Who’s Sourcing What and How In This Christmas Infographic

- December 17, 2014 4:30 AM | Categories:

Christmas buying habit surveys abound and the newspapers are reporting extensively on them. With its MM4 technology (which helps procurement professionals to access, assimilate and act on market information), e-sourcing market specialist, Xchanging, decided to look at and illustrate the trends. Along with the information reported in the press, Xchanging looked to its own customers to calculate some very interesting facts and figures about how they are sourcing for Christmas. It looked at savings, whether that be on Christmas crackers or artificial Christmas trees and managed spend on Christmas goods. It then produced this seasonal infographic.

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IBM CPO Study – What Makes a Procurement Role Model?

- December 17, 2014 12:01 AM | Categories:

This year’s IBM CPO report was launched last week, titled The journey to value: Transforming procurement to drive the enterprise agenda. One of the biggest in the industry, with an impressive sample size of over 1,000 senior procurement leaders from firms greater than $1B in size, it should be – and is – a useful and interesting resource. You can get hold of a copy here. My colleague at Spend Matters US, Pierre Mitchell, has written an excellent post about it on the Spend Matters US site. Pierre ran procurement research activities at the Hackett Group, so he is a […]

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London’s Garden Bridge, Joanna Lumley and a Dodgy Procurement Process

Peter Smith - December 16, 2014 7:26 AM
It’s not every day that I get quoted in the Architects Journal, (behind a paywall unfortunately, but you can read one free article a day) but last week I was asked for my tho... more ▸

Three Strikes and You’re Out — Music Rights Owners Have the Power

Nancy Clinton - December 16, 2014 4:30 AM
In the past couple of years, music rights owners have been aggressively ramping up sync licence fees for online usage, especially for YouTube. This is particularly true of some of ... more ▸

Proxima Gets Us Thinking About Procurement in 2014 and 2015

Peter Smith - December 16, 2014 12:03 AM
Guy Strafford, one of the founders and directors of procurement outsourcers Proxima, is one of the most interesting thinkers about procurement around today, as well as helping to d... more ▸

Our Seasonal Case Study as Market-Informed Sourcing Saves Christmas…

Peter Smith - December 15, 2014 7:31 AM
Let’s come back to our recent case study, looking at how a very special client was able to use advanced optimisation software to sort out a tricky seasonal problem. This CPO had ... more ▸

Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow: How to Build a Category Workbook (For Sourcing and More!) Plus

Sheena Smith - December 11, 2014 8:28 AM
In this week's Ask the Expert webinar tomorrow, Dec. 12, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m. CST, Spend Matters Plus/PRO members will be treated to a talk from Xavier Olivera of Spend Matters ... more ▸

Exploring a Supply Network Model … For Services pro

Pierre Mitchell - December 11, 2014 2:38 AM
In a world where everything is becoming a service, including manufacturing itself and other core value chain processes, you’d hope that managing those services would be a core co... more ▸

ERP and P2P Integration: Key Success Factors For Successful Implementations pro

Kaitlyn McAvoy - December 10, 2014 2:48 AM
In this Spend Matters PRO research brief, P2P Lead Analyst Xavier Olivera considers the many lessons learned in his work implementing and integrating e-procurement and P2P systems ... more ▸

The Comparative Immaturity of Services Procurement – Is the Tech and Services Ecosystem Coming Up Short? pro

Jason Busch - December 9, 2014 2:37 AM
In the next 2 weeks, Spend Matters will release a survey report examining differences between how companies manage services procurement and supply chain efforts (with a focus on co... more ▸

MBO Partners: Exploring the Corporate Value Proposition pro

Jason Busch - December 8, 2014 2:45 AM
In Part 1 of our analysis of MBO Partners, we considered how the firm provides a range of unique capabilities for independent consultants and freelance workers. This begins with te... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Dec. 1 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - December 5, 2014 10:19 AM
Happy Friday, and welcome to another installment of our best of roundup – where we provide you with the most popular and noteworthy articles published around the Spend Matters Ne... more ▸