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Summer 2013 – Logistics Category Perspective: Strategies and Trends in Trucking and Intermodal

Category Watch - Free Research DownloadDespite the significant bottom-line impact that effective management can bring, there is tremendous opportunity to drive savings and other desired outcomes across logistics category segments. A number of overall strategies are highlighted in this research, and includes trends and observations surrounding the logistics marketplace that are top-of-mind for logistics sourcing professionals today.

Summer 2013 – Logistics Pricing Review and Outlook

Category Watch - Free Research Download
This first paper in our Category Watch covers pricing trends and sourcing strategies in the logistics category, focused specifically on trucking and intermodal freight transport. Deep-dive into regional price trends and savings strategies, and understand cost-per-mile breakdowns and potential fuel savings opportunities, especially as we see a modest weakness in the early 2013 market with decreased pricing power from carriers.

Putting the Supplier at the Heart of Procurement Thinking

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Is it time for a change of procurement focus? Should the supplier be more central to our thinking than the category or the process? How would that benefit our organisations? Read our paper and decide!

How to Attack Marketing Spend

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One of our most popular topics on PRO, Thomas sets out to define how procurement should approach the marketing category (from dealing with agencies all the way to just dressing better!) For a category that straddles the boundary between direct and indirect spend, this is an indispensable guide for both procurement and marketing departments.

Indirect Category Sourcing Savings: Fact or Fiction? Delivering Credible Benefits from Sourcing and Category Management Programmes

In this paper, co-authored by Peter Smith (Spend Matters) and Ed Cross, Executive Director, Procurement Services at Xchanging (XPS), we look at why most organisations would benefit from more focus on the area of programme and delivery management, including rigorous benefits tracking and reporting. We also look at "the Vault" – a new tool developed by XPS which combines capability to support effective programme management and governance with rigourous savings tracking and verification.

Ariba Network Price Hike: Plan for Increased Supplier Fees in September 2010

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For suppliers engaged in low-dollar volume and/or high frequency transactions, Ariba's network fee structure can be materially less expensive than competitive fixed fee networks, despite bringing significant value. Yet for suppliers transacting materially large dollar volumes, the economics of the Ariba network may no longer make sense if other options exist (e.g., taking spend offline, using a competitive network, etc.)

Driving Real Value from Multiple Supplier Framework Contracts

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Explains some of the conditions that enable frameworks to deliver a range of benefits to their users, including excellent value for money. Includes the positives and negatives of frameworks, and highlights better results can be obtained.

Market-Informed Sourcing: A game-changer for Procurement

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The latest advanced sourcing technology brings opportunity for organisations – but only if procurement changes the current approach to Category Management, one of our most fundamental processes and methodologies.