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. So what does “good” strategic sourcing look like? Good” strategic sourcing….

Establishing Procurement as a Competitive Advantage

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In my previous posts, I looked at how to successfully launch a digital transformation and progress to best-in-class Procurement. Procurement was tasked with supporting a board level initiative to accelerate innovation and increase margins. The same applies to Procurement.

Improving on Strategic Sourcing

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These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Management Systems transportation management system transportation sourcing

Local Sourcing: Exploring Enablers of Supply Chain and Procurement Localization

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Spend Matters recently published a story highlighting Auto News’ coverage of supply chain and procurement localization at Magna International. On the surface, local sourcing seems simple – work with local suppliers in the areas where you do business globally.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

procurement officers believe the quality of data is a major barrier, and the. process has been scaled in-house, then out-sourced, and partnered with rigid, error-prone ETL automation. chain design, procurement, and transportation with greater precision and will.

Creating a Sourcing and Procurement Process Plan

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What are the key elements of a sourcing and procurement process plan? Strategic sourcing is a fact based and systematic approach that organizations use to optimize the management of their supply chain. Creating a sourcing and procurement plan.

Pacific Drilling Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Sourcing Best Practices Globally

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New York, NY April 2, 2019 – Consus Global , a leading Procurement services provider and Ivalua, the leading global Spend Management Cloud provider, today announced that Pacific Drilling , a deep water drilling company based in Houston, has selected Consus’ services in conjunction with Ivalua’s Sourcing platform to achieve cost savings and drive transparency across their sourcing operations. Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform.

The Science and the Art of Procurement

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As we move towards a new decade is the emphasis in the procurement world changing – are we going to see a new age, where the Art of Procurement comes to the fore? Technology has radically changed procurement activities and procurement roles across virtually all our spheres of activity.

Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

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Practice Africa Corporate Social Responsibility Procurement Relationship Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Sustainability Video In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar.

Responsible Sourcing Insights

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Sedex is a nonprofit organization dedicated “to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains” Their new six-part “Responsible Sourcing Insights Films” series tackles key challenges in responsible supply chain 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.

Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

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There are potential uses surrounding procurement, sustainability, and strategic planning. The post Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

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Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing? According to Joe, enVista’s Director of Transportation, “The key to omni-channel sourcing is that it requires you to understand your goals and objectives.

Responsible Sourcing! Making Sustainability Happen for Real!

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Sustainability is created at the source of our products, services, and consumption. Sustainability is created from Responsible Sourcing. How can you make Responsible Sourcing a Reality? in this case, responsible sourcing. Source Smarter. Source: Purina.

8 Tips to Help Procurement Optimize Supplier Master Data

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Accurate supplier master data (SMD) is essential for procure-to-pay (P2P) automation, accuracy and analytics, but connecting data to users and systems sometimes gets bumpy. The group with the most control over data sources should typically own the supplier master data.

Spend Matters Awards Chainalytics For Transportation Procurement Innovation

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Our inclusion in this year’s list is another testament to the … The post Spend Matters Awards Chainalytics For Transportation Procurement Innovation appeared first on Chainalytics. Press Release Transportation Award Chainalytics freight sourcing ocean procurement sourcing optimization Transportation Procurement transportation sourcing Truckload procurement

Ivalua Paints a Great Procurement Picture at Ivalua NOW Chicago 2019

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The event was themed on “The Art of Procurement” relating to how the further procurement leaders mature in their transformations, the more their approach shifts from science to art. Just building great Procurement solutions that customers clearly love (in 2018 once again maintaining the industry’s highest retention rate, over 98%). The most eye-catching statistic of the event came from Duncan regarding procurement’s self-assessed v.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Future Of Procurement: What Is Your Role?

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At Cerasis we work with our shipper customers who procure items every day and have needs for inbound freight management as they secure those products from their vendors. The Future of Procurement is Driven by Technology. Enter The Future of Procurement , an Oxford Economics study.

Procurement Can Prepare for  Supply Chain Risk

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Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua. Globalisation has made is much easier for UK businesses to trade across borders, allowing access to lower cost sources of supply and new markets. Procurement has a vital role to play in identifying and managing risk.

