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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

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

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