Downloads: Procurement Research

Supplier Enablement for Invoice Discounting and Supply Chain Finance: Background, Tips, and Secrets for Success

Since the arrival of ERP purchasing, eProcurement, and e-invoicing systems in the 1990s, procurement and accounts payable departments have increasingly realized that supplier enablement is a critical process in achieving the expected returns on original investments. How to actually do this is another story. In this paper, Jason Busch walks you through background in this area before diving into tips and secrets for success.

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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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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!

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Ask the Expert: 2015 Procurement Predictions – Part 1

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This is the first in an Ask the Expert series featuring our 2015 Procurement Predictions, produced by the entire Spend Matters analyst team. Featuring Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell, this kick-off event discusses sustainability, innovation, using "fear" as a tool, mass configurability, and the transition from B2B to B2C.

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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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Ask the Expert: Intellectual Property, Patents & Proprietary Procurement Solutions

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Thomas Kase, VP Research, talks about Ariba’s cache of patents, what they cover, and who might be in violation. He looks at the most recent of Ariba’s 74 patents, in particular those awarded over the past three years – and those published in the same time period but still awaiting decision by the US Patent Office. This session covers ground for both practitioners and providers.

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Leapfrog the Competition by Transforming Your Supplier Relationships from Tactical to Strategic

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Doesn't that title make it sound so easy? Don't be fooled: there's hard work in transforming how you engage with your suppliers! This paper will help you better understand how and why organizations are transforming their supplier collaboration practices and provide insight into a more proactive, deliberate collaboration approach to work with your company's supply base.

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Putting the “Supply” in Supply Networks (Part 1)

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The typical CEO's agenda centers around growth and innovation. For the CFO, this profitable growth agenda must also be predictable – and efficient. The head of supply chain must then align with these strategic priorities for reducing cost and risk, while supporting growth and customer satisfaction. "How the heck do I do that?" you ask. You just can’t get there if you’re stuck in reactive execution mode and in the land of ERP systems, spreadsheets, EDI, and duct tape. Part 1 of this two-part series gives you the tactics and tools you need to enter what Spend Matters terms Supply Management 2.0. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the digital supply chain.

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Putting the “Supply” in Supply Networks (Part 2)

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How do you typically think about procurement? As a straight line, where you find low-cost sources of supply, make a purchase, and that's it? We see this as a problem in a lot of firms. What if all of your suppliers could provide better part-level performance on a broader/balanced supply scorecard? It turns out that they can, if your supply chain were managed more holistically and orchestrated better.

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Ask the Expert: From Russia With Risk — Sanctions, Embargoes, and Your Supply Chain

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Supply Risk is coming to you! We couldn’t convince Putin to join us on this Ask the Expert session, but we did secure Gert van der Heijden of Spend Matters Netherlands. He covers how Russian sanctions might impact your supply chain, risk management tactics for this specific situation, different scenarios to consider, and solutions to support your contingency strategy.

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Write Better RFPs – How to Get What You Want (and Need) From Suppliers

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The typical business challenge when you go to market with an RFP centers on getting ideas for what is possible, and identifying suppliers that either already have these ideas or are willing to work with you toward that end. Targeted activities are often services or complex products where quality, service, or the engineered final product will be different from each vendor responding. This paper offers some fresh ideas to that old challenge: conveying your needs in ways that a supplier can relate to and that encourages them to put their best foot forward, with a proposal that goes beyond your wants and addresses your needs as well.

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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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