Category Archives: Suppliers

Determine Cloud Platform 17.3 Release: An intro to source-to-pay UIX.

A blog by Spend Matters yesterday caught my eye, as it’s a topic that’s very top of mind here at Determine: the procurement technology user experience – or UIX. Coming hot on the heels of the Spend Matters’ E-Procurement SolutionMap,  it’s a perfect time to look at what source to pay UIX really means and why it matters. More importantly, look at some of the many ways we optimize it on the new 17.3 Release of the Determine Cloud Platform.

Bricks to Clicks — the impact on the supply chain

Legal, procurement, supply chain—oh my! Visiting some retail clients during the holidays, I was struck by the impact of the accelerated shift from “bricks to clicks” on procurement, supply chain and legal. It’s no secret that recent holiday shopping sales showed a continuing significant shift to online buying habits. Actual physical toy retailers are nearly nonexistent, mobile phone retailers are all online, booking holidays is a 100% online pursuit, banking, grocery and now urgent purchases are easily accessible for online … More

Getting more from your suppliers starts with you

Featured Resource: How supplier management is impacting organizations more than ever. Advice: It helps to treat suppliers as customers. That seems basic, but consider why so many organizations are just now adopting that attitude. Truth is, supplier management is evolving fast; it’s critical to not only catch up, but to get ahead of the curve.

Center Led Procurement: An Introduction

One of the hot topics in sourcing today is the trend toward center-led procurement organizations. This is where strategic decisions are coordinated centrally while transactional activities are decentralized across the organization, especially in large enterprises (>1 billion dollars). Today we are going to compare and contrast center-led procurement with the traditional centralized and decentralized models of procurement, and review some of the advantages of the center-led model. A classic decentralized model of procurement, where each business, functional or geographic unit … More

How Buyers, Suppliers, and Stakeholders Drive eSourcing Adoption

It’s easy to get caught up the “go live date” for your eSourcing software implementation. Many procurement leaders believe their team will be empowered to succeed simply by turning on a tool. However, that is not the case. Michael van Keulen from VF Corporation (a Selectica client) shared some best practices and advice at eWorld London for groups who are rolling out new eSourcing software. Michael shared some key elements from VF Corp’s successful eSourcing technology adoption that included: Developing … More

Costly Lesson: Apple cuts 18 suppliers due to non-compliance.

As both procurement experts and suppliers understand, sourcing a product is more involved than simple physical acquisition. Considering the plethora of product recalls that seem to be constantly in the news, it’s clear that making sure products meet certain standards can be challenging if the right monitoring systems aren’t put in place. Let’s face it, defects are not always physical or tangible: more and more, especially as markets become increasingly globalized, companies are building labor standards, fair trade requirements, and … More

How contract management improves supplier relationships

According to Gallup, supplier relationships are among the most overlooked but most important connections a business can have. Being a “customer of choice” can help mitigate risk, lower costs, and spur innovation. Companies that are great customers benefit from a more reliable supply chain and receive “flexible, non-bureaucratic support” from suppliers during crisis situations. What does this mean for enterprises seeking to improve their relationships with suppliers? Based on their research, Gallup came up with a list of five “core … More

Communication Key to Driving Value Out of SME Suppliers

There is no denying the value that small and minority-owned suppliers offer to businesses, but securing that value has proved to be trickier for procurement. Small and medium-sized suppliers, and in particular those owned by minority groups, are more innovative and more responsive than their larger counterparts tend to be. For their customers and the procurement teams they work with this means they can benefit from them being more nimble, able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the … More

Procurement Goes Back to Kindergarten for a Lesson in Relationships

As kids enter Kindergarten, one of the basic lessons we teach them is learning how to play well with other children. Almost any kindergartner will tell you, “If you play nice with others, they will play nice with you.” But as adults, it seems as though we’ve forgotten this basic lesson we teach children – especially in the daily routine of our working relationships. Procurement is no exception. For instance, from a procurement perspective, it has often been argued that … More

Improving Collaboration within Supplier Relationship Management

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I hosted a roundtable titled, “What is Supplier Relationship Management? Discuss supplier partnerships that inspire, improving communication.” We had a great discussion around supplier relationships, so I wanted to share some interesting discussion points that could help you to start thinking about what supplier relationship management really means in your organization. A common issue procurement teams face when managing supplier relationships includes coordinating with stakeholders to ensure the relationship is going well … More

Supply Chain Finance Collaboration

I recently wrote an article for eSourcing Forum about the role procurement can play in carrying out a company’s working capital strategy. Since more procurement pros are reporting to Finance, I shared three ways procurement can support the CFO: Establish Payment Terms Implement Technology to Manage Initiatives Manage Interface With Suppliers The third way, which leverages procurement’s existing relationships with suppliers, allows procurement to contribute to working capital by managing the importance of expense-based supply relationships to an operation. As … More

Finding the “Zen State” for the Modern CPO: Part 1

A few weeks ago at Iasta reSource Indianapolis, I had the privilege of hosting a roundtable discussion, “Finding the ‘Zen State’ for the Modern CPO.” During the breakout session, I challenged thirteen procurement leaders to identify ways they can find a “state of harmony” in the dojo of the modern enterprise. After brief introductions around the room, we looked to find our Zen state by breaking down the challenges of modern CPOs into two core areas: Internal Pressures (Yin) and … More

3 Ways Procurement Can Support the CFO’s Working Capital Strategy

Working capital is defined as the amount of cash an organization has on hand at any given time. Some people also refer to working capital as net liquid assets or current assets minus current liabilities (where ‘current’ means due within a year). The amount of working capital held by a company is a primary measure of operational health because it communicates a steady top line and the ability to manage costs. The management of costs is a clear reason procurement … More

6 Ways Retailers Benefit from Using Modern Sourcing Solutions

The retail industry runs a high supply chain risk as a result of high public visibility and being consumer-focused. In order for retailers to be successful in a heavily competitive marketplace, they must adopt and advance modern sourcing and procurement approaches that go beyond cost savings efforts alone. These modern approaches create a combination of tools and processes that allow for greater visibility. Modern sourcing tools and processes also give procurement teams the ability to reduce risk from the supply … More

Collaborative Supply Thinking Outside of the ‘Giga’ Box

Has your organization considered entering into a highly collaborative supply relationship? Some organizations are moving in this direction. Let’s take Tesla Motors and Panasonic for an example. On July 31st, Tesla Motors announced details about their plan to build a lithium-ion battery factory (Tesla Gigafactory) with their primary battery supplier, Panasonic. The factory will most likely be located in the Reno, Nevada area and is being hailed as the solution to Tesla’s lithium-ion battery supply constraints. According to current plans, … More