Research Content

Disruptive Technology Solutions on Contingent Workforce, Services Procurement: NEW Research


The 2017 Spend Matters Editorial Calendar is now live, and with its first piece of published content comes The Impact of Disruptive Technologies and Solutions on Contingent Workforce and Services Procurement. Read more and claim your copy here.

Contingent Labor Review: Key Procurement Priorities — A New Series from Across the Pond

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I wanted introduce our North American subscribers to a new two-part series published by my colleague Peter Smith, the head of our U.K./E.U. sister site. Based on interviews with senior procurement executives from a number of major public and private sector organizations, the series, “Contingent Labour Review: Key Procurement Priorities,” focuses on how the contingent workforce category is changing at large enterprises and how procurement must take stock of and reset its priorities in response.

ICYMI: The ‘Alternative Version’ of Distributor Finance


There is a major opportunity for cloud-based, e-commerce platforms to leverage seller-centric distributor finance with OEM manufacturers. This ‘alternative version’ of distribution finance is also suitable for many industries, as David Gustin, editor and co-founder of Trade Financing Matters, recently wrote in an article on Spend Matters, OEM Distributor Finance: The Next Frontier. Yet it’s an opportunity too few are taking advantage of.

OEM Distributor Finance: The Next Frontier


Trade Financing Matters sees great potential for cloud-based e-commerce platforms to leverage a seller-centric version of distributor finance in OEM dealer/vendor/distributor structures. In this arrangement, the OEM functions as the “middle party” working with its dealer/vendor/distributor network and its network of end buyers (or accounts) to manage invoicing, matching, price validation, dispute management, credit and collections, payments to its dealers and collecting receivables from national account customers.

Procurement Savings, Technology and Value in User Experience


User experience is often cited as a crucial aspect of consumer-facing technology, but what about in the B2B sphere? Procurement professionals should enjoy the same easy-to-use interfaces that the B2C realm enjoys as the results could drive real value and savings. Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy at Spend Matters, has all this and more in this complimentary research brief, User Experience: Technology Adoption, Value Contribution and Procurement Savings Realization.

What Separates Best-in-Class P2P from the Rest?


P2P (procure-t0-pay, not peer-to-peer) carries a number of solutions to your procurement function, no matter what market or industry you operate in. With so many options to choose from, how is one to tell the superior solutions from the rest? Xavier Olivera, editor, Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America, presents this complimentary research brief to explain it all: What Differentiates a "Best-in-Class" P2P Solution from the Rest?

Oil and Gas Companies Need a VMS: Here’s Why

P2P in the oil and gas industry

Perhaps more than in any other industry, oil and gas (O&G) companies require extreme flexibility. Without it, the firms that comprise the industry could encounter reduced valuations or bankruptcy. In today's economic climate, the price of crude oil is hovering around the $30 a barrel mark, representing a downturn. Enter Andrew Karpie, research director, services and labor procurement at Spend Matters, and his complimentary research brief: Why Oil and Gas (O&G) Companies Need a VMS: Visibility, Flexibility and Control. Claim your copy here.

Spend and the Art of Cost Reduction: Brand New Research


When it comes to cost savings, procurement organizations can make the mistake of looking too hard and focusing on the same approaches for finding purchased cost savings. This will not yield optimal results. Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer and managing director at Azul Partners Inc., presents: Spend and The Art of Cost Reduction, now available for complimentary download. Claim your copy here.

The Future of Procurement is Now — Smarter Spend Analytics: Brand New Research

low commodity prices

It's true that analytics is one of the core competencies for your procurement organization. While most analytics (i.e., spend analysis) have traditionally focused on reporting what has already happened, we think the more valuable analytics center around what will likely happen and what needs to be done in order for that to happen. Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, has more in this complimentary research brief, The Future of Procurement Demands Smarter Spend Analytics: Here's Why. Claim your copy here!

Distributor Finance – A Fresh Take

Treasury procurement alignment

Spend Matters and Trade Financing Matters have teamed up to explore the opportunity present for connected, seller-centric platforms to facilitate data and document flow that offers liquidity and working capital. Presenting the complimentary research download, Distributor Finance – A New Take on an Untapped Market by David Gustin, editor and co-founder, Trade Financing Matters. Download it today!

Strategic Procurement and Risk, Return, Compliance: Brand New Research

Supply risk

Hot off the presses! Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, penned this complimentary research brief, Connecting the Disconnected Dots of Risk, Return and Compliance in Strategic Procurementwhich is now available for complimentary download. Claim your copy today!

Your Contingent Workforce Procurement Checklist is Here: Complimentary Download

online talent platforms

Now available for complimentary download: 9 Things Contingent Workforce Procurement Can Do to Prepare for Online Talent Platforms by Andrew Karpie, research director, services and labor procurement at Spend Matters. Despite the use of work intermediation platforms (WIPs) growing rapidly over the past decade, they still have not become a substantial part of enterprise contingent workforce sourcing and more traditional buying programs. There's a lot of work to be done and a good starting point is this nine-item checklist. Claim your copy today!