Understanding the Importance of Strategic Sourcing

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Sourcing is a key component of your Supply Chain – perhaps the most important part. That’s where Strategic Sourcing comes into play. Are you getting the most out of your current sourcing vendor relationships? An important lever for modern organizations.

Digital Procurement – Pack your bag, you are going on a journey

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The Hackett Group and Ivalua have been working together for some months to assess the status of Digital Procurement transformation and lessons learned from early adopters. Digital Procurement – a place we are planning to visit soon (and hopefully stay).

A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

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A new face of procurement is emerging which is recognizing that a new set of value drivers must be developed in the face of massive environmental changes. Some of the emerging views on the “future of procurement” focus on the importance of being a strong internal consultant, the importance of building relationships, coaching suppliers, post-award contract management, and relational contracting. Vested is a Sourcing Business Model in.

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

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Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures. There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcingThe logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage.

How Procurement can help to drive Supplier-led innovation

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Suppliers offer an excellent source of knowledge to help businesses rapidly innovate. Procurement is essential for organisations looking to build relationships. Procurement must refocus to foster, rather than block innovation. Alex Saric, Chief Marketing Officer, Ivalua.

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.

Understanding Your Sourcing Footprint is the Key to Procurement Analytics

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Direct conversations through on-site engagement with different lines of business is the most direct and effective means of understanding how sourcing processes are occurring today, as well as understanding how the sourcing need evolves and is expressed to suppliers. Supplier registration processes need to be designed around sourcing engagement processes, which track the supplier life cycle. Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

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. Check out this list of 25 Procurement and Purchasing questions and answers. If we buy a customized product from a single source how will you know if the price is fair?

[INFOGRAPHIC] Procurement Trends: Carving a Bigger Role in Supply Chain & Manufacturing

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As time passed, procurement gradually gained a larger role in the scope of manufacturing and order fulfillment. By the mid-1950s , procurement had become a commonplace aspect of minor business, and procurement was almost comparable to secretarial work.

Hilarious Sourcing Videos

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I had an opportunity to watch some hilarious sourcing videos recently that I discovered on a sourcing blog by Citro Strategy. The video takes the viewer through some of the typical arguments used by procurement, applied in a consumer setting.

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.

eWorld Procurement & Supply – 22 September 2015

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eWorld Procurement & Supply. The Leading Bi-Annual Event for Procurement Innovation. The UK’s most comprehensive business forum for Procurement, Sourcing and Supply Chain Technologies. Soft skills for procurement professionals. Social media and procurement.

Artificial Intelligence to Improve Decision-Making in Procurement

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The Gartner research note published in September 2018, entitled “ The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Procurement Software Applications ” argues that while the benefits of such automation are significant, they are not able to deliver sustainable competitive advantage.

Procurement not Advancing to the Next Level

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Many: A more competitive Supply Chain ( SC ), improved- product development , plus the low-cost advantages related to sourcing from other countries, and quicker times to market , to mention a few. procurement supply chain

Modern CPOs on their way to Smart Procurement

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Last week, the Ivalua team attended an interesting CPO Round Table organized by the CIPS MENA in Dubai on the theme “Enabling Smart Procurement Today.” What we can notice is that the application of Smart procurement technologies is becoming key for them to think strategically, act quickly and take the right decisions at the right moment in a permanently evolving environment. The post Modern CPOs on their way to Smart Procurement appeared first on Ivalua.

Sourcing Tips: How to Find the Right Food Service Supplies

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Food service companies need to be able to procure supplies quickly in order to operate, and the cost of their supplies directly impacts their bottom line. Make a comprehensive list of the equipment that you need before you begin sourcing these items.

Best Practices for Sequencing Investments in Sourcing and Procurement Solutions

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Ivalua Now and the Art – or is it the Science – of Procurement?

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It’s a question that you can answer for yourself at Ivalua Now – The Art of Procurement , being held, appropriately enough, at The Louvre, Paris 10 th – 12 th April. The event is free to attend and aims to attract hundreds of procurement and supply chain professionals to discuss and learn more about the latest industry trends and processes. But now with strategic sourcing and category management, the process has become much easier to track, monitor and control.