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Replace “click to print” with “click to sign” in your E-Contracting Processes

Businesses and government organizations of all sizes revolve around contracts that require signatures and approvals. The irony is that though most contract and procurement processes are created in digital format, they are then printed to paper for signatu…

CPO Rising: The Agility Agenda

How is your procurement and sourcing operation performing? Are you sure? According to Ardent Partners, nine of 10 CPOs believe their teams could be doing better. And while every procurement leader wants to improve their group’s performance, it’s important…

Procurement Teams for the 21st Century

This My Purchasing Center webcast introduces the procurement and supply management professionals selected as finalists for the 2015 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Team Award. The EPIC Awards, a collaboration of My Purchasing Center an…

Best-in-Class Sourcing: Rethinking Strategy in the Changing World of Work

Work is changing. More employees are setting up offices in their homes and telecommuting. You’ve developed a sourcing strategy for the things they need--office supplies, technology products

How Contract Management can Expand and Accelerate Sales Opportunities, while Improving Revenue Management and Overall Risk Insight and Mitigation

At too many organizations, contract management is seen as an obligation or worse – an obstacle – to sales and finance. In this challenging business environment, business can no longer afford to be complacent with their contracts and contract processes.

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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.

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Buy Local and the Supply Chain: What Procurement Can Do

My Purchasing talks to Peter Cook, Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain at The Smart Cube, about the rise of nationalism and how it could affect the supply chain. As he sees it, buying local may raise cost and could be “the catalyst that accelerates innovation” leading to more automation of internal processes as procurement leaders look at where and how they source. He offers tips for going forward.

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World Price of Crude Oil Volatile: How Buyers Can Manage

Ian Buchanan, Lead Procurement Research Analyst with IBISWorld, discusses the world price of crude oil in this inteview with My Purchasing Center. In it, he first examines current prices, which have been on a downward trend, then looks at where prices are heading over the next five years. Supply and demand will come into balance, he says, putting upward pressure on prices. To close, Buchanan offers buyers suggestions for managing the coming price volatility.

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Got Best Practices in MRO Management?

Steve Tracey, Executive Director of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research, discusses a study on MRO best practices that’s on the agenda of an SDI Innovation Symposium on March 1, 2017. While having best-in-class MRO tools and procure-to-pay and inventory management processes are important, the key to success is people. “Companies with internal expertise or who shopped it out to experts fall into the leader category,” Tracey says. “If you have competent and trained people, you are ahead of the curve. If not, you have a choice.”

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Ascent Global Logistics Takes on Challenges

On January 25, 2017, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. announced that its Global Solutions segment officially rebranded to Ascent Global Logistics. Ascent Global Logistics provides professional domestic freight management, international freight forwarding and retail consolidation services. In this interview, Bill Goodgion, President of Ascent Global Logistics, provides details and addresses the industry’s big challenges.

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Colin Powell and David Cameron Keynote Speakers at ISM2017

The Institute for Supply Management recently announced that General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron will serve as keynote speakers at ISM2017 on May 21-24 in Orlando. In this interview, ISM’s M.L. Peck previews the event with Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi. The agenda, Peck says, is generating a lot of excitement. “Our members are thrilled with our line up of speakers that includes executives from Google, Toyota and Pfizer, among other companies.”

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The power of the office products purchase

Talking with Quave Burton, vice president, procurement services, at Collective Brands in Topeka, Kans., and a member of the My Purchasing Center editorial advisory board, the other day, I asked her about the company’s office products purchase--whether she is sourcing the category strategically. And, yes, indeed, she is actively managing it.

Steel Inventories Stay Plentiful at Service Centers

October is traditionally a strong month for steel as demand will tail off into November and December. Recent economic weakness, most notable in confidence than actual data so far, has steel buyers looking to minimize inventory risk into the end of the year. This strategy may work to increase pressure on steel prices,

Collaborate to Innovate Award: Vale

Marcos Saraiva, CPO at Vale, discusses collaborative workshops and the benefits they bring to this global mining company.

Rexam Plastic Packaging

Scott S. Vrablik, Vice President, Supply Chain Americas at Rexam Plastic Packaging, is a Grainger customer. It's his first time at the show. He's visiting suppliers and has found ideas on electricity conservation to take back to the office with him.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 1

In this series of video clips, Source One’s Kathleen Jordan looks at benefits sourcing can provide to marketing professionals to help alleviate challenges and burdens that marketing tends to face when overseeing agency relationships and managing significant budgets. Part 1 identifies trends in the sourcing and marketing relationship.