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Women in Global Sourcing: Canda S. Rozier

Posted: 01/17/2019 - 00:55
Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident? 
 
My early career was in application/systems development (aka “programming”), but the company quickly learned that I not only was technical, but could also give presentations and was comfortable in customer-facing situations. I moved into pre-sales support and then into a role as a product manager, where one of my responsibilities was negotiating contracts with application partners.   
 

How BPO Providers Can Reinvent Themselves in 2019

Posted: 01/15/2019 - 03:52
Not so long ago, Blockbuster (remember them?) and Netflix ran a similar service. In fact, at the turn of the millennium, Blockbuster had the opportunity to purchase Netflix for a lowly $50 million. Blockbuster turned it down in what must rank alongside the country and western community’s response to rock and roll as a passing fad for “most short-sighted decisions of all time.”  Today, Netflix has more than 100 million subscribers worldwide and a revenue of $11.69 billion. Blockbuster, on the other hand, filed for bankruptcy in 2010. 
 

Women in Global Sourcing: Linda Tuck Chapman

Posted: 01/10/2019 - 06:32
Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident? 
 
I’ve been very fortunate to have a truly satisfying and rewarding career. My work is intellectually stimulating, relies on a broad range of expertise, experience, and skills, and signed me up for lifelong learning. When I found this profession, I found my passion …. and never looked back.  
 

Savings rationalization: What would you sacrifice to maximize savings?

Posted: 01/03/2019 - 02:14
As we move through the holiday season, competition of all sorts is becoming prevalent. Big department stores and smaller retail chains all have their special deals in place and offer a variety of products and solutions to meet spikes in customer demand while racking in the big dollars. They promote discounts and incentives on brand-name products while other shops offer a more generic version of the same items at less than half the price. Consumers are left with a big decision.

Artificial Intelligence: Adopt or Surrender

Posted: 01/02/2019 - 02:53
Like it or not, technology disruptors are changing the way companies do business, causing fear and confusion for many IT professionals. The reality is that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are developing at such a rapid pace that they impact pretty much every industry and companies are failing to keep up. The other technology disruptors that most people are familiar with include the Internet of Things (IOT), cloud computing, social media and block chain.
 

Introducing...Women in Global Sourcing

Posted: 12/28/2018 - 02:09
I have a passion for style and design. I like handbags, stilettos and lipstick so much that before I stumbled on sourcing during my senior year of college I planned on a career in fashion. I had recently finished my Alpha Gamma Delta sorority presidency and volunteered to coordinate Lip Jam, our largest fundraiser of the year benefiting diabetes. I hired a local print management company to source all the print, apparel and promotional items for the event. Out of nowhere, they offered me a job. I’m sure it was my charming personality and drop-dead good looks.  

Why wait to start your tech implementation?

Posted: 12/27/2018 - 03:37
Though slight variations are inevitable, most procurement organizations follow a familiar process for selecting and implementing their tools. Generally, it looks something like this.  
 
  • They decide they need a new procurement solution.
  • They conduct research and begin to engage with appealing providers.
  • They create and distribute an RFP.
  • They score the RFP responses to narrow things down.  

The Essential RFx Bidding Methods

Posted: 12/26/2018 - 01:20
Most companies use well-known and standard competitive bidding methods to pick suppliers. The most common is the Request for Proposal (RFP). However, in many cases, a conventional RFP falls short of finding the right supplier. Why? Conventional RFPs don’t always ask the right sourcing questions and as a result generate wrong (or less than ideal) answers from suppliers.   
 

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