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Supply Market Intelligence: Improving Operating Processes for a Chemicals Company

The chemicals industry is expected to face new supply chain challenges and opportunities. It is therefore critical for companies to understand key developments in the chemicals market and know how supply market intelligence can help them seize this opportunity to gain long-term competitive advantage.

The Business Problem

The client is a leading player in the chemicals industry in North America. Owing to the ongoing high-cost pressure caused by intensifying global competition the client felt the need to prepare themselves for the requirements of future markets. Increasing complexities in the chemicals market due to global demand shifts, market consolidation, and uncertainties further necessitated the client to implement an effective supply market intelligence strategy to stay competitive. They wanted to conduct supply market analysis and identify opportunities for organic growth that was slowed down due to the saturation of markets in the western world as value chains were moving to Asia.

The client, therefore, chose to collaborate with SpendEdge to leverage its supply market intelligence services to build a transparent, structured and lean supply chain and gain detailed insights into supply markets.

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Solutions Offered and Client Journey

The supply market intelligence services offered helped the client to identify the current state and starting points for improvements in the procurement process. It paved the way for a structured chemicals supply chain that can address the specific needs of the client. Also, this helped the client to redesign their supply chain processes by conducting in-depth analysis and profiling right suppliers.

SpendEdge’s supply market intelligence services enabled the client to identify products without significant incremental sales and reduce non-profitable complexity by focusing resources on value-adding processes. The experts provided access to a wide range of information that helped the client to gain a high-level understanding of markets without spending much time on supply market analysis. This improved the supply market intelligence process and increased the efficiency of the sourcing lifecycle. In addition, supply market intelligence services offered valuable insights regarding developments in the category markets and helped the client to identify best cost sourcing locations and conduct a supplier cost analysis.

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Key Findings and Outcome

Improved operating process

The supply market intelligence services provided real-time information on suppliers’ activities. This made the client aware of the disruptions that might require immediate actions. Also, this provided necessary insights to find alternate suppliers, devise effective strategies to improve the efficiency of the supply chain and increase reliability across operations.

Provided edge over competitors

Competitive advantage is often gained by companies that are more agile and can proactively devise strategies to address disruptions. Supply market intelligence services helped the client to gain real-time market information, reassess their footprint in Asia to avoid losing market to local players and strengthened their presence in North America.  For detailed insights on supply market intelligence services offered, request for more information.

Benefits of Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals

Develop superior supply chain strategies

Supply market intelligence services help companies to analyze the impact of potential events on the procurement functions and devise effective procurement strategies. It offers real-time insights into the implications of unique events or disruptions that can occur in the future. It also offers comprehensive insights for procuring the right products and services at the right price levels from suppliers.

Improve customer satisfaction

With the right supply market intelligence services, companies can gain additional information about the customer base and analyze it to defined criteria. They can utilize customer-specific service profiles to offer unique solutions and increase customer satisfaction by anticipating demand patterns.

Analyze suppliers

Supply market intelligence services provide a detailed understanding of various components of supply markets. This helps companies to identify low-cost country suppliers, understand possible supply channels, and obtain geographic distribution of suppliers; thus, enabling them to procure services at the right prices.

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Procurement Market Intelligence: How a Pharmaceutical Company Achieved Cost Savings on Categories Using Plastic Polymers

The Business Challenge

A well-known pharmaceutical company that markets its products to healthcare practitioners, hospitals, and managed care providers in over 15 countries was facing predicaments in optimizing business process results. Their inability to track the supply market conditions was increasing the turnaround time for the Purchase Requisition (PR) to Purchase Order (PO) process.  The lack of metric visibility, proper control mechanisms, and cultural barriers was restricting global standardization and scalability of business operations.  The inefficient mechanisms were further resulting in excessive costs for the company.

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Solutions Offered

In partnership with the client, the procurement specialists at SpendEdge conducted a detailed analysis of the supply market from the perspective of the pharmaceutical company and offered them with in-depth procurement market intelligence insights. They formulated effective strategies for achieving sourcing and procurement excellence, which helped the client to maximize its ROI. This substantially reduced the time spent on analysis and curating information and enabled them to focus on strategic sourcing and cost reduction opportunities.

A centralized and standardized transactional procurement process was introduced to create strategic and tactical functions. Under the new scheme of things, strategic activities were performed to eliminate delivery disruptions and reduction in payment disputes. Unproductive and inefficient processes were further identified across sites to measure the effectiveness of service delivery results. The strategic group was made responsible for category management across sites to proactively leverage global volume and monitor industry trends.

