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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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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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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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Customizing Your Supply Chain: Why, How, and “The Culture of Me”

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Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell has previously mentioned the notion of mass customization in the supply chain, discussing the impact on the supply base and procurement itself. This includes a redesign of the needed resources (i.e. services and IT systems underneath). This paper, originally published on Spend Matters Plus, dives a little deeper into the various mechanics of this, giving some real-life examples around how and why customization is becoming necessary.

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When Sourcing Becomes Supply Chain

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The migration to data-driven analysis as a constant must take place in procurement - and it is happening right now. Sourcing is becoming supply chain. This is an incredible shift that can reshape what strategic procurement can do for organizations of all types, industries, and sizes. By looking at a wide range of criteria and data that encourages options and supplier creativity in the sourcing process, a whole new range of potential supply chain and procurement outcomes emerge. This Spend Matters Perspective introduces readers to three specific case studies where we've seen sourcing become supply chain.

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Supply Chains in the Cloud

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Our authors were asked to contribute to Fluor’s Material Market Bulletin on cloud computing, procurement, and supply chain management. They didn’t expect for the end result to be an entire book chapter on the subject, now called Supply Chain in the Cloud. It’s so rich in content and expertise that we decided to turn it into a research download as a primer on what procurement organizations should know about putting mission-critical procurement applications into the cloud. This Spend Matters PRO content has been made temporarily available for download by GEP.

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Supply Chains in the Cloud

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Our recent contribution to Fluor's Material Market Bulletin on cloud computing, procurement, and supply chain management. We didn't expect the end result to be an entire book chapter on the subject, now called Supply Chain in the Cloud. It's so rich in content and expertise that we decided to turn it into a research download for Spend Matters Plus/PRO members as a primer on what procurement organizations should know about putting mission-critical procurement applications into the cloud.

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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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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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