April 27, 2018

Here's a look at where Source One's cost reduction experts have been featured this week!

Recent Blog:
Can We Negotiate with the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Jose Schneider, Buyer's Meeting Point, 4/26/2018
The potential implications of artificial intelligence and automation are among the hottest topics in supply management. Machines are already widely performing operational tasks and replacing tactical professionals. Employees working in more strategic positions are starting to worry. Schneider urges Procurement professionals against thinking fatalistically about new technologies. Procurement, he reminds readers, has adapted to countless technological advancements over the year. Through them all, the human element has remained essential for long-term success. Supply Management will certainly need to change in the future, but there's no need to fear the worst.

Recent Podcasts:
ISM2018 Session Insights (Episode 10) - Category Management: The Next Step for Procurement?
Source One's Associate Director and Procurement Transformation Practice Lead joins ISM2018 Session Insights to discuss methods for developing and maintaining category management programs. These, she suggests, could be the next step in Procurement's ongoing strategic evolution. Procurement's leading professionals are already exerting cross-department influence. As these programs develop, cross-functional Procurement will gradually become the norm with world-class organizations.

ISM2018 Session Insights (Episode 9) - Becoming an Employer of Choice in Procurement
MRA Global Sourcing's Nick Lazarra joins ISM2018 Session Insights to offer his tips for companies looking to better navigate the crowded market for Procurement talent. As Procurement grows more essential to leading companies, small and mid-sized organizations find it increasingly challenging to compete with business giants. Not everyone can pursue talent as aggressively as these organizations, but everyone can borrow their tactics to make themselves employers of choice. With a mix of challenge, compensation, and recognition, companies can better attract the next generation of Procurement professionals.

Upcoming Events:
ISM2018: Nashville, TN
The year's premier supply chain event is finally almost here. May 6-9, Source One's Procurement experts will join their industry peers at the Institute for Supply Management's Annual Conference. In addition to serving as sponsors and exhibitors, the Strategic Sourcing leaders will co-host a pair of presentations. On May 7, Analyst Kaitlyn Krigbaum will offer tips for building a world-class Procurement function in Orchestrating a Procurement Transformation: A Symphony of Recruiting, Branding, and Leading. On May 9, Director Diego De la Garza will present best practices for improving Procurement's reputation in Overcoming Procurement's Internal Image Problem.

ExecIn: Nashville, TN
From May 7th to 8th, Source One will serve as the exclusive hosts and sponsors of ISM's ExecIn Forum. Reserved for executive-level supply management professionals, the sub-conference features expert-led discussions, private sessions with ISM2018's keynote speakers, and countless opportunities for industry leaders to network, exchange best practices, and discuss emerging trends. 
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