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BravoSolution Strategic Procurement Blog

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The BravoSolution Procurement Blog: Catch up with procurement leaders for timely and thought provoking posts that bring real world procurement insights to you.

How Can Procurement Enable Digital Transformation?

Andrea Brody, Chief Marketing Officer 

To stay ahead, today’s CPOs and procurement professionals need to look for new ways to transform their daily practices. A primary area of emphasis is digital transformation, which can have a dramatic influence on how services are delivered, and ultimately, the value procurement creates.

The Hackett Group […]

Is Source to Pay an Option for Your Procurement Organization?

The purpose of procurement organizations of all sizes is to find good suppliers while keeping costs at a minimum.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t always easy. In the past, a lack of information made negotiations between organizations and suppliers one-sided.

A lack of access to a large market of suppliers also contributed to the […]

Procurement & IT Tips to Evaluate and Execute a POC

Greg Goelkel, Director, Solution Consultant

Purchasing new technology, an already complex process, is exacerbated by the thousands of procurement offerings currently on the market. To overcome this challenge, many organizations execute a proof of concept (POC) during the evaluation. A POC tests how the technology in consideration integrates with an existing environment. […]

How Can You Tell if Your Procurement Team is Customer Centric?

Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point, LLC

Traditionally, procurement works to deliver superior value to internal  stakeholder groups: including finance, operations, marketing, R&D, and the executive team. Many procurement teams have adopted a traditional ‘customer service’ model to guide their interaction and communication. While it is well-intentioned, using a customer service model […]

Discover the Path to More Effective Procurement Bid Writing

We get to see a lot of bids within BravoSolution, not only in our work supporting buyers, but also as bidders – competing for business with potential new customers in both public and private sectors.

The vast majority of formal bid processes that we take part in are reassuringly well-planned and […]

Why Should Procurement Teams Embrace Sourcing Optimisation?

Sourcing as a process sits right at the heart of procurement strategy, activity, and success. Taking a requirement to the market, choosing the right supplier or suppliers, and putting an appropriate contract in place is arguably the central element of what we generally call “procurement”.

Technology has played a role in […]

What Are Innovative Procurement Strategies?

High-performing CPOs focus on both driving the procurement function today and leading it into tomorrow. Tackling one objective without the other is short-sighted: strictly prioritizing traditional supply chain concerns — safety and accuracy, efficiency, risk mitigation, and lean principles — fails to set the strategic direction of the business, while […]

Learn How to Drive Procurement Transformation – And Avoid the Gaps

Many purchasing executives are looking to drive procurement transformation that rely on three major shifts:

their level of stakeholder engagement
their ability to align with the overall business strategy
their use of advanced tools and technologies

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Supplier Engagement in Procurement Initiatives Drives Value

Palm oil has been all over the news lately – and not just because of health concerns around the way it’s processed. The problem actually goes much deeper than that, all the way down to the depths of the supply chain. Recent reporting has shown that palm oil is often […]

Source to Pay – A Simple Question? Well, maybe…

An old friend of mine is the acting Procurement Director for a pretty large and interesting organization, whose business combines elements of services, retail and property management. He called me a few weeks ago and said “Can you answer a simple question? Should we invest in a single source to […]