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Where does the ownership of tail spend sit?
May 14, 2021 at 2:14 PM
Most procurement professionals are aware that tail spend has the potential to hold a lot of hidden value but until it can be managed effectively, extracting that value is difficult. What may also hamper the task of bringing maverick spend to heal, is a failure to understand where the responsibility to do so lies.
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Why transactional data shouldnt just be reserved for strategic planning
May 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM
One of the most important tools for procurement professionals when planning for strategic purchasing decisions is having the ability to access solid and reliable data. But when it comes to making the same decisions with non-strategic and lower-value spend in the tail, oftentimes, swathes of transactional data flows through the process going uncaptured and under-utilised.
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For procurement leaders - agility maybe more important than costs
April 30, 2021 at 10:18 AM
In early March 2020, Wakefield Research led a survey for Tealbook-Research with procurement leaders in which 96% of them agreed that focusing on agility is more important than cost savings for their companies’ bottom line in the long term.
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Behind every good process should be good tech
April 21, 2021 at 3:43 PM
For many companies, managing tail spend is a big challenge - throw small teams who are seperated geographically into the mix and the challenge may seem too big to tackle.
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When tail spend planning pays off
April 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM
As we’ve shown through this blog series, getting the process right is key to unlocking the enormous potential of unmanaged spend.
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Contract management importance
Contract management: Why post-award is as important as pre-award
March 26, 2021 at 9:33 AM
Once a complex contract is signed there can sometimes be a natural sigh of relief. But it is important to keep in mind that the process shouldnt come to an end quite yet. Contract management is the single most impactful thing you can do to ensure cost-savings continue to be made in the tail.
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3 ways to bring suppliers on side
March 19, 2021 at 8:45 AM
It’s said that Steve Jobs once commented: “If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution”. And as we reach the end of part 2 of our Tail Spend Management series, we find ourselves exactly here. In part 1, we used analysis to drill down into tail spend habits, clearly profiling the problem. Now we’ve piloted our solution by running a number of beta tests in the real world. So how much have you got right? In this blog we’ll look back at the key steps of effective testing and find out why this stage is all about building a strong and sustainable supplier network.
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Tail Spend efficiency
Tail Spend efficiency: How to contract with suppliers effectively
March 12, 2021 at 9:15 AM
Tender results are in - now selecting your suppliers and getting to work with them needs to be seamless. Speed to contract can be a big barrier for small suppliers looking to work with large organisations, yet a reduced tender-to-contract time benefits everyone. In this blog we’ll look at how to create a streamlined and successful route to contract, ensuring a swift process which results in gaining what you need from each contractor relationship.
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Tail Spend Management
Take action to get real value from tendering for better Tail Spend Management
March 5, 2021 at 10:15 AM
Anything new takes time to settle in. Psychology shows that people are innately opposed to change - so to succeed in managing your tail spend long term, you need to make sure new processes have a chance of being adopted into working culture.
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