What Does “Good” Look Like: Strategic Sourcing

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If you have ever read an article about Procurement best practices, you know that a very small minority of teams are categorized as leaders and an equally small minority are considered laggards. That leaves the vast majority of companies and teams in the middle – and each one of them is working hard every day to be as good as they can given their current priorities, challenges and resources. So what does “good” strategic sourcing look like? Good” strategic sourcing….

Is Single Sourcing, or Sole Sourcing, Dead?

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In many cases the use of single sourcing, or sole sourcing, Procurement strategies has limited the ability for Supply Chains to access alternate sources of supply and more rapidly support higher than normal demand levels. As we progress through and past the pandemic, is it time for Procurement to adopt parallel Supply Chain strategies, such as dual sourcing, and limit or abandon single sourcing and sole sourcing? Subscribe Here!

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Procurement Rising – The Time is Now

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Procurement’s stature has grown during the COVID-19 crisis as costs, cash flow and supply continuity quickly became top boardroom priorities and homepage news. Across the world, procurement leaders have risen to the challenge. Digitization is key to procurement transformation.

Why Get a Product Sourcing Agent?

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Product Sourcing Agent article and permission to publish here provided by Joyce Chen at Epic Sourcing. When starting your importation business, finding the primary resources required is one of the first and most vital steps. Who is a Product Sourcing Agent? Subscribe Here!

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources

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The Experts’ Choice of the Top Online Logistics Resources. So I went straight to the source and asked consultants, trade reporters, Wall Street Journal reporters and others, what their go-to logistics and supply chain sources were. is one of the industry’s most respected logistics sources. The businessman’s news source of choice, global export and import volumes (as well as buying trendings) are key to informing supply chain professionals.

Is Procurement Drowning in Data?

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Featuring Our 12 Best Procurement Articles! Procurement drowning in data article and permission to publish here provided by Sam Jenks at kodiakrating.com. Meanwhile, 60% of procurement teams have no tools or rely primarily on improvised systems for Supplier Management.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

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If you are buying widgets, there are many ways to make your purchase, from going to a retail location, ordering online or using a standard procurement software tool that allows you to order lots of widgets and receive them over a specified period of time. Here are the top five reasons you need a transportation sourcing solution: 1. Freight sourcing is as unique and complex as the transportation industry itself.

Speed, Collaboration and Innovation – Key Words for the New Procurement Decade

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No organisation does everything itself, and whether we’re looking at buying raw materials, components, innovative technology, or sourcing the best in marketing or professional services, the whole process of engaging and working with suppliers must reflect this need for speed and agility. . What does this mean for procurement and supplier management? That’s not something many procurement professionals traditionally consider. .

Procurement Interview Questions & Answers

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Procurement, or Purchasing, is an area of Supply Chain that involves and requires very specific skills and expertise. This is particularly apparent if you are hiring a Procurement professional, you are looking for a Procurement job, you are looking to outsource anything, or you are dealing with Procurement people in the course of conducting business. Check out this list of 25 Procurement and Purchasing questions and answers. How do you build a Sourcing Strategy?

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

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Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. Large companies can afford to have Strategic Sourcing Procurement staff around the world. This contract needs to be between you and your Sourcing agent and with your suppliers.

Strategic Sourcing: The Key to Competitive Advantage

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Strategic Sourcing has been used by companies of all sizes for years. Professor Schoenherr is the expert in procurement and decision making and he will provide some guiding principles that practitioners can use to create more sustainable competitive advantage. This commentary highlights some of the key principles to strategic sourcing. However, priority is always given to cost cutting initiatives.

Procurement Outsourcing – Keep your Integrity!

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Like so many professionals Procurement people are very proud. But at some point in their careers, especially in the age of Outsourcing, they are likely to have to deal with potential suppliers who provide Procurement services. Procurement typically negotiates deals for other functions like I/T, HR, Manufacturing and every other area in the company. When selling Procurement Outsourcing services you need to have a lot of credibility to begin. Subscribe Here!

