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AI in Supply Chain

3 Key Digital Supply Chain Challenges That Need to be Tackled in 2019

Long before the era of digitization that we commonly associate with Industry 4.0, supply chains have served as the lifeblood of industrial organizations. However, in recent decades, supply chains have grown increasingly complex due to the advent of advanced digital technologies. These technologies have helped the supply chain to evolve into something more interconnected, less linear, and more responsive to change. This new networked chain of supply is known as a digital supply chain. It has reshaped the way stakeholders transact and communicate with each other. The emergence of the digital supply chain has made the supply network a strategically critical component of the organization and has helped in making it more flexible and responsive. However, there are several challenges in the area of digital supply chain analytics, visibility, and planning that are essential to realize its true potential when it comes to driving innovation.

Digital Supply Chain Challenges

Challenge #1: Managing the digital supply chain

A digital supply chain includes applications, network, and data connections. It connects customers to the tech solutions that underpin e-commerce, unlike production supply chain that moves physical resources and raw materials among manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers. Therefore, with business transactions moving to the cloud, managing the digital supply chain becomes crucial for increasing revenues, control costs, and protect the brand.

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Challenge #2: Optimizing the integrated planning process

For any digital supply chain network, optimizing the integrated planning process is very challenging as most companies don’t leverage all the information to achieve the best planning result possible. Additionally, it has been observed that statistical forecast data or determined planning is manually overwritten by planners. So, for a digital supply chain to derive the best outcome, the organizational setup, arequest proposaldvanced level of integrated process optimization, processes, governance, and incentives need to be aligned between and within partners in the supply chain.

Challenge #3: Building a balanced roadmap

Shifting to a new market strategy with a digital supply chain network to accelerate growth can wreak havoc on the company’s highly customized supply chain. Therefore, it becomes crucial for the management to make sure that the new supply chain balances their competing demands and allows easy integration of new business models. A balanced roadmap can help in generating quick wins and provide flexibility to accommodate evolving technologies and future capabilities.

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4 Ways to Step-up Your Procurement Cycle

Maintaining efficiency in the procurement cycle has a positive chain reaction within the organization as a whole. The key objectives of a procurement process extend to far more than merely obtaining goods and services to satisfy the internal requirements. A successful procurement process aims to optimize business operations and create a significant business value. Having a highly streamlined procurement cycle is vital to the financial success of a company. But even the best procurement process often require refinement in order to yield better returns. But in today’s highly competitive world, if you keep doing what you always have been doing, chances are that it might become obsolete. To survive, companies need to keep constantly updating themselves on the market trends and ensure that the procurement cycle is best in class. Consider incorporating these methods to Request Demo_SEimprove your procurement process:

  • Incorporate contract management system

Companies can use technology to improve the procurement process is by incorporating a contract management system. It will alleviate the whole task of creating new contracts every time the company onboard a new supplier. Contract management and the use of standard templates is more time-saving and facilitates the improvement of efficiency. Furthermore, standard contracts can avoid the risk of errors being made in the procurement cycle and ensure that all important concepts and language are included in each and every contract.

  • Maintain good supplier relationship

Ensuring a good relationship with the suppliers is critical in a good procurement cycle. A mutually beneficial relationship between the organization and suppliers comes with a great deal of effort and hard work. It is important that businesses are dedicated to growing relationships with their vendors and suppliers through trust, honesty, open communication, and ethical business practices. It will also result in improved goodwill as a happy supplier will most likely spread a good word about the company, leading to new sourcing avenues.

  • Automate processes

A company’s procurement cycle might function well manually. But its full potential and true efficiency can be realized with automation. With a good e-procurement program in place, companies can gather data, conduct supplier research,  gain greater visibility into the spend, and ensure the requirements are being met. Furthermore, this can help streamline the procurement process, making it easier than ever to create contracts, send payment, and track invoices and shipment in order to drive efficiencies.

  • Employee training and development

Well trained employees can contribute majorly towards an efficient procurement cycle. Training and development create scope for employees’ personal evolution but also has a significant impact on the company’s productivity and profitability as a whole. It reinforces the goodwill of the business and allows it to maintain the competitive edge. Furthermore, it leads to higher customer satisfaction, lower costs and faster growth.  As a form of effective communication, training can lead to an increase in productivity and allow employees to make the best decisions for the company’s progress.

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Procurement Consulting Market: All You Need to Know

Is procurement a profit center or a cost center? That’s a debate for another day. However, it is hard to ignore the fact that companies can save millions and millions of dollars in their procurement process. The savings can arise from superior supplier selection, material purchase, risk assessment, and many other factors. These savings are not always evident, and processes such as supplier selection and risk management can get overly complicated. This is where companies need to consult experts in the field of procurement. As a result, they mostly turn towards procurement consultants.

