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    1. ‘Dating site’ launched to match marketing buyers with suppliers

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 5 2015)

      A site which aims to match buyers of marketing services with suppliers using a sophisticated algorithm has been launched by an entrepreneur. The website Proovide is free for buyers to post a request for the services they are looking for. Suppliers are given a ranking based on 140 different metrics, and the site currently has 721 suppliers registered. The metrics which make up the suppliers’ ratings include customer feedback and their credit rating.

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    2. Five things FMCG companies want from a strategic supplier relationship

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 5 2015)

      Increasingly, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands see their suppliers not simply as vendors but as key assets in realising their business strategy. However, measuring the value of this strategic supplier relationship is difficult as so many of the benefits are often intangible. Nevertheless, these are the key factors that all stack up to build return on investment (ROI) into your strategic supplier relationship: 1.

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      Comment Mentions:   Unilever

    3. NLP in Procurement - For Purchasing Teams

      Explore Category Management (Mar 5 2015)

      Provides guidance on how procurement specialists can use NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to improve their communication skills and their ability to influence stakeholders and suppliers.

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    4. 'Price not key when choosing a travel management company'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 4 2015)

      'Price not key when choosing a travel management company'

      A travel management company is necessary if you spend more than £100,000 a year on business travel, delegates were told.  Price should not be the key consideration when choosing a travel management company (TMC), a conference was told. Nick Hurrell, partner at 3SIXTY Global, told buyers that capability in areas such as security, technology and traveller tracking was more important.

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      Comment Mentions:   London

    5. CFOs Integrating Treasury with Procurement

      Explore Accounting Today (Mar 4 2015)

      CFOs Integrating Treasury with Procurement

      CFOs are removing some of the barriers that have traditionally existed between treasury and procurement functions.

      Julian Eyre, a commodities and corporate treasury specialist at the financial technology provider OpenLink, pointed out that this is necessary as international commodity prices enter a period of volatility. He believes corporations are in danger of being hurt by commodity price swings if they have poor risk management in place.

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    6. Social Media and P2P: How Social Networks Develop and Strengthen Trading Partner Relationships

      Explore cporising.com (Mar 4 2015)

      The underlying capabilities and drivers behind the most successful social networks can and should have the same impact in business communication and performance. As such, there is a remarkable opportunity for businesses to begin to attack the current social media gap and incorporate many of the key social media capabilities into their business tools, technologies, [...]

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    7. The Most Important Skills For Future Procurement Chiefs

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Mar 3 2015)

      The Most Important Skills For Future Procurement Chiefs

      Procurement is changing, there is no denying that. But as the function changes what skills will the CPOs of the future need to help them make a difference to the business?

      The procurement function and those that work within it are evolving. No longer does procurement just ’buy the paper clips’. Yes, it saves money but the function also seeks out and develops new groundbreaking innovations and works to reduce risk in the supply chain among many other things.

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      Comment Mentions:   Procurement Leaders Network

    8. Procurement Policy: Today & tomorrow

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Mar 2 2015)

      Procurement Policy: Today & tomorrow

      An organization’s procurement function is fast becoming a key component of its overall strategic approach for top line growth. Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) are now being given a seat at the strategic decision-making table, as business heads rely on them for competitive advantage. In the light of the enlarged role and increasing importance of procurement departments worldwide, The Smart Cube highlights some key focus areas to consider when de...

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      Comment Mentions:   Procurement Leaders Network

  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. 5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Oct 17 2014)

      5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      The security of the internet is an on-going concern. Whether you're online for fun, or you're conducting business, there are all manner of pitfalls you may encounter. Issues such as viruses and malware are now widely known about, but these are far from being the only security issues to concern yourself with.

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    2. MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      Explore MarketSqr (Oct 1 2014)

      MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      In a world where technology rules, simplicity is key. The easier it is to use a piece of technology, the more it will be used.

      We have been working hard to make MarketSqr easier to use and we are really excited to start sharing this information with you.  We will share more detail in the coming days leading to our upgrade next week. 

      The imminent big change to our site also comes with a fresh new look. No more content pages that redirect and confuse you. We hope to bring you a clean cut website that makes navigation and interaction ...

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      Comment Mentions:   MarketSqr

    3. What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 10 2014)

      What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a reported $19 billion (£11.3 billion) shows how procurement can get involved in high-risk high value projects, such as IT systems and major capital expenditure. Here are three points to inform your thinking: • Cost, price and value. The acquisition price of $19 billion has very little to do with cost because WhatsApp employs about 55 people and charges 69p in the UK for an annual service – it’s free for the first year.

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    4. Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      As more and more startups like Airbnb, Etsy and Kickstarter crowd into the space of the collaborative economy, big brands are starting to get in on the action, too.  Staples sells products developed on Quirky; Avis has acquired Zipcar; Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit for delivery.

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      Comment Mentions:   Canada

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