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Purchases of Industrial Goods Through the Internet – Compras de Bienes Industriales a Través de Internet

UPS published a study named “UPS B2B Purchasing Insights,” which presents very interesting information on the present and future of using the Internet to buy industrial goods. Jesus Campos talks about the content of this study and leaves a couple of questions to ponder.

Lean Manufacturing: How Many Workers Should I Have? – Manufactura Esbelta: Cuantos Deben Ser?

This is the third chapter of Guillermo Perez conversation with a friend and client. Guillermo is a guest contributor for our Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America site to be launched this month. During this chapter of the conversation, Guillermo talks with Bruno, his friend and client, about how many workers should he have to continue with the ongoing progress of lean manufacturing?

Important and Invaluable: Architecture and its real costs – Importante e Invaluable: la Arquitectura y sus verdaderos costos

Spend Matters welcomes this Spanish guest post from Architect Ricardo de la Puente, who illustrates the evolution of architecture in economic terms while inviting us to reflect. Don´t miss the second part of this article.

Lean Manufacturing: Where to Start? – Manufactura Esbelta: Por dónde empezar?

This is the second chapter of Guillermo Perez conversation with a friend and client. Guillermo is a guest contributor for our Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America site to be launched officially in mid-October. During this chapter of the conversation, Guillermo tells his friend what to do to in order to start a process of continuous improvement and maintain the ongoing progress of lean manufacturing.

The Magic of Lean Manufacturing – La Magia de la Manufactura Esbelta

Today we kick off the first post in a detailed conversation between a consultant, a friend and an imaginary client, in which they discuss lean manufacturing – and that’s just scratching the surface. Guillermo Perez, the consultant and author of this conversation, is a dear friend of mine who currently dedicates his time to advising companies and practitioners on lean manufacturing. Without further ado, we bring you “La Magia de la Manufactura Esbelta.” Click below to read the full article in Spanish.

Optimizing Energy Consumption: Normally Considered a Spend ‘Non-Negotiable’

If we were talking about a strategic sourcing project, the energy component would be a spend “Non-Negotiable” and would be out of the scope of the project. As a spend optimization consultant, I spoke with a great friend of mine who is a subject matter expert in the energy realm, and he shared a great document: “The Seven Steps of the Reduction of Energy Consumption” by Dr. Hajime Yamashina. While reading this document, what really got my attention were the 7 types of energy losses, which I will be discussing in a more detail with my friend Bernardo, ultimately sharing his experiences with you. For now, I will just list the 7 types of losses for you to mull over. Click below to read the full article in Spanish.

Tendencias en la categoría de gasto de personal temporal

El 29 de Agosto en la página 4 de la sección de Dinero del periódico Excelsior se publicó una nota sobre el impacto del “paquete de reformas” sobre el uso del “outsourcing” que tiene varias aristas de análisis. En primer lugar hay una gran confusión sobre 3 conceptos básicos: tercerización (outosurcing), personal temporal y proyectos, que en el artículo se mezclan como sinónimos, y desafortunadamente en el día con día de los negocios también ocurre, pero que es responsabilidad de las áreas de recursos humanos y de compras diferenciar claramente para reducir los riesgos laborales y los problemas de desempeño.

Sourcing in Latin America (with Mexico Focus): A Primer for U.S. and Canada Procurement Organizations [PRO]

Earlier today, Jason Busch, Spend Matters’ founder and managing director, and Xavier Olivera, director of Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America, conducted an “Ask the Expert” webinar titled Spend Matters en Español: The State of Procurement in Mexico and Latin America. Given the interest among both practitioners and providers in the U.S. in understanding priorities and how to do business in Mexico and neighboring countries most effectively, we decided to write a quick primer to showcase those items that companies should be considering as they develop their efforts in the region. For U.S. and Canadian organizations, the total cost equation is increasingly adding up for Mexico sourcing – and the ease of doing business is rising as well (aside from new regulations and compliance requirements for e-invoicing, which we will be exploring in more detail in a separate analysis).

Considering rising U.S. interest in nearshore sourcing, the timing could not be more perfect to launch a new site focusing on Latin America procurement and supply chain (Spend Matters will be launching this site in conjunction with Xavier in Sept/Oct 2014). Awareness and interest is at an all-time high among Latin American companies. Mexican organizations, in particular, are prioritizing efforts to get smart on tech solutions including analytics, P2P, and sourcing. This Spend Matters PRO research brief begins to explore top procurement priorities in the region and the state of solution adoption – as well as how to do business effectively with local suppliers and procurement organizations.

Compras y el desarrollo de la economía

En estos días se dio a conocer la firman convenio de colaboración Inadem y Ternium mediante el cual Ternium fortalecerá sus cadenas de valor a través del desarrollo de sus proveedores. Esta noticia lleva a dos reflexiones, el suministro como motor de desarrollo nacional y la colaboración gobierno - empresas.

English translation: Inadem and Ternium just signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen their value chain by developing their suppliers. This news leads to two reflections -- the supply as an engine for national development and the collaboration between government and companies.

Spend Matters en Español: The State of Procurement in Mexico and Latin America [Plus+]

You may have noticed some Spanish posts on Spend Matters lately, and this week's Ask the Expert webinar on Friday, 8/29/14 from 10-10:30am Central will feature Jason Busch and our new contributor Xavier Oliver. Besides giving an intro to the Spend Matters Spanish team (and why we think a local language site is necessary), they'll also give an overview on the state of procurement in Mexico and Latin America (e-invoicing requirements, anyone?) as well as Mexican procurement and supply chain priorities. They'll end with a Q&A that will cover doing business with Mexican suppliers, expectations, the procurement culture, etc. Plus and PRO members, click through to join us.

La verdadera transformación de la función de compras

La función de compras no creo que deba de venderse internamente, creo que los Directores Generales y Financieros son capaces para ver en esta función un área de oportunidad enorme que apoye y mejore los resultados de la empresa y no creo que solo sea pensar en la generación de ahorros. Si pudiéramos evaluar al área de compras de igual forma que la de ventas en términos de su participación y lo que genera para el resultado financiero de la empresa, entonces creo que estaremos transformando realmente la función de compras en las empresas; ¡¡ he dicho!!

Del “Big Data” al “Sospechosismo”: La importancia de la información en suministros

En los últimos meses, se ha escuchado mucho hablar acerca del “Big Data” que no es más que la gran cantidad de datos que se generan en las transacciones comerciales del día con día y que mediante el uso de herramientas analíticas permite identificar relaciones que a simple vista eran difíciles de encontrar. Así por ejemplo, se puede identificar la edad, el género, el perfil socioeconómico y la frecuencia de compra del consumidor de un cierto producto o servicio, lo que permite que las empresas sean más precisos en su publicidad, políticas del precio y manejo de inventarios en la búsqueda de un alto nivel de servicio.