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.

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.

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.

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.

Raising Procurement

Today’s supply chain skills are invaluable to tomorrow’s leaders. As Procurement becomes more strategic—and critical to the success of world-class companies—its image is evolving. All the challenges and opportunities that come with managing the supply chain--especially on the indirect side--now make Procurement a desirable career choice for talented individuals. Perhaps more important, companies are looking to Procurement as a source of promising talent for positions in Finance, Logistics, Marketing, Operations, and even the Chief Executive’s office.

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.

Supplier Governance Made Easy, Powerful and Complete

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, such as application management systems, invoice management systems, delivery management systems, MS Excel sheets, and so on. In response, SirionLabs has built an end-to-end technology- driven solution to: (i) provide standard governance workflows and automate high- volume tasks; and (ii) normalize supplier performance data imported from disparate sources and thereby enable predictive insights and value creation in client-supplier relationships.

The Intersection of Contract “Invisibility” and Risk Management: Be Afraid (Be Very Afraid)

From a risk management perspective, procurement must not only coordinate with other enterprise stakeholders to collect and address a range of contractual compliance factors but also take responsibility for them in an actionable framework.

Winning Influence: Procurement Leaders on Approaches for Sourcing Complex Services

In the white paper, Winning Influence, the Roundtable examines topics critical to sourcing complex categories such as procurement model, internal communications, relationships with suppliers and performance metrics.