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Key Findings

Reduced Cycle Time

The standardized processes refined the Purchase Requisition (PR) to Purchase Order (PO) process and reduced the cycle time to 0.5 days from 2 business days. The metrics implemented improved the visibility of productivity and service levels within three months. Also, the procurement market intelligence solution helped consolidated major suppliers in the supply market who can provide end-to-end service and meet their changing demands.

Achieved Cost Savings

The procurement market intelligence solutions rendered by experts further helped the client to realize cost savings on categories which predominantly use plastic polymers (as the prices of polymers declined from their level in 2017-18). They developed a robust contract compliance team and established a contract having provisions for raw material price adjustments to deal with market fluctuations.

How Procurement Market Intelligence Solutions Help Companies?

Procurement market intelligence solutions help gather and analyze the information relevant to a company’s supply markets and improve the procurement process. They help classify critical-to-quality factors that influence the buying behavior and leverage and identify the costs associated with energy, overhead, materials, labor, transportation, profit, and other cost components. Also, procurement market intelligence solutions help reduce risks, increase savings, and improve decision-making capabilities for companies.

Leveraging procurement market intelligence solutions can offer numerous benefits for businesses.  Get in touch with our experts and know how our procurement services can help you leverage the benefits of procurement market intelligence solutions.

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How Market Intelligence Can Dramatically Boost Your Supply Chain

The supply chain in modern companies is increasingly complex and dynamic in nature. From suppliers and industries to raw materials and commodities, there have been steady changes taking place across the supply chain of new age companies. Furthermore, the increasing uncertainty in the economic markets are forcing organizations to closely monitor market conditions and respond appropriately through improved supply chain strategies.

Traditional ERP systems are undoubtedly highly useful management tools, but they are mostly blind to external data. Their “inside-out” approach can leave companies inadequately equipped when planning and executing competitive supply chain strategies. However, with the advent of new market intelligence tools can resolve this problem. With the help of supply market intelligence, ERP systems can now incorporate real-time insights on suppliers, customers, and competitors, thus creating a perspective to reduce risk and create a competitive advantage. Here are just five benefits companies can realize with a market intelligence intelligence-driven supply chain.

Improved supply chain strategies

 It is vital to take into consideration the impact of potential events before undertaking supply chain planning. For instance, factors such as a sudden increase in demand, or in the event of any supplier undergoing a catastrophic event, companies must be able to be prepared to handle such situations. Market intelligence provides early warning signals and unique insights into events that are likely to occur. Furthermore, it can also help in assessing alternative suppliers and approaches. This prepares companies to handle unforeseen contingencies better.

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Competitive advantage

Competitive advantage often comes to companies who are more agile, nimbler, and react faster when compared to their peers in the market.  In fact, a quick reaction to unforeseen disruptions is the route for modern companies to gain a competitive advantage. For instance, if a particular supplier is struggling to meet the company’s demand, they can quickly move to an alternative. Or, if a key component may be difficult to procure, companies can lock up the supply before the competitor does. Market intelligence via real-time alerts is key to achieve this as it gives faster insights for companies to be prepared for contingencies in the future.

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Supply Market Intelligence Helps a Leading Frozen Food Manufacturer to Identify and Assess Factors Affecting Market Volatility – A Food Industry Engagement

Engagement Overview:

The client, a pioneer in the frozen food market wanted to identify and assess factors affecting market volatility. The client wanted to study the market forces and implement a comparative analysis of the major players in the frozen food market. Hence they approached SpendEdge to help them leverage its strong expertise in supply market intelligence. Also, the client wanted to address challenges arising due to their inability to study the supply market.

About the Client:

One of the world’s largest frozen food company that manufactures and supplies frozen food products to regions across the globe.request proposal

Business Challenge:

The increasing uncertainty in the global frozen food market is the compelling factor that is forcing frozen food companies to closely monitors market fluctuations and adopt precise supply chain strategies to prevent supply chain disruptions. As leading frozen food companies devise precise procurement strategies that enhance profit margins, they are increasingly discovering major shortfalls in market intelligence and other such capabilities that form the basis for devising effective procurement strategies.

The frozen food market client was facing similar challenges, which compelled them to leverage supply market intelligence to make precise decisions related to business functions, profit objectives, budgets, and pricing strategies.


How did SpendEdge Help the Client?

The supply market intelligence experts at SpendEdge joined hands with the frozen food market client to address market fluctuations and develop deep market intelligence aimed at offering insights into core factors affecting the supply market including- market trends, regulatory changes, commodity pricing, and factors impacting global sourcing.

Our experts developed a comprehensive approach that responds to the long-term market trends while supporting their corporate strategies. The development process was split into the following three phases:

  • Step 1: Development of a commodity profilerequest proposal

This step is a pre-requisite for analyzing the supply market to gain a better understanding of the supply market scenario. By doing so players in the frozen food market segment will be able to gain clearer insights on the products being examined along with the scope of the engagement.

