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April 2016

Putting Suppliers at the Center of Your Organization

Suppliers are essential to the success or failure of many organizations. So how do you get the most from them?

Traditional procurement processes often end up leaving the supplier out in the cold and organizations missing out on the benefits that a more inclusive, supplier-centric approach could bring.

In our new whitepaper, Putting Suppliers at the Center of […]

March 2016

Drive Lasting Savings with Spend Compliance

Spend Compliance Analysis: A Missed Opportunity

Life as a Chief Procurement Officer is challenging, and never more so than in the current climate. CPOs need to manage cost cutting so that their organizations can deliver products and services without disruption, and at margins that can support supplier development – all in the face of market volatility, […]

Leapfrog the Competition by Transforming Your Supplier Relationships from Tactical to Strategic

By Thomas Kase, VP of Research, and Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters

Doesn’t that title make it sound so easy? Don’t be fooled: there’s hard work in transforming how you engage your suppliers. This paper will help you better understand how and why organizations are transforming their supplier collaboration practices and provide insight into […]

Navigating the Path from Tactical Procurement Analytics to Strategic Supply Analytics

By Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters

Spend visibility is foundational to any procurement transformation because to better manage supply, you have to manage spend. Spend is what you pay and supply is what you get, and to manage spend you have to see it. Yet too many procurement organizations work hard to put basic […]

How to Justify Spend Analysis to Finance/IT When There’s No Clear ROI

By Pierre Mitchell, Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters

Analytics are all the rage. And spend analysis is Procurement 101. So, getting some reasonable investment shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Wrong. The problem with analytics is that […]

February 2016

7 Reasons Why Projects Succeed

If you are a procurement change agent, this is the resource for you!

Based on results from the most recent release of the Best Practices in Change Management benchmarking survey from Prosci®, this whitepaper discusses the top project success contributors identified in the research and the related procurement transformation best practices that you can utilize to increase your project success.

Specifically, this paper provides […]

December 2015

Quick Wins for the New Procurement Leader

In this briefing paper, we look at why it is important for new procurement leaders, in whatever leadership role they hold, to focus on demonstrating some “quick wins” in their relatively early days in the job.

Those quick wins must be aligned with longer-term strategic goals and places, but showing benefits quickly is important for credibility […]

New Approaches to Procurement Negotiation

By Peter Smith, Spend Matters UK

“Factors such as priming, anchoring and risk attitudes can play a serious role in how we behave in negotiations. Understanding these and other biases, fallacies and illogicalities can help us make sure that a clever negotiation opponent does not take advantage of us; and can help us use techniques appropriately […]

October 2015

Five Steps to Improve Communication with Suppliers and Stakeholders

Procurement teams are under more stress than ever before.  Budgets and employees are stretched to their limits, forcing everyone to move quickly and be laser-focused on their daily to-do lists. Unfortunately, this tunnel vision often causes procurement and sourcing teams to miss the warning signs of major problems with suppliers, customers and stakeholders. Everyone is […]

The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Procurement Organizations

There’s a well-kept secret fueling the profitability and growth of the world’s most successful companies, and it exists within your company, too. It’s the Procurement team. However, the Procurement teams at companies like Colgate-Palmolive, Intel and Nestle do not resemble a typical Procurement department. So what sets them apart from their peers? They deliver hard-hitting […]