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Procurement 2023 - Trends and Insights by Frank Sundermann
The interview with Frank Sundermann provides a deep insight into the company-specific challenges and trends of 2023. Key topics include the recovery of price demands, the optimization of inventories and the increased integration of AI, especially through the focus on ChatGPT in procurement.
Spend Transparency - why this is so important and how you can gain it
In this article, we aim to illustrate the true value that transparency across the entire procurement volume provides, the common obstacles that companies face, and how to overcome these challenges.
Wasted savings potential - The strategic advantage of early Procurement involvement
In many medium-sized companies, a specific sequence is typically followed when procuring and implementing major investment projects or developing new products. Management, Engineering, and Production define specifications and budgets early on.
Effective Reduction of Maverick Buying - 4 Solutions with Procurement Analytics
Maverick buying occurs when procurement processes bypass the purchasing department, are included too late or existing contracts are not used. This can lead to uncontrollably rising costs and significant problems within the company. Below we will take an in-depth look at Maverick Buying in mid-market companies and how Procurement Analytics, can help reduce this problem.
Efficient Supplier Management with Spend Analytics: 5 possibilities to enhance effectiveness
A procurement controlling solution enables companies to effectively manage their supplier relationships. By analyzing supplier metrics such as delivery times, delivery performance and price development, SMEs can optimize their supplier base, avoid bottlenecks and reduce the risk of supply disruptions.
Digital Procurement World 2023
On October 11 and 12, 2023, it finally took place. The Digital Procurement World 2023 in Amsterdam. This event was clearly one of our special highlights this year. Under the motto "Make Tech Work", over 5,000 participants from more than 90 countries met at the Beurs van Berlage. We are still excited about the way the event went and want to give you a little insight.
Sustainability Management in Procurement with Procurement Analytics - 4 Simple Steps for Your Procurement Manager
In this article, we will explain how your Procurement Manager can make a positive contribution to environmental protection and achieve your sustainability goals using four simple steps and the assistance of Procurement Analytics.
The 5 levels of transparency - how to get more transparency in your procurement
There isn't a uniform definition of "transparency in procurement". We, from SCALUE, have taken it upon ourselves to share our knowledge, summarizing the key insights from customer conversations over the years and categorizing them into five levels of transparency.
Accounting Summit 2023
The Accounting Summit 2023 in Berlin was a significant event in which SCALUE participated as a startup exhibitor. Represented by Samir Kharkan, we had the opportunity to engage in discussions and exchanges on the latest developments in accounting at this forum.
Increase the efficiency of your company with the help of procurement analytics
The procurement process plays a crucial role in the success of your company. In an increasingly competitive business world, efficient procurement processes are critical to gaining competitive advantage and optimizing costs. In this blog article, we will look at how your company can effectively optimize the procurement process by using a procurement analytics solution, such as SCALUE.
Telekom TechBoost - Interview with Matthias Schievelbusch and Tobias Lakämper
Telekom Digital X is just around the corner and we took this unique opportunity to talk to Matthias Schievelbusch and Tobias Lakämper about Telekom TechBoost and the upcoming event.
Digital Demo Day 2023
The 'Digital Demo Day 2023' was an embodiment of the fusion of innovation and collaboration. In a serene and professional atmosphere, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of emerging technologies.
Procurement-Oriented Sales - Interview with Olaf Kugeler from Aurelicon
Successful collaboration between sales and procurement is crucial for companies. Procurement-oriented sales, emphasized by Olaf Kugeler, plays a central role in this. Early involvement of procurement, resilient supplier relationships and individual offer adjustments avoid losses and increase the success rate of offers. Trends of the future such as cooperative customer relationships and personalized customer language enable focused target achievement and sustainable benefits for customers.
The 5 most common risks in procurement: The power of procurement analytics
In times of increasing digitalization, medium-sized companies have recognized that the use of procurement analytics solutions is a decisive factor in minimizing risks in operational and strategic procurement and ensuring business continuity. Advancing digitalization has permanently changed the procurement landscape and companies are increasingly looking for efficient methods to optimize their procurement processes.
Efficient Cost Reduction with Spend Analytics: 5 Practical Steps for Successful Implementation
Procurement Analytics enables detailed analysis of purchasing data and processes. By identifying potential savings, optimizing contracts, and monitoring supplier performance, midsize companies can reduce their procurement costs and increase their profitability.
