Branded Promotional Merchandise: How Procurement Can Get More Bang for the Buck

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Many enterprises end up paying more than they should in purchasing branded promotional merchandise. Marketing and procurement executives often focus on the more high-profile media and creative categories while leaving a lot of money on the table in buying branded merchandise  Fact is, if managed properly, the branded merchandise category can not only generate double-digit [...]


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Procurement’s Evolution in Becoming a Trusted Business Advisor (Webcast)

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Increasingly, successful procurement professionals are creating greater awareness with their companies of their capabilities as trusted business advisors. They are opening minds and opening doors to greater impact, value and advancement. Fact is that today it’s not unusual for procurement leaders to be involved in driving strategy and innovation on an enterprise level. But how [...]


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Next-Gen Spend: Accelerating Procurement Performance with Data-Driven Strategies

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For large enterprises, conventional spend analysis approaches don’t offer much beyond spend visibility and savings identification. But today, these are mere table stakes. Top-tier enterprises expect much more from their procurement teams – they are increasingly demanding strategic insights to drive enterprise-wide value.   In Next-Gen Spend: Accelerating Procurement Performance with Data-Driven Strategies, industry wiseman Andrew Bartolini of Ardent Partners demonstrates [...]


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Latin America Making Gains in Global BPO Sector

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Business process outsourcing (BPO) is playing an increasingly important role on global and local corporation processes, practices and outcomes. Based on market needs, Latin America (LATAM) is improving and strengthening its capabilities to become a more attractive region for foreign investment. Showing accelerated and continued growth, and through significant investment by corporations, LATAM is the [...]


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Procurement Outsourcing: Best-of-Breed Specialist Providers vs. Multi-Tower Firms

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For any enterprise looking to enhance procurement capabilities through outsourcing, the choice of service provider is absolutely critical to success. But with whom to partner – a best-of-breed provider with deep expertise and experience or multi-tower outsourcing provider with cross-vertical capabilities?   In this punchy inaugural issue of GEP Insight, noted industry veteran, Bill Huber [...]


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What Are You Really Measuring? Effectively Managing Supplier Performance

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This is an old adage that is still pretty accurate today. Really, if you don’t put in place the criteria to measure something you don’t know if it is improving or getting worse. Managing for improvement in today’s business climate is essential, and with regards to supplier performance [...]


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Make Vs. Buy For Procurement Market Research

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With growth rates plateauing in both the developed and developing worlds, companies are turning their attention to managing costs and keeping their demanding stakeholders just about satisfied. This trend has brought a spotlight on procurement organizations that are frantically searching for the next big wave of savings opportunities. Most companies agree supply market intelligence is [...]


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Webinar May 19th – Procurement’s Evolution in Becoming a Trusted Business Advisor

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Procurement’s Evolution in Becoming a Trusted Business Advisor - Register now for GEP’s upcoming webinar with The Hackett Group   Half of world-class procurement organizations report a high level of involvement in the company’s budgeting and planning cycle. They are considered trusted business advisor by the organization, not gatekeepers or administrators. To achieve this status, they [...]


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Perfect Alignment: How Procurement and Finance Can Work Together to Achieve P2P Excellence

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Procure-to-Pay (P2P) technology can, no doubt, drive some truly significant gains in productivity. But if procurement and finance are not on the same page, your P2P solution can do more harm than good.   In a new white paper, Perfect Alignment: How Procurement and Finance Can Work Together to Achieve P2P Excellence, GEP shows you how [...]


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Packaging Opportunities for Businesses: Managing the Unmanaged

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Though there are many ways to use packaging, the principal one is for commercial purposes. A product’s appeal and presentation are the principal compliance and are categories that marketing, procurement and even production are managing through packaging directly.   But, what about supply chain packaging that is for transportation, storage, handling and protection purposes? This [...]


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