Category Archives: Suppliers

Mr. Gustin Goes to Washington and Other Musings on SupplierPay

- November 26, 2014 2:32 AM | Categories: Suppliers, Trade Financing

file2511287608843 Our fearless compatriot David Gustin at TradeFinancing Matters recently attended a White House meeting on the SupplierPay initiative. David is one of the world’s leading experts on trade finance, and The White House was smart to invite him to share his insights. For my part, I’ve had a few discussions with the US Small Business Administration tasked with running SupplierPay. The people at the SBA were very interested in the financial supply chain study that I did with ISM and with my other research analysis findings on how extending payment terms statistically correlates with lower enterprise value. More specifically though, I’ve reviewed the draft set of metrics that SBA is thinking about implementing with the program, and I provided it some detailed feedback.

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For IT Hardware Savings, Look at Services and Support – More on the Accenture Q3 2014 Spend Trends Report

- November 25, 2014 2:49 AM | Categories: Suppliers, Technology

CIOs – and more recently procurement executives – have been chasing IT hardware cost savings for years . Having been involved in IT sourcing projects earlier in my career – actually for a large OEM – I can attest to the often advanced market design elements that goes into the typical sourcing or category decision involving large hardware buying efforts. But might services be a better place to look for savings? Accenture's recent Q3 Spend Trends Report suggests that the opportunities for savings from third-party hardware maintenance are often significant – and have not necessarily been fully explored.

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TFM’s David Gustin Shares His Expertise at The White House’s SupplierPay Session

file000744506387 David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters was in Washington, D.C., last week attending and presenting at The White House’s SupplierPay session. We talked to David about how he became involved with the initiative and what insight he shared with the many professionals from various organizations and government agencies who took part in the event.

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Anti-Dumping Effort Gains Attention (and Spend Matters Network Weighs In)

Rep. Billy Long is pushing federal authorities to take a closer look at the goods global suppliers are shipping to the US. And, the world’s largest bedspring supplier, Leggett & Platt, is throwing its weight behind the effort – going as far as to hire a lobbying firm to convince lawmakers this is an important issue that needs to be addressed.

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The “Bait and Switch” That Ended the Relationship Between Apple and GT

- November 11, 2014 10:22 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Supplier Management, Suppliers

bait-fisherman-fishing-2542-829x550 GT Advanced Technologies Inc. said Apple pulled a classic “bait and switch” with the synthetic sapphire supplier, leading GT to file for bankruptcy. The news came last Friday, when documents relating to GT’s bankruptcy case were disclosed, after initially being held under court seal.

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Will There Be Consequences for Apple Once GT Court Docs are Unsealed?

- November 6, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories: Supplier Management, Suppliers, Supply Chain

Looks like we will soon learn more details of what happened between the tech giant Apple and one of its suppliers, GT Advanced Technologies. GT, which makes synthetic sapphire used in smartphone screens, filed for bankruptcy last month, citing “burdensome contracts” with Apple. Reportedly, GT may have been faced with fines up to $50 million for each violation of confidentiality agreements with Apple.

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Could Proper Procurement Have Saved Apple and GT Advanced?

By now, you’re probably well aware of the Apple and GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) debacle that’s been all over the news headlines. In case you haven’t been following this, GTAT makes sapphire manufacturing equipment and had hoped to also sell some special sapphire glass made from its most advanced equipment to Apple (there’s a cool video here on how the crystal is made). The $578 million exclusive contract was loaded with penalties, namely $50M per incident of any IP violation, and involved a series of milestone payments as production scaled up.

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Get the Most Out of Invoice Discounting Programs, Supplier Uptake and Savings

- October 16, 2014 2:39 AM | Categories: Invoicing, P2P, Suppliers

Last week we considered a number of the findings from Taulia’s recent survey of 3,800 suppliers using its network. The findings we previewed contain a number of key (highly positive, in our analysis) data points to suggest that the potential for adoption of invoice discounting programs within a diverse supply base is material indeed. Today we continue our analysis of the supplier survey data that Taulia shared at its event and conclude with key takeaways for practitioners, providers and lenders to maximize invoice discounting enthusiasm, uptake and savings.

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Supply Ecosystems: The Next Big Thing?

- October 15, 2014 10:24 AM | Categories: P2P, supplier networks, Suppliers, Supply Chain

13663925237kcpz-leaf Thanks to the rise of purchase-to-pay (P2P) software, we hear quite often about “supplier networks” and “business networks” as the next big thing that will link buyers with vendors. But what about the concept of a “supply ecosystem” that goes further? This is the premise in a forthcoming Journal of Business Logistics article authored by Penn State’s Christopher Craighead, Auburn University’s David Ketchum and the University of Tennessee’s Russell Crook. Based on the author’s definition, these new supply ecosystems appear to more closely resemble giant industrial conglomerates or trading firms, but without necessarily having corporate parent/child ties between members (think Toyota, Mitsubishi, Samsung and to a lesser degree Siemens and GE).

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Invoice Discounting Programs and Supplier Uptake: Exploring Behaviors of 3,800 Surveyed Suppliers on the Taulia Network (Part 1)

- October 8, 2014 2:39 AM | Categories: Invoicing, P2P, Suppliers, Trade Financing

The adoption of both e-invoicing and invoice discounting programs is still very much in its infancy. Good data is difficult to find when it comes to the following types of questions: With what frequency do suppliers log on to portals designed to provide invoice approval and related information? What types of suppliers are most likely to take a discount? At Taulia’s recent customer event, Spend Matters learned the results of actual data answering these types of questions (and many more) based on the practices and survey responses of more than 3,800 suppliers. In this two-part Spend Matters PRO research brief, we share the highlights of what suppliers on the Taulia network can teach us to maximize invoice discounting and e-invoicing adoption. The findings are fascinating, surprising (in many cases) and pragmatic in helping us build more effective P2P, invoice discounting and trade financing programs.

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Supplier Performance Assessment – A “Good to Have” or a “Must Have” Process?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Meghana Rajamane of GEP. Once you have a competent supplier on board is the job of procurement done? Most companies today are tending toward complex supply chain ecosystems with an increased dependence on key supplier relationships to satisfy and delight their customers. Given this environment, it is imperative for an enterprise to be able to assess supplier performance. A supplier evaluation process is a must today for maintaining compliance, increasing competitiveness, identifying inefficiencies and driving improvement measures that impact the process.

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Mastercard and Basware – Exploring Payments and Discounting (Late Payment Impacts)

The Spend Matters team recently sat down to digest a very comprehensive study, Creating Payment Energy – Unlocking the Value of B2B Payment Networks, (n=1,000+) conducted by MasterCard and Basware on the topic of payments from both an AR and AP perspective (see our background coverage on the study here). As our analysis of the research continues today, we will turn our attention to the impact of persistent late invoice payments.

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