Omer Abdullah

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Omer is a co-founder of The Smart Cube and leads its business across The Americas. He also hosts The Smart Cube’s Inside Procurement podcast.

Omer has more than 25 years of management consulting, global corporate and industry experience across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior roles include A.T. Kearney (North America), Warner-Lambert (USA) and The Perrier Group (Asia-Pacific). Omer has an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA, and a BBA from the University of East Asia.

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Mitigating the Impacts of Inflation in Indirect Procurement
Sep 10, 2022    0

Indirect procurement isn’t a new field. It’s been around for decades, helping to control spending and reliably source the goods and resources internal teams need to do their jobs and keep the business operational. 

But, today, it still finds itself in the same position that direct procurement was in up until a few years ago. Perceptions of indirect procurement as a cost-saving, enabling...

Procurement’s relevance as an intermediary isn’t going down.
Jul 18, 2022    0

For decades, procurement teams have been connecting people across their organizations with suppliers capable of delivering what those people need, when they need it and at the right price. For a very long time, that was enough to see the department deliver strong, consistent value to the business. However, with the rise of the internet and ecommerce came new abilities and greater empowerment for individuals. The veil was lifted on suppliers, and consumers and employees gained the power to...

Learn three considerations to keep in mind as you build your risk management strategy that stays ahead of the next big disruption.
Jun 02, 2022    0

Risk management isn’t a new term or notion to the supply chain and procurement industry, yet it continues to be one of the least addressed priorities within organizations. KPMG recently shared a report on fourth-party risk that notes roughly 80% of businesses say they need to urgently improve their assessment of fourth parties in their supply chain. While it’s certainly a...

Supplier-Led Innovation
May 02, 2022    0

Today, a lot of the low-hanging fruit has been picked by CPOs. But one area where there is significant scope for procurement to deliver value is supplier-enabled innovation (SEI). With 25% to 45% of revenues coming from product innovation and up to 65% of innovations sourced externally through external partners and suppliers, SEI represents a treasure trove of opportunity.

Why is Supplier-Enabled Innovation Important?

1. Expand Organizational Capabilities

By tapping...

Today's globalized world means that organizations are more exposed to risk than ever before.
Apr 08, 2022    0

When we look back at the globally disruptive events of the last 18 months, there aren’t a huge number of positives to draw on. But one significant silver lining is that major crisis events like the pandemic and the Suez Canal blockage have helped leading procurement teams step into the spotlight and demonstrate their skills at mitigating risk and ensuring business continuity.

However, the ability to proactively identify emerging risks across supplier portfolios and key...

How procurement has evolved throughout its history, why 2020 was such a turning point for the function and where things are headed next.
Mar 09, 2022    0

From the outside, procurement appears to be a relatively static department focused on one core goal: Acquiring the right goods at the right price.

But behind the scenes, procurement teams have been silently evolving. They’ve been growing their capabilities, creating value in new ways and driving growth while ensuring business continuity.

Procurement has slowly transformed from an expert cost controller into a major creator of business value, without many people outside...

After an immensely challenging year, the stage is set for major procurement transformation in 2022.
Jan 27, 2022    0

2021 was an immensely challenging year for procurement teams across the globe. Not only did most of the challenges of 2020 continue, but many got significantly worse. Between major supply shortages, rising commodity prices and new variants reigniting pandemic-related disruption, teams had to work extremely hard just to keep their organizations operational, let alone achieve their strategic goals.

But it was also an incredible year for procurement innovation. Faced with those...

Is It Time to Add AI to Your Commodity Insights?
Nov 30, 2021    0

Over the last few years, we’ve seen artificial intelligence (AI) being used for a host of procurement applications, from spend analysis to supplier risk monitoring. Now, the same technology is increasingly being applied to commodity forecasting.

In the right situation, this can provide invaluable insights. AI makes it possible to look at larger, more complicated data sets over a longer period of time, helping to improve the accuracy of predictions and supercharge decision-...

Using Procurement Analytics to Become an Agent of Change
Sep 29, 2021    0

The role of procurement is changing. Okay, I know – you’ve heard that before. But after the events of 2020 and the ongoing repercussions, that change has been hugely accelerated.

Increased market volatility and a high risk of supply chain disruption have placed pressure on procurement teams to maintain profitability, better manage working capital, mitigate third-party supplier risks and drive business sustainability. As a result, those teams are playing a more central and...

The Three Pillars of Successful Supply Chain Risk Management
Aug 25, 2021    0

Risk plays a role in every decision that is made by every business – and the supply chain is certainly no exception. Every supplier choice, contract negotiation and procurement transaction involves an unavoidable element of risk.

But just because risk can never be fully eliminated, that doesn’t mean it’s ok to leave it up to chance. Effective supply chain risk management demands continuous attention, careful planning and thoughtful execution.

It’s built...