Downloads: Procurement Research

The Most Effective Ways to Mitigate Supplier Financial Risk

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This is the beginning of a series of short papers outlining the most important supply chain risks. In this first paper we look at supplier financial risk, the impact that can have on customers and ways to mitigate that risk.

SolutionMap Explored with Spend Matters’ Analysts

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SolutionMap is geared towards today's technology buying climate. It is updated quarterly post launch to actively reflect market developments (and more and more vendors participating in the process). In a cloud world, vendors often update their solutions monthly or quarterly — and analyses should reflect this. View this webinar to learn more!

Supply Chain Risk – Getting To Grips With n-Tier Visibility

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In this briefing paper, we look at supply chain risk, and in particular the risks that emerge from beyond the first-tier (the direct suppliers to our organisation). We include ideas on how to gain greater visibility of the whole supply chain or network, and what to do once we have it.

Risk & Compliance Management – Embedding Risk Management in Procurement and Supply Chain

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With the massive advances in supply chain risk management and compliance management solutions in recent years, the time is now to get smart on how these approaches can help reduce supplier risk and help to create more nimble supply chains -- which is especially valuable in a world where global trade and politics and increasingly inseparable.

Sourcing, Contract and Supplier Management – Predictions and 2017 Tech Trends

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Insights presented in this session will help you to prioritize the best set of investments for procurement analytics, sourcing, contracting and supplier management efficiencies. Get smart (and get your entire organization smart) on these topics from a business perspective! Watch this session now.

The Supply Chain Devil’s Dozen: Top 12 Supplier Risks For 2017

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Presenting 12 ideas that specifically focus on supply chain and supplier risks. It's all stuff you should pay attention to. Do your 2017 risk focus areas align to both Spend Matters analysis and what we hear from your peers? You may be able to gain a leg up on the competition (or pending global turmoil)!

Every Picture Tells a Story. What Story Does Your Accounts Receivable Data Tell You?

They say every picture tells a story. So, if you take a picture of your accounts receivable (A/R) function through the camera lens of A/R data, what will it tell you about your transactional order-to-cash processes? And what light will it shed on your approaches to cash collection, customer engagement and risk and compliance management — or your overall ability to influence business performance? When it comes to painting a picture of business health, unedited photographs rarely distort the truth, and that’s true for A/R data, too. The good news is that the more unflattering the picture, the more opportunity you have in front of you to provide better visibility to the business, improve cash flow and reduce risk. Now it’s time to grab your camera as we take you on a quick journey with how-to steps to improve overall A/R performance, starting first with explaining the role of A/R in overall business terms (i.e., why it matters!)

Design Thinking in Procurement: Re-imagined Supply Services in a Digital Value Chain

In the 1980s, General Motors learned a difficult lesson about technology when it copied Japanese auto manufacturers in their use of robotics — but didn’t copy anything else. Thinking that large capital investments in technology were the key element to the success of Japanese automotive supply chains, GM spent billions purchasing hundreds of industrial robots. Management claimed the increased automation would significantly boost productivity. Instead, the robots broke down and started painting themselves, breaking windshields and even welding doors shut at a Cadillac plant. Yet beyond the production delays and the expensive repairs required to straighten out the wayward robots, GM missed an essential point. The Japanese automakers saw robots as just one element of a larger supply chain design. GM’s competitors were successful not because of a technological silver bullet but because they had designed an operating plan that translated customer-focused product design into a simplified, flexible, self-improving supply chain. The lesson? There are no quick fixes or cure-alls. You need a comprehensive approach. Download this paper to learn how!