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#8 Lack of Systems – Top 10 Reasons Why Procurement Fails

#8 Lack of Systems – Top 10 Reasons Why Procurement Fails

#8 Lack of Systems             • Cumbersome, Manual Processes and Systems             • Build a Roadmap and Prioritize             • Keep it Simple Stupid (KiSS)Coming in at number 8 in the series of the “Top 10 Reasons Why Procurement Fails”, is “Lack of Systems”.All...

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Preparing Your Business for the Digital Supply Chain

Preparing Your Business for the Digital Supply Chain

Guest Post by: Mike Mortson, Supply Chain Game Changer.Supply chain professionals are hiking their spending on supply chain innovation—substantially. Ninety-five percent said they plan to spend more this year than last, and 60 percent will spend more than $1 million...

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When the Elephant in the Room is Your Supplier!

When the Elephant in the Room is Your Supplier!

Guest Post by: Supply Chain Game Changer. Unless your company is amongst the very largest companies in the world then chances are your Procurement team will, at some point, be dealing with Suppliers that are larger than your company.  In a function such as Procurement...

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What is Procurement’s Place in the Value Chain?

What is Procurement’s Place in the Value Chain?

Guest Post by: Supply Chain Game Changer. Where does Procurement stand in your organization’s Value Chain? Hopefully, you’ll be able to formulate an answer to that question after reading this post. I speak with Procurement, Sourcing and Purchasing professionals every...

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Excellence Through Diversity

Excellence Through Diversity

Guest Post by: Sheri Spinks, CEO & Founder, Grace2Diversity & Inclusion is NOT an HR InitiativeProgressive leaders recognize the critical importance and value of integrating equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into their business, culture and workforce,...

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Implementing an ERP System – 10 Things to Consider First

Implementing an ERP System – 10 Things to Consider First

By Susan Mercer-Tumilty, Consultant, ProcurePro Consulting Congratulations!  You have decided to implement a new ERP system and now you’re wondering: “Where do I begin? How can I make sure we are successful?  Who should I get involved?  How can I do this and still...

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#10 Fail to Engage – Top 10 Reasons Why Procurement Fails

#10 Fail to Engage – Top 10 Reasons Why Procurement Fails

In this series, I will be introducing the top 10 reasons why Procurement fails.  Why failing?  Why not, succeeding?  There are many successes to be celebrated, however, in my experience, many of my best, hard earned lessons, were from failing.  Either my own personal...

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Procurement – How to Enable Spend Aggregation! Part 2

Procurement – How to Enable Spend Aggregation! Part 2

Guest Post by: Supply Chain Game Changer. Aggregating your procurement spend for the purpose of delivering greater value is a sound objective. Theoretically you should be able to generate better service, better terms and conditions, and better cost. Yet there can be...

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Procurement: The Spend Aggregation Obstacle Course! Part 1

Procurement: The Spend Aggregation Obstacle Course! Part 1

Guest Post by: Supply Chain Game Changer. The theory is simple! If you can increase spend levels through centralized spend aggregation across entities then you increase your leverage in negotiations. This leverage should translate to lower costs and better terms and...

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Supplier Collaboration is a Win-Win Strategy!

Supplier Collaboration is a Win-Win Strategy!

Guest Post by: Supply Chain Game Changer. Suppliers are an intrinsic part of the Supply Chain. It does not matter what business you are in, what products you make, distribute and sell, or what part of the world you are in. And it doesn’t matter where in the Supply...

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Seasoned Leadership in Action™

Seasoned Leadership in Action™

An Interview with Jill Button, CEO of ProcurePro!My sincere gratitude to Mike Mortson at Supply Chain Game Changer. Thank you for taking the time and including me in your Seasoned Leadership in Action series.At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing...

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7 Strategic Reasons to Hire on Contract

7 Strategic Reasons to Hire on Contract

Economists have long noted the rise of the so-called “gig economy.” More workers are using short-term contracts and other forms of employment to provide additional income to supplement or replace permanent jobs – think Uber, AirBnB. But more and more companies in a...

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WHAT is Strategic Sourcing and WHY CXO’s Should Care

WHAT is Strategic Sourcing and WHY CXO’s Should Care

I’m often asked; “what is Strategic Sourcing and how is it different from Procurement and Purchasing? Where does it fit into the supply chain? What’s so strategic about it? It sounds so complicated and unnecessary. Why should I even care?” What is Supply Chain? Okay,...

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What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care?

What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care?

Any of this sound familiar? Then you need Virtual Procurement! “With recent minimum wage increases, I need to find better ways to control my costs and to stay profitable while still delivering the highest level of service to my customers.” “We are too small and can’t...

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3 Reasons Why Procurement Transformations FAIL

3 Reasons Why Procurement Transformations FAIL

Over these past 28 years of my career in Procurement (yes I started when I was 12), I've had the privilege and pain of seeing, not just procurement, but many different types of Transformation initiatives succeed and, unfortunately, fail. I will focus on Procurement...

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How to Advance Your Career by Focusing on the Team!

How to Advance Your Career by Focusing on the Team!

This is a tricky one for those of you who are thinking, "but isn't this about MY advancement?" Yes it is about your advancement and that is precisely why you have to NOT make it all about YOU. If you focus more on the team's success and less on your own, then your...

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Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail!

Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail!

According to Success.com, the very 1st of 5 habits of highly successful people is to Plan your Day. Reading email, working with out a plan, allowing the day to control you rather than controlling your day is killing your productivity and preventing you from being...

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How to Gain Alignment and Influence Stakeholders

How to Gain Alignment and Influence Stakeholders

Have you ever prepared for a meeting with your executive stakeholders, expecting all to go well, only to have it blow up in your face? If you haven't, count yourself lucky! There is nothing worse than preparing endlessly for an executive meeting only to have the...

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I am a Compulsive Leader

I am a Compulsive Leader

Quite a while ago, a former colleague and team member of mine once told me that he has two mothers, one at home and the other at work.  At the time of course he was looking squarely at me. So first of all, I'm far too young to be his mother.  There is...

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Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

Aptitude + Attitude = Altitude

To advance your professional Altitude its helps to have two essential things; A solid Aptitude for what you’re doing and a great (not just good) Attitude, toward what you’re doing. I mean, come on, would it kill you to show a little enthusiasm? Therefore I say to you;...

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The Battle for Strategic Procurement Resources

The Battle for Strategic Procurement Resources

As the global economy continues to stumble and stutter, the strategic procurement profession is more and more being looked to, to help organizations survive and weather the economic storm, by driving cost savings to the bottom line. This is great for the...

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