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    Cox Communications Sourcing Team Builds Center of Excellence

    t’s no secret that world-class companies work with consultants to transform procurement or take the function to the next level. Many are successful at partnering with the firms; together they deliver value in cost savings and other benefits. But, what happens once the engagement is over?

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Latest Articles

Procurement: Internet of Things Technology to Have Impact

Susan Avery

Procurement executives see predictive analytics and the Internet of Things as revolutionary for the supply chain, with many expecting the technologies to have a major impact. That’s according to results of Xchanging’s 2015 Global Procurement Study which focuses on how technology is transforming procurement. Read More

Is a Career in Procurement Right for Me?

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Thinking about your next career step and what you really love doing? Consider this brainstorming technique: Take a trip down memory lane to your youth and revisit your favorite tools and toys. Read More

Indirect Procurement on Radar at Midsized Manufacturers

Susan Avery

Generally optimistic about revenues and employment, procurement executives at midsized manufacturers are demanding flexibility and responsiveness in supply chains. That’s according to results of the 14th Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey of U.S. manufacturing companies by Prime Advantage, the buying consortium. Read More

Cox Communications Sourcing Team Builds Center of Excellence

Susan Avery

It’s no secret that world-class companies sometimes work with consultants to transform procurement or take the function to the next level. Many are successful at partnering with these firms; together they deliver value in cost savings and other benefits to the organization. But, what happens once the engagement is over? Read More

Latest Videos

Achieve Competitive Prices without Bidding

In this 60-minute training video session given by Rod Sherkin, President of ProPurchaser, you will learn how to work more constructively with suppliers to drive down costs together, while strengthening your supply chain.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 4

In part 4 of the Source One video series, Kathleen Jordan completes the discussion on marketing and sourcing with a case study that demonstrates how sourcing can benefit from partnering with a consulting firm to address marketing’s needs.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 3

In part 3, Kathleen Jordan at Source One describes how sourcing can support marketing during its agency review process. She provides best practices for the two to use when conducting an agency search.

Latest Podcast Episodes

In Pursuit of More Strategic Conversations

SciQuest has opened its Supplier Network to include all vendors and has streamlined the registration process, making it easier for new suppliers to join. In this podcast, Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi talks to Lindsay Sloan, Product Marketing Manager, about the news and what it means for suppliers and procurement. Sloan says the move will ultimately help procurement to increase spend under management, a goal for many organizations.

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What You Need to Know about Analyzing the Global Plastics Market

Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi talks to Paulo Moretti, Principal at PM2Consult.com and My Purchasing Center blogger, about his three-part series of articles on the global chemicals and plastics markets. In the interview, Moretti previews the articles, highlighting important points, discusses what procurement needs to do to select a supplier, and offers advice going forward on developing sourcing strategy for plastics.

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Latest Blog Posts

Reverse Auction Tool Creates “Fair and Competitive Marketplace in Real Time” for State and Local Government Agencies

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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Recently we spoke with Jay Hardingham, Vice President at Buy Rite Technologies, on his way to present at the 2015 Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) Conference and Expo. He explains how his company’s services are helping procurement pros working in two import… Read More

History Lessons?

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George E. Krauter
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Is this confusing or what? Why not recognize success and failure, the good and the bad, and simply follow the good. The problem is that trying to guide associates away from the bad and to the good usually does not work because many need to experience the b… Read More

Manufacturing Economy “at Soft Point”

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Susan Avery
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At 50.2%, the PMI is down 0.9 percentage points from the August reading and is at the lowest point of the year, but it also indicates that manufacturing is growing and has been for 33 consecutive months. A PMI reading above 50% means the manufacturing econ… Read More

Outsource Logistics? It’s a Tough Decision

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Susan Avery
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From reporting on the procurement and supply profession for more than 25 years, I know that the word “outsourcing” used to have scary connotations for some. But, as the procurement function transforms into a strategic value-add for manufacturing and other … Read More



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Lunney Advisory Group

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A New Model for Estimating Carbon Emissions from LTL Shipments

Graduate students at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics used actual shipment data to develop a more accurate methodology for calculating Less Than Truckload (LTL) carbon emissions.

What’s New in Spend Management

Spend management encompasses the entire purchasing lifecycle—from sourcing goods and selecting suppliers to setting up contracts and paying suppliers—and helps buyers take a holistic view of procurement from a competitive vantage point. That’s the definition of spend management we use to develop…

The Intersection of Contract “Invisibility” and Risk Management: Be Afraid (Be Very Afraid)

From a risk management perspective, procurement must not only coordinate with other enterprise stakeholders to collect and address a range of contractual compliance factors but also take responsibility for them in an actionable framework.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This white paper can help companies decide, set reasonable expectations for what outsourcing can contribute to the organization, and how much of a ro…