Contingent Workforce and Services in 2018 and 2019 (Part 1) – Out With the Old, In With the New

Our contingent labour workforce and services industry expert, Andrew Karpie, has recently published two very good articles on his favourite subject, the wonderful world of temporary procurement staffing and services, the technologies that support it and the trends he has seen and expects to see this year. The first looks retrospectively at the biggest changes in 2018 – especially those market developments which he describes as “impossible to ignore,” including events concerning ADP, WorkMarket, Coupa, DCR, Beeline and Upwork.  He pinpoints 2018 as a pivotal year of change in the market, whether that is spawn from technology developments or the industry embracing innovation and change more; he does believe though that it is a sign of a structural change for the industry. Read more on this in 4 Seismic Events for Contingent Workforce/Services in 2018. Then in his second post he turns his thoughts to 5 Areas for Services Procurement [...]

Transparency-One: Vendor Introduction, Analysis and SWOT [PRO]

Risk Maze Shows Dangerous Unstable Or Risky

Procurement and supply chain organizations are facing pressure from consumers, governments and investors to clean up their supply chains. Whether it’s traceability of ingredients (including their source and their quality), assurance that labor and facility conditions are up to code, or proof that emerging compliance standards like modern slavery laws are being met, companies are increasingly being tasked with mapping their entire supply chain while ensuring that suppliers are meeting, and tracking, myriad metrics for safety, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

This is the narrative that Transparency-One, a provider of supply chain visibility and compliance tracking solutions, is betting the farm on. (This is apt, because the provider actually models and monitors farms as part of the extended supply chains being tracked within its system.)

Founded in 2016, Transparency-One enables executives in charge of sustainability or responsible sourcing to report accurate supplier and compliance data to sales, marketing and regulatory compliance functions about what’s happening in their supply chains end to end, as well as to map product tracking and quality information down to the lot/batch level.

While many such efforts are already underway at major companies, compliance tracking is often fragmented, with initiatives like conflict minerals compliance managed separately (and in different tools) from the tracking of, say, facility safety certifications. Transparency-One is seeking to bring all of these efforts into a single platform, starting first with the food, retail (e.g., grocery, apparel) and industrial materials (e.g., rubber, chemicals) sectors.

Currently operating in 30 countries and in six languages, Transparency-One counts traceability projects with Intermarché, Carrefour and Mars among its pilot customers. It has offices in Boston and Paris.

This Spend Matters PRO Vendor Introduction offers a candid take on Transparency-One and its capabilities. The brief includes an overview of Transparency-One’s offering, a breakdown of what is comparatively good (and not so good) about the solution, a SWOT analysis and a selection requirements checklist for companies that might consider the provider. It also touches upon graph databases and their use in this supply chain management, supplier management and risk management mashup area.