Spend Management

How to Get CFOs to Promote Procurement

Posted: 09/27/2021 - 09:00
How to Get CFOs to Promote Procurement

CPOs are always looking for new ways to increase internal advocacy and improve strategic value to elevate the role of Procurement. As the lead of an organization’s financial vision, CFOs can support their counterparts in Procurement by helping them achieve this goal.

For CFOs looking to build up that relationship, we suggest starting the conversation by focusing on building a strategic procurement plan aligned with Finance’s working capital strategy.

The Top 10 Actions CPOs Must Take in 2021

Posted: 03/09/2021 - 19:15
The 10 most critical actions and accomplishments for chief procurement officers.

According to The Hackett Group’s 2021 Procurement Key Issues Study, the 2020 crisis continues to shape the 2021 procurement agenda. Unprecedented business disruption forced procurement organizations to refocus on supporting critical business operations and harnessing the value from supplier relationships, resulting in a pivot toward supply assurance and spend cost control.

In 2021, spend cost reduction remains the top priority for the procurement agenda and procurement must provide stability to the enterprise through spend cost control and supply assurance.

Tail spend goes beyond the typical 80/20 rule

Posted: 08/24/2020 - 05:27
When you think tail spend, don’t just think of the typical 80/20 rule.

Having a sound tail spend management strategy has never been more important than it is today. It’s a key differentiator – and competitive advantage – in a down economy in which cash is king and cutting costs is a high priority. Procurement teams can no longer rely on direct materials for savings—those costs have been negotiated to death.

Strategies to Drive Procurement Compliance and Manage Rogue Spend

Posted: 06/01/2020 - 21:54
Procurement Compliance and Spend Management

Compliance is a critical purchasing success factor. Aside from the tremendous amount of financial impact, compliance has other positive outcomes. When employees comply with purchasing through designated supplier programs, it significantly streamlines the supply chain, allowing your organization to be agile and flexible.

2020: The End of Procurement

Posted: 04/10/2020 - 04:46
Procurement in 2020

A new year and a new decade brings about the end and the beginning of many things. Hopefully the new decade brings an end to the angry woman and cat meme as well as the retirement of the man bun (sorry, it’s not my style). All kidding aside, the new decade brings hope, a chance to renew, a time to reflect and an opportunity to leave the past in the past.    

A Vital Step to Managing Marketing Spending During a Pandemic

Posted: 04/03/2020 - 05:29
 Managing Marketing Spending During a Pandemic

As I am writing this article in late March, the full economic fallout from COVID-19 is not yet known and, in fact, will remain unknown for a while. However, two things are clear. The economic repercussions of COVID-19 will be huge and marketing spending is about to be put under the microscope in ways that we haven’t seen since the “great recession” of 2008-2009.

Benchmarking: Procurement’s Next Big Competitive Advantage

Posted: 12/20/2018 - 03:45
The procurement industry is at a crossroads. Procurement executives are tasked with delivering value that impacts the bottom line, but demonstrating that value to stakeholders, finance and other departments is easier said than done. Almost every CPO strives to lead a best-in-class function, but how do we know what best-in-class actually looks like? 
 
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