Downloads: Procurement Research

Fix the Tail to Propel Procurement: Attacking the Tail Spend Problem in B2B

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Over the last 12 months, an increasing number of procurement organizations have come to Spend Matters asking how to solve their “tail spend problem.” The issue is simple to grasp — figuring out how to handle the 85%–90% of suppliers that constitute only 5%–10% of spend without consuming the majority of the procurement staff’s time — but far from easy to fix. To better understand the problem and determine the best solutions, we conducted a research study on how companies are addressing tail spend.

The Accounts Payable Bicycle: Five Reasons Why Riding is Better Than Walking!

There's no question that bicycles represent a giant evolutionary leap from human locomotion. But they also provide a great metaphor for the opportunity that accounts payable (AP) organizations have to move away from manual processes to automated ones – with even greater efficiency and speed returns than a two-wheeler can provide. In this white paper, we provide a number of benefits that AP organizations can realize from automation and digitization. These examples can help not only make the case for high-value technology investments to drive AP efficiency improvements, but also to build AP finance and procurement value in the eyes of constituents and stakeholders. Download this paper to take off the training wheels – it's better to learn to ride properly from the start – and explore five benefits of putting AP on two wheels.

Every Picture Tells a Story. What Story Does Your Accounts Receivable Data Tell You?

They say every picture tells a story. So, if you take a picture of your accounts receivable (A/R) function through the camera lens of A/R data, what will it tell you about your transactional order-to-cash processes? And what light will it shed on your approaches to cash collection, customer engagement and risk and compliance management — or your overall ability to influence business performance? When it comes to painting a picture of business health, unedited photographs rarely distort the truth, and that’s true for A/R data, too. The good news is that the more unflattering the picture, the more opportunity you have in front of you to provide better visibility to the business, improve cash flow and reduce risk. Now it’s time to grab your camera as we take you on a quick journey with how-to steps to improve overall A/R performance, starting first with explaining the role of A/R in overall business terms (i.e., why it matters!)

What Differentiates a “Best in Class” P2P Solution From the Rest?

As companies look for new ways to remain competitive in their markets and industries, procurement is playing an important role–with a focus on the new breed of procure-to-pay solutions to give them a needed edge. This paper provides insight for organizations that want to transform their current P2P capabilities by improving operations visibility, stakeholder collaboration and overall procurement value within the company. However, before making any important decision regarding P2P, we encourage organizations to take an honest look at where they stand in terms of IT maturity, as well as assess how to take their technology to the next level without increasing total cost of ownership (TCO).
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Distributor Finance – A New Take on an Untapped Market

Many financial institutions and vendors have begun investing heavily in developing supply chain financing products, mainly buyer-centric models. These models are based upon the simple idea that a buyer’s invoices can be financed for a single buyer and its dealer or vendor network. Most of the hype today is centered on various early pay techniques for a single buyer’s invoices, with these services being referred to as dynamic discounting, supply chain finance, or reverse factoring. But what if the relationship was reversed? Download our paper to learn more.