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[VIDEO] Confidence, Talent, and Impact: Making a Procurement Leader

“It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.”  –Brene Brown On Friday, my LinkedIn feed was full of inspirational quotes and accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day. I loved seeing my peers, colleagues, and former bosses posting about the inspiring female leaders who have impacted their… read more

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Sourcing Center Stage: 10 Major Moments from SPARK 2019

What happens when you plan something and your expectations are more than exceeded? That was SPARK 2019. More than 400 guests, from all over the globe, gathered to hear Sourcing best practices full of grit, triumph, and transformation. Even as I type the words “thank you”, it’s tough to put our collective gratitude into words… read more

Everything You Need to Know for SPARK

SPARK 2019 February 26 – 27 | SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA We’re so excited to see you at SPARK next week — loaded with inspiring keynotes and sessions, new strategies to bring home, and networking with 600+ Sourcing and Procurement peers at Tuesday night’s SPARK’s Havana Sourcing Club After-party or Wednesday morning’s Bougie Brunch. Find… read more

This Valentine’s Day, Source New Inspiration at SPARK

Valentine’s Day is a chance to embrace what you adore. Whether you love a good meal, relaxing on the beach–or optimizing your Procurement process–today is a good day to reflect on your passion. In the spirit of Valentine’s, we can’t help but write this ode to you. We love working with you, learning from you,… read more

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How Sourcing Supports Change Among Stakeholders and Suppliers

Did you know that a mere 29 percent of procurement organizations are viewed as valued business partners? It’s true: 71 percent of procurement organizations are still working towards being a valued resource to the business.¹ With the majority of organizations focusing on business impact, we reached out to one of Scout RFP’s first five customers,… read more

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Cool, Calm, Collected: Corral Your Contracts at SPARK

Do one Google search for contract management and you’ll see McKinsey listed as the expert authority almost every time. According to their recent research, “Companies are overlooking a significant source of value: suboptimal contract terms and conditions combined with a lack of effective contract management can cause an erosion of value in sourcing equal to… read more

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CPOs: Set the Stage for a Successful 2019 at SPARK

There are dozens of reasons why forward-thinking CPOs and sourcing executives make SPARK the kickoff event for their calendar year. At SPARK, not only will you have the chance to discover new strategic frameworks for your team and measure yourself against the best-in-class benchmarks for the industry, you will also pick up countless tips and… read more

Scout’s Year in Review 2018: A Letter From Our Founders

Greetings! On behalf of the Scout founders, we wanted to take a moment to announce some amazing news and also reflect on what success we’ve seen in 2018. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce Scout has raised $33M in Series C funding. The round was led by Scale Venture Partners, with participation from previous investors… read more