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Preparing a spend analysis, doing supply market research, determining your sourcing strategy, developing / executing  a negotiation strategy, writing a contract, putting a new supplier place – these are the basic steps associated with Strategic Sourcing.  These steps can be found in any standard sourcing process whether it…

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Last week we started exploring “Selling the Change” and approaching it from a sales perspective. We all recognize that change is hard. As professionals in a Shared Services environment (Procurement, Supply Chain, Strategic Sourcing) one of our primary roles is that of a change agent as we are trying to play a more strategic role within our organization. Getting suppliers to work with us under a more strategic context is the easy part.

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This was a gathering of various Presidents of the ISM and NAPM regional chapters and they were gathered together in that capacity. They were trying to figure out how to become more relevant for their regional markets and their customer was the entire Procurement, Sourcing and Supply Chain community of that region. I decided to give them a perspective of their market based on a lot of the research that we have done and provided them with the proverbial Top Ten list (in no particular order).

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Are you playing Battleship with your customers? Playing Twenty Questions with your suppliers? Maybe that’s why your relationships have not blossomed the way you thought they would. Here’s a quick look at what can be done to stop the games and get to the results.

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