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How to Gain Agility in Your Purchasing and Contracting Processes

Posted: 09/17/2021 - 09:00
How to Gain Agility in Your Purchasing and Contracting Processes

In today’s business world, time isn’t just money. Time is everything. To achieve a competitive advantage, procurement teams must complete their business objectives with more agility than ever.

But what does more agility in purchasing and contracting practices actually mean? How can a business adapt its existing operations to keep pace with industry leaders and mitigate high-level risk without sacrificing quality, compliance or reliability?

How Procurement Can Respond to Inflation and Volatility

Posted: 09/14/2021 - 09:00
How Procurement Can Respond to Inflation and Volatility

Inflation is a word that has been on the minds of every procurement team in 2021. We are seeing a sustained period of supply shortages and price volatility of the kind that most commercial professionals will not have experienced in their working lives. In one way or another, it is having an impact on virtually every business.

How to Recognize and Manage Supplier Red Flags

Posted: 09/13/2021 - 09:00
How to Recognize and Manage Supplier Red Flags

Global trends, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have taught procurement professionals the value of identifying supplier red flags and mitigating the risks they may pose before it’s too late. To do this, some organizations are making local buying their top priority, while others are committing to consolidating their supplier lists or further diversifying as their needs demand.

Business Continuity Planning: Are You Planning for Tomorrow or Yesterday?

Posted: 08/31/2021 - 00:00
Business Continuity Planning: Are You Planning for Tomorrow or Yesterday?

Recently DATAMARK, Inc., held a webinar on Business Continuity Planning. The three panelists discussed what was missing or did not receive sufficient attention in business continuity plans and the repercussions it can have for businesses worldwide.

The panelists were largely in agreement that many plans fall short when assessing the human impact of a potential disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Most plans tend to place a disproportionate emphasis on physical things like buildings, transportation arteries, communication networks and data centers.

Three Supplier Conversations You Need to Have Now

Posted: 08/30/2021 - 09:00
Your suppliers’ threat profiles will inevitably add to your business’ cybersecurity risk.

Suppliers are mission-critical partners for business success. Unfortunately, too often, an “arm’s length” relationship creates problems that are revealed only after it’s too late.

When suppliers feel conversations only occur after poor performances, the opportunity to have a productive, collaborative conversation may already be over.

The Three Pillars of Successful Supply Chain Risk Management

Posted: 08/25/2021 - 09:00
The Three Pillars of Successful Supply Chain Risk Management

Risk plays a role in every decision that is made by every business – and the supply chain is certainly no exception. Every supplier choice, contract negotiation and procurement transaction involves an unavoidable element of risk.

But just because risk can never be fully eliminated, that doesn’t mean it’s ok to leave it up to chance. Effective supply chain risk management demands continuous attention, careful planning and thoughtful execution.

Boosting Supplier Relationships Through Total-Value Sourcing

Posted: 08/24/2021 - 09:00
Boosting Supplier Relationships Through Total-Value Sourcing

Sourcing leaders today operate within an intricate web of interconnected buyers and suppliers from around the globe. When awarding parts of a business, companies must weigh more than the cost of what they buy. Prospective suppliers have to be viewed through multiple lenses. Prioritizing cost savings alone may seem like a clear win for your bottom line, but it can lead to missed opportunities to capitalize on other forms of value that suppliers can extend.

Four Considerations to Create and Maintain Sustainable Procurement Practices

Posted: 08/23/2021 - 00:00
Four Considerations to Create and Maintain Sustainable Procurement Practices

With 80% of an organization’s sustainability impact intertwined in its supply chain, businesses will need to identify where they can work with suppliers to realize their corporate purpose ambitions. On average, over 90% of an organization’s carbon footprint sits in “scope 3,” mainly in its supply chain and product lifecycle. Defer that logic across the wider scope of business initiatives, and you uncover a better understanding of where most sustainability lies.

Turning the Corner on Digital Transformation with GBS

Posted: 08/18/2021 - 00:00
Turning the Corner on Digital Transformation with GBS

The COVID-19 pandemic made an already challenging marketplace even more complicated, forcing businesses to seek out value in every corner of their operations—including in their extended networks. As a result, Global Business Service (GBS) organizations are increasingly investing in new capabilities, demonstrating to parent organizations their ability to improve business outcomes as a true strategic partner.

Rethinking Supplier Risk in the Era of Diversity and Inclusion

Posted: 08/16/2021 - 00:00
Rethinking Supplier Risk in the Era of Diversity and Inclusion

While everyone around the globe has become aware of the focus on diversity and inclusion, not everyone has embraced or welcomed it. Some are deliberate and vocal about expressing dislike of these necessities at work, school and in our communities. Others are quietly against it but raging inside, rallying against diversity and inclusion, both consciously and subconsciously.

The Future of Supplier Collaboration

Posted: 08/13/2021 - 09:00
The Future of Supplier Collaboration

Supply chain resiliency took on a new meaning in 2020. In the first few months of the pandemic, suppliers and procurement teams alike were left scrambling, desperately trying to maintain business continuity. The situation called for unprecedented levels of collaboration and visibility, which many organizations were not able to meet.

Digitization: A Path to Resilience Through Disruption

Posted: 08/11/2021 - 09:00
Digitization: A Path to Resilience through Disruption

The supply chain headaches continue. Only 40% of global container ships were on time in March 2021, with average delays extending more than six days.

The pervasive disruptions have made effectively managing supply chain demand, accurately forecasting inventory levels, and ensuring on-time delivery mission critical in today’s market. Coming out of a recession, the stakes have never been higher.

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