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June 11, 2019

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

AI and Blockchain Can’t Replace Strong Procurement Fundamentals

Determine OutLoud: A conversation with Anthony Mignogna, Director at Source One, a Corcentric company.

Attend any procurement conference, read any procurement blog, download any procurement whitepaper these days and what are you likely to see and hear? AI! Blockchain! Machine learning! Chatbots! Emerging technology is undoubtedly exciting, and it is no wonder that it captures our attention and imagination. But does it have any actionable value for the majority of procurement organizations today?

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June 6, 2019

Refocus: Why strategic sourcing needs to be more supplier centric.

Refocus: Why strategic sourcing needs to be more supplier centric.

Evolving beyond savings.

Last month we concentrated a lot on looking at the ways (and why’s) procurement teams can and should be more supplier oriented. Not surprisingly, that supplier-centrism also applies to your strategic sourcing processes. That requires a holistic focus to integrate analytics, contracts and supplier information, and the technology to make it work.

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June 4, 2019

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

Compliance advice for those who herd cats

We’ve all heard (or used) the expression that managing some groups of people is “like herding cats”. For cat people in the reading audience, this requires little explanation. Cats do what they want, when they want, only if they want. The expression wouldn’t have caught on if it weren’t true, which means there are plenty of feline humans out there too. If you’re in procurement, I’m sure you’ve met quite a few of them.

We put a contract in place, and the “cats” buy from someone else. We establish a process, and they do whatever they like. It can be infuriating. But, if we approach our internal cats with the right attitude, they also present us with unique opportunities to improve procurement’s performance, impact and influence.

Here is some advice for those days when you find yourself unavoidably herding cats:

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May 30, 2019

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

May DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

The NBA finals are upon us. Is it luck? Or have the Raptors and the Warriors made it this far by building a framework for success; utilizing each player’s strengths and abilities to give them a competitive edge above the rest? We say it’s a framework for success – which is exactly what it takes for a supplier management strategy to work, too. From covering the basic fundamentals to ensuring you’re prepared for any and every potential supplier risk, maximizing the competitive advantage you can achieve with the right approach to supplier management helps the entire organization win.

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May 28, 2019

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Concentric Supplier Risk Management

Executives in all functions and lines of business are driven to create shareholder value, a challenge that increasingly requires them to take calculated risks that often involve the supply chain. From a shareholder’s perspective, nothing destroys the perceived value of an investment faster than negative press, even when it is the unintended result of ‘pushing boundaries’. In some cases, the criticism may not even be due to a company’s own actions, but rather those of their suppliers (or suppliers’ suppliers).

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May 23, 2019

Turn supplier diversity into business advantages through visibility

Turn supplier diversity into business advantages through visibility

Meeting supplier diversity objectives can help reach larger corporate objectives, too!

Supplier diversity was initially promoted as corporate stewardship for the disenfranchised. Today, it’s considered a competitive advantage. Changing work demographics and emerging markets compel businesses to invest in supplier diversity programs. Yet, most organizations are unable to measure and report on their efforts.

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May 14, 2019

Achieving Duality in Supplier Management: Technology + Talent

Achieving Duality in Supplier Management: Technology + Talent

A conversation with Anéliya Riminchan, Product Director of Sourcing for Determine, a Corcentric company

Supplier management encompasses the entire end-to-end procurement process. Getting the most out of our external supply partnerships requires consistent investment in supplier qualification and onboarding, supplier information management, supplier relationship management, and supplier risk and performance management.

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May 7, 2019

Getting more from your suppliers starts with you

Getting more from your suppliers starts with you

How supplier management is impacting organizations more than ever.

Organizations are starting to adopt a new attitude when it comes to their suppliers – treat them like customers. This seems basic, but the truth is, supplier management is evolving fast; it is critical not only to catch up but to get ahead of the curve.

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April 30, 2019

April DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

April DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source-to-Pay and Contract Management

We don’t know about you, but when we think of April – we think Spring. The birds chirping, flowers blooming, green grass, incessant rain (yuck), and summer in our sights! Spring is a time for growth and for change; a beautiful transformation, if you will. This month’s resources stayed true to theme – focusing on the transformation and future of procurement, source-to-pay insights, and even our own evolution as Determine began its new chapter as a Corcentric company. DetermiNews gives you a jump start on spring cleaning your business processes for the sunny days ahead.

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April 23, 2019

Can the Whole Foods and Amazon Grocery chains exist under the same corporate umbrella?

Can the Whole Foods and Amazon Grocery chains exist under the same corporate umbrella?

Managing procurement for three vastly different retail models.

Amazon recently announced that they will open a “traditional” grocery chain. This is in addition to their 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods and their experimentation with Amazon Go, a fully automated (i.e. cashier-less) convenience store-style market. All three will meet a similar kind of consumer need, just in a different way. This will likely result in the creation of three completely different cost models and profitability rates – not to mention three very different procurement and supply chain operations.

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