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Are Catalogs Fleecing Procurement of the Best Deal? 5 Arguments in Favor and Against the P2P Catalog


This is the second installment of a series in which we are rhetorically going to war against catalogs (kind of like a certain presidential candidate bulldozing over everything and everyone in his path – for the better or the worse, we might add, depending on your perspective!). When we first gave the topic of killing the catalog some thought, we came up with a post in which we ending up sharing the pros and cons of catalog-based procurement today — and some of the options we would wager are coming down the pike. But let us take aim at catalogs in a different way today by positing arguably the most important procurement assumption of all: namely that catalogs are fleecing procurement of the best possible pricing in numerous ways...

5 Reasons Why a Coupa IPO Would be Good for Procurement


It appears the rumors of a Coupa IPO are closer than we might think. According to Reuters, Coupa apparently has hired a lead underwriter (Morgan Stanley) and secondary bookrunners. I personally think a Coupa IPO would be a net positive for the procurement industry and its various constituents overall. Here are five reasons why.

Procurement Buzzwords of 2015

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As 2015 wraps up, we take a look back on some of the most popular Spend Matters "buzzwords" that dominated our coverage throughout the year. From the emergence of workforce intermediation platforms (WIPs) to the importance of guided buying, check out some of the topics the Spend Matters team has been busy covering in 2015.

Intermittent Fasting: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 6)

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OK, we admit that the last item in this series comparing both dangerous and supposedly safe weight lifting supplements to procurement and supply chain strategies is not a supplement at all. Rather, this final tip is a modified approach to, well, eating. And if you practice it, people will think you’re crazy. But trust us (Jason, specifically) — it works. What’s the “supplement” you ask? Intermittent fasting tied to workouts.

BCCAs: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 5)

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As we continue our series on ways to “pump” procurement and supply chain based on lessons learned from weight lifting substances, we come to a rather pedestrian ingredient in many higher-end protein and other supplements today: branched-chain amino acids (BCAA ). Incidentally, if you missed the previous installments in the series, be sure to see them in all their ripped glory: introduction, Ultimate Orange, diuretic pills and Creatine.

Creatine: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 4)


As we continue our series comparing weight lifting supplements to procurement and supply chain strategies, we take a happier turn from our last installment on diuretic pills. (See also the previous introductory and Ultimate Orange posts on the topic.) Today we come to creatine, a weight lifting supplement Richard succinctly describes as a miracle: “this stuff is absolutely G-D-sent.” Richard equates a scoop of creatine with a good, 12 ounce steak — with all of the benefits of pure protein extract without the downside, such as fat or cholesterol.

Diuretic Pills: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 3)


In the spirit of Santa’s fast approaching all-night ride and the training he must endure before setting out on the round the world trek — it’s amazing he was able to do it before supplements — we continue our series of comparing weight lifting supplements to procurement and supply chain strategies. If you’re just finding this write-up now, please see our introductory and Ultimate Orange installments from earlier in the month. Today, we cut right to the chase — or rather, cut the excess liquid in our bodies as we come to our next supplement, diuretic pills.

Ultimate Orange: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 2)


Some people say weightlifting is not the sport for intellectuals. We’ve also heard the same thing said of procurement, mind you. But anyone who would dismiss either in such a manner has clearly not done their homework, or clearly has a chip on their shoulder. (Their atrophied, miniscule deltoids, that is.) External criticisms aside, there are more commonalities between the activity and the profession than not. This includes how to “juice” performance at the expense of longer-term horizons.

Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements

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I must admit I’m the accidental lifter. At almost 6 feet tall and roughly 165 pounds, I’m better suited to running moderately fast and evangelizing the virtues of a mostly vegan diet than benching or deadlifts. I don't really look the part either. But regardless of personal appearances, I’ve got a newfound hobby. And one conversation with a friend got me thinking: It turns out old school weight supplements like Ultimate Orange are a lot like many of the shortcuts that procurement organizations use to “juice” their results.

What Type of CPO Would Donald Trump Be?

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There’s been an awful lot of debate among both liberals and conservatives on what type of president Donald Trump would be. But I think there’s an even more fun question to ask: If Donald Trump were a chief procurement officer (CPO), what would he be like? I actually think we can begin to arrive at the answer from looking closely at his views on policy — and candidly, it looks like he’d actually be a somewhat effective, if unloved, CPO. Here are some reasons why.

SIG Dispatch: Supplier Master Data Management on Steroids or ‘I Want to Pump Your ERP Up’


At the SIG summit yesterday, a large global manufacturer (that will go unnamed until we get permission) got up on stage and presented a long chapter from its procurement technology transformation effort and specifically, in detail, how vendor file/master data management (MDM) tied into it. The organization, which has grown both organically and through acquisition, has multiple ERP systems and “at least seven” different instances of SAP. We might call this a tale of supplier/vendor file MDM on steroids. But with apologies to Arnold, this is far more than just “pumping your ERP up.”

Zycus Horizon: Walking Drunk, Procurement and More


Early this morning, I landed in Atlanta, on route to the Zycus Horizon event, held at a resort in Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, outside of the city. Horizon is Zycus’ annual customer event, and the majority of speakers are Zycus customers, using everything from Zycus’ original spend classification solution to its modern modular source-to-pay suite. Zycus puts a tremendous amount into this event every year, and I’ve had the pleasure of attending it going back to the inaugural conference.