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Latest Articles

Five Keys to Unlocking Successful Integrated Business Planning

The Hackett Group

Many companies still struggle with executing a strategic integrated business planning (IBP) process that effectively integrates demand planning, supply planning, and financial planning. Most simply put, the process should drive decisions on how to best meet demand (customer/consumer sales for existing and new products) within supply constraints in order to optimize financial return. Read More

Revamp Sourcing Strategies for Plant Maintenance Services: In-House or Outsource?

Beroe Inc.

Outsourcing of maintenance service depends on both technical and procurement maturity of the organization and would vary from organization to organization based on its business strategy. In all probability, there could not be a single maintenance outsourcing policy or strategy that would fit all organizations. Read More

2016 Business Travel Price Forecast: Airfare Stable; Hotel Rates Rise

Susan Avery

In 2016, travel procurement professionals are seeing airfares hold steady despite low oil prices, hotel room rates climb due to increased demand, and more competition for their business from auto rental and other transportation services companies. Read More

Strategic Sourcing and SRM Conference Offers Perspectives for Procurement Success

Susan Avery

The Conference Board’s 12th Annual Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference promises a rousing start. The event, which takes place March 29-30 at Loyola University, begins with a pre-conference workshop, “Mastering the Softer Side of SRM: Culture, People, Skills and Change Management“ led by Jonathan Hughes, Sourcing and Supplier Management Practice Leader at Vantage Partners Read More

Latest Videos

What is a Reverse Auction?

In this video, K2 Sourcing provides perspective on reverse auctions for procurement. If you take one thing away from this presentation, it is that a reverse auction is one of many tools to help automate the strategic sourcing and, ultimately, the category management process.

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.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Suppliers Not Responding to RFIs?

Sharing news of the ThomasNet.com Corporate Edition with My Purchasing Center, Tom Greco tells a story about Walmart and its suppliers. The ThomasNet.com Corporate Edition helps procurement meet some challenges by providing visibility into all the capabilities and products of existing suppliers. It also has new features that help get suppliers to respond to procurement’s RFIs.

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Procurement Plays Vital Role in Reducing Global Warming

My Purchasing Center speaks with Pierre-Francois Thaler, Co-CEO of EcoVadis, about the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held recently in Paris and the historic agreement that was signed there. Fresh from the conference, Thaler fills us in on what was agreed upn and what it means for businesses in general and procurement in particular. “Procurement has a crucial role in ensuring the targets set by the international agreement to reduce carbon emissions are reached,” he says.

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Latest Blog Posts

Throughput and MRO Connected? Who Would have Thunk it?

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George E. Krauter
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Upon investigation, Alice found that the supply chain was functioning just fine. Purchasing and logistics were at optimum regarding the various commodity markets; the suppliers were doing their job and reaching their KPI (Key Performance Indicator) goals. … Read More

An Environment Fit for a Supply Chain Intelligence Pioneer

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Chanderkanth Gautham
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A supply chain intelligence analyst must understand the intricacies of the environment that he or she must visit daily to get the result from the analytical engine. Read More

What do Scouting and Procurement Professionals Have in Common?

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Matthew D. Miller
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Pick your favorite sport and team. Can that team, or any team for that matter, be great without good scouting? Like any good scout, the strategic sourcing component of purchasing and procurement constantly needs to be searching for the best suppliers to br… Read More

Paradigm Shifts for Procurement

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Stephany Lapierre
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Procurement doesn’t have to be involved in everything, but can remain engaged, allowing internal stakeholders to access better information and do more up-front due diligence in collaboration with procurement. Read More



Supplier Profiles

Lunney Advisory Group

Lunney Advisory Group was founded in 2007. Our firm is not your typical consulting company. Some members of our firm are highly qualified and experienced industry executives/practitioners while others are full time or adjunct university professors.… 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


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

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Must Have Information for Every Strategic Sourcing Manager

As we move into a 2016, it’s a safe prediction that buzzwords will continue to dominate the business world. "Strategic sourcing" is one buzzword that has permeated the procurement function for the past 20 years, but is often hard to describe. Almost every large procurement organization claims to be …

Procurement Party like 1999

A comprehensive study done by AT Kearney in late 2014 showed that 75 percent of procurement organizations have not improved their productivity since 2011. This seems hard to believe given procurement’s constant push for efficiency gains, declining commodity prices, and the rise of technology designe…

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.