Sarah Scudder

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Sarah Scudder is President of Real Sourcing Network (RSN), a print e-sourcing tool software company. Sarah Scudder has grit.  Sarah Scudder has spunk. Sarah Scudder is a go-getter who has gone out and got. Proof? Sarah is the youngest executive to ever serve on the board for the Print Services and Distribution Association (PSDA). Sarah is the CEO and founder of the Young Innovators Group. Sarah leads the annual Young Innovators National Conference. Sarah writes a monthly column on print and marketing services procurement for the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) and Print+Promo. Awards? Sarah is a winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award. Sarah won the Print+Promo’s Trailblazer Under 40 award. Sarah won the Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA)’s Member of the Year award. But none of the above matters.  What matters is that Sarah Scudder treats everyone with respect, and it is her desire to make the world a better place. She is well on her way.

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The ABCs of Print TCO
Sep 19, 2019    0
Most readers of this article are probably familiar with the concept of total cost of ownership, or TCO. Savvy procurement professionals have long recognized that the purchase price of a product or service often doesn’t capture the total cost of acquiring and using that product or service. 
 
For example, to get an accurate picture of the “real” cost of a new software application, you will need to factor in a variety of costs in addition to...
Sep 12, 2019    0

How did you get into this field – was it purposeful or by accident?

I was involved in several organizations in college. My sorority put on an annual fundraising event that I chaired. I hired a local company to source and produce all the print, promotional items and apparel. They offered me a job. They wanted to infuse the company with younger people and set up an internship program.  
 
I started in sales and marketing....
How Millennials are Changing the Procurement Landscape
Aug 08, 2019    0
According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, millennials will become the nation’s largest living adult generation this year. Pew Research Center has estimated that millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, surpassing both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. In 2017, millennials constituted 35% of the U.S. labor force, while Gen Xers accounted for 33% and Baby Boomers represented 25%. 
 
The millennial generation is generally...
Jul 10, 2019    0
Supplier diversity has been an important topic on the corporate agenda for most of the past five decades. Formal supplier diversity programs began in the 1960s in response to government programs that were designed to expand economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Today, “diverse suppliers” encompass several additional types of business...
Jun 19, 2019    0

Managing tail spend has been a major topic of discussion among sourcing professionals for at least the past two decades. In most companies, external spending has a Pareto-like distribution – the largest 20% of suppliers (by dollar volume) typically account for about 80% of the total external spend. Tail spend is generally defined as the 20% (or so) of the total external spend...

May 21, 2019    0
Environmental sustainability has become an important topic among sourcing professionals over the past few years. A recent Google search using the term “sustainable procurement” returned just under 28,000 results, and that included only results for the past year. Searches using the terms “sustainable purchasing” and “sustainable sourcing” produced a similar number of results.
 
The growing interest of business leaders in...
Apr 16, 2019    0
Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident?
 
I was involved in several organizations in college. My sorority put on an annual fundraising event that I chaired. I hired a local company to source and produce all the print, promotional items and apparel. They offered me a job. They wanted to infuse the company with younger people and setup an internship program. 
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Apr 04, 2019    0
Dedicated procurement software applications have existed since the 1990s, and their use is still growing. By 2025, more than 50% of large and mid-size companies around the world will have deployed procure-to-pay applications, according to Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites. 
 
General procurement software works well...
Mar 09, 2019    0
In 1897, while Mark Twain was in London on a speaking tour, someone started a rumor that he was gravely ill. Another rumor was that he had died. When a newspaper reporter asked Twain for his response to these rumors, he replied, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” 
 
Some marketing pundits have been predicting the demise of print-based marketing for most of the past two decades. These pundits usually point to the proliferation of...
Jan 31, 2019    0
These passages from John Gray’s best-seller "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" could be applied to procurement and marketing. It can seem at times as if they are from different planets. 
 
And the result is a relationship that is often tenuous at best. Marketers see procurement as an overbearing watchdog that must be kept on as tight a leash as possible. Meanwhile, many sourcing professionals view marketing as the poster child for...

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