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Welcoming Jeff Immelt to SPARK 2019: Stories of Driving Change and Transformation

Our goal at SPARK is to help our customers, and the Sourcing industry overall, transform their organizations and step forward into a position of prominence. So, to set that innovative tone, we’re curating two full days of technology, techniques, and totally new ways to think about leadership. A key ingredient in that recipe is our… read more

2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice

It’s All About our Customers: Scout Named a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Strategic Sourcing Application Suites

It’s true: we’re more than a little obsessed with our customers. And, it’s what sets Scout apart. As a disruptive technology platform, it’s easy to get down in the details of the tech, tweaking everything for a better, faster, cleaner result. But, what makes great innovation really stick is whether or not your customers love… 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

sourcing data

Hit Your Sourcing Stride Through Engagement and Quality Data

Successful sourcing teams hit their stride when they find that perfect balance of supplier and stakeholder engagement. So the question is, what steps need to be taken in order to reach that peak? One thing seems to be certain: quality data is the starting point. And as the race to predict and keep ahead of… read more

sourcing leaders

In a New York Minute: Sourcing Pros Explain Finding Needles in a Haystack

Sourcing leaders bring unique skill sets that aid them in melding the right strategies, suppliers, partners, and tools needed to impact the business. But often times, when you’re up against an endless surge of incoming requests, “doing it all” feels more like finding needles in a haystack. Addressing this topic, the New York City Sourcing… read more

Supplier Management

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