Downloads: Procurement Research

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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Ask the Expert: How Should You Think About Supplier Diversity

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Spend Matters UK/Europe’s Peter Smith discusses how we should really think about supplier diversity. How far does it go beyond a “feel-good” initiative? What are the real reasons to consider it? Hint: it’s a lot more to do with competitive advantage than getting the warm fuzzies.

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Ask the Expert: The HR Side of Sourcing and Procurement

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Whether you're doing the hiring (or firing), Spend Matters Netherland's Gert van der Heijden walks you through some helpful tips and tactics to recruit and maintain the best possible sourcing and procurement team. From competencies, categories, and kraljic to continuous improvement and output vs. input, this session will help you navigate the HR world specific to sourcing and procurement.

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Why is Procurement Suffering from a Crisis of Confidence?

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A must-read for all procurement professionals, Peter Smith walks through why procurement is suffering from a crisis of confidence, and more importantly, what they can do to overcome it.

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Supplier Diversity – What Certifying Organizations & Corporations Should Be Doing

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Developing capable suppliers of any kind is usually assigned to procurement. There are many organizations out there who support SMWBEs and corporate supplier diversity professionals and two big questions to address regarding their work – how is it carried out, and why is it relevant to procurement organizations?

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Ask the Expert: Providers Who Actually Get to the Root of Risk & Compliance

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Warning – this session is for those who have realized that most actual risk lurks in areas where visibility is poor. We will disappoint anyone just looking for a clever algorithm around analyzing publicly available financial information.

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