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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: The 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 top goal for procurement (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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How to optimize purchase order processing. Hint – Stop using Excel!

Organizations of every stripe – small businesses, schools & colleges, and even some large companies – continue to email Excel sheets to approve purchase requests and issue a purchase order. While that’s better than paper, Excel still has numerous disadvantages particularly in today’s mobile-centric, data-driven world. You need a fully digital solution.

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A Guide to Efficient Procurement Management

Digital procurement management

Let’s face it – even though procurement management is an essential part of successful businesses, it’s one of the most disorganized activities at many organizations.

More often than not, inefficient manual processes are the root cause of these challenges. These messy and wasteful processes causes delays, errors, and workarounds that result in much larger downstream issues such as:

  • Mismanaged supplier relationships
  • Delayed projects
  • Unnecessary legal costs
  • Overworked employees
  • Lagging stock price.
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Top 5 Priorities for Procurement in a 21st Century Business

Changing priorities for procurement

Procurement is a core operational function of any business. Without the ability to obtain the necessary materials, a business cannot manufacture its products.

Traditionally, procurement’s most important goal was to lower costs. However, the pace of modern business has accelerated dramatically. Today’s businesses also operate on a global landscape sourcing materials and selling products across the world. That’s forced procurement to become a digital, measurable function aligned with overall corporate priorities.

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