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Transform Supplier Management With Innovative Tips From Fitbit

In early 2015, Fitbit’s procurement organization wanted to make a shift towards a more digitally driven, strategically focused function. To do so, they needed to evaluate their supplier management. At the time, the procurement process was still very manual, whereby excel files were still coming through to the small purchasing team of four, and many… read more

How to Build a Procurement Center of Excellence

This is How You Build a Procurement Center of Excellence

What could you accomplish in 100 days? Today’s high-performing leaders put a 100-day plan in place to close the loop on sourcing, procurement, and supply-chain management. The result? A procurement Center of Excellence that yields greater business impact and enterprise success. In fact, Gartner’s 2018 Center of Excellence research report shares a step by step… read more

Scout Intake

One Small Step for Scout, One Giant Leap Towards More Intelligent Sourcing

Since we launched Scout Pipeline and Intake in September of 2016, we’ve seen customers from Anadarko to VSP transform the way their teams work by integrating a better approach to sourcing into their daily processes. In fact, sourcing teams who’ve moved away from manual processes and legacy apps to Scout report not only more savings… read more

This is How to Track Savings Like Never Before

Tracking savings is one of the most crucial parts of showing value to the business. It sounds obvious; but today there exists little consistency from business to business in how companies achieve this. Thus, it’s an ongoing struggle–especially for sourcing and procurement– to accurately track savings across the business. Over the last few months, we… read more

strategic sourcing

Collaboration and Sourcing: Insights and Inspiring Perspectives from ISM 2018

There are few better opportunities than learning from, sharing, and networking with the brightest minds in your industry. Last week, over 2500 global procurement and supply chain professionals gathered at ISM 2018, the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) annual conference in Nashville, TN. The conversations were nothing short of inspiring. We were elated to have… read more

Tech Sales

Meet the Scouts: Taig McNulty, Enterprise Account Executive

In Meet the Scouts, we get to know the people who make the Scout magic possible. This week, meet Taig McNulty, Enterprise Account Executive! It takes an average of 18 calls to connect with a buyer. Despite the most clever efforts (no, I don’t mean the “did you get eaten by a bear” emails, those… read more