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January 2017

Leveraging Supplier Innovation

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Rob Handfield, PhD, NC State University

We hear the words “innovation” as a source for growth in the economy over and over again. New ideas on how to manage business processes, digital technologies, ways of delivering value to customers, and supply chain linkages are all areas where we are likely to see new forms of innovation occurring. But what will […]

Procurement talent: Working with HR to get the team you need

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The baby boomer generation is retiring. This isn’t news. We’ve been talking about the impending knowledge and skills gap in procurement for years now, trying to find ways to quickly and effectively replace outgoing talent with fresh faces that bring new insights and skill sets to the table.

An underused approach for accomplishing this, but one […]

Procurement Resolutions for 2017

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With a new year comes new opportunity for procurement to shine. There are plenty of ways to generate even more value for your organization in 2017, from more emphasis on nurturing best-in-class teams that are equipped to handle today’s ever-changing landscape, to better integration of all tools and processes to get business done better.

We’ve pulled […]

December 2016

Enabling the New Procurement Organization through Digital Transformation

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Procurement has historically been under immense pressure to remain flexible and constantly adapt. Between keeping up with volatile economic conditions, product changes and regulatory requirements — all while focusing on adding value and increasing efficiency — change, agility and the ability to balance various critical, and often competing objectives, has always come with the territory.

Adapting […]

17 Planets of Value | Extended Q&A

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In our recent webinar Planets of Value: Procurement Creates New Wealth for Organisations, Craig Lardner FCIPS provided a review of 17 Planets of Value. Several questions were asked during the Q&A session, but we ran out of time to answer a number of additional good questions. We’d like to thank Craig Lardner FCIPS for taking the time to respond […]

November 2016

Supply Chain Sustainability: Recent Commitments Highlight Procurement’s Critical Role

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Supply chain sustainability has dominated much of the news cycle these past few weeks. Take, for example, the following commitments from some of the worlds’ biggest brands:

Coca-Cola committed to ambitious sustainability goals promising to increase renewable energy, reduce packaging and double the number of employees taking part in related volunteering initiatives.
General Motors has […]

17 Planets of Value

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Our forthcoming Live webinar from Craig Lardner FCIPS will round out our series for 2016 in the APAC and MENA regions.

Based on years of procurement experience, Craig will provide a review of 17 planets of value in this webinar, Planets of Value: Creating New Wealth for Organisations.

His review of the 17 planets of value will have […]

October 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Recall: Lessons for Procurement and Supply Chain Teams

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Samsung’s recent recall of the Galaxy Note 7 calls to mind a few critical supply chain lessons. There’s a big push in the technology industry to roll out upgrades and launch new products as quickly as possible, but this rush in production and innovation can’t come at the expense of quality control.

In Samsung’s case, the […]

September 2016

Key Questions to Ask Your Procurement Provider Before Signing

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Selecting a procurement tool that meets your organization’s unique needs isn’t easy. Every provider has its own blend of technology, services and market expertise, so how can you be confident the one you choose will help you reach your core business objectives?

There are a few key requirements to consider when choosing a partner. Start by […]

What Makes a Best-In-Class Procurement Operation?

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While there’s no secret formula for building a best-in-class procurement operation, procurement’s ability to impact the business and create sustainable, differentiating value depends greatly on the technology, people, relationships and processes in place.

Supply management research firm, Ardent Partners recently conducted a survey looking deeper into the traits and characteristics most common in top-performing procurement teams. […]