Request Free SampleRegional market

North America and Europe are the most mature markets for procurement consulting services. These regions consist of a number of industry leaders that employ strategic procurement and are moving toward value chain integration. In the APAC region though, buyers are facing intense pressure to improve procurement as it is increasingly becoming an important source of goods and services. Fast-growing operations in countries such as China and India have resulted in the need to improve efficiency in operations.

Pricing outlook

Talent cost, including salaries, training, and development, is a major cost component for procurement consulting firms. While retention of talent is a top priority in mature markets such as North America and Europe, attracting talent is the focus for service providers in MEA, and it is training and development in APAC. Buyers are increasingly considering that their internal team lacks the capabilities to enhance their procurement strategy. This is expected to significantly increase the outsourcing of strategic sourcing and category management functions. This trend is especially evident in the financial services sector.

Cost drivers

Procurement consulting firms have to bear the employee costs including recruiting expenses, employee salary, and benefits which are expected to marginally increase due to inflation and the need to hire skilled professionals. Increasing need for service providers to retain talented consultants are expected to augment the salary costs for service providers. Also, the availability of advanced technology such as ERP software, automation, analytics, and cybersecurity, that enhances end-to-end procurement consulting services has increased service providers’ overall costs.

Negotiation strategies

Companies can save up to 8% of their cost base by adopting a reward-based engagement approach. This way consultants also increase their repeat business and bring innovation in services accessibility. Additionally, category management initiatives such as identification of cost-saving opportunities based on innovation, engagement, and billing can also result in significant cost savings.

Industry best practices

Category managers in this sector are focusing on developing a well-defined strategy to optimize procurement spend. They are identifying cost-saving opportunities such as adopting technologies, collaborating with vendors, and conducting price benchmarking studies to minimize the spend. Additionally, the focus is on developing strategic partnerships, where buyers and suppliers engage in contracts that do not work on incremental costs but are designed flexibly to incorporate prevailing market and pricing trends.


Read more about the market outlook of the procurement consulting market along with procurement insights, pricing models, supply market insights, and market innovations in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global procurement consulting market.

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Software License


London, Apr 18, 2018: Software licensing is complicated in any organization which is why companies usually purchase software entitlements for hundreds of rights. The rights are then distributed to several employees and machines. Software license management helps organizations to track and document an organization’s software portfolio.

SpendEdge’s latest webinar on the software license management offers an in-depth assessment of the crucial factors influencing the supply market, strategic procurement and sourcing decisions, pricing models, and procurement best practices. The webinar also offers detailed insights into the license management best practices, cost optimization, and software license compliance.

“A good software license management tool will ensure compliance with all such issues and maintain business continuity. Leading procurement organizations can optimize their license spend by negotiating with large suppliers.” – procurement expert at SpendEdge.

Tracking software usage and staying compliant helps companies to plan future purchases wisely by knowing the frequently used software and those that are occasionally used. An excellent software license management tool will ensure compliance with software license agreement and maintain business continuity.

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  • What is software license management?
  • Why should organizations have software license management in place?
  • How procurement teams can yield cost optimization with better software license management
  • Consequences of non-compliance with software licenses

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SPENDEDGE WEBINAR ON 25TH AND 26TH APR – How can better software license management result in cost optimization?

We have progressed far from the days where software was packaged as a product and sold in CDs. Today, with the rising popularity of Sanyacloud-based platform offerings, suppliers are more inclined to provide their product in a subscription-based model. More precisely, they provide access to their software in the form of license. Since software licensing cost takes up a majority of the cost base within an organization, procurement teams should always be on their toes to explore various licensing models and choose the right fit for their organization needs. Software licensing is complex in any organization. Companies usually purchase software entitlements for hundreds of rights, which are then distributed to several employees and machines. Software license management helps organizations to document and track an organization’s software portfolio.

Why do organizations need software license management?

YatheeshSoftware license management ensures compliance with a given software’s End-User License Agreement (EULA). EULA typically specifies how a software product can be used and how many users are permitted and penalties in the case of violation. In case the organization is being audited, procurement teams will have to spend a lot of time and resources to inventory all software usage and prove compliance. In case the organization is found to be out of compliance, they have to true-up their licenses where they buy the software at its book price. Additionally, they may also incur some fees or penalties. The company not only lose out on the financial front, but their reputation also takes a blow. Customers and clients of the company may lose faith in them, and their business would suffer. A good software license management tool will ensure compliance with all such issues and maintain business continuity.


How can better software license management yield cost optimization?

Leading procurement organizations can optimize their license spend by negotiating with large suppliers. Also, the teams should assess the role of third-party software asset management companies and the value benefits they offer. Tracking software usage and staying compliant helps procurement teams to plan future purchases wisely by knowing the software that is frequently, rarely, or occasionally used.

