Supplier Management

Three Supplier Conversations You Need to Have Now

Posted: 01/22/2020 - 00:00
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.

Source Wars: Episode I – The Rise Of Software

Posted: 01/07/2020 - 00:00
The Rise Of Procurement Software

Procurement is old. Just how old you ask? Well, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… it’s been around for millennia. As a natural function of trade and commerce, it developed organically during the earliest civilizations. Papyrus records indicate procurement can be traced as far back as the Egyptians (the first Jedi) in 3000 B.C.

Information Technology Procurement as a Service – Added Value to Internal Procurement Teams

Posted: 12/20/2019 - 04:30
The Procurement as a Service (PaaS) model, which utilizes outsourced human talent, technology, and industry-specific knowledge to enhance or –  in some cases for SMB companies –  replace the buying process for companies is expected to grow from $5.4 billion in 2019 to $7.8 billion by 2024, according to new market research by MarketsandMarkets™.

Stop Faking Cultural Understanding: 5 Tips for Building Effective Relationships Overseas

Posted: 07/17/2019 - 07:11
Business Relationships Overseas
As the world continues to shrink and the global supply chain grows, it’s not enough to invest minimally in your international relationships—it means truly understanding the people and culture you’re working with. These relationships can become a valuable asset to your business, giving you an advantage over competitors.  
 

How Supplier Diversity is Working in the Real World

Posted: 07/10/2019 - 01:21
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 organizations, including:
 
  • Woman-owned business enterprises

Cognitive Procurement is Trending and Cognitive Outsourcing is Up Next

Posted: 05/25/2019 - 01:29

There has been a lot of buzz about “cognitive procurement,” the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to support buying goods and services to free up humans to handle valuable procurement functions that AI cannot manage.

The same advanced technologies that are making procurement smarter, more efficient and more data-driven, can be used to make outsourcing relationships leaner, more profitable and more advantageous. 

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