Downloads: Procurement Research

Supply Chain Risk – Getting To Grips With n-Tier Visibility

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In this briefing paper, we look at supply chain risk, and in particular the risks that emerge from beyond the first-tier (the direct suppliers to our organisation). We include ideas on how to gain greater visibility of the whole supply chain or network, and what to do once we have it.

The Supply Chain Devil’s Dozen: Top 12 Supplier Risks For 2017

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Presenting 12 ideas that specifically focus on supply chain and supplier risks. It's all stuff you should pay attention to. Do your 2017 risk focus areas align to both Spend Matters analysis and what we hear from your peers? You may be able to gain a leg up on the competition (or pending global turmoil)!

How to Connect Inventory with Research Procurement: A Global Pharmaceutical Company’s Journey

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Numerous industries are critically dependent on inputs that aren’t neatly wrapped and packaged in cardboard boxes. From ingredients, chemicals, powdered metals and slurries to other bulk materials, many industries have unique purchasing challenges.

Even amidst this diversity, the research lab is a special breed. Its inputs are acquired spontaneously and from diverse suppliers and information sources, have to be available quickly and often come with special handling and exposure compliance rules. From extreme outliers like radioactive materials to day- to-day compounds, all chemicals need to have clear handling guidelines, even fairly innocuous ones. Researchers, who are often prized for their independent thinking, are key decision makers. Gaining their adoption requires processes that are simple, effective and add value.

Download this case study to see how a global pharmaceutical research leader drives procurement success!

Making the Business Case for Procurement Suites

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It’s hard to talk about the evolution of procurement technology without using at least a few buzzwords. So before we delve into the heart of our argument in this paper, let’s dispense with some industry jargon (which we’ve put in scare quotes below), as we share a quick history of the sector and how the market began to favor suites over point solutions.

When procurement applications first hit the scene, in the early 1990s, they were what we might term “module-based,” “best-of-breed solutions” that addressed “point-based problems” that, when properly deployed, could often generate a significant return to procurement. In many ways, they brought the then-called purchasing function out of the spreadsheet-laden dark ages and into modern times. But these tools, like all promises that appear too good to be true, had their downsides.

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The Merger – A Procurement Story

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The Merger is a short novel in four chapters. It follows and scripts the daily lives of two CPOs whose businesses have been recently merged: the one, a fully tech-savvy, source-to-pay function, the other, relying on personal expertise and hands-on manual processes. We learn of their opposing challenges and how they resolve them -- together.

9 Things Contingent Workforce Procurement Can Do to Prepare For Online Talent Platforms

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The use of Work intermediation platforms (WIPs), has grown rapidly over the last 10 years. According to Spend Matters analysts, the number of WIPs worldwide grew to nearly 300 platforms in mid-2015 from just 25 in 2005. Despite this growth however, they have not yet become a real part of enterprise contingent workforce sourcing and more traditional buying programs. Given the enormous opportunities these platforms present for businesses, ignoring their increasing presence could be a major mistake. You’ll need to not only become an expert yourself on this segment, but also explain to and collaborate with your managers and end users to realize these opportunities.

Procurement Technology and Services

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While there isn't a mobile app just yet for matching your organization with the most attractive and appropriate technology fit, we think we have a solution. Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy at Spend Matters, joined Beeline to discuss the good (and bad) of the ever-growing procurement technology and services spectrum.

What Do Procurement People Do All Day? (And What Should They Do?)

Organizations as well as individuals should absolutely think about what they do all day, and then compare it to the allocation of what they should be doing all day. Being disciplined about what holds value for you (and your stakeholder) and then measuring and managing (including building capabilities to achieve those measures) to that is a foundational competency that is often overlooked!