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

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As a finite but clearly valuable resource locked mostly in countries with difficult-to-track labor standards, cobalt’s supply chain has fallen under intense scrutiny in recent months, and companies are rushing to get their share. However, as standards for sourcing become more strict, these big players may lose business if they fail to provide visibility into their supply chains. firm Freeport-McMoran and Eurasian Resources Group.

Hey Procurement! It’s Time to SELL!

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The Procurement, or Purchasing, function is considered by many to be a necessary but non-strategic part of any organization. But there is a profoundly significant Procurement value chain. This is not to say that they believe Procurement doesn’t play a role, but rather that they don’t view Procurement as playing a critical role beyond cutting costs and finding suppliers. Procurement is strategic! Now is the time for Procurement to SELL!

Artificial Intelligence to Improve Decision-Making in Procurement

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Our recently published report, “ Digital Transformation in Procurement: How Close Are We? ”, which is based on a global survey with responses from 391 CPOs and other senior procurement decision makers, showed that most progress had been made with the automation of supplier management, procure-to-pay and spend management processes. Strategically, a digital assistant simplifies strategy development and execution within the procurement function.

When is it Time to Invest in Procurement Technology?

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Or it may be an executive mandate driven by a leadership change or the arrival of an individual who understands the earnings contributions or growth that a well-run procurement organization can deliver to an enterprise. No Time Like the Present for Procurement Technology.

Procurement Predictions for 2021 - Claritum

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Claritum’s top ten 2021 predictions for Procurement. Medium sized organisations will use procurement automation and buyer portals in the cloud, to address concerns of spend management, remote working and data security.

The Pros and Cons: International and Domestic Sourcing

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It’s easy to oversimplify the differences between sourcing for parts locally or internationally. When considering where to purchase from, the prevailing idea seems to be that domestic sourcing allows for better control and shorter lead time, but international sourcing is more cost-effective. Let’s compare the strengths and weaknesses of both international and domestic sourcing options. International Sourcing. Reaping the benefits of international sourcing.

Procurement Logistics: What Is It & Where Do Logistics Providers Fit In?

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Many different terms, such as less-than-truckload (LTL), procurement and transportation management, describe supply chain management processes. Although procurement logistics might sound like it involves the purchasing of manufactured products , it is much more involved. The Definition of Procurement Logistics. The simplest way to think of procurement logistics is the procurement of materials needed to manufacture products. What Is Procurement Management?

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

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As a finite but clearly valuable resource locked mostly in countries with difficult-to-track labor standards, cobalt’s supply chain has fallen under intense scrutiny in recent months, and companies are rushing to get their share. However, as standards for sourcing become more strict, these big players may lose business if they fail to provide visibility into their supply chains. firm Freeport-McMoran and Eurasian Resources Group.

Why Agile Procurement is Essential for CPOs in 2020

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His insights are numerous, and can all be heard in his full podcast episode, but among them is his main focus in 2020, the opportunity presented by agile procurement. Bartolini’s view of modern procurement is one of an industry at a crossroads. While digitalization has dramatically increased procurement performance over the last decade, the function is beginning to approach a plateau. “We’re way that procurement organizations are?organizing sourcing?and

Inefficient Procurement processes are costing UK businesses almost £2m per year, reveals research

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29 th August 2019, London – Research from Ivalua , a leading provider of global spend management cloud solutions , has shown that Procurement, supply chain and finance professionals are spending almost a third (31%) of their time dealing with inefficient paper-based or manual Procurement processes, which is costing UK businesses on average £1.94m annually* and limiting Procurement teams’ ability to deliver more strategic value. Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform.

Uncovering New Sources of Revenue in the Public Sector

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Innovating to Uncover New Sources of Revenue in the Public Sector. Step 1: Use eProcurement Systems as a Potential Source of Revenue. Thinking of procurement as a new source of revenue is certainly counterintuitive, but it fits the bill of thinking differently.

Procurement Experiences, Trends and the Future!

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Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Where is procurement, outsourcing, sourcing, supply chain, and purchasing going? Secondarily, we will include information from other procurement professionals and procurement firms about their experiences, what they forecast, and what they are seeing. We have worked in hundreds of different industries and spend areas over many years in thousands of procurement projects. Subscribe Here!

Hey Procurement! It’s Time to SELL!