Procurement Summit 2023
We from Scalue enthusiastically participated in the Procurement Summit 2023 in Hamburg. This unique event focused on digitalization and innovation in procurement, providing us with the perfect platform to engage with other industry experts and discover the latest trends and developments.
Logistics Plus 2023
On June 12, 2023, we from Scalue participated in the renowned Logistics Plus event in Mönchengladbach. This event focused on the current challenges in the logistics industry, particularly in the context of the Corona crisis and the war in Ukraine with the resulting energy and raw material issues.
Interview with Patrick Stöhr, founder and CEO of STÖHR FAKTOR
Procurement portfolio analysis is one of the standard tools in procurement and more important than ever in times of digitalization, strained supply chains and ESG. Patrick Stöhr told us in an interview how companies should approach portfolio analysis in the 21st century and why the Strategy Hub, which is based on SCALUE's Procurement Analytics Platform, is the ideal solution for this.
Interview about Maverick Buying with Konrad Auinger
In many companies, the issue of Maverick Buying is still greatly underestimated. Today, we have the privilege of speaking with Mr. Konrad Auinger about this topic and highlighting its significance. Learn more about the challenges and solutions in dealing with Maverick Buying.
Interview with Hanno Dettlof from dettlofconsulting
Hanno Dettlof shares his experience as an entrepreneur and the innovative 3E Blended Learning concept for effective personnel development in purchasing management. Dettlofconsulting offers virtual and in-person training, coaching sessions, and practical exercises with modular selection.
Interview with Stefan Knorsch
Stefan Knorsch, CEO of Provendor and procurement expert, explains that a single-vendor model reduces the complexity and costs of supplier management. Companies should be aware of the hidden costs in procurement and take measures to reduce costs.
Digitalization in SMEs: Not a project for the future, but part of the present
"Whoever does not digitalize, loses. So what?" This mocking aside still seems to be widespread, especially among medium-sized businesses. It seems strange that despite the urgent need for digitization having been preached for over 20 years, many have turned a deaf ear. It is about much more than just shifting resources into strategic procurement areas; it is about the future of medium-sized businesses.
Data-driven decision making using Procurement Analytics
In this blog article, we'll highlight the importance of procurement analytics for your organization and how these tools enable informed decision-making, performance analysis, and cost savings.
Interview with Andreas Urban
As head of the CGI Unicorn Academy, Andreas Urban builds bridges between innovative startups and established companies. In this interview, he tells us why he would describe this type of cooperation as a win-win-win situation and why he thinks SCALUE is looking forward to a successful 2023.
Maverick Buying: How to recognize and avoid "Shadow Spend"
When individual departments order goods or services without consulting the purchasing department, this is known as Maverick Buying. How can I recognize Maverick Buying in my company? And how can I effectively prevent it? We have the answers.
Interview with Dr. Ulrich Piepel - Part 2
Maverick buying still poses major problems for many purchasing departments today; and usually completely unnoticed. We talked to Dr. Ulrich Piepel, former CPO of RWE AG and innogy SE and today consultant and business angel for digital purchasing, about his view on "wild purchasing". In the second part of the interview, he now also gives us deep insights into his time as purchasing manager of several large corporations and ventures with us a look at the future megatrends of the industry.
Interview with Dr. Ulrich Piepel - Part 1
Maverick buying still poses major problems for many purchasing departments today; and usually completely unnoticed. We talked to Dr. Ulrich Piepel, former CPO of RWE AG and innogy SE and today consultant and business angel for digital purchasing, about his view on "wild purchasing". He also gives us deep insights into his time as purchasing manager of several large corporations and ventures with us a look at the future megatrends of the industry.
Interview with Prof. Dr. Felix Reimann, WHU
Managing digitization, reducing CO₂ emissions, and recruiting talent - procurement is currently facing various challenges. Together with Prof. Dr. Felix Reimann from WHU, we take a look at these very trends in procurement and also ask the question: What role does procurement play at elite universities like WHU?
Interview with Jan-Henner Theissen, founder of targetP! - Part 2
In the second part of the interview, Jan-Henner Theissen, founder and CEO of procurement consultancy targetP! tells us why it's not too late for good risk management and what he thinks of the upcoming Supply Chain Act.
Interview with Jan-Henner Theissen, founder of targetP! - Part 1
Jan-Henner Theissen, founder and CEO of procurement consultancy targetP!, reveals to us how digital solutions in particular are shaping modern procurement and how it is coping well with the current state of the global economy.