Beyond the headlines: Is procurement blockchain a real thing?

Michael Cadieux In 2016, Supply Chain 247 published an article about Walmart, IBM and Tsinghua University (in China) exploring the use of blockchain in the supply chain. There were several interesting elements to the initiative, including increased end-to-end transparency. But what became of the Walmart-IBM-Tsinghua initiative? Quit talking about blockchain There are any number of […]

Reports of ERPs death have been greatly exaggerated: why procurement should care

Check out the following excerpt from a 2014 article titled “Does Gartner’s “Postmodern” ERP moniker put a positive spin on what is, in reality, the equivalent of technology landfill” “When ERP was in its heyday, CEOs and business executives wanted reliable and integrated solutions, so they seized upon ERP as the way to provide this,” […]

Commissioning procurement: Is it time we got a piece of the action?

Michael Cadieux What’s great about getting together with fellow professionals outside the office at venues such as our recent Procurement Foundry Toronto Meetup on February 4th, is that we get to let our hair down and talk about anything and everything. During one such gathering, the subject of corporate strategic sourcing came up. More specifically, […]

A new mindset for a new technology — Why procurement needs to think differently in the digital age

by Iain Campbell-McKenna Richard Holmes, a Senior SAP Ariba Consultant who works as an advisor for Sourcing Solved, and I recently had a chance to share a coffee and to reminisce about our years of experience in the procurement world. Specifically, how during our time working together, we provided Ariba advisory services, including supplying consultants […]

Procurement Council Blog: The Disruption of Procurement

By Cheryl Hayes for Procurement Foundry Once a procurement professional always a procurement professional? As procurement leaders are increasingly being seen less as cost savers (or spenders) and more as strategic enablers, we need to consider what procurement will and should look like in the imminent future. “Seasoned” procurement folks have years of experience, many […]

Let’s make a deal: Is bartering a viable option for today’s procurement professional – Part 1

Jon Hansen “What’s old, of course, always becomes new again,” begins the recent article about how digital is “stirring a new age of bartering.” While bartering has been around in many different forms since the beginning of time, it became popular in the 1930s during the Great Depression when money was in short supply. […]

Charitable procurement: How UNICEF USA finds the balance between cost savings and value-based buying

Andy Rhodes for Procurement Foundry With a mission of fundraising, education, and advocacy for children’s rights to ensure that kids worldwide have the opportunity to reach their full potential, at UNICEF USA we have a clear vision of what we are doing and why we are doing it. Unlike many private sector organizations that are […]