesterday, we shared the first 5 of our 10 tips for getting started with a global supply chain risk management (SCRM) program. This post, based on content from a Spend Matters paper by Thomas Kase, vice president of research at Spend Matters, looks at our final recommendations. We invite all of our readers to download this analysis and our PRO subscribers to speak with our team about how to build their business case for SCRM program investment.

Our final tips for getting started with global SCRM programs include considering interoperability and integration, obtaining c-level sponsorship and tying in HR. Organizations that want an inside track on building or accelerating a business case for investment in SCRM are likely to find the Spend Matters paper, A Case Study in Global Supply Chain Risk Management: How AGCO Implemented an SCRM Solution to Save Millions, useful in their efforts.

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Lessons Learned From AGCO’s Global Supplier Risk Management Program

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It is important to realize that supplier risk management (SRM) is still in its infancy. The solutions on the marketplace today are only scratching the surface of what is possible. Any company that has grown beyond a trivial size realistically has to be proactive about risk, not fighting fires only after emergencies strike. And it must stay on top of the latest technology and information sources capable of building visibility and awareness into incidents at all tiers in the supply base.

Organizations that want an inside track on building or accelerating a business case for investment in SRM are likely to find the Spend Matters paper, A Case Study in Global Supply Chain Risk Management: How AGCO Implemented an SCRM Solution to Save Millions, useful in their efforts.

Building a Program Office: Tying Organizational Transformation to Services Procurement (Part 3)

Throughout this series exploring a case example of a services procurement transformation program aligned to overall company transformation efforts, we have centered our exploration on the program itself: its past and current state. In this final installment of the series, we explore the actual program office structure and operating model itself that the firm put in place as part of its transformation efforts.

Changing a Program From the Inside Out: Tying Organizational Transformation to Services Procurement (Part 2)

At the IQNavigator IQNsider’s event earlier this month, the contingent workforce program leader from a large financial services institution took the stage to talk about how his firm’s overall transformation efforts included a new focus on services procurement programs as part of the overall change elements for the company. As part of this initiative, the organization focused on creating a hybrid top-down and bottoms-up approach to managing an overall program office to “show value through stakeholder partnerships” and to engage line-level managers.

Tying Organizational Transformation to Services Procurement: A Case Example (Part 1)

At IQNavigator’s customer event earlier this month, I had the chance to listen to a case study from the services procurement program leader for a financial services firm, a story that offers lessons for procurement organizations regardless of industry. Most curiously, the company has started to tie elements of its overall organizational transformation efforts – the firm promoted within a chief transformation officer who is on the executive team – to its services procurement efforts.

Addressing Communication Challenges With Supplier Enablement and E-Invoicing: Lessons From a Fortune 500 Food/Beverage Company

Even with an initial well-constructed strategy in place with support tactics, it is inevitable in any supplier enablement and e-invoicing deployment that things will not always go as planned, or issues will arise that couldn’t possibly have been pre-determined. One issue for an organization we recently talked to was around communications to suppliers requesting information. It turned out that a surprising number of suppliers going through the onboarding process believed the outbound email and phone-based efforts were “phishing” efforts designed to steal their confidential information (e.g., banking details).

A Seasonal Case Study – Complex Distribution Problems Solved!

Spend Matters Europe Editor Nancy Clinton and I took on one of our more exciting assignments after we were asked to write a case study relating to a client of Trade Extensions, the advanced sourcing software firm. This client had faced a difficult issue that, at worst, could put its whole business at risk, and they needed help in terms of running an incredibly complicated tender for global distribution services – much of the requirement concentrated on one particular evening, just to make matters worse.

Mobile Procurement and the Interim Chief Procurement Officer

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Vroozi. Holding an interim position isn’t easy. You step into a recently vacated role and are tasked with leading an established group with an established set of practices. Meanwhile, you likely have your own thoughts and ideas and would like to establish yourself as someone who can handle the position going forward—once the interim label is removed. This process is no easier when the interim person in question is the interim chief procurement officer.