Tagged Content: General News

The Spend Matters Almanac – Updated for 2015!

- April 25, 2015 8:23 AM | Categories: Featured, Solution Providers

2015-almanac-502Know-header Have you heard? We've updated the Spend Matters Almanac, our curated, online provider directory. The Almanac features over 250 provider organizations that deliver procurement and supply chain solutions. It gives basic knowledge about providers and breaks them into 21 solution categories. We've also released our annual 50 to Watch and 50 to Know lists featuring 100 companies that we think you either need to know about or keep watch in 2015. Read more about it here...

more ▸
 

Spend Matters 50/50: Deem – A Provider to Watch in 2015

- April 24, 2015 2:24 PM | Categories: Featured, Procurement, Solution Providers

Deem is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. All companies are listed alphabetically in the almanac, and purposely not ranked. Our first 17 will include those that will be at the ISM Conference on May 3 and 4. Deem has a past and a future, both of which make it stand out from the procurement solutions provider crowd.

more ▸
 

Afternoon Coffee: PMI Report Shows Slowdown in Manufacturing, Commerce Dept. Says US Business Investments Down

- April 24, 2015 12:15 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

UXO5P8KFS5 The US manufacturing sector has slowed recently, according to the new Markit PMI report. And, US businesses are also spending less on investments, the Commerce Department reported today. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

more ▸
 

Tungsten Insights: E-Invoicing Lessons From a Panel of Suppliers

- April 23, 2015 4:13 PM | Categories: Conferences, eProcurement / Procurement, Invoicing

FF93I0N2C1 Earlier today, I facilitated a panel of 4 suppliers at Tungsten’s customer conference. I’ll spare all the details to protect the names (and companies) of the innocent, but I'll share some of the key lessons learned from this discussion, including the fact larger suppliers are clearly learning to play the e-invoicing game with vendors and network providers.

more ▸
 

Tungsten Insights – Thinking Through Global Compliance vs. Global E-Invoicing

- April 23, 2015 3:02 PM | Categories: Conferences, eProcurement / Procurement, Invoicing, P2P

IMG_2588 At Tungsten Insights 2015, the provider’s customer conference, I’ve had some great banter the past 2 days with members of the Tungsten team on the concept of global enablement in the e-invoicing market. It’s my personal perspective – I don’t speak for the broader Spend Matters team here – that the global market is still largely untapped, and e-invoicing generally still pales in penetration compared to direct materials EDI-centric capabilities. At this point, to call someone a clear leader would be as wrong in this market as it is to call Ariba the leader in e-procurement – which it is no longer (there is not one single leader here, either). However, Tungsten takes a slightly different perspective when it comes to thinking through global leadership.

more ▸
 

Spend Matters 50/50: Corporate United – A Provider to Know in 2015

- April 23, 2015 1:16 PM | Categories: Featured, Procurement, Procurement Commentary

Corporate United is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. All companies are listed alphabetically, and purposely not ranked. Our first 17 will include those that will be at the ISM Conference on May 3 and 4. Corporate United is a great success story in the rise of group purchasing organization (GPO) models outside of healthcare – where the model is more common.

more ▸
 

Afternoon Coffee: FCC Staff Against Comcast, Time Warner Merger & No M&As for GM, CEO Says

- April 23, 2015 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

1409863653raewa The Federal Communications Commission staff has does not want the merger between Comcast and Time Warner to happen, as they recommended the agency not approve the $45 billion deal. And, the CEO of GM announced the car maker is not currently looking to engage in any mergers or buyouts with competitors. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

more ▸
 

Lessons in Maximizing Supplier Enrollment from Tungsten Insights 2015

apple-coffee-cup-5199-769x550 In between presenting this morning at Tungsten Insights 2015, and facilitating a panel discussion later today with suppliers on supplier networks and e-procurement solutions (or marketplaces), I sat in for a breakout session led by Selina Yankson, head of campaign management for Tungsten. Selina shared a number of items in her “secret sauce” to maximizing supplier enrollment. She also talked about new approaches Tungsten is taking, as well as enrollment components of Tungsten’s next generation supplier portal. We’ll leave the details of the portal for future analysis as well as some of the key lessons learned over the years in scaling global programs. But here are a few of Selina’s quick tips that jumped out from her talk.

more ▸
 

Last Chance! Register for Friday’s Webinar and Learn How to Cut Trade Costs in Bearish Commodity Markets

- April 23, 2015 9:02 AM | Categories: Commodities, Industry Analysts, Learning / Research

XNZTUL720T Join us for Q2 and Q3 Metal Market Forecast (And How Bearish Markets Create Opportunities for Global Trade Cost Reduction) this Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. CDT. This is your last chance to register and receive 1 CEH credit from ISM. Can’t make the live event? Register anyways and we’ll send you a copy of the slides and recording of the webinar for you to review at your convenience. Sign up today!

more ▸
 

Tungsten Insights 2015: Key Observations From Day 1

abstract-balls-blue-1341 I’ve been at Tungsten Insights 2015 in Atlanta throughout the day (I’m moderating a supplier panel and giving the morning presentation on Thursday) and have been jotting down notes from the formal talks and conversations with various attendees – employees, suppliers and, of course, those from procurement and A/P departments using Tungsten. Check out what items have stood out to me thus far...

more ▸
 

Spend Matters 50/50: BuyerQuest – A Provider to Watch in 2015

- April 22, 2015 1:50 PM | Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, Featured, P2P

BuyerQuest is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. All companies are listed alphabetically, and purposely not ranked. Our first 17 will include those that will be at the ISM Conference on May 3rd and 4th. Occasionally, a procurement technology provider surfaces that competes far above its pay grade (i.e., size) when it’s only recently out of the starting gates. BuyerQuest is among a select group of next generation procurement solutions providers that have gone to school on previous generations of technology and are winning large-scale deployments.

more ▸
 

Afternoon Coffee: Oil Prices Rise Due to Production Drop, McDonald’s Promises to Rid Supply Chain of Deforestation

- April 22, 2015 12:09 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

1389445980hi4v3 Oil prices were up today after the US Energy Information Administration reported oil production fell 18,000 barrels per day in the last week. And, McDonald’s announced this week it would end deforestation in its supply chain, pledging not to buy from suppliers that source commodities from critical forest areas. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

more ▸