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Afternoon Coffee: ISM PMI Hits 6-Year Low, Construction Spending Rises

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in November, reaching its lowest levels since June 2009. The Institute for Supply Management’s November PMI registered 48.6%, down from 50.1% in October. Show More Summary

Unleashing Business Value with Contract Management: Webinar This Week!

Categories: Contract Management, Procurement Tags: Technology, Webinar ATTN: Procurement people, do you know where your contracts are hiding? Even if they are all in one central location, you could be losing out on potential risk mitigation opportunities, and if they are scattered everywhere, then you have your work cut out for you. Show More Summary

Women in Procurement: Barb Ardell

Categories: Diversity, Industry News, Talent Management Tags: General News, L1 Barb Ardell calls her career a “Carly Fiorina story.” She started in an entry-level job at a corporation and rose to hold a leadership position. But what’s...Show More Summary

Spending Review – Is Lack of Comment About Crown Commercial Service Significant?

Categories: The Spending Review last week may have been good news for the Police and recipients of tax credits, but it was bad news for wannabe buy to let investors and possibly for the Crown Commercial Service. Overall, Cabinet Office has lost around 25% of its funding outside GDS (see below). Show More Summary

3 Tips for CPOs on the Possible Staples-Office Depot Merger

Categories: Finance, Industry News, M&A Tags: General News, L2 In less than two weeks, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to release its decision on the proposed Staples-Office Depot merger. But for now, as the deal sits in limbo,...Show More Summary

IT: Procurement’s Unknown Ally?

Categories: Following on from the first post on the relationship between Procurement and other departments, "Why Procurement, Sales and Marketing Need to Align Their Views of the World," Marcus Willbourn, Chief Operations Officer atShow More Summary

Spend Compliance – The Framework: 50 Shades of Pay (Part 15)

Categories: Analytics, Cost Management, Procurement Strategy & Planning, Spend Analysis Tags: Plus In previous installments of our 50 Shades of Pay series, we dove into spend analytics related to identifying potential savings from strategic sourcing, such as reduced pricing via competitive bidding to aggregate spending to preferred suppliers. Show More Summary

Contract Management Webinar – This Thursday

Categories: Don’t forget our webinar on Thursday this week (December 3rd ) at 5pm in the UK, which is 11am US central time and... you can work out the rest! It is sponsored by Seal Software and is titled “The True Value of Contract Intelligence...Show More Summary

Cheaper Wrapping Paper for Gifts This Year?

Categories: Commodities, Finance, Guest Post, Price Forecast Tags: General News, Guest Posts, Mintec Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Monika Sosnowska, of Mintec. It is hard to believe the holidays are already on their way. The shopping malls are becoming busier and the seasonal smells add to the festive atmosphere. Show More Summary

Afternoon Coffee: FTC May Be Planning to Block Staples/Office Depot Merger, Shoppers Spent $4.45B This Weekend

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Reports surfaced over the weekend and today of the Federal Trade Commission's plans to block the proposed Staples and Office Depot merger. The New York Post cited anonymous sources were preparing to block the $6.3 billion deal. Show More Summary

Cyber Monday Fail: Target’s Website Down on Major Online Shopping Day

Categories: Industry News, Operations, Technology Tags: General News Target’s website crashed earlier today due to high traffic on Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year. The retailer’s site,, reportedly crashed around 9 a.m. Show More Summary

Dec. 10 Webinar: 500-Level Crash Course on Digital, E-Signatures for Procurement

Categories: Contract Management, Procurement Tags: Technology, Webinar E-signatures. Digital signatures. What are they? How are they different? When should I start using them? What does procurement and supply chain have to do with them? Answer these questions and more by attending our Thursday, Dec. Show More Summary

An Electronic Supplier Network is a Strategy – Not a Provider Product

Categories: Procurement Strategy & Planning, supplier networks, Technology Tags: L1, Technology The term “supplier network” or “business network” can mean many things to many people. Ariba offers its supplier network as a cloud-based set of services and has been very successful at that. Show More Summary

Spend Matters Launches New Women in Procurement Series

Categories: Diversity, Procurement, Talent Management Tags: General News, L2 Spend Matters will kickoff a new series this week titled Women in Procurement, which will highlight specific women who have led successful careers in the procurement and supply chain field. Show More Summary

Best Practice Group on Problematic IT Projects – the Importance of Trust

Categories: We featured a report from consulting firm BPG a few weeks back, and we are coming back to it today. Best Practice Group (BPG) is a niche consulting firm, and they probably know more about why IT projects go wrong than anyone else we’ve come across. Show More Summary

Tradeshift Fires its First E-Procurement Shots

Categories: eProcurement / Procurement, P2P, Technology Tags: PRO In this Spend Matters Pro series examining Tradeshift’s launch into the e-procurement sector, we have covered a number of areas that make its capabilities stand out from the pack — at least theoretically. Show More Summary

Quick Wins for the New Procurement Leader – Get the Slides Here

Categories: Last week saw the final BravoSolution Real World Sourcing workshop for 2015. I presented the session, titled “Quick Wins for the New Procurement Leader”. Thanks to everyone who came – it was good to see some old friends, but also quite a number of people for whom this was their first RWS event. Show More Summary

ICYMI: A ‘Procurement Saint’s’ Take on the Staples-Office Depot Merger

Categories: Cost Management, Industry News, M&A Tags: General News, L1 Earlier this week, Spend Matters Founder and Head of Strategy Jason Bush wondered how the late Thomas Stemberg, founder of Staples, would react to the proposed Staples-Office Depot merger. Show More Summary

Down the Procurement Pub with the NHS, Bill Crothers, Nigeria and Car Seat Headrest

Categories: Here is a picture from last night’s HCSA dinner and awards evening, held at the St John’s Hotel in Solihull and attended by procurement professionals from around the NHS and beyond. In fact, we wrote more about it earlier today, but this stunningly incompetent picture is actually Scott Pryde of BravoSolution at the awards dinner. Show More Summary

Black Friday Spending Increases, More Consumers Opt for Online Shopping

Categories: Finance, Industry News Tags: General News, L2 Perhaps not surprising, the majority of U.S. consumers plan to do some holiday shopping this weekend. Spending on Black Friday is expected to increase compared with last year,...Show More Summary

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