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E-Signatures and Digital Signatures: 10 Things Procurement Needs to Know

From better contract management and accelerating the flow of the cash cycle to simply boosting productivity, electronic and digital signatures have proven to be a useful tool for procurement organizations. And, as the supply chain — and the rest of the world — continue to move toward a paperless workflow and implement smarter technologies, digital signatures and e-signatures are a natural path or progression for procurement. Bottom line: digital signatures and electronic signatures save time and money. Download this paper to learn more!

Total Talent Management and the Contingent Workforce Paradox

Organisations realize they must consider the contingent workforce similarly to how they manage internal staff — in the search for talent, in managing performance and even in retention or exit. At the same time, the contingent workforce is different, and thus requires different processes and management, from the permanent group. The current regulatory environment, while not the only driver, means that governments will increasingly require careful management of the contingent workforce if organisations are to stay within the law and avoid reputational and financial risk.

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!

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!

Procurement Consultants: Sourcing, Implementation, and How to Get the “A” Team

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Over the years, we've come to realize what a significant disconnect there is between those on the inside of the consulting world and those who buy services, especially in the operations and procurement areas. If you're looking to hire Mr. T in this regard, we unfortunately can't help you. But we can tell you how to get the most out of a consulting team.

VMS and Services Procurement M&A: Customer Tips and Tactics

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Spend Matters believes that there’s a 90% chance that one of the top vendor management system (VMS) players in the market (Fieldglass, IQNavigator, or Beeline) will be acquired within the next year. It's important for customers and competitors to know how to properly prepare for acquisition activity in the services procurement sector. This paper offers actionable tips and strategies to help procurement professionals get smart, with generic software and VMS-specific tips.

School Catering: Value for schools

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This paper looks at how optimisation tools are changing the way in which organisations can achieve increased value and performance from large-scale and complicated sourcing challenges.

In Your Backyard and Mine: The Global Labor Challenge

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We explore the new era of global sourcing – of talent, specific deliverables, and even business outcomes – along wiht challenges and responsibilities that come along with it. Also looks the importance of cultural norms and localized standards for buying professional services and laborand the worldwide consequences when regional behaviors do not align with global standards and expectations.

Intersection of Analytics and Supply Chain Risk Management

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Simply having access to supply risk information does little to avoid supply chain catastrophes. This research shows you how you can leverage supplier intelligence and analytics to drive early intervention in potentially high-risk situations. Includes vendor coverage.

Analyzing the Rise of Procurement Staff Augmentation Services: 2011 Update

Spend Matters Perspective - Free Research Download Analyzing the Rise of Procurement Staff Augmentation Services: 2011 Update Jason Busch, Executive Editor, Spend Matters At Spend Matters, we track many aspects of the procurement and operations world. And in most of the areas we analyze, it’s possible to see an evolutionary approach to the market adoption of new types of products and services. But procurement staff augmentation services are different. In what feels like a compressed period of time, procurement staff augmentation has exploded into an entirely new market niche that was barely on the radar screen before its ascent. And since […]