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Four Procurement Processes Every Business Should Automate

Procurement is a core activity for many businesses. After all, businesses use materials and services in order to create and deliver their own products and services. 

Yet, in spite of the fact that it’s such an integral operations process, procurement is persistently one of the most disorganized activities for many organizations including institutions of higher education. Often, this is because procurement’s top priorities haven’t evolved to align with the priorities of a modern business. 

It’s hard to blame the procurement department. In many organizations, they’re still stuck using Excel spreadsheets and email for routine processes. Without automation, employees in charge of procurement are still spending a lot of time on paperwork, and simply don’t have the time to think bigger picture. Concerns such as Corporate Social Responsibility or reducing everyday risks to the business unfortunately take a back seat to simply getting through all the routine tasks.

Whatever the size of your business, process automation helps increase agility and sets your business up for success in the 21st century.

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Purchase Order Automation: The Definitive Guide

A purchase order is one of the necessary types of paperwork that many business owners dread. The purchase order process is often long and complex and requires large amounts of back and forth communication. Too often, information gets lost in this type of disorganized communication – and even when it doesn’t get lost, it’s difficult to keep track of everything.

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4 Top Procurement Technologies for the 21st Century

In part 1 of this series, we discussed the latest trends in procurement for the 21st century. Building upon that, we’ll now highlight some modern digital procurement technologies and help you choose the right ones for your organization.

As more organizations are leveraging procurement technologies to increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and respond to market demand, it’s no longer an option to ignore the various digital transformation tools if you want to stay competitive and improve profit margins.

However, with the many solutions on the market, choosing the right technologies can be quite a daunting task.

To get the most of your IT budget, you should first devise a clear digital transformation strategy to guide the selection of technologies for your organization.

Here are some tools to consider based on the latest trends in procurement technologies (which we discussed in part 1 of this series):

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The 8 Top Procurement Trends For the 21st Century

Recent advances in technology are creating profound impacts on many businesses activities. In particular, digital transformation is rapidly changing back-office operations such as supply chain management and procurement. Digitally transformed organizations increase efficiency, lower cost, and adapt to fast-evolving customer expectations.

To stay relevant, competitive, and profitable, businesses need to keep pace with new technologies. Procurement is no exception. New technologies facilitate e-procurement, contract repository, supplier performance management, spend analysis, supplier information management, AP automation, business networks, contract authoring, and more.

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Why the Procure-to-Pay Process is Going Digital

As digital transformation sweeps across the globe, organizations are looking to use technology to improve efficiency in all departments. The procurement department, which owns the overall procure-to-pay (P2P) cycle, is no exception. Digital or e-procurement has the potential to hugely impact P2P.

What Is Procure-to-Pay?

Procure-to-pay is an umbrella term for the process of requisitioning, ordering, purchasing, and receiving goods or services for an organization. It’s a standard, necessary part of any business operations that may or may not involve multiple stakeholders depending on the size and hierarchy of the company. The process usually requires a lot of paperwork and time to complete fully.

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Purchase Requisitions – a Definitive Guide

The Purchase Requisition process

A purchase requisition is an internal document that an employee within the business creates to procure goods and services. Note that the purchase requisition is different from the actual purchase order (PO). The requisition serves to obtain approval for the purchase from their manager or a VP before Finance actually issues a PO.

Organizations use the purchase requisition process to control the generation, approval, and tracking of purchase requests. It’s part of the overall procurement process.

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Digital Procurement Strategy – 9 Stats to Consider

Digital Procurement Strategy

When Deloitte surveyed procurement professionals in 2016, the overwhelming priority for most organizations was cost reduction (74%). The study also revealed that 60% of respondents did not have a clear digital strategy in their procurement process.

Fast forward to 2019, and things seem to be pointing in a different direction. The latest Deloitte study found a clear shift in procurement, with an accelerated pace of change in digital procurement. While cost reduction remains a priority (78%), there was a clear emphasis on innovation and value as well.

So with that in mind, here are some key statistics to focus on as we move toward 2020 and beyond.

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Top 6 Procurement Risks & How to Alleviate Them for Your Business

Planning for Risk

In life or in business, risk taking has benefits and may even be an essential ingredient of success. Quite the opposite when it comes to procurement – the last thing you want is risk. A smoothly functioning procurement process is standardized and dependable.

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How Purchase Order and Purchase Requisition Templates Help Your Business Succeed

Purchase orders (PO) and purchase requisitions are extremely common documents that practically every business uses. They help businesses control costs, ensure that employees cannot bypass business standards and that the business gets the best possible deal. Problems are easier to track down. If the vendor delivers the wrong items, the signed copy of the purchase order proves what the business actually ordered.

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How to create a purchase order process that meets real business requirements

Purchase order and invoice processing are basic functions every organization performs as part of its day-to-day operations. Employees in the finance department handle POs, get them signed, send them out to vendors and process related invoices on a routine basis.

These processes can often have complex business requirements:

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