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"Bellwether has eliminated the paper in purchasing and allowed us go from decentralized out of control purchasing to centralized purchasing and invoice processing. This has reduced cost and provided us a clear picture of accruals."

Ben Belflower, Reporting & Analysis Manager, Aramark
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Automated Purchasing Process: How to Get Started
It wasn’t that long ago when most forms of automation were only accessible to very large companies. But thanks to all the rapid advances in technology that have brought costs down over the years, businesses of all sizes can benefit from automation. One area where automation can be very... Read Article
August 21, 2015
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Procurement Training for the Public Sector
Throughout the public sector, there is a lot of pressure on departments and individuals to save money. Although the mandate to save money is clear, it needs to be accomplished without degrading the quality of goods or services that are delivered. This combination creates a procurement challenge that is... Read Article
August 21, 2015
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Procurement Fraud and Corruption – What You Need to Know
Of all the areas within a company that are susceptible to fraud or corruption, the supply chain is one of the most prominent. Whether it’s questionable rebates or potentially troublesome relationships with vendors, there’s no way to eliminate the possibility of these issues with 100% certainty. Companies that take... Read Article
August 4, 2015
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What Do Purchasing Careers Have to Offer?
Although the economy has been performing considerably better in recent years, that doesn’t mean that conditions are perfect. Since numerous companies are still facing a variety of challenges, they’re looking at many different ways to help strengthen their bottom line. One of the ways that more and more companies... Read Article
August 4, 2015
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Modern Purchasing Opportunities and Challenges
Whether it’s energy or any other industry, executives who have made their way up the ranks over the past three decades know from personal experience just how far purchase management has come. It wasn’t that long ago when procurement was often more of an afterthought for companies than anything... Read Article
July 31, 2015
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Purchasing Software Is No Longer Optional
While most companies have already realized the vital role of technology in procurement, a recent move by Cisco really drove this point home. Cisco announced that their former chief information officer was becoming their senior vice president of operations. And of her duties, Cisco’s supply chain is at the... Read Article
July 31, 2015
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Purchase Manager Skillsets to Focus on in 2015 and Beyond
It’s no secret that purchasing is going through some significant and rapid changes. While the changing landscape of purchase management is clear, what isn’t as evident is whether or not professionals are keeping up with skillsets needed to adapt to those changes. Given that as many as one-third of... Read Article
July 31, 2015
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Purchasing Performance in the Right Context
As a purchasing manager, it’s important to understand how CEOs and CFOs evaluate the performance of purchasing departments. If this type of discussion is taking place in a formal setting, a common approach is to reconcile your savings claims with changes in financial statements. Purchasing managers across a wide... Read Article
July 31, 2015
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The Role of Purchasing Managers in 2015
While purchasing managers have always played an important role within in companies, there was a time when their role was not very visible. However, there has been a significant shift over the last few years. Because supply chains have become a focal point for businesses across numerous industries, purchasing... Read Article
July 4, 2015
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Proven Ways to Improve Supplier Relationships
It’s important for purchasing departments to maintain professional relationships with suppliers. That being said, it doesn’t always make sense to conduct business in an overly formal manner. The reason is being too formal can get in the way of effective communication. By finding smart ways to overcome that barrier,... Read Article
July 4, 2015
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BY Bellwether

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