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In my mind, the one thing that stands out in differentiating purchasing software is ease of use. They are users of a system and by default they expect things to work easily, smoothly and efficiently. So what exactly is ease of use. Well, today many purchasing software developers look at what Google is doing in the domain, or the major internet webshops.

I would say that strategy is rather reactive. With smart phone sales boosting the entire mobile phone market in , up by Smartphone sales to end users continued their strong growth in the fourth quarter of , totalling In , smartphone sales reached More at Gartner.

Smart phones are ease of use. Mobile, simple, efficient and always online. No matter where the war of words between Coupa, Ariba and the numerous commentators end up — purchasing software providers that do not support smart phones in the near future will not be seen as front runners or purveyors of ease-of-use.

Good stuff for anyone willing to get some external input into their current struggles. On the other end — the smaller scale if you will — let me share the recent downturn and spend management development of Lux Stockholm , one of only 14 restaurants in Sweden with Michelin stars. CPO memo list is: Aggressively negotiate lower pricing and improved terms in nonstrategic spend categories.

Taping the ads to public buildings using staff I suspect, some of them live in the neighborhood is probably the cheapest distribution method available. One out of three. The distribution is also taken care of. Two out of three. Strategic spend categories for Lux Stockholm is with high probability food related and by cutting down on the costs of nonstrategic categories the staff probably still use the best sources available.

Three out of three. According to the survey; 62 percent of the responding US companies outsource services or manufacturing. And supply chain and shipping cost issues in China are negatively impacting the attractiveness of outsourcing technology operations to the Far East.

Whilst I can agree with the worries expressed by the respondents of the BDO survey; supply chain risk must be part of the equation when one seeks to outsource even non-core categories; the worries of the Indian government is of even greater importance.

Protectionism should not have to be a factor that has to be considered when managing a global supply chain. The eurozone PMI slumped to 39,2 in February from 42,2 in January as the composite employment submeasure hit a survey low of 40,8. While this will place additional strain on already tight government budgets a great overview of the state of the European deficits is available here ; it also shows that the window of opportunity for sourcing services is closing rapidly.

Purchasing Transformation contributor Robin Titus has been devoting some late nights to The Purchasing ExpertPage ; a stylish and very smooth rss-style aggregator picking up news from all the leading sector blogs and news sources. The Purchasing Expertpage aggregates news and information about Purchasing from different sources. Expertpage is a private project with the main target to make daily blog research easier and faster. While the authors have not really unearthed any market shocking news, the report gives the readers a holistic view; as the title promises; on the e-purchasing solution landscape.

The report concludes that although Ariba, Oracle and SAP are clearly the largest vendors with wide offerings they control less than half of the total market. So there are plenty of alternatives out there for those who venture beyond the obvious. The report also points out; in line with similar findings from other firms; that e-procurement and e-sourcing are now mature products which are experiencing slower growth rates than solutions for spend analysis, e-invoicing and matching, services procurement and supplier management.

Forerunners in purchasing are focusing on the front spend analysis and rear invoicing and settlement of the purchasing process; and rightly so. Little over two weeks ago, ICA one of three major super market chains, the others being Coop and Axfood declared open war on Procordia, the maker of Felix products, due to disagreements over the price of tomato ketchup. In a display of brute force, ICA took a wide variety of Felix tomato based products off their shelves as part of the negotiation process.

Yesterday, Coop followed suit, and stopped the classic Swedish Scan meatballs due to a similar negotiation breakdown. Pushed into a corner, Scan has sent out warnings to the market that it might have to cut down on personnel. At the moment, there is no clear winner in the battles of the super market aisles, although doomsday prophets see a ketchup crisis on the horizon.

My favourite pastime at the moment is checking out the supply chain videos compiled Ehsan Ehsani on Supplychainer. Most of the content linked from youtube. If you have been led to believe that web sites such as Youtube is for kids or for after curricular activities; think again. Yes, even an apparently safe bank like BMW is struggling with the current market developments rising prices for raw materials, dropping sales in US and Asia. This result is a major turnaround. A balanced importance for both areas see one third of the participants.

The question is: how will the corporations achieve the savings targets? But: according to Handelsblatt, this time the main focus will be on the improvement of global raw material purchasing, replacement of actual used raw materials as well as re-design of the supply and value chain.


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Transcepta points to its innovative approach to on-boarding suppliers as a primary reason for the successful adoption of its electronic invoicing technology in According to Forrester Research, one of the biggest challenges in the Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment EIPP market has been getting electronic invoice data from vendors that still primarily send out paper invoices. Traditionally, the value proposition for buyers to adopt e-Invoicing solutions has been strong, not so for vendors suppliers. Until now, suppliers simply could not invest the time, IT resources and expense to identify, purchase and implement an e-Invoicing solution in order to meet the demands of their buyers. Transcepta has changed the way suppliers view e-Invoicing, and in the company has maximized supplier adoption to make e-Invoicing a reality for businesses of all sizes.

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