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March 2016

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 […]

Moving Procurement to a Vital, Relevant and Valuable Function

Is Procurement relevant and vital to your business? Does Procurement contribute value beyond merely placing purchase orders and expediting purchases? Does Procurement support top-line and bottom-line strategies and deliver significant results to impact your business?

Is Supplier Diversity a Shell Game?

Greg Thomas, Vice President at BravoSolution US

Leverage diversity programs to maximize business growth and procurement performance.

Procurement is like a game of ‘Would you rather…?’ Would you rather deal with shorter lead times or higher costs? Would you rather give a little on product quality or pay the higher price?

The same theme holds true for supplier […]