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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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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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Starting to put your tail spend plan into practice
February 26, 2021 at 11:42 AM
Action: How to set up an effective beta test The test phase of your plan is where the real world comes in. Any new process needs rigorous testing and evaluation to demonstrate efficiency - and refining the product is an essential part of planning. In this blog we’ll investigate how to set up your first tenders to test your new programme - and find out why choosing the right projects is critical to success.
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The 1,2,3 of solving tailspend problems
February 19, 2021 at 8:45 AM
Organisations are going into 2021 with their eyes wide open. Cost saving opportunities must not be overlooked and tail spend transformation is a source of massive potential. This summary of the first part of our Tail Spend Management series sets out the 3 steps any company can take to gain a grip on unmanaged spend - leaving you ready to optimise spending and realise substantial gains.
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Tail Spend Troubleshooting - Why simple plans are most effective
Tail Spend Troubleshooting - Why simple plans are most effective
February 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM
Driving cost savings through tail spend management requires a bit of forward planning. This article focuses on how to make a plan for tail spend transformation - and why keeping things simple is key to success.
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