Conducted by SpendEdge’s procurement experts, this webinar on the 25th & 26th of Apr would deal with the following key considerations:

  • What is software license management?
  • Why should organizations have software license management in place?
  • How procurement teams can yield cost optimization with better software license management
  • Consequences of non-compliance with software licenses


Artificial Food Coloring

Upcoming Trends, Growth Drivers, and Burning Challenges in the Artificial Food Coloring Market

Looks and smell are the primary factors that attract people towards food. These two factors play such a significant role that it can psychologically alter human perception even if the food taste was different from how it was presented. Apart from enhancing the visual appeal of food products, artificial food coloring is also used to protect minerals and vitamins within the food during exposure to sunlight. Artificial or synthetic food colors are manufactured using chemical processes and are most commonly used in food and pharmaceutical industries. Such food coloring is available in powder, liquid, gel, or paste forms. Sunset yellow, tartrazine, carmoisine, erythrosine, Ponceau 4R, and brilliant blue FCF are some of the most commonly used food colors in the food sector. The procurement market intelligence report on global synthetic food color market identifies Europe as one of the largest markets occupying a 34% market share.

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  • Today, the consumers increasingly prefer clean-label products which are free of any additives, preservatives, stabilizers, enhancers, and thickeners. Because of such preferences, consumers have prefer natural food coloring over synthetic food colors.
  • In the salmon aquaculture sector, the farm-raised salmon lack the pinkish color that is present in wild-salmon. As a result, artificial food colors are used in salmon fish fillets and in pigmenting supplements as a part of fish feed as well.
  • Colorful concoctions such as rainbow bagels and unicorn lattes in food products are possible because of innovations in the synthetic food coloring market. For instance, multi-color cereals, Marshmallow Only Lucky Charms launched by General Mills, are becoming increasingly popular among consumers.

Growth drivers in the artificial food coloring market

  • One of the largest application areas of artificial food coloring is its use in processed foods such as confectionaries, sausages, soft drinks, baked goods, cereals, and snacks. With the processed food and beverage market estimated to reach US$6 trillion by 2021, it’s a significant growth opportunity.
  • Synthetic food colors are preferred over natural food color by manufacturing companies as they are cost-effective and have relatively better heat and moisture resistant properties. Additionally, naturally derived food colors are generally not as concentrated as synthetic food colors.
  • Artificial food colors are extensively used in dairy products such as butter and yogurt. It’s a significant growth opportunity for the food coloring market as the dairy industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3% by 2021.

Challenges in the synthetic food coloring market

  • Growing health awareness and lifestyle changes in developed regions has resulted in a large number of buyers adopting natural colors over synthetic food colors. As a result, food companies such as Nestlé and General Mills have drastically reduced the use of artificial flavors in their products.
  • Synthetic food coloring can sometimes change the properties of the end-product. Buyers have to incur additional costs for additions or alternatives to be implemented in the end-product formulation. Such switching costs can halt the growth of the synthetic food coloring market.
  • Petroleum products, aluminum, and coal are the primary raw material used in the production of synthetic food colors. Global demand and supply lead to fluctuations in the price of such raw materials posing problems to procurement teams in the artificial food coloring market.

For more information on the synthetic food coloring market along with supply market insights, pricing models, category management, and supplier selection criteria in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global synthetic food color market.

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Adoption of Automation Driving the Demand in the Stackers Market

SpendEdge Procurement Market Intelligence - StackersLondon, Mar 23, 2018: The growth of port infrastructure and rise in the adoption of automation across end-user industries, such as e-commerce, packaging, logistics and warehousing, food and beverage, and mining, have driven the demand for stackers that are used for picking and moving products at operational facilities of end-users. This, in turn, is driving the growth of the global stackers market.

SpendEdge’s latest procurement research report on the global stackers market offers an in-depth assessment of the crucial factors influencing the supply market, strategic procurement and sourcing decisions, pricing models, and procurement best practices. The report, a part of the facility management, also offers detailed insights into the supply chain management, key market developments, and demand-supply shifts to help sourcing and procurement experts make smart procurement decisions.

“The increased use of reach stackers at ports to move goods from the ship to the port facilities is contributing to the growth of the stacker market. Stackers help in efficient handling of goods with minimal damage during transportation from ship-to-shore.” – Tridib Bora, facility management expert at SpendEdge.

Buyers generally prefer to procure stackers that have high reliability to minimize unexpected breakdowns. However, buyers find it difficult to analyze and compare highly reliable stackers due to high customization and the availability of a large variety of models. As a result, procurement teams in this market are facing difficulty in analyzing the reliability of stackers.

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  • Negotiation strategies and cost-saving opportunities
  • Pricing models and category innovations
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