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Suppliers  // Posts tagged as "Suppliers"

Spend Analysis: The First Strategic Sourcing Pillar

Ardent Partners’ The State of Strategic Sourcing 2014: Connecting the Dots is now out and available. Interested readers can find the report here and here. This research report analyzes the strategic sourcing programs of almost 250 distinct procurement departments and presents the Best-in-Class competencies for improving the sourcing function and its results while also highlighting the market trends...

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Black Friday 2014 – Shopping, Supply Chains, and Sales Reminder

Attention Shoppers! The day after Thanksgiving in the US has long been known as Black Friday, the dark name for what is generally considered the biggest shopping day of the year (truth be told, the Saturday before Christmas often wins this honor). According to the US-based National Retail Federation, “Sales in November and December can account for...

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Are You “Dressed to Kill?” Airing the Dirty Laundry Hidden in the Global Cotton Supply Chain

[Publisher's note: Supply risk is a beast that wears many suits. Today, we begin an exclusive three-part series that examines the problem of human trafficking in the global cotton supply chain.] When people hear the term, human trafficking, they most likely think about the untold number of young women and children being abducted or lured...

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Zycus Horizon 2014: Ericsson Sourcing in the Networked Society

As we mentioned yesterday, Zycus held its annual user conference, Horizon, earlier this week at the Ritz Carlton in (on?) Amelia Island, Florida and I was pleased to attend. It was another very successful event for the supply management solution suite provider and its largest ever. Over the next week or so, I’ll cover a few of...

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Supply Risk Roulette

If you have ever been in a casino, you will know that roulette is one of the more popular games. Roulette is French shorthand for “small wheel” and allows gamblers to place bets on one or many numbers and also colors. I’m far from an expert (I prefer low-stake craps), but the game seems incredibly...

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What Buyers Should Know about Supplier Relationship Management: One Supplier’s Take

For procurement and sourcing teams, collaborating with suppliers, effectively communicating business needs, and building and maintaining supplier relationships are critical and often overlooked parts of the strategic sourcing process. While we generally view supplier relationships from the perspective of the Chief Procurement Officer and other sourcing and procurement leaders on the buy side, it is...

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Alicia Ralston: Sowing the Seeds of Collaboration at Archer Daniels Midland

This year we have been working to deliver a “CPO Rising Virtual Roundtable” series, sponsored by IBM. Each of the roundtables brings together three or four leading Chief Procurement Officers to discuss a specific topic in depth and share their insights, experiences, plans, and recommendations. In each of these, I serve as host and moderator (click...

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CPO News – September 11, 2014: Federal Government Edition

Welcome to September’s edition of CPO News: Federal Government edition. In reviewing stories for this month, we noticed that there is a lot of interesting news emanating from the U.S. Federal Government, particularly regarding strategic sourcing. This is a happy coincidence, as September also happens to be Sourcing Month on CPO Rising. As a result, this month’s...

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Nipendo Offers Plug-and-Play Supplier Cloud; Connects Partners with New Communities

Complexity is the name of the game in today’s globalized, interconnected business world. Who companies are connected to and how you communicate and collaborate matters more than ever. This means that whether you’re a Fortune 50 manufacturer or a Global 2000 CPG firm, you need to pay your suppliers in a reasonable timeframe. There are...

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Nipendo Offers Plug-and-Play Supplier Cloud; Connects Partners with New Communities

Complexity is the name of the game in today’s globalized, interconnected business world. Who companies are connected to and how you communicate and collaborate matters more than ever. This means that whether you’re a Fortune 50 manufacturer or a Global 2000 CPG firm, you need to pay your suppliers in a reasonable timeframe. There are...

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