You’ve heard the term blockchain. What does it mean? How does it work? How can companies use the technology to help make their supply chains more efficient and cost effective? And what does it all mean for procurement leaders? To get the answers to these questions, My Purchasing Center met up with Brigid McDermott, Vice President of Block Chain Business Development at IBM. Read More
Looking to source an Intelligent Virtual Assistant? Procurement teams should choose based on a balanced assessment of internal requirements and solution capabilities. Read More
Concerned about data protection? How can IT procurement ensure data security and reduce cyber risk for your organisation? Read More
My company, Flash Global, purchased “new” hard drives from one of the largest IT distributors in the world as part of a test. All of the drives were labeled as "new," but all were actually used equipment. One drive had more than 26,000 hours of powered-up time. Read More
Not able to attend the ISM conference this year? My Purchasing Center met with exhibitors like Jim Brozny of Fieldglass at the show where he demonstrated an application that helps automate the procurement process for non-employee workers.
What's happening on the show floor at the ISM conference? My Purchasing Center interviews Adam Stewart of exhibitor SciQuest on the company's source-to-settle solution and its new user interface. He calls it "simple and sleek".
David S. Yin
Procurement, like any other corporate function, is valued by its contribution to the company’s bottom line. In recent years, procurement has gained greater prominence as companies emphasize cost-cutting as a principal way of improving margins. However, the value that procurement brings is much more than just a function of balance sheet cost savings, which is often overlooked by CFOs and others Read More
According to new benchmarking research by The Hackett Group, world-class procurement organizations have lower operating costs and operate with smaller teams while generating more than twice the return on investment than typical companies. Still, they must find new ways to continue to add value. Read More
Harnessing the power of big data is leading to greater opportunities for companies to predict market trends, spending, consumer behavior and supply chain needs. This type of data mining is known as predictive analytics, and it can change the way you make business decisions. Read More
Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
“Procurement is not only being asked to find new and creative ways to drive improvements to the corporate bottom line, but also to help manage the growing risk that can negatively impact the company,” says Lloyd Alexander, Vice President of Contract Strategy at Seal Software in a podcast interview at My Purchasing Center. Read More
New approaches to outsourcing are helping shippers drive down costs in the short term and build smarter, stronger supply chains for the long term. This white paper introduces some of the new thinking that is shaping today’s most successful transportation outsourcing models.
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. truck…
It is undeniable: smart procurement saves organizations money. But the question is: how much money? Does the average procurement professional with “high” skill levels save $10,000 (US) per year more than the average procurement professional with “low” skill levels? $100,000? A million dollars or mo…
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 ro…