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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.

How Procurement Can Enable Insurance Companies to Deliver Value to Claims Management

Posted: 08/22/2020 - 02:36
Procurement’s key metric is vendors’ value contribution, not cost.

At U.S. insurance companies, policyholders’ claims represent 70% to 75% of the total cost. This makes complete sense, of course, since policyholder benefits are the sole reason why anyone buys insurance products and services.

The problem is, at insurance companies, procurement is limited to supporting indirect spend — real estate, marketing, finance, etc. — which accounts for less than 10% of the organization’s total costs and severely limits our ability to provide substantive value.

Reconsidering the Services Category for eAuctions

Posted: 08/18/2020 - 23:44
The Total Cost of Ownership factors.

It is amazing the differences there are culturally to the concepts of eAuctions and their widespread adoption. In Europe, eAuctions have been adopted by most organizations and are considered an integral part of the strategic sourcing process. But in North America there remains quite a bit of skepticism and doubt about not only adopting the practice, but which categories are the best candidates to benefit from this strategy.

Preparing Global Supply Chains for the Second Wave of the Pandemic

Posted: 08/14/2020 - 08:32
As a result of the ongoing crisis, global GDP for 2020 is expected to average close to 0%, which would be a faster contraction vs the 2008 crisis.

2020 has been quite a year for global businesses and especially for supply chains.

Just in the first six months of the year, the world has already witnessed some defining moments. Looming trade wars between the U.S. and China, preparations for the post-Brexit economy in the Euro zone, and an increasing focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness are all ongoing.

Though one can argue that none of these moments took the world by surprise, they did push global supply chains to review and re-engineer their operating models.

Don’t Leave Your Data Out in the Cold - It Needs a COAT

Posted: 08/12/2020 - 00:52
Ensure your data is consistent, organized, accurate and trustworthy to get the most out of it.

 

Data services are just like coats - not all are created equal. There's a varying range of price, quality and reliability. And, if your data doesn’t have a good coat, there could be a range of bad or costly decisions made. These decisions could affect the business performance, financial situation, risk jobs, or even the fate of the company. 

Managing Marketing Procurement Through a Kraljic Lens

Posted: 08/10/2020 - 23:38
Kraljic’s model classifies purchased products and services along two dimensions: profit impact and supply risk.

In a landmark 1983 article in the Harvard Business Review, Peter Kraljic introduced a purchasing portfolio model using a 2 x 2 matrix. The Kraljic model was based on the premise that purchased products and services can vary significantly in terms of importance and risk.  Based on this, procurement professionals should use different sourcing and supplier management strategies depending on the importance and risk profile of each purchase.

Guide Your Artificial Intelligence Solution with a Proof of Concept

Posted: 08/05/2020 - 22:58
To reap the benefits of AI, piloting a Proof of Concept (known as a PoC) is a logical first step to building your own AI models or solutions.

Historically, for organizations looking to improve their top or bottom line and gain competitive advantage, leveraging technology has always been considered. As we enter the next industrial revolution, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our future is no exception. The interest and benefits of AI increase significantly across all industries and functions. The rewards continue to be meaningful for any organization looking to gain productivity and competitive advantage using AI.  

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