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7 Indispensable Tips for Procurement Success we learned from the Experts

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Sep 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this week we hosted Innovation ’16 Best Practices in Spend Control – our annual conference, where industry experts provided attendees with a lot of great information to take back to their management and procurement teams.

At the event, several top experts in sourcing and procurement came together for a panel discussion. With the panelists varied backgrounds shining through it made for an interesting panel discussion. The group  – David Golub the President of Golub Consulting Solutions, Dawn Tiura the CEO and President of Sourcing Industry Group and Jimmy LeFever a Research Director at PayStream Advisors – talked about what they consider the most valuable tips for sourcing and procurement success.

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Education, Education, Education

This is education of yourself, your staff and top management. If we are not constantly learning we’re behind. Look to the news, conferences, category experts…maybe even twitter. Just keep learning – things are changing faster than ever before and it is imperative to know what’s new and trending. Education goes beyond industry knowledge however, you need to educate those in your organization on the sourcing process and solutions leadership endorses.  Which leads to number two…

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Topics: Intesource Events, e-Sourcing Best Practices, Innovation Conference

Conference: Changing How You Approach Spend Control

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Aug 19, 2016 8:15:00 AM

Each year we host executives and procurement pros for a day and a half event packed full of education and networking (so much networking). This year's event is a little different. It's still an intimate gathering of like minded people, but we've expanded the educational side to encompass all things spend control. Innovation '16 is now a partnership of PROACTIS and Intesource! 

Join us September 18-20 in the valley of the sun (A.K.A. Scottsdale, Arizona) at the Hotel Valley Ho. We have some great speakers and fun networking functions lined up.

This conference is all about you! Who wouldn't want to attend an event where the focus is on them? Our goal is to provide anyone who oversees, or is involved in, the procurement process with a meaningful educational experience while you make new friends (or as we call them in the business world - new contacts). 

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Your Annual Event for Sourcing and Procurement Inspiration

Posted by Kelly Deacon on Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Pack your bags and get ready for what attendees say is one of the best events they attend.

We know nobody likes attending conferences featuring sales pitch after sales pitch. That's why Innovation '16 is different - just world-class learning and networking.

Innovation '16 brings together finance, procurement, and executives to stimulate new ideas.

  • Leverage your spend control, sourcing and procurement solutions to achieve greater bottom-line value
  • Get inspired from other like-minded procurement and finance professionals
  • Collaborate and connect with peers and industry experts on best practices
Scottsdale in September 
Innovation '16 will be held September 18-20, 2016, in old town Scottsdale. Executives and practitioners should bring their teams to collaborate, learn, and grow. You'll hear from a distinguished group of speakers, including:

Dawn Tiura, CEO and President of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG), SIG University, and Outsource, has over 26 years of leadership experience, with the past 22 years' focused on the sourcing and outsourcing industry. In 2007, Dawn joined SIG as CEO, but has been active as a speaker and trusted adviser since 1999, bringing the latest developments in sourcing to SIG members. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dawn talk on Crossing the Divide between the CFO and CPO

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5 Reasons Innovation Best Practices in Spend Control Conference is Great for Procurement & Finance Professionals

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Jul 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

We hear it from Intesource customers all the time: Innovation is my favorite conference! (For the record, it’s my favorite as well.)  We actually plan Innovation with all procurement and finance people in mind, regardless of whether or not they use Intesource solutions, we focus on the education and don't sell you on our products. There’s many good reasons that Intesource customers return year after year.

Here are the top five reasons that customers will be joining us in Scottsdale, Arizona from September 18-20 (and why you should too!)

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Retail and Grocery Strategies for Cost Containment [Webinar]

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Feb 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Thinking of strategies to control costs, manage supplier relationships, or both?

