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Afternoon Coffee: Aviation Supply Chain Stretched to its Limit, Freelancer Ltd Shares Climb on Results

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News The aviation industry is flying high on a large backlog of orders, but manufacturers are struggling to build and deliver planes on time. Australian work intermediation platform (WIP) Freelancer Ltd saw its share price rise 5% Thursday after a strong showing in its half-year profit results. Show More Summary

The Week in Metals: Indonesia, Freeport-McMoran Fight Over Grasberg

Categories: Commodities, Procurement, Supply Chain, World Trade Tags: General News, L2 The world’s second-largest copper mine, the Grasberg open pit mine, in Indonesia, sits idle as its operator, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoran, and the government of Indonesia squabble over permitting issues. Show More Summary

ICYMI: 2017 Contingent Workforce Tech Trends and Their Impact on Procurement

Categories: Services and Indirect Spend, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Management, Technology Tags: L1, Technology On Wednesday, Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch and Research Director...Show More Summary

Down the Procurement Pub with Education, Atlanta, Manzils, and Sundara Karma

Categories: We enjoyed an excellent gig last weekend from Sundara Karma. Reading University Students Union (really good venue) saw the band returning to their home town […] (Read more...)

Hone Your Procurement Negotiation Skills By Learning the Right Way to Think

Categories: Best Practice, Innovation Tags: Plus In our previous piece looking at Daniel Kahneman's brilliant book, Thinking Fast and Slow, and its implications for procurement thinking and practice, we looked at the concept of Priming. Granted,...Show More Summary

Shining a Light on Dark Procurement: Getting Complex Categories Under Control

Categories: Category Management, Sourcing Tags: Guest Posts, Sourcing & Categories Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Brian Miller, vice president of services at Proactis. “Dark” procurement, a new label for a well-known challenge in the discipline, is elevating concerns over purchasing waste and threatening efficient, optimized procurement. Show More Summary

Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Gains a Grip on its Supply Chain, Retail Execs Prioritize Digital Transformation

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Tesla delivered 22,200 sedans and SUVs in the fourth quarter, its second-best ever for deliveries. Emerging digital technologies are the best bet to reach the modern shopper, retail CEOs said in a new JDA/PwC survey. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news. (Read more...)

Millennials in Supply Chain Discuss Their Weaknesses and Challenges (Part 2)

Categories: Procurement, Talent Management Tags: General News, L2 In case you missed Part 1, which covered millennials’ self-described strengths, the insights in these posts came from Q&As with a number of the 2014 ISM/ThomasNet “30Show More Summary

Building Government’s Commercial Capability – IfG Report Is Balanced, Insightful

Categories: We mentioned the recent report from Tom Gash of the Institute of Government (IfG), titled “Building Government’s Commercial Capability”,  which looks at the changes under […] (Read more...)

IQNavigator + Beeline’s Doug Leeby Answers Burning Questions on Product Roadmap, SAP Fieldglass and More

Categories: Services and Indirect Spend, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Management, Technology Tags: L1, Technology In Part 1 of this Q&A, IQNavigator + Beeline CEO Doug Leeby discussed customer and partner reactions to the recent merger and how he views the future of the VMS market. Show More Summary

Category Management – A Webinar To Help You Succeed

Categories: We have a Category Management-themed webinar coming up fairly shortly which we wanted to bring to your attention (not solely because the insights will be valuable to […] (Read more...)

eBid Systems: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses

Categories: Contract Management, Solution Providers, Sourcing, Supplier Management, Technology, Vendor Snapshots Tags: PRO eBid Systems is one of more than 30 technology providers that Spend Matters tracks that provide strategic sourcing solutions to private firms and public sector organizations around the globe. Show More Summary

Caspar Berry on Risk and Decision-Making at eWorld – This Should Be Really Good!

Categories: We mentioned here the forthcoming eWorld event, and the keynote speaker, Caspar Berry. We caught up with him this week on the phone to get […] (Read more...)

Afternoon Coffee: New Supply Management Awards Announced, BravoSolution Releases 2016 Results

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Two organizations have joined forces to bring procurement the first annual CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe. Adding 119 new customers and recording its sixteenth year of revenue growth were among the accomplishments BravoSolution listed in a recent press release detailing its 2016 results. Show More Summary

New Research: Bridging the Contract Lifecycle Management Technology Gap

Categories: Contract Management, Learning / Research Tags: Technology Contract lifecycle management (CLM) has its fair share of technology dedicated to it, but unfortunately not all of it addresses the comprehensive set of issues facing procurement professionals. Show More Summary

Sustainable Procurement – Becoming More Widespread and More Important

Categories: EcoVadis (providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains) has published its 2017 Sustainable Procurement Barometer, which sets out the results of […] (Read more...)

Rethinking and Reclaiming “Tail Spend”: 6 Key Variables to Consider

Categories: Best Practice, Procurement Strategy & Planning, Spend Analysis, Spend Management Tags: Plus The idea of “tail spend” doesn’t seem very complicated at first. Run a Pareto analysis on your spend categories and suppliers to make a cutoff at, say, the 80% that represent only 20% of your spend. Show More Summary

Forget Sir Humphrey – Sir Jeremy Brings Home the Bacon As Pharma Firms Pay Up

Categories: Well, we do hope that Sir Jeremy Heywood (the real-life "Sir Humphrey" for fans of Yes Prime Minister) negotiated himself a “share of savings” deal […] (Read more...)

Base Oils Up for the First Time Since 2010

Categories: Commodities, Guest Post, Price Forecast Tags: General News, Guest Posts, Mintec Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Verity Michie, market analyst at Mintec. Using a vehicle day in, day out can sometimes be taken for...Show More Summary

Beyond the Traditional SRM Scorecard: Supplier Management Metrics to Diagnose Your Supplier Management Operations (Part 1: Search and Enablement)

Categories: Procurement Strategy & Planning, Supplier Information Management, Supplier Management Tags: PRO In recent years, prominent procure-to-pay (P2P) providers have increasingly offered opt-in peer benchmarking capabilities. This newly available data has changed the way consultants and advisors evaluate procurement performance. Show More Summary

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