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July 2015

Lessons from the Carnitas Crisis

QSR | February 2015

Hundreds of Chipotle restaurants aren’t selling carnitas for the third straight week after the fast-casual chain suspended one of its pork suppliers for violating animal welfare standards. While opting to uphold the company’s standards could prove beneficial for consumer loyalty, the shortage demonstrates the challenges for a large chain to source humanely […]

Ontario Leads The Way: The Evolution of a Modern Public Sector Procurement Organization

Summit Connects | February 2015

Public sector procurement is on the cusp of massive transformation. Other countries – the UK, Mexico, Italy and France to name a few – have already taken major steps to modernize the procurement process from start to finish.

Now, Ontario is leading the way and raising the bar for other Canadian provinces […]

No Go on SRM? That Will Cost Luxuries You Can’t Afford

My Purchasing Center | January 2015

Hurry up. Don’t wait to get to the next level of supplier value. So says Mickey North Rizza, Vice President, Strategic Services at BravoSolution, in a recent interview with My Purchasing Center. She’s sharing suggestions for procurement organizations in their approach to SRM, or Supplier Relationship Management.

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Technology Predictions for 2015: Part I

Procurement Leaders | January 2015

In this series of guest posts, Procurement Leaders asks solution providers in the procurement space for their predictions on the shifts in technology that will take place in 2015. In this, the first post in the series, Mickey North Rizza, VP Strategic Services, BravoSolution, shares her views.

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January 2012

Technology Predictions For 2015: Part I

Procurement Leaders | January 2015

In this series of guest posts, Procurement Leaders asks solution providers in the procurement space for their predictions on the shifts in technology that will take place in 2015.  In this, the first post in the series, Mickey North Rizza, VP Strategic Services, BravoSolution, shares her views.

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Black Friday Predictions: Longer Hours, Bigger Promotions, eCommerce Gains

FierceRetail | December 2014

Are retailers staring down a future with a blackout of Black Friday? Some analysts and retailers are starting to seriously ponder this question. While the historically huge shopping day isn’t what it used to be, it isn’t obsolete either. Quite the opposite: Black Friday will soon be known as an entire week […]

4 Reasons Why You’re Not Aligned

Spend Matters | November 2014

By now I’m assuming you know about the importance of aligning procurement’s initiatives with larger business goals. I’ve written about it, other Spend Matters authors have written about it and I’m sure you’ve heard it discussed at various conferences.

Yet few companies are making real progress on alignment. So what’s holding them […]

Collaboration Redefined, via SRM

Healthcare Matters | November 2014

It’s not hard to appreciate the evolution of sourcing, especially when you’ve had the bird’s eye view that I’ve enjoyed for the better part of two decades. From old school, tactical buying (thank goodness for spreadsheet software); to the step-wise advances generated by simple reverse auctions; to the strategic progress and […]

Halloween 2014: Beware, the Sugar-High Won’t Last Long

FierceRetail | October 2014 

It’s the time of year for ghosts, goblins, witches and Disney princesses.  It’s the storm before the storm.  A chance for retailers to test out promotions, gauge traffic, move inventory – all so that on November 1, they can make way for the “real” holiday.

But before pumpkins turn into Christmas trees, retailers […]

BravoSolution Appoints Jim Wetecamp as its Next CEO

CPO Rising | October 2014

Last week, BravoSolution, a supply management solution provider, announced that its current SVP of Solution Strategy and industry veteran, Jim Wetekamp, will become the company’s CEO effective October 31, 2014.

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