Downloads: Procurement Research

Spend Matters Case Study: Procurement in SNCF Demonstrates its Value to the Organisation

In this case study, we take an honest, detailed look at how France's giant national rail network, SNCF, implemented Sievo's spend management solution to improve procurement transparency and ultimately prove its value to the organisation.

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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.

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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.

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Reducing Costs By Optimizing the Financial Supply Chain

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Let’s face it: organizations are under more pressure than ever before to maximize current investments, increase productivity, and reduce costs to stay competitive. Procurement teams need to partner with their finance departments and third-party technology providers to ensure that critical suppliers can attain cash as efficiently and effectively as possible. This report shares results from a survey of over 300 procurement executives that Spend Matters conducted in partnership with ISM for their perspective on the state of the financial supply chain as well as what smart companies are doing to stay competitive and increase the bottom line.

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Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization

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On the surface, supply chain localization may seem simple. In fact, it's far from easy. Requirements and practices in localization are often incongruous with some procurement and supply chain trends leading to greater centralization of efforts and management. Without the right structure, design, and technology, localization efforts can self-destruct before they're even up and running. And nobody wants that. Download this paper for some tricks of the localization trade from Jason Busch and Thomas Kase.

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Re-thinking and Re-claiming “Tail Spend”

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What's your definition of tail spend? We come across a lot of people who don't think it's very complicated (just some pareto analysis on your spend categories, find the "nuisance" spend, voila!) - but that's a completely ineffective strategy if you can't define what you mean by "tail spend" in the first place. In this paper, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell explains different types of spend segmentation that you can apply to your own company - whether you define them as "tail spend" or not.

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Decoupling Creative and Production Procurement – Handle with Care!

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This short paper addresses an important issue for buyers of marketing services and of course budget holders in the marketing area. We look at the idea of ‘de-coupling’ spend – the separation of different elements within the marketing process in terms of commercial management, so (for instance), looking to split the procurement of creative and production activities. What are the key factors to consider when deciding how to structure marketing services supply chains? Read about the opportunities – and risks – here.

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Ask the Expert: Proposals, Bids, and Tenders, Oh My!

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Peter Smith (of Spend Matters UK/Europe) brings you bids and tenders in 20 minutes or less! Bids and tenders are a much neglected element of the procurement toolkit, and one that is far more strategically important than most people realize. Find out why – and hear about the illogicality of many price scoring methods. Peter also shares the two factors that most organizations forget when they’re choosing the 'best' bid.

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Procurement Analytics: How to Plan (and Optimize) Your Process

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Since procurement, the department, is responsible for supply management (or spend management, if you like), the process, the proper scope for “analytics” is to help answer the right set of questions surrounding the optimal management of supply. Therefore, the scope of this business process is massive, and so is the breadth of technology used for supply analytics. But the key thing to remember is the analytics is a business capability - not just about technology. This paper, excerpted from our Spend Matters PRO Procurement Information Architecture series, is here to help guide you through the analytics process.

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Ask the Expert: NMSDC, Supplier Diversity, and San Diego

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We were lucky enough to have TWO experts at this event: Thomas Kase, our VP of Research and resident supplier diversity expert, and Ronald Garnett, the head of San Diego’s Council for Supplier Diversity. In the second half of 2014, the Council was forcibly disaffiliated from the NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and has since opened its doors as a more inclusive Council working with most diverse categories – covering minorities, women, and service disabled veterans. Thomas and Ron discuss the background of the organizational change, with some details around what transpired after the NMSDC reorg last year, and a look closer at what the San Diego Council is doing in Supplier Diversity.

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Ask the Expert: Sourcing and Market Research: How to Eat the Elephant

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In an era where “information overload” is an understatement, how do you even begin to think about what information sources you should pay attention to in your sourcing activities? Spend Matters Netherlands’ Gert van der Heijden wants you to put on your bib and grab your fork and knife, because it’s time to eat the elephant, one bite at a time. On this Ask the Expert webinar, he discusses research in a historical perspective, different models and approaches, the pros and cons of outsourcing (and how to DIY), and companies to know and watch in this area.

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​Ask the Expert: B2B Commerce Networks Enter the Supply Chain Finance Space

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In the last few months, there have been several announcements that companies are attempting to bridge the financing/banking and eProcurement, e-invoicing, purchase-to-pay, and supplier network worlds – Mastercard/Basware, Tungsten/OB10, Tradeshift/CapitalAid, Ariba/Discover, and Taulia with Citibank to name a few. These networks think they’re onto something big. What are these partnerships thinking, and how will they impact the traditional trade product sets – bank lines, factoring, invoice discounting, etc.? David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters tackles all this (and much more) on this session.

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