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Find your Flash of Genius in Allen Gannett’s SPARK 2019 Keynote

Beyond cost savings, spend under management, and risk mitigation, there’s another powerful way to measure the impact of Sourcing: finding unexpected solutions to tough business challenges. The best teams are a source of innovation and crazy successful problem solving, but it can be a daunting task to find the path to your next ‘aha!’ moment…. read more

NYCSL Sourcing

NYCSL: Retain and Foster High-Performing Sourcing Talent with This Core Skill

When visionary leaders share powerful knowledge, it’s not only a kind gesture but also a vital activity for driving change within the sourcing community. That’s why Nicholas Ammaturo, along with a few peers, founded the New York City Sourcing Leaders (NYCSL) group, a team of innovators that pride themselves on bettering the procurement industry through… read more

procurement strategy

Don’t Sacrifice Long-Term Value for Short Term Gain: A New Approach to Reverse Auctions

It’s easy to look at sourcing and procurement strategy as a black-and-white, zero sum game. When I win, you lose. And at the center of this dynamic is the assumed trade-off between maximizing savings and supporting supplier relationships. Truly, achieving bottom-line savings and fostering strong supplier relationships are competing priorities of which procurement is well-versed…. read more

sourcing strategy

Execute with Confidence: Three Lessons for Aligning Strategy and Technology in Sourcing

Rarely used and dusty, legacy tools have a funny way of stifling procurement teams’ sourcing prowess, hindering ambition and demotivating top performers. For leaders focused on future-proofing their function, their only choice is to incorporate top sourcing strategies into everyday business practices. Fortunately, modern platforms are finally starting to address the needs of more flexible,… read more

Scout Spark

Announcing SPARK 2019: Putting Sourcing Center Stage at SFJAZZ

SPARK is back! For our second annual conference for forward-thinking CPOs and sourcing leaders, we’re stepping up to a new venue, so mark your calendars for February 26 and 27 in San Francisco For Scout SPARK. You’ll experience two days of discovery, dialogue, and the opportunity to dive deeper into how we can make global… read more