Avionos procurement research

Avionos research shows most procurement officers are bypassing supplier portals in favor of some consumer-friendly search options

Even though they work in B2B firms, 78 per cent of procurement managers begin looking for product searches on Amazon or Google rather than a vendor’s own site, and most are disappointed by what they find, according to a new report from Avionos. Avionos, a digital marketing firm based in Chicago, surveyed 160 U.S. B2B […]

Siemens OpenText supply chain

How Siemens is moving 100,000 trading partners from phone calls and faxed invoices to a digitally-driven supply chain

Siemens is in the process of rolling out new technology and services from OpenText that will try and encourage more than 100,000 firms connected in its supply chain to move to a more digitally-driven way of making payments and completing other business processes. The Berlin-based industrial manufacturing company was among those represented at Enterprise World, […]

Outlaw contracts legalese

Outlaw fights back at the incomprehensible legalese that plagues business contracts

It should have been a celebratory time for Evan Schneyer. His travel-oriented startup, Wanderfly, was being sold to Tripadvisor after about five weeks’ worth of discussion. Then, when it came time to sign on the dotted line, the contract challenges emerged that gave birth to his new venture, Outlaw. “It was like a glorified job […]

vendor managed inventory

Collaborative VMI Project Generates a Win-Win for the Buyer and Supplier

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is a process where the supplier monitors customer information to keep the customer properly stocked with materials.  VMI often gets a bad reputation because historically procurement departments use it to shift cost to the supplier. This project was different.  The overall objective was to reduce the number of manual changes to […]

Hashtag Team: Big Data’s effect on the supply chain, and what B2B can learn from B2C

We’re back with another recap of what kept the B2B social world buzzing this week. B2B News Network partnered with Nexalogy to help sift through the social data and find the most relevant posts and stories to keep you ahead of the curve. This week, we found posts about how a lack of social listening can […]

What OEMs need to know about reshoring manufacturing and their supply chains

Many OEMs are now bringing their final assembly operations back to North America. That’s good news for the blue collar workforce but what about the supply chain partners back in China and other low cost locales? Can OEMs find new suppliers close to home? Should OEMs use the old suppliers and manage the value chain […]

How climate change will affect supply chain management

North America supply chains are at risk due to climate change. Recently, business consulting firm Accenture and CDP issued a report on worldwide supply chain vulnerability rating Canada, the United States, Brazil and China behind Europe and Japan. Canada is ahead of the U.S. falling into the “inactive” area of Accenture’s sustainability matrix, meaning supply chains […]