It’s a never ending battle to control spend and balance procurement risk. It’s a problem all organizations are facing, regardless of industry.  However, we can learn unique tips and tactics based on the retail and grocery procurement environment that apply to all. After all, whether you’re a procurement professional in grocery or retail you want to know…

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Topics: Intesource Events, e-Sourcing Strategy

Technology and Business Impacts on Industry Supply Chains and Procurement

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jan 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The role and contribution by procurement to the business is changing rather rapidly. The reasons are many and the change has accelerated because of evolving mega-trend convergence that surrounds various industry and services focused supply chains.

Customers are more technology empowered, more demanding, and less tolerant of sub-standard service. Consumers question the integrity, quality and value of food at much higher levels. They further demand transparency to the food supply chain.

The clock speed of business change has accelerated in seven by twenty-four dimensions.  Industry supply chains can no longer sit back and react to business, market and external changes they must be able to anticipate and respond to constant change or unplanned disruptions. As more than one Chief Supply Chain Officer has stated, speed rules, fast wins, and predictability and customer responsiveness is fundamental.

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Topics: Guest Posts, Intesource Events, Analysts & Research, Innovation Conference

Sourcing Innovation Comes From Within

Posted by Kelly Deacon on Dec 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Strategic sourcing and innovation go hand in hand – that’s the reason why we call our annual user conference Innovation, after all. The event always carries an aura of change, improvement, and evolution. 

Every year, our customers come together to share stories on the differences they’ve made – to their team’s processes, strategies, technologies, and people – all in order to advance their business. They discuss their visions, the roadblocks, and what they’ve learned along the way. And the bigger the stories – such as those that involve a complete overhaul to internal processes, a dedication to ingraining strategic sourcing as a company-wide priority, or those that achieve eye-popping savings – the more attention they get.

On the other hand, completely revamping your company’s sourcing and procurement operation isn’t the only way make a considerable impact on your business. If you’re one of the 70 percent of businesses currently using an e-sourcing tool, you likely already have the means to drive serious value and change for your business – especially if you attend a best-practice sharing conference like Innovation, or have a full-service e-sourcing partnership.

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Topics: Intesource Events, e-Sourcing Best Practices, About e-Sourcing

3 Reasons the Smartest Procurement Teams Will Be In Las Vegas In March

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Each year we host Innovation Best Practices in Sourcing Conference. This year’s event will take place March 8-10, 2015 at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. So practice your poker face and bring your dancing shoes. We have some great speakers and fun networking functions lined up.

This conference is all about you! Who wouldn’t want to attend an event where the focus is on them? Our goal is to provide anyone involved in the procurement process - from executives to e-sourcing program managers to category managers - with a meaningful educational experience while you make new friends (a.k.a. business contacts).

We realize it's a big deal to take time off to attend a conference so here are three reasons you should attend (and they're good!):

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Topics: Intesource Events, Innovation Conference

5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Innovation ‘14

Posted by Camise McNichols on Jan 28, 2014 7:00:00 AM

It is time for the Intesource Annual Innovation Conference!

Each year, Intesource hosts executives and sourcing and procurement pros for a three day event packed with education and networking. Join us March 9 -11 for an event you won’t want to miss. And here’s why:

  1. Location, Location, Location: Innovation ’14 will take place in beautiful San Diego, California, at the historic US Grant Hotel, which is conveniently nestled within the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The average high temperature in San Diego this time of year is a mild 66 degrees. The weather won’t be the highlight of the event, but many of you, especially our friends out East, might enjoy the time to defrost! I think some of you may consider this shorts and t-shirt weather!

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Topics: Intesource Events, e-Sourcing Best Practices, e-Sourcing Strategy, e-Sourcing Successes, Innovation Conference

Be a Hero: Gain The Edge to Tackle Your Sourcing & Procurement Challenges

Posted by Michelle Fombelle on Jan 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Did you grow up wanting to be a super hero? I know I did. I wanted to be either Donatello (the purple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) or Zena the Warrior Princess but truth be told I would have settled for a Power Ranger. Don't give up on your dream of becoming a super hero just yet - you can still become a sourcing and procurement hero! 

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Topics: Intesource Events