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ICYMI: The ‘Alternative Version’ of Distributor Finance

distributor There is a major opportunity for cloud-based, e-commerce platforms to leverage seller-centric distributor finance with OEM manufacturers. This ‘alternative version’ of distribution finance is also suitable for many industries, as David Gustin, editor and co-founder of Trade Financing Matters, recently wrote in an article on Spend Matters, OEM Distributor Finance: The Next Frontier. Yet it’s an opportunity too few are taking advantage of.

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ITC Finds TPP Will Have Positive Impacts on U.S. Economy and Industries

TPP The Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a positive impact on U.S. businesses, workers and families, the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a report issued May 18. The nearly 800-page congressionally mandated report assesses the impacts the TPP would have on the U.S. economy, specific industries, employees and consumers. The ITC looked at the effects the TPP would have in 15 years on the economy, compared to a baseline economy without the TPP.

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Automakers Need to Improve Their Supplier Relationships

Nissan Automakers need to do a better job of working with suppliers to succeed in an increasingly competitive market, according to a new analysis. The North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index Study from Planning Perspectives Inc., a Mississippi-based consulting firm, looked at six original equipment manufacturers and their working relationships with suppliers. None of the automakers received scores on the index that Planning Perspectives considers “good” or “very good.”

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3 Ways Large Buying Organizations Can Better Attract SMB Suppliers

change of control clauses As procurement and supply chain organizations know, there are many benefits of working with small and medium-sized businesses — they diversify your supply chain, foster innovation, can often be more flexible, perhaps offer lower prices and a more intimate business relationships or even operate locally. But large buying organizations often struggle to effectively engage with SMB suppliers for various reasons.

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Randstad Japan and Gigwalk Taking Temporary Staffing into the On-Demand, Gig Economy

Tokyo Randstad Japan, a division of the world's second-largest HR service provider, and on-demand workforce platform provider Gigwalk recently announced a partnership that will inject on-demand platform technology into an established temporary staffing business to achieve faster placements, lower transaction costs and meet client needs that could not be supported with a traditional staffing model. The program is being rolled out across all of Japan, where there is a labor shortage, especially in the food service and retail industries.

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3 Reasons I Hate the Spend Matters 50/50

Spend Matters 50/50 I’ve personally gotten a dozen notes or calls from people I know in the past few days asking “why weren’t we” on the Spend Matters 2016 50/50 “Watch” and “Know” lists. Some were polite. Others less so. I know that my colleagues have gotten similar lines of questioning as well. Inevitably, any list or ranking of vendors or solution provider will result in happy and unhappy people and providers. It comes with the territory.

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OEM Distributor Finance: The Next Frontier

- May 20, 2016 8:01 AM | Categories: Cost Management, Finance, Research Download, Trade Financing

distributor Trade Financing Matters sees great potential for cloud-based e-commerce platforms to leverage a seller-centric version of distributor finance in OEM dealer/vendor/distributor structures. In this arrangement, the OEM functions as the “middle party” working with its dealer/vendor/distributor network and its network of end buyers (or accounts) to manage invoicing, matching, price validation, dispute management, credit and collections, payments to its dealers and collecting receivables from national account customers.

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GSA Issues RFI For Solution to Tackle Counterfeit IT Products in Federal Supply Chain

Supply Chain Fraud The U.S. General Services Administration announced early last week it looking for a supply chain solution as part of a pilot program aimed at helping federal procurement professionals authenticate IT and communication products in the government’s supply chain. The independent organization that supports federal agencies issued an RFI May 9 to gather information about the development of a supply chain solution and interface that would prevent counterfeit IT components from entering the federal supply chain.

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A Look Back on the Contingent Workforce Industry Over the Last 25 Years

gig economy Contingent workforce management solution provider PRO Unlimited is celebrating 25 years of being in business. The contingent workforce industry has changed a lot in the last two years, let alone the last two-and-a-half decades. Andrew Schultz, PRO Unlimited co-founder and chief executive officer, shared his insights with Spend Matters on how contingent workforce management has evolved over the years, as well as how the technology has adapted to respond to the rising demands of customers.

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ICYMI: Why We Were Surprised by the Staples-Office Depot Merger Decision

UpCounsel A possible Staples and Office Depot merger is off the table. Last week, a federal judge blocked the $6.3 billion deal from going through — a decision Staples reportedly will not appeal. The Federal Trade Commission argued the merger would hinder competition in the market. The news came as a surprise to Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, as he explained in his analysis on the news last week, titled “The Staples-Office Depot Merger Fail — A Post-Mortem Analysis.

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Supply Chain Salaries Rise in 2015, ISM Survey Shows

salary Salaries for supply chain management professionals were up in 2015 compared with 2014, according to ISM’s 2016 Salary Survey. Average overall compensation grew 7.9% last year, reaching $109,961, compared with the average $101,944 supply chain and procurement professionals were making a year earlier. More supply chain managers are also making $100,000 or more than in previous years, with 44% compared to 38% in 2014.

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Reflecting on the IQN Conference: The Rebirth of VMS

I have finally reached a week without travel and a moment when I can look back on the IQNsiders event in Washington, D.C., and reflect. And I find myself with two main thoughts. First, I realized how far — according to my observations — IQN has come in the past few years.

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