Tagged Content: L2

Steer Clear of these “Sales” During the Holidays

- November 27, 2014 6:10 AM | Categories: Savings Tracking

file941328721078 One thing that definitely comes to mind when we think of the holiday season is shopping. Regardless of what the “true meaning” of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays at this time of year are all about, Americans at the moment are crowding shopping centers, department stores and browsing online retail sites looking for the best deal. But, this may not be the best time to buy certain items. Check out our list of products where it's better to wait until after the holidays to buy to snag the lowest price.

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The West Coast Port Problem and How It’s Disrupting the Supply Chain

The labor negotiations (or lack thereof) and, consequently, the slowdowns in productivity at ports along the West Coast continue to have an impact on the region and beyond. They have already disrupted the supply chain in the US, and some businesses and retailers have expressed fears of those disruptions proving detrimental during the holiday season.

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For IT Hardware Savings, Look at Services and Support – More on the Accenture Q3 2014 Spend Trends Report

- November 25, 2014 2:49 AM | Categories: Suppliers, Technology

CIOs – and more recently procurement executives – have been chasing IT hardware cost savings for years . Having been involved in IT sourcing projects earlier in my career – actually for a large OEM – I can attest to the often advanced market design elements that goes into the typical sourcing or category decision involving large hardware buying efforts. But might services be a better place to look for savings? Accenture's recent Q3 Spend Trends Report suggests that the opportunities for savings from third-party hardware maintenance are often significant – and have not necessarily been fully explored.

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The Urgent Need to Become a “Customer of Choice” in Logistics – More on the Accenture Spend Trends Q3 2014

- November 24, 2014 2:25 AM | Categories: Analysis, Logistics, Sourcing

file2391259613497 In joint category research we conducted in the past with the Procurian team (now part of Accenture), I’ve found the logistics sourcing team to have an uncanny grasp of the market (see related links at the end of this post). The group is almost a hybrid of category intelligence professionals and sourcing experts. The Q3 2014 Accenture Spend Trends Report shares a number of other observations from the Accenture logistics sourcing team including the need for customers to avoid being fired by carriers! But how can shippers avoid being fired?

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AmEx’s Expense Tool Redesign – Their Employees Leave The Card at Home

- November 21, 2014 2:23 AM | Categories: Friday Rant

At least, I conclude that American Express' expense reporting tool's developers don't use the card themselves. Maybe it isn't popular in India, or wherever the new AmEx site was coded. It certainly could not have been built by an experienced card user here in the US. In fact, the redesign of the AmEx tool is so bad that it has to be labeled as beta - not "client ready," to use financial industry terms. So what are the problems?

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Anti-Dumping Effort Gains Attention (and Spend Matters Network Weighs In)

Rep. Billy Long is pushing federal authorities to take a closer look at the goods global suppliers are shipping to the US. And, the world’s largest bedspring supplier, Leggett & Platt, is throwing its weight behind the effort – going as far as to hire a lobbying firm to convince lawmakers this is an important issue that needs to be addressed.

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Frank Boyer Takes Over as CPO at Sprint

- November 19, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Cost Management, Procurement

Sprint has hired a new chief procurement officer (CPO) in an effort to improve the wireless carrier’s standings in the market. Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure announced that former AT&T Wireless CPO Frank Boyer (who was also CPO at EDS) will now serve as the company’s CPO. Claure said Boyer will "oversee our efforts to evaluate where we spend every dollar and look for ways to improve our cost structure."

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Lessons From Another Third-Party-Vendor-Based Data Breach

How did hackers gain access to 53 million email addresses and 56 million credit cards belonging Home Depot customers? Through one of the retailer’s third-party vendors. Home Depot recently reported the news, saying he hackers gained entry to the retailer’s system, and deployed malicious software to steal personal information from customers using self-checkout machines and standard registers at the store.

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Upcoming Webinar to Expand on P2P-ERP Integration Case Study

- November 17, 2014 8:48 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

Do you demand absolute success from your P2P integration strategy? You’re not alone, and we’re here to outline how you can achieve just that with SAP Integration: Lessons From a Successful Cloud P2P Deployment at Juniper Networks, an upcoming webinar scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. CST. Register here.

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Finally, GM Realizes Europeans (and Others) Like to Buy German Products, Especially Cars

- November 14, 2014 6:36 AM | Categories: Commentary, Friday Rant

While in business school, together with 5 other students and the dean, I was given the opportunity to have lunch with GM's then-CEO Jack Smith (GM CEO between 1992 and 2000), and I asked him why GM wasn't using its German brand better. I brought up an example from Japan – where I had lived up until a few months earlier and where GM was actively promoting its full-size vans at the time. Sales of these absurdly large, gas guzzling, and dubious reliable vehicles must have been negligible. I never saw one on the roads. I suggested GM leverage Opel, which already is the right size for the market.

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Hiperos Raises Procurement and the Supply Chain With New Airport Advertising Style

- November 13, 2014 2:42 AM | Categories: Procurement Commentary

As I headed down from United C gate to B gate baggage claim at O’Hare airport upon returning to Chicago earlier this week, something jumped out at me on the giant airport advertising jumbotron above the escalator. No, it was not another boring Accenture advertisement with elephants or washed up tigers – you know the kind. Nor was it a snapshot of the masses of 20-something employees in some back office in some low-cost country carrying the BPO torch. Rather, it was something radically different.

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Upcoming Webinar: What We Learned from Cloud P2P Deployment Done Right

- November 12, 2014 6:30 AM | Categories: Cloud, Learning / Research, P2P

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. CST for SAP Integration: Lessons From a Successful Cloud P2P Deployment at Juniper Networks. The Spend Matters Team of Jason Busch, Thomas Kase and Xavier Olivera will be joined by David Hearn, senior director of global supplier management-internal goods and services at Juniper Networks, along with Rajiv Ramachandran, vice president of cloud integrations for Coupa Software. More details and registration page can be found here.

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