A procurement manager may be first assigned to a larger supplier that provides multiple products and services to the entire organization. Or they might be assigned to an emerging technology group that is focused on tracking new innovations that can align with the internal technology product roadmap. Finally, they might be relegated to a largely external role as a cost analyst, Read More
It’s no surprise that healthcare materials managers and purchasing agents are being asked to do more with less. Even those who have become extremely savvy and tough-as-nails negotiators are now exploring alternative methods to streamline their current process and get lower prices on the tens of thousands of products and services required to run an average hospital. Read More
“CPOs need to realize they have immense value,” says Matt McGovern, Market Segment Manager, IBM Procurement and Contract Management Solutions. “The CPO study shows that enterprises that understand the value of procurement are successful. It’s not just sales or business development that can bring in new ideas that add top-line growth.” Read More
When Matt Stites, Executive Director--Supply Chain at Appvion in Appleton, Wisc., joined the company in 2008, Appvion was Appleton Papers, the economy was in the midst of the Great Recession and, with a proliferation of tablets and smart phones, the paper industry was beginning to undergo some fundamental changes. While at the time many were thinking that a downturn in the paper industry was cyclical, Stites and the executive team at Appleton had a different idea. Read More
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.
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.
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.
In this podcast interview, Digi-Key’s Randall Restle talks about the company’s relationship with Mentor Graphics and some of the new products it now offers. He also shares his thoughts with My Purchasing Center’s Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi about a critical internal relationship, that between engineering and procurement.
Talented younger workers like their tablets and their mobility. They want work to be a fun experience. Company perks can help recruit and retain them, but who’s responsible for purchasing the smart phones and lunches? Ivalua’s Amol Joshi tells My Purchasing Center that procurement, with HR, has a role in helping control the buy and make it cost effective.
How many of your suppliers are still adding a fuel surcharge to your invoices? How about the latest price increase justified due to $115 per barrel of oil? The cost basis for your orders has changed dramatically in the past couple of months. How many of yo… Read More
Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
We recently spoke with Randall Restle, Director, Applications Engineering at Digi-Key Corp., about relationships--a new product offering with Mentor Graphics and where he sees this collaboration heading as well as the partnership between engineering and pr… Read More
George E. Krauter
It is written and a scientifically proven fact that 80% of the value created via networking comes from individuals who are referred to as “loose ties," often from an acquaintance, supplier, client, and, in this case, a complete stranger tied to the Temple … Read More
To put together the My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2014, we consider only the articles and blogs we posted on the site in the past 12 months. These pieces cover such topics as procurement in 2025, risk mitigation and ethics. Readers al… Read More
It started in 1972 with an idea, a new concept in distribution. Today, Digi-Key Corporation is one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the World. The stimulus for this growth is Digi-Key's customer-centered business philosophy… Read More
Staples Advantage is the one supplier that offers all the business solutions you need, all with the expertise of a specialty vendor. Read More
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…
Large corporations perform supplier governance for strategic services in silos – segregated by department, contract, geography or type of service. Where governance processes exist, they are largely manual, often performed by poorly trained and insufficient staff through various incompatible systems,…
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…
Let’s call 2020 the Year of the Category Manager. By then, more companies will turn to these leaders in Procurement for their expertise at developing corporate strategy—and those with skilled Category Managers on their teams will have an edge on the competition. That’s the thinking of the CPOs, P…