Our supply market intelligence experts began with a detailed analysis of supply market data to better understand the market scenario and develop a commodity profile. This involved extensive interviews with market leaders to analyze their business models. This enabled the frozen food market client to identify and classify all the potential suppliers that are capable of meeting their requirements.

  • Step 2: Evaluation of market leaders and their procurement strategies

An external review of the supply market enabled the frozen food market client to identify major players in the segment. A detailed supply market review helped them uncover procurement best practices and other procurement strategies adopted by market leaders. This enabled the client to compare their procurement strategies with that of the industry’s best and make necessary changes to existing strategies.

  • Step 3: A strategic three-step supply market intelligence-based approach to identify market trends and industry forces

The strategic three-step supply market intelligence approach offered detailed insights into supply and demand fluctuations in the frozen food market. Such an approach enabled the client to effectively manage the dynamism of the value chain by minimizing the time dedicated to information gathering and analysis.


Key questions answered in this supply market intelligence engagement include:

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Benefits of the Engagement:

With the help of SpendEdge’s supply market intelligence solutions, the frozen food market client was able to analyze the global supply market scenario and make holistic and unbiased business decisions. The fact that they leveraged supply market intelligence throughout their procurement functions turned out to be a top differentiator in the company’s performance.

Importance of supply market intelligence in the frozen food market

It is a well-known fact that intelligence can only be gleaned from relevant timely information on market developments and fluctuations. Without which the massive data influx can result in major challenges for players in the frozen food market, given the enormous amounts of data available today. The generic nature of data makes it necessary for procurement officials to weed out outdated and irrelevant data to obtain the required information.

Since business operations are severely affected by market volatility, it is essential for frozen food companies to leverage intelligence in decision making. Moreover, the need for real-time market information on indirect spend categories and market dynamics is what is compelling leading frozen food companies to devise appropriate strategies to gain a competitive edge. To sustain a competitive advantage by doing so leading frozen food market players are now approaching SpendEdge to leverage its procurement expertise to thrive in a complicated market.


Our Findings:

This supply market intelligence engagement helps to visualize the importance of leveraging intelligence in procurement decision making. Also, the strategic use of supply market intelligence paves the way for organizations to confront the accelerating procurement challenges.


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Agricultural Adjuvants Supply Market Analysis

Agricultural adjuvants are chemicals that are used to improve and enhance the efficiency of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and other harmful agents.  It is used as an effective agent to drive away harmful pests and diseases in plants. Agricultural adjuvants are the additives that bring about changes in few properties of the spray solution. This helps improve the ability of the pesticide and facilitates its easy penetration. This also enhances the property of the pesticide to protect the target organism effectively. (Source: Global Agricultural Adjuvants Procurement Market Intelligence Report)Contact US

Agricultural Adjuvants Key Markets

The growing need and demand for protecting crops and to minimize crop loss issues arising due to disease are the major driving factors behind the global market of agricultural adjuvants. The need for agricultural adjuvants is also felt due to the declining condition of arable land caused by the inferior quality of agro-chemicals. Some of the essential ingredients for effective crop production are emulsifiers, oils, surfactants, and salts. These ingredients play a very crucial role in further uplifting the market growth of agricultural adjuvants. Countries like India and Russia are focused on the growth of agriculture and that is why these countries are the key markets for agricultural adjuvants. Also, North America, Italy, France, Japan, China are some of the other countries that are pulling demands for this agent.  

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Variations in certain natural, economic, and political factors contribute to the volatility of the prices of agricultural adjuvants. It has been rising since 2016 and therefore, is a major issue of concern for farmers. To enhance the efficiency and demand of agricultural adjuvants, there is a continuous investment in R&D of this agent from key global and regional suppliers. Environmental concern is another major issue affecting the prices of agricultural adjuvants. These factors are leading to unstable demand as well as the price of agriculture adjuvants.

Market innovation

TransPhloem technology is a newly adopted innovation in agriculture adjuvants that is very helpful in accelerating pesticides and other active nutrients through the roots of the plants. This technology is proving to be a boon for the market because it is helping in translocating sufficient amount of herbicides to the roots of the plants. This helps in killing the weeds both during and before the burnout of the plantation season. TransPholem also fastens the process of transferring herbicides from leaf surface to plants’ petiole.request proposal

Procurement best practices

To explore cost-saving opportunities, there is a need for agricultural adjuvants suppliers to increase their investment in procurement strategies. To avoid the bottleneck risks for the smooth functioning of the whole chain of supply, buyers are expected to adopt bottleneck management practices. There is a need for buyers to indulge themselves in long-term relationships with the suppliers for a good return on investment. This will also boost their partnership. This can further help in adopting sustainable practices and can, therefore, reduce the overall operating costs of buyers.

