Procurement Optimization Blog

  • Building a Proactive Vendor Risk Management Program
    May 14, 2013

    Over the past decade, all organizations have become increasingly reliant on 3rd parties to support growth and a wide variety of business functions that were previously handled internally. While this has led to cost savings and has enabled companies to…

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  • The True Cost of Spend silos
    March 7, 2013

    Many organizations lack visibility into spend because of disparate processes, technologies and workflows between departments and business units. Can an otherwise successful company suffer from erosion of profits and performance due to spend silos? The answer is an unequivocal yes….

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  • An Entrepreneurial Approach to Procurement Service Desk Management
    December 19, 2012

    On a recent visit to a client’s headquarters, where Shelby is engaged in a variety of different capacities, I heard high praise for our team that handles Procurement Service Desk operations in an outsourced capacity. I wasn’t surprised at the…

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  • What the Aberdeen “CPO’s Agenda” Report Does and Doesn’t Reveal
    December 17, 2012

    I have been reviewing “The CPO’s Agenda for 2012…and Beyond” since it was released by Aberdeen in October. Having monitored this valuable study for years, I was struck by the following highlights: “Alignment of procurement strategy with organizational objectives” is…

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  • Big Data Vs. More, Better Data
    October 19, 2012

    What trend has been a major driver of technology M&A deals for the past three years, has experienced a five-fold increase in search term activity since 2011 and was the topic of more than 100,000 tweets just last month? The…

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  • As much as things change…
    June 29, 2012

    Having just experienced a brand refresh here at Shelby, we’ve spent a fair amount of time lately thinking about change. Of course, we’ve witnessed far-reaching changes in the procurement field since founding the company a decade ago. These include the…

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