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Nicole Shedden

Nicole Shedden: Marketing Strategist at Corporate United
As a marketing strategist for Corporate United, Nicole's goal is to get the word out about group purchasing organizations – CU in particular. Since GPOs free up time, money and resources for indirect procurement teams, she focuses most of her blogging on those three elements. Nicole has been marketing to a procurement audience for nearly a decade; prior to that, she worked in sales and marketing consulting.
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The Need for Inter-Departmental Relationships and Collaboration

July 25, 2017 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Collaboration, Procurement Strategies

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Scratching your head about how to improve your interdepartmental relationships? We went straight to the source.

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9 Reasons Suppliers Aren’t Participating in Your RFP

April 7, 2017 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO, RFP

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For a procurement professional who’s perpetually overstretched, conducting a request for proposal (RFP) guarantees one thing, and it’s not better pricing. It’s time.

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Benefits of a Modern Group Purchasing Organization vs. a Traditional GPO

September 27, 2016 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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At the core, a traditional GPO provides value through three main elements: money, time and resources.

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How Does a GPO Work?

June 2, 2016 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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A recent study by The Hackett Group defines a group purchasing organization (GPO) as “an entity that is created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses in order to obtain discounts from suppliers based on the collective buying power of its members.”

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Is a GPO Right for Me?

May 17, 2016 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) come in many shapes and sizes. Before determining what kind of GPO would best fit your organization, you must first decide if a group purchasing organization is right for you.

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What Is a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)?

May 13, 2016 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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To manage overhead costs associated with running the business, companies will often hire employees dedicated to ensuring that capital is spent efficiently. At its core, this is the role of a procurement department.

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What Kind of GPO Is Right for Me?

July 2, 2014 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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After you’ve come to the decision to achieve savings in your indirect procurement categories by working with a group purchasing organization (GPO), you come to the essential question:

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How Procurement Can Work with Challenging Internal Customers

October 15, 2013 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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Having internal customers is hard enough as it is; alleviate unnecessary stress by speaking their language.

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A Short Lesson in Negotiation – “Why Do I Want What I’m Asking For?”

October 11, 2013 / by Nicole Shedden posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement Strategies, GPO

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We all want what we want for a reason. But do we really consider that reason during negotiations?

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