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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Dec. 8 [Plus +]

- December 12, 2014 10:26 AM

Welcome back to our best of roundup – bringing you the best articles of the week published on the Spend Matters Network. Enjoy!

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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Dec. 1 [Plus +]

- December 5, 2014 10:19 AM

Happy Friday, and welcome to another installment of our best of roundup – where we provide you with the most popular and noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Network this week. Enjoy!

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Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 20 [Plus +]

- October 24, 2014 6:10 AM

Check out the most popular and noteworthy articles the Spend Matters Network published this week!

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Get the Most Out of Invoice Discounting Programs, Supplier Uptake and Savings [PRO]

- October 16, 2014 2:39 AM

Last week we considered a number of the findings from Taulia’s recent survey of 3,800 suppliers using its network. The findings we previewed contain a number of key (highly positive, in our analysis) data points to suggest that the potential for adoption of invoice discounting programs within a diverse supply base is material indeed. Today we continue our analysis of the supplier survey data that Taulia shared at its event and conclude with key takeaways for practitioners, providers and lenders to maximize invoice discounting enthusiasm, uptake and savings.

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Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 6 [Plus +]

- October 10, 2014 10:25 AM

file9411346624378-1 Happy Friday! And welcome to this week's Best Of Roundup – giving you the most popular and noteworthy articles published on the Spend Matters Network throughout the week. Enjoy!

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Best Of Spend Matters’ Network – Week of Sept. 22 [Plus +]

- September 26, 2014 10:24 AM

Welcome to week four of the Spend Matters’ “Best Of” roundup - bringing you the most noteworthy articles posted to our websites this week. Check out our latest stories to read about Tesco news from both our Trade Financing Matters and Spend Matters UK sites and learn what "NQA-1" means thanks to MetalMiner. And let's not forget the most popular post on Spend Matters this week - the one that discusses marijuana fogging up the supply chain.

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Party Like the ‘90s – When is May 2000 Coming? [PRO]

- September 24, 2014 10:36 AM

Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson, business and economics professor at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, delivered the keynote presentation at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, the other week. The key question: when is the new May 2000 coming (i.e., major economic reversal)? Let me be clear that Dr. Tyson didn’t come across as bullish. In fact, she raised several points of concern. Here are my notes from her speech, with my own thoughts added, spanning topics from Europe to China to Japan -- as well as interest rates, supply chain risk and other macroeconomic variables. Ultimately, our supply chains (and top line) are only as strong as the weakest links.

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Best Of Spend Matters Network – Week of Sept. 1 [Plus +]

- September 5, 2014 10:34 AM

The Spend Matters Network introduces the first of what (we hope) will become a weekly “best of” roundup - a list of our favorite and most important posts published on our sites this past week. These are the stories that garnered the most attention from our readers or those we deemed worthy for another special mention. From news on recent merger and acquisitions and procurement partnerships on our Spend Matters U.S. and U.K. sites to the latest on China’s aluminum industry at our MetalMiner site - read on to learn what the top stories of the week were.

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Riskmethods: The Cool Risk Management Solution Provider You Probably Haven’t Heard Of [PRO]

- August 14, 2014 2:28 AM

Today's Spend Matters PRO research brief covers the cool company that you probably haven’t even heard of, Riskmethods, which delivers risk management that is dynamic, in near real-time, and even forward-looking. It even has a fun user interface. Their solution loads all your suppliers and their locations, shipping lanes, etc., as well as your own company’s locations (as many and as much detail as you see relevant) whether offices, manufacturing, or distribution sites. At the end of the exercise you have your world map with a lot of dots and connecting lines like the one above. The types of tracked factors are pulled in from various publicly available and/or premium content sources and populates your personalized supply chain world view.

Today (August 14) we have invited Riskmethods to a webinar where we will discuss what can be done to understand supply chain exposure to pandemics (the current Ebola issue is obviously front of mind), as well as other risks that are more of a personal nature (crime, violence, geo-disasters like tsunamis) – please join us! What can you do about this issue and similar events that might disrupt your supply chain and/or put your employees and suppliers at risk?

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Selectica and Iasta – Mapping the Future of Procurement, Contract Management, and Customer Engagement [PRO]

- June 9, 2014 3:26 PM

Selectica and Iasta have their homework cut out on pulling off the basics of post-merger integration activities. But beyond what they must do, what is the absolute potential of a combined offering if they succeed in going far behind the basics? It’s significant – very significant – and could mark a fundamental shift in how procurement organizations work with suppliers by creating greater trust between parties, counter-parties, and even third parties working together to achieve a common outcome – whether that involves the manufacturing of a part or component, the building of a new facility as part of a capital investment, or a licensing agreement for embedding intellectual property in products. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Managing Director Jason Busch and Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell explore the potential of bringing procurement and contracting closer together, as well as explore some of the potential ideas that Selectica and Iasta have shared as part of a combined vision.

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Settling the “SCORe” with “Supply” at the Core: It’s time for Supply Management 2.0 [PRO]

- June 3, 2014 3:33 PM

As supply networks are becoming more complex, componentized, outsourced, and global (as well as faster, riskier, and more regulated), the capability of managing supply (i.e., “Supply Management” to manage a network of supply) is promoted from a siloed set of functional process to an integrated strategic one. So, if you want to “orchestrate” it, whether you provide products, services (including information services), or both, you need to collaborate fluidly in a multi-tier and multi-level fashion that orchestrates both the process silos and the information silos. For lack of a better term, think of this as Supply Management 2.0. It basically expands the vision from a traditional procurement-led sourcing process, typically managed via ERP and/or stand-alone procurement applications, to a cross-functional and cross-enterprise “platform” for orchestration of all critical supply resources in the supply network (materials, capacity, logistics, capital, etc.) across the supply tiers. In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell argues that it’s time to flip the traditional paradigm of supply management from not just a new faceplate on the traditional purchasing function, but also from the sourcing component of the “sourcing and procurement” moniker that many practitioners use. Having strategic procurement be merely about sourcing as a serial step in an end-to-end lifecycle is a mistake. Not a Spend Matters PRO subscriber yet? Contact us to ask about a 30-day free trial.

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Amazon.com vs. Ariba: The B2B Merchant Experience to Procurement is in for a Storm of Change [PRO]

- May 30, 2014 11:05 AM

We've long thought that Amazon, with its AmazonSupply, will eventually own the small and medium sized business (SMB) market for eProcurement – a space that is littered with the purchasing bones of many a vendor that has tried to enter. For years, Ariba failed to successfully pursue the market, among others. Today, Coupa, Verian, Wax Digital, Puridom, Proactis, and a few others have all had some traction with SMBs in purchase-to-pay (P2P). But generally speaking, this market is untapped from a centralized, automated technology buying perspective. Amazon knows this – and we think it’s why they’re currently looking to hire someone with a “cXML, OCI and e-procurement” background to “manage e-procurement integration projects with customers and supplier networks” (more on this in a minute). As soon as Amazon builds out a Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering and app marketplace to integrate to AWS, it will become way more interesting than just a re-skinned Amazon (i.e., the aforementioned AmazonSupply). In this Spend Matters PRO analysis, Managing Director Jason Busch and Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell provide their candid perspective on Amazon’s potential in the eProcurement and P2P market, in part based on evidence they’re already seeing in Amazon’s business already.

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