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October 2015

Five Transformative Strategies to Unlock More Procurement Value

By Ardent Partners and BravoSolution

The current generation of procurement professionals has witnessed first-hand a period of unrivaled advances for their profession as market forces and new technologies combined to pull procurement to the center of business operations and business results. While the foundation of procurement’s future will be built upon the past, the strategies and […]

The Role of Procurement in Delivering Improved Company Valuation

Improving an organization’s procurement brings benefits far beyond saving money or raising quality standards. It can dramatically improve the valuation of the organization as a whole.

At a time when many companies are facing tough times, procurement is becoming recognized as an essential component of corporate strategy for leading organizations. It is well understood by CEOs […]

Three Occasions When Procurement Should Spend More

Procurement and senior executives who manage procurement are often overly fixated on savings and unit cost reduction. This is not only short sighted; it can drive perverse outcomes and does not begin to exploit the value that procurement can bring.

A corollary is that it will be appropriate at times to spend more money buying particular […]

Our Only Security is Our Ability to Change

Change can be daunting; it’s riddled with risk and challenges. Yet, it is our ability to change and innovate that offers our only security to grow and survive within a competitive market.

In this white paper we examine the importance of change in procurement and offer 10 best practices for managing change across the supply chain, […]

4 Ways to Improve Retail Supply Chain Performance through Cost Savings

By Chris Horacek, Vice President at BravoSolution

Brick-and-mortar retailers are fighting an uphill battle.  Thankfully, there is some good news: some of the most successful retailers have cracked the code to improve savings, operations and the bottom line. So what do they have in common? These retailers:

Purchase smarter: to improve efficiency and cross-category/department savings
Prioritize transportation […]

MRO Sourcing Strategy Content Pack

By Jason Busch, Executive Editor at Spend Matters

We know MRO can be a major headache. But with so much money on the table, the opportunity to drive higher savings and truly impact the business is monumental.

For manufacturing companies, or any business that operates a number of plant facilities, the efficient procurement of parts, services and […]

Bridging the Gap between Procurement and Finance

Bridging the gap between procurement and finance is the easiest, most effective way of driving organizational growth. This whitepaper will show you how to improve procurement’s relationships and alignment across the entire organization, and start impacting the business in new and greater ways.

Changing Roles of the Procurement Leader: The Analytical CPO

Peter Smith, Chief Research Officer, Spend Matters UK

The business world constantly changes, so procurement leaders have to change with it. Whilst there has rightly been much focus in recent years on the need for procurement professionals to develop strong inter-personal skills, there is another trend that is driving somewhat different needs. To succeed now, the […]

Category Sourcing Scorecard – Interactive Tool

Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner & Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners

This interactive tool will help sourcing and procurement organizations to :

Identify low hanging fruit or easily sourced categories
Define Which categories will yield the most favorable results
Understand the timing and organizational impact from those categories
Develop a sourcing pipeline that identifies categories and […]

Market Informed Sourcing

By Peter Smith, Managing Editor at Spend Matters UK & Eurpoe

Procurement expert, Peter Smith, discusses how advanced sourcing tools can release significant benefits, but only if procurement reconsiders and adapts fundamental ‘category management’ thinking processes.