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8 Benefits of Procurement Technology Tools

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Anisha Khushlani, a senior consultant at GEP.

A wide variety of industries are adopting technology to automate supply processes, bringing significant bottom-line benefits to companies by allowing greater productivity, visibility and cost efficiency. At a high level, e-procurement provides the opportunity to increase efficiencies in business transactions and enhances negotiation leverage for firms. Use of technology is one of the key metrics used by benchmarking firms to measure maturity of procurement organizations. So, it’s important to find the right tool and reap the benefits.

The Hyper-Personalized Supply Chain is Coming: Are You Ready?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jim Wetekamp, chief executive officer of BravoSolution .

The concept of the demand-driven supply chain has been around for a decade or more. For supply chain organizations in consumer-centric markets, the model requires the ability to ramp production up and down based on demand fluctuations in short cycles. Think that change was a roller coaster ride? Well, fasten your seat belts.

The Butter Market has Gone Crazy

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Nick Peksa, opportunities director at Mintec.

Yes, the butter market has gone crazy. Normally these kind of rapid price movements are reserved for markets like vanilla, crude oil and currency, but not for shopping staples. At the end of May 2016, European butter futures had established a new monthly record for futures traded, with 1,382 butter contracts having been established. This phenomenon is not just confined to Europe; there has been an increased demand globally for all types of fats (people trending toward anti-sugar and organics).

Advances in Neuromarketing and Your Buying Decisions: What Can’t Speak Can’t Lie

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Diarmuid O’ Donoghue and Khusboo Kadmawala, of GEP.

Do you really think that you make your own buying decisions? I urge you, think again. As several recent experiments from the field of neuromarketing illustrate, your own subconscious thoughts and desires may actually speak louder than your rational thoughts.

Cashew Nut Prices Soar on Tight Supply

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jara Zicha and Jonathan Stokes, of Mintec. 

A few years back, cashews were very competitively priced, being one of the cheapest tree nuts available on the market. However, prices have soared since the beginning of 2016, currently up 30% year-over-year, at over $11 per kilogram in Vietnam.

Viva La Revolution: Flexible Staffing Models in China

Tradeshift Baiwang

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from GEP.

As the world's most populous country, China's labor market is undergoing unprecedented structural revolution. In recent years, due to labor shortages caused by a decreasing demographic pool and labor cost pressures, Chinese companies are eager to adopt more flexible staffing models to maintain labor agility and cost competitiveness. As per the Chinese Human Resource Service Industry Research Report published in 2016 by HRoot, it’s estimated that between 2016 and 2020, the average compound annual growth rate of China's flexible staffing industry will hold steady at around 22%, and China's flexible staffing market scale will reach about 60 billion yuan, which is more than $8 billion.

Insatiable Ride-Hailing Companies Bite into Rental Car Demand

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Kayla Bruun, senior economist at IHS Markit.

Despite the seemingly favorable demand-driving conditions of a robust job market, low fuel prices and an upward trend in domestic travel spending, rates for U.S. passenger rental cars as measured by the producer price index have declined 31% since the third quarter of 2014. Concurrently, rising fleet costs attributable to a supply glut in the used car market are overwhelming rental car firms' cost savings from automation initiatives and low gas prices. This suggests that rental car prices are falling due to a mismatch between supply and market demand, not as a result of lower input costs flowing through.

Integrated Workforce Solutions: A New Alternative in the MSP-IMP Debate

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Brandon Moreno, CEO of EverHive.

Hear the term MSP, and you likely have mixed emotions. Managed service providers (MSP) emerged in the 1990s to help companies manage their contingent or temporary workforce more efficiently. But even though MSPs have become a fixture in the industry, the perceived maturity of the MSP model and the accelerating evolution of workforce categories, enterprise requirements and available technology solutions are challenging companies to make new choices about how to manage their contingent workforce.

MSP and VMS Providers: Are MSPs Effectively Leveraging Technology for Their Customers?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Terri Gallagher, CEO of Gallagher and Consultants. 

Has the technology evolution driven MSP and VMS providers to a crossroads? VMS Technology seems to be evolving at a more rapid pace than MSP Solution offerings. We have the new technology and the old problem, but do we have the big ideas? How are MSPs leveraging technology beyond process and system automation, to expand talent supply chains, provide dynamic data and reporting, and elevating their customer’s contingent workforce management programs?

Scallop Prices Have Dived due to Large Catches

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jonathan Stokes, analyst at Mintec.

Scallop prices peak seasonally at the start of the year due to declining stocks in line with the end of the fishing season, with prices rising 13% from December to January. U.S. sea scallop prices have, however, fallen 34% since March, due to not only the number of scallops caught by fishing vessels but also the size of the individual scallops.

Procurement and Travel: How Healthy is Your Relationship?

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Katie Virtue, director of category management, travel, at Corporate United.

You probably know that corporate travel programs offer a significant cost savings opportunity and, as a result, are a high priority for most organizations. What you may not know is that the successful management of your travel program relies heavily on the relationship between procurement and travel teams. Although financial goals are important to all organizations, you must not forget the customer experience component that comes into play with these offerings, and also make sure that company travel policies protect employees.

Don’t Lose Your Shirt: American Apathy to Reshoring

Made in USA

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Oliver Everhard, an associate with GEP.

For decades, conventional wisdom has said that anything you can manufacture offshore — in particular, less skill-intensive products like clothing — will end up costing your company less. From a cost perspective alone, this is likely true. Yet “reshoring” — the process of bringing manufacturing back into the United States — has become an increasingly popular option for American companies.