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The Procurement, or Purchasing, function is considered by many to be a necessary but non-strategic part of any organization. This is not to say that they believe Procurement doesn’t play a role, but rather that they don’t view Procurement as playing a critical role beyond cutting costs and finding suppliers. Procurement is strategic! Now is the time for Procurement to SELL! The Procurement Value Chain Continuum. Procurement 101.

IKEA’s IWAY Lessons For Procurement!

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We completed extensive research, watched a lot of how-to clips, purchased some best practices resources, discussed/strategized amongst ourselves at length, developed ground rules, consolidated a plan, and continuously reviewed our methods and performance throughout Charlie’s first 15 months of training. Looking back on the training process, our research, strategy, implementation and evaluation methods closely mirrored supplier relationship management and procurement management.

Procurement Bots – Transformer or Destroyer?

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Check out What Exactly Is Procurement? The last few years have seen a lot of real (and over) hype associated with the emergence of Software Robots (called Bots/Bot) which are disrupting the legacy procurement processes involving human interface. In summary – Bots will have a high appeal on the transactional and digital side of procurement processes and will gain exponential growth in the coming years with the advent of cognitive and machine learning tools. Subscribe Here!

ANCA Streamlines Procurement with the QAD Supplier Portal

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Inevitably, the procurement process is complex and challenging to manage. ANCA builds their machines in Australia but these precision components are sourced from around the world. Procurement System Improvement Goals. Recognizing the vital importance of procurement to their business, ANCA management set about finding a tool to help. A third feature attracting their attention was the ease of integration with different Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications.

Technologies that Impact Procurement

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Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Technologies and Procurement Table. There are a lot of articles around on what Procurement needs to do; how Procurement needs to change; and how technology will fundamentally change Procurement. This article summarises, as a table, technology areas that impact on Procurement that you might need to investigate. 2 Technologies and Procurement Table. Supply chain alternative routing or sourcing. Sourcing.

Podcast: Rob O’Byrne on Digital Transformation, Sustainability, and Diversification in Sourcing

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Sourcing has probably been the biggest thing over the last decade or two, coupled with that reduction in local manufacturing of course. Sourcing is now predominantly overseas: China is one of the big sourcing countries of course, along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

7 Trending Business Practices Disrupting Procurement!

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7 KPIs Your Procurement Team May Be Ignoring! Organizations are ‘going carbon neutral by 2025’, and ‘implementing Artificially Intelligent business systems’ and ‘sourcing form solely environmentally friendly suppliers’. Procurement is a business function that has undergone a lot of change in the last few years. As a believer in the power of procurement, this recognition makes me happy. Here are 7 Trending Business Practices disrupting Traditional Procurement !

How to Resource from China in 90 Days

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The ongoing US-China trade war may have your organization thinking about resourcing, so we're here to tell you that it's definitely possible. Follow the steps provided in this blog to move your production operation and avoid resourcing pain. The post How to Resource from China in 90 Days appeared first on IndustryStar Solutions. Procurement China Onshoring Outsourcing Resourcing Sourcing Tariffs Trade War USA

Procurement Leading Pharmaceutical Companies Through the Pandemic

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From early on in the Covid-19 pandemic , and for pretty obvious reasons , procurement in healthcare and pharmaceuticals has been in the spotlight like never before. Sourcing of alternate suppliers 57% Managing supplier risk (e.g.

Procurement: The Startup’s New Best Friend?

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Yet, these initiatives are rarely owned by Procurement. On the contrary, Procurement often plays the bad cop role, creating barriers to onboard new and innovative suppliers, asking for endless compliance documents, ending the magic of the incubation. Is Procurement not in the best place to leverage its supplier market expertise to unearth innovative gems? . These are traditionally not in the realm of expertise of Procurement and would rather involve other teams from Finance.

Indirect Procurement – It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

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Yet the lack of attention and focus that Indirect Procurement is often given is inconsistent with the true importance of this area. Indirect Procurement takes a back seat to Direct Procurement unfortunately. But it is time for Indirect Procurement to stand up and be counted! The Importance of Indirect Procurement! Indirect Procurement is referred to by many different names. It might be called Non-Production Procurement or MRO for instance.