Get more insights on the market outlook of the global adjuvants market along with pricing insights, market innovations, supply market insights, and procurement best practices in SpendEdge’s procurement report on the agricultural adjuvants market.

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Leveraging Supply Market Intelligence to Develop a Future Proofed Sustainability Strategy for a Break Bulk Cargo Shipping Company

Engagement Overview:

The client, a pioneer in offering break bulk cargo shipping services, wanted to offer its customer a value proposition on sustainability that could not be matched by their peers operating in the logistics industry. To do so, the client was focusing on achieving breakthrough value by leveraging supply market intelligence.

To identify and focus on the development of a sustainability strategy, the logistics industry client approached SpendEdge to help them leverage it’s strong expertise in market intelligence to address challenges arising due to their inability to study the supply market. This engagement entailed the use of a detailed quantitative analysis of various categories within the supply chain to develop and future-proof the best strategy.

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One of the world’s largest cargo shipping company, offering break bulk cargo shipping services.

Business Challenge:

The logistics industry is a volatile one due to which new challenges emerge every year. Confronting such immense transformations pose several challenges for players in this industry. Such market disruptions have different implications for individual organizations based on the segment in which they operate.

This engagement deals with the challenges faced by the client operating in the break bulk cargo shipping segment. The ongoing market trends and developments were adversely affecting the client’s growth as a result of which they wanted to devise a strategy to ensure continued profitability.

Moreover, the dynamic nature of the logistics industry along with the changing customer demands posed several new challenges, which accelerated the need for leveraging market intelligence in devising sustainable supply chain strategies. Therefore, to overcome such challenges and devise a best-in-class sourcing strategy, the break bulk cargo shipping services provider wanted to leverage market intelligence across their global supply network.


How did SpendEdge Help the Client?

Our supply market intelligence experts collaborated with the break bulk cargo services client to develop a comprehensive sustainability approach that responds to the long-term market trends while supporting their corporate strategies. The development process can be categorized into the following three phases:

  • Step 1: Internal analysis of the supply market

The initial step revolved around the analysis of supply market data to better understand the market scenario. This involved extensive interviews with market leaders to analyze their business objectives and the business models adopted by them. By doing so, the client was able to classify their strengths and weaknesses and identify key drivers for sustainable performance.request proposal

  • Step 2: External review to better understand the dynamism in the supply market

Conducting an external review of the market is a pre-requisite to any supply market intelligence assessment. A detailed market review helped the break bulk cargo client to gain a clear understanding of the factors affecting market growth. Also, with the help of such detailed market inputs, the client was able to comprehend the near-term changes in the business environment.

  • Step 3: A strategic three-step supply market intelligence-based approach to develop a sustainable strategy to drive business growth

The developed approach helped raise the bar for sustainability in the industry. The scrupulous three-step approach also enabled the break bulk cargo shipping company to effectively implement sustainability practices in their business operations. It also allowed the client to fine-tune their procurement strategies to meet future goals and objectives. This, in turn, led to an increase in profit margins, enhancements in market share, and improvements in ROI.


Key questions answered in this supply market intelligence engagement include:

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Benefits of the Engagement:

With the help of SpendEdge’s supply market intelligence solution, the break bulk cargo shipping services provider develop a comprehensive direction for sustainability which helped them reap positive results. The developed approach turned out to be a top differentiator in the company’s performance. Our experts worked as an extension of the break bulk cargo firm to identify the success factors that uncovered several future sustainability opportunities within the logistics industry.

Why is supply market intelligence important for logistics industry players?

As digitization takes the forefront and customer expectation evolve, the logistics industry is expected to face unprecedented challenges. Collaborative business models and advanced sourcing strategies are constantly re-shaping the market landscape in ways that are only beginning to become ostensible. New market entrants in the form of start-ups and market expansions by existing players are also shaking up the global market.

Market Intelligence’ is, therefore, the need of the hour, making it essential for logistics industry players to possess the right intelligence at the right time. Hence, leading companies are now approaching SpendEdge to leverage its expertise in supply market intelligence and flourish in a hyper-competitive environment.


Our Findings:

This supply market intelligence engagement points out the fact that market intelligence is an essential success factor, which empowers organizations to keep abreast of the ongoing market disruptions to achieve long-term strategic business goals. Also, the strategic use of market intelligence paves the way for organizations to confront the ever-increasing procurement challenges.

Besides, it is quite evident from this engagement that effective use of market intelligence will eventually help you achieve the set goals. If your organization is on the lookout for an objective way to drive sustainability, we’re here to help. Wait no more! Go ahead and get in touch with our supply market intelligence experts to develop custom configured engagement models and procurement research deliverables.

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