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The Biggest Challenges Facing Procurement Teams This Year

January 6, 2019 / by Dustin Cochran posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Pros to Know, Procurement, Human Resources

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Dustin Cochran is the Director of Member Development for OMNIA Partners and was recently named a 2017 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for his extensive procurement expertise and work in helping organizations achieve best-in-class spend management programs.

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8 Questions to Ask Your Third-Party Logistics Provider

January 2, 2019 / by ReTrans Freight posted in Facilities, Less Than Truckload, ReTrans Freight

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Unrealistic expectations and disappointment often go hand in hand. When evaluating logistics companies and assessing their service proposals, asking questions helps ensure that your expectations are in line with 3PL providers and their capabilities. Asking potential 3PL providers these eight questions can potentially help you avoid costly surprises down the road, such as being locked into long-term contracts with 3PL companies providing poor customer service.

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Tis’ the Tax Season: Year-End and Planning for 2019

December 20, 2018 / by Marianne Schmidt | Weichert Workforce Mobility posted in Human Resources, Workforce Mobility, Weichert Workforce Mobility

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With your year-end tax reporting completed (or close to it, hopefully) now’s the time to start planning for a pain-free 2019.

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Resolution for 2019: Stop Being Overcharged for Telecom Services

December 19, 2018 / by Leigh Merz posted in IT and Telecom, Telecommunications Management, Source One

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When was the last time you actually looked at your telecom bills?

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4 Tips for Managing Employee Travel Around the Holidays

December 17, 2018 / by Direct Travel posted in Travel, Travel Management, Direct Travel

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Originally posted by Direct Travel on the DT Navigator blog.

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Do You Know Where Your Sourcing Resources Are Spending Their Time?

December 10, 2018 / by Ara Arslanian posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Procurement

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“Procurement leaders should learn where their sourcing employees spend the most time and whether it is worth the investment.”

The quote is from a 2017 study by The Hackett Group, which goes on to explain that, as procurement's role becomes increasingly strategic, sourcing teams already stretched thin face new demands and procurement challenges. According to that same report, “Are Strategic Sourcing Resources Providing the Best Return?”, the overall strategy of procurement needs to change, particularly around work selection and prioritization.

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How to Consistently Create High-Performing Supplier Contracts

December 3, 2018 / by Guest Contributor posted in Procurement, Leadership, Supplier Relationship

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Most companies say that measuring supplier performance is critical or at least highly important to success. Enterprises simply aren't sustainable without competent, dependable suppliers.

Supplier performance stems from successful relationships. And those relationships develop through effective communication, in addition to well-defined supplier contract agreements.

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Sharpen Your Policy, Reduce Your Relocation Costs

November 27, 2018 / by Jennifer Connell, CRP, SGMS posted in Human Resources, Workforce Mobility, Weichert Workforce Mobility

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When you consider the factors that influence your company’s workforce mobility spend, there are the “usual suspects” that come to mind.

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The Top Seven Myths about Buying Groups

November 26, 2018 / by Dan Grant posted in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Group Purchasing Organization

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Myths pervade our existence. Some people think you need to drink eight glasses of water every day. But in reality, you should just drink when you’re thirsty. Others think that if you shave your hair, it will grow back thicker and darker. Nope, that’s not actually something that happens.

The point is, when you fall victim to a myth, you might find yourself making some questionable decisions.

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