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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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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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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: Contract Management Dilemmas – To Trust or Track the Supplier

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Trust only goes so far - but the same can be said for tracking! On this Ask the Expert webinar, Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe walks you through how to achieve a proper balance to assure that you're getting what you need from your suppliers - and they don't roll their eyes every time they receive an email or phone call from you.

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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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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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For Want of Clean & Accurate Supplier Data, the Supply Chain Was Lost

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The typical Global 2000 firm sits on a broad and deep range of supplier and related spend data that is typically far from adequate. Does a collection of overlapping point solutions, spreadsheets, file cabinets, e-mail inboxes, and SharePoint directories sound familiar? You’re not alone. Read this extensive analysis of how best to approach the big picture around supplier data quality - with a primary focus on the business benefits of SLM (supplier lifecycle management) combined with the supplier-centric subset of MDM (master data management).

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20 Questions to Ask Before Writing an EDI, Supplier Network, or e-Invoicing RFP

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It's difficult to stay on top of the EDI, supplier network, and e-Invoicing tool choices out there. On Spend Matters PRO, we recently published 20 questions that customers should consider as early as possible when choosing this type of tool. Download this research today to understand how to arrive at the larger problem you're trying to solve and go into the product selection process armed and ready to get exactly what you need. This excerpt of Spend Matters PRO content has been made available to the general public by Nipendo. The rest of this research brief is available for Spend Matters PRO members.

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Ariba/SAP, Fees and Future Networks

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Ariba has many suppliers paying thousands – sometimes tens of thousands or more – per year to transact across their network with multiple trading partners. This helps offset the cost of their P2P application for buyers, and allows Ariba to compete on price as well as product. Many procurement professionals though, believe that suppliers will factor any additional transaction costs they may incur into their pricing. This research, previously only available to Spend Matters PRO members, looks at the pros and cons of Ariba’s supplier network strategy, exploring what it means for both buyers and suppliers. We also examine some providers who are taking a new approach to supplier network connectivity - and we hope it helps to understand the magnitude of the SAP/Ariba acquisition and how to strategize going forward.

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