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Declaration of the New Purchasing: A Buying Manifesto

Be it resolved that the world surrounding the buying of goods is changing faster than transactional purchasing itself. And this, of course, is not sustainable if procurement is to remain influential, relevant and helpful. Change must come, and it must come fast, for procurement organizations that have not yet fully understood nor embraced new buying styles and modes.

Proactive Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) in an Uncertain World

The target audience for this paper is not only internal (brand management, C-level, finance, legal, line of business owners, procurement) but also sales, where SCRM visibility provides an advantage with risk-averse prospects and clients. As for takeaways, we’ll explore SCRM’s potential ROI, including the main drivers to consider when building a business case. This doesn’t just include supply base assurance and brand management - but also immediate hard savings through process efficiency, avoidance and reduction of crisis costs, and insurance premium reductions. What’s not to like about that?

Empoderando al área de compras: Soluciones de technología de información para la función de compras

En Spend Matters buscamos empoderar a las áreas de compras con contenidos de valor, en esta ocasión realizamos un estudio sobre el uso que las empresas mexicanas le dan a las tecnologías de información para habilitar o fortalecer su función de compras, en especifico las relacionadas con: Compras electrónicas, análisis del gasto, contratación de servicios, catálogos electrónicos, contratos, proveedores, abasto estratégico, gastos de viaje y facturación electrónica; esperamos que este estudio sea de valor para ti y nos des tu retroalimentación.

50 Shades of Pay: Giving the Car Keys to Those Who Own the Cars

Business users should be brought in early as part of a spend analysis requirements definition and solution evaluation, but we do find that many procurement organizations hold off until they have built out a reasonably solid-to-spend cube at the line-item level (by supplier, category and cost center) before they really start turning over the keys of the spend analysis tool to the end users for their own inquiries. That's all well and good, but the biggest source of failure in spend analytics is the same source of failure with any type of systems: non-adoption. You want people to use systems? Then you have to hand over the car keys.

Supply Risk Management 2015: Best Practices

This 3-part Spend Matters PRO brief, authored by Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell, provides an outlook on how best to manage supply risk programs in 2015. The lessons he presents are based on his experience working with and learning from best practice procurement and supply chain organizations – and academics in the field.

This is How Procurement $#it Happens

In a perfect world, enterprises perform good Enterprise Performance Management by forming a great strategy and deploying it to cascade enterprise strategic goals down to line staff so the scorecards are balanced, relevant, aligns, and realistic. The real world is very, very different. Procurement $#hit happens. But in this paper, Pierre Mitchell at least writes about how you can use it as fertilizer.

Applying Supply Chain Rigor to Contingent Workforce Management

In today’s global economy, firms like Amazon, Apple, GE, P&G, and Walmart all compete on how well they manage their extended supply chains and associated spending on critical goods and materials. But, in an increasingly services-based economy where nearly everything is becoming a "service" (including all the non-production elements associated with creating a product), applying the same rigor to managing external services spending should also be important. What are the main differences with the contingent market? Why does it matter? What are your peers saying about the space? Download this survey-based report to find out!

Technology RFPs: Are You Wasting Time and Money?

This might sound like a bold statement, but sometimes (maybe even most of the time) it just doesn't make sense to go to RFP! Sourcing practitioners might scoff at this, but this paper is worth a download just to read how author Thomas Kase challenges the notion that an RFP is the best path to a successful solution provider selection outcome.

Supply Risk Management 2015: Lessons from Leaders

When it comes to supply risk, you may have heard the term "think globally and implement locally" as a way to align risk and reward. You also know that it's critical to create the right set of metrics and benchmarks in this area, but in our experience, we haven't spoken to many people who have a good idea of where to even start. In this paper, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell will walk you through some good starting points based on lessons learned from industry leaders.

Relationship Counseling for Staffing and Services Procurement – Successful Therapy For Lasting Partnerships

There are many reasons for the uniqueness of the services procurement ecosystem within procurement; this “uniqueness” can vary dramatically by industry and region as well. But a universal theme we’ve observed for years is a significant disconnect between buyers and suppliers — especially between the corporate procurement function and the vendor community (even if the relationship between the non-procurement line of business manager and the vendor is just fine). So how do you bridge the disconnect? Download this paper to find out!

Sustainability in Procurement: Prevent the Next Bangladesh Factory Fire From Happening Again

In our experience advising and doing research in the realm of risk management, many Spend Matters readers instinctively write longer and longer contracts with more and more regulations to follow. But these don’t necessarily prevent tragedies (even though they keep contract managers and attorneys in business). But how realistic is that? You will become cripplingly difficult to work with – and suppliers would pass along increased costs. This paper walks you through the Spend Matters risk management starting point.