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The Reality of Generational Differences in the Workplace Part One … Refitting the Workforce – This Isn’t the 1980s

Jim Baehr

It’s easy to find reporting on the generational differences in the workplace. For more than a decade there’s been Read More

A New Era: How eProcurement is Helping Chinese Companies Replace Traditional Business Models

Guest Editor

It’s frequently said that the past two decades have been the golden age of internet technology development in China; the country has Read More

How Master Data and Master Data Leadership Simplifies Business and Cuts Costs

George E. Krauter

In the world of MRO supply chain management, “master data” refers to applying proper and Read More

Procurement “Digitization” Efforts: Ready for Prime Time?

The Hackett Group

Cloud, analytics, big data, cognitive computing ̶ all these are terms that fall under the broad umbrella of the “digitization” trend that is sweeping the procurement industry. The digitization era has Read More

How Supplier Relationship Management Drives Productivity and Cost Reduction

Guest Editor

According to a recent American Productivity & Quality Center (AQPC) report, supply chain managers identify supplier relationship management (SRM) as a top Read More

Procurement: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Guest Editor

Nobody likes to waste, especially when it’s something we value. Whether it’s time, energy or a good meal, we like to get the most bang for our buck. If you’re stuck in a two-hour, Read More

“Busyness” Isn’t a Measure of Procurement Value

Jim Baehr

It’s good to be busy. Right? Procurement professionals often get caught up in the activities of the day – ordering, expediting, billing and Read More

Business Process Outsourcing and the Role of Procurement

Guest Editor

Today, outsourcing is no longer a buyer-vendor relationship but a long-term partnership that is more than just cost-cutting. It helps bring about better business outcomes by leveraging high-end technology and other expert capabilities from the vendor. Thus, there’s been a shift from Business Process Outsourcing to Business Process Management. This shift has brought about a change in attitude where the end goal is to not negotiate the lowest prices, but create a win-win situation for the partners. Read More

EPIC Awards Salute the Year’s Best in Procurement

Susan Avery

The Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Awards is a collaboration of ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center to recognize professional achievement in procurement of complex categories such as human resources, marketing, travel, legal, professional services and many others. Read More

Metamorphosis of Best Cost Country Sourcing: The Future of Procurement

Guest Editor

A Fortune 500 pharmaceutical (pharma) company wants to negotiate with suppliers to manufacture syringe and in the process wants to find the best design and the BCCS strategy for the product. The geographical scope of the business case includes North America (NA), South America and Asia. Read More

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