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Why Procurement Is All About Strategic Supplier Relationships

February 1, 2019 / by Dan Grant posted in Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement

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Finding suppliers that check all of the boxes on paper is imperative, but that's only the first step in establishing strategic supplier relationships. These are the types of partnerships that will align with your company's supplier improvement strategies. However, they only develop if you take the time to make sure they function for all parties involved.

This is why managing supplier relationships is a gradual process of nuanced relationship development and maintenance.

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Look for Energy Losses in these Top Spots

January 31, 2019 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Grainger, Industrial Supplies and MRO, Facilities

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When conditioned air (hot or cold) leaks from a building, the energy it took to condition that air is wasted, creating an energy loss.  Leaks are only one of the sources for wasted energy; motors, pumps, and electrical boxes will generate heat and lose energy efficiency as they begin to fail.  Thermal imagers can be used by creating pictures of measured infrared energy or heat and assigning colors based on the differences of temperature.  

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6 Essential Skills for Successful Strategic Category Management

January 25, 2019 / by Gary Como posted in Procurement

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Expert category management requires a unique combination of procurement disciplines and skills. This is even truer today, as our ever-evolving global economy continues to create the types of spend management challenges that take teams of individuals with specific skill-sets to overcome.

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4 Key Challenges Facing Procurement in 2019

January 23, 2019 / by Ara Arslanian posted in Group Purchasing Organization, Pros to Know, Procurement

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Out with the old, in with the new year and challenges. How can procurement leaders solve for better spending in 2019? Read on!

Procurement is being tasked with achieving a greater ROI despite a smaller headcount. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that many companies are not entirely clear on how to attack their spend cube to achieve greater spend under management or compliance goals, particularly in decentralized environments.

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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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