White Papers

Do "Preferred Customers" Really Receive Better Pricing and Service?

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers" - companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight - obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain: How they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truckload carriers? How they quantitatively measured the effects of "favored shipper" characteristics on transportation costs? What characteristics actually make shippers favored in the transportation marketplace?

U.S.-Mexico Shipping Options

Abstract: Understanding what can happen at the U.S.-Mexico border with your truckload shipments could impact the decisions you make—and whether or not you will actually get what you pay for. By reviewing the process and your options, you will be able to develop better, more efficient strategies to help minimize costs and risk.

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 designed to make businesses more efficient. This is especially troubling with sales growth stagnating at the world’s largest companies

Top Metrics for Measuring Procurement Performance

Tamr and My Purchasing Center are partnering to bring you some of the best information published on procurement performance metrics in a new guide. We selected these articles so you can benchmark what you’re doing at your company with what procurement experts are advising.

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 strategic, but what actually makes an organization strategic? This whitepaper identifies some of the information critical to acting strategically in a sourcing function.

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.

The Benefits of Supplier Consolidation Extend Far Beyond Sourcing Savings

Consolidating suppliers within specific supply markets is a proven strategy to concentrate buying power and reduce purchase prices. The activity can be taken further, though, especially within non-production (indirect) spending areas. By simplifying and automating interactions with preferred suppliers, procurement can more effectively work these relationships beyond just cost savings, to include support for more strategic enterprise imperatives regarding sustainability, innovation, risk reduction, diversity, localization and other key objectives. As hard-dollar savings become ever more challenging to squeeze from traditional product sourcing, harnessing these broader benefits is where the greatest opportunity to gain competitive advantage will be found.

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 our new guide, What’s New in Spend Management. With Staples Advantage, My Purchasing Center selected the pieces that take the reader through the lifecycle—pointing out innovations along the way—and dive deep into managing the office supplies category.

Optimizing Your Supply Chain with Air Cargo

Air cargo can be an important and highly efficient component of today’s optimized supply chain. For many products, markets, and industries, air cargo is the critical link that allows organizations to respond to customer demands in a timely manner. Multiple air shipment options, as well as advancements in reporting and aircraft efficiency, make air cargo essential for many supply chains.

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 role the company will need to play to achieve the successful business outcomes they seek.