Author Archives: Brian Miller, Intesource

The Procurement Evolution is Coming

Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored article from Brian Miller, vice president of services at Intesource, a PROACTIS Company.

The procurement function is changing, and fast. The pressure to deliver more value and savings across the entire business — while managing constantly evolving risks and market dynamics — is making procurement more competitive, scrutinized and important than ever before. Over the next few years, the result, according to Deloitte, will be a procurement function that looks vastly different than it does today.

Are Managed Sourcing Services the Next Big Thing?

Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored post from Brian Miller, vice president of services at Intesource.

While technology will always play a critical role in procurement initiatives, it’s not the be-all, end-all. In some instances, technology can even be an obstacle. Think about the dynamics within major organizations today — if a procurement team wants to transform quickly, or needs to get a timely new sourcing project up and running — the time it takes to vet, purchase, deploy and adopt a major technology platform could ground the project before it even gets started. I’ve heard technology horror stories where initial results take months, and sometimes even years, to come through.

Peer Learning: Overcoming the Biggest Procurement Challenges in Grocery, Retail

Spend Matters welcomes this sponsored guest post from Brian Miller, vice president of services at Intesource, a PROACTIS Company.

The grocery and retail markets are highly dynamic and exceptionally competitive. Facing historically tight margins due to the extensive resources it takes to keep product quality high, procurement teams in these sectors need to be on top of their game in order to compete and remain financially viable. Business today isn’t easy, but in the face of all these pressures, many grocers and retailers are thriving. What’s their secret? Incorporating a sophisticated, strategic approach to sourcing as part of their overall procurement strategy.