Breakout 08 - How Panasonic is Eliminating Everything Manual and Bringing Control to Supplier Management

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 13:00

Nick has a lot of supplier onboarding and update requests. Some of them have all the info he needs. Most of them require an email back requesting more info. And too many require a third, fourth or fifth email back to the requestor or supplier. Everyone on the Panasonic procure-to-pay team (not just Nick) knew this wasn't the most efficient system. It made sense at one point, but now there are much more efficient solutions that can eliminate inefficient manual processes. During this session, Nick Ponzo, Head of Procurement Operations at Panasonic, is going to walk through the changes they made and provide recommendations on how companies in a similar situation can begin eliminating manual processes in their operations.

You will learn:

  • Email-based manual supplier management is, by nature, not secure
  • How to bring control to ad hoc supplier decision making
  • What apexportal could do that 20 other vendors couldn't
  • RFP recommendations for a supplier management solution

Nicholas Ponzo

Head of Procurement Operations
Panasonic North America

Nicholas Ponzo is head of procurement operations for Panasonic North America leading the global procurement strategy for business and consumer electronics. His diverse experience managing both upstream and downstream operations supports his constant focus on optimizing global processes for the evolving supply chain. Previously a global procurement analyst and supply chain specialist for International Flavors & Fragrances, he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from The College of New Jersey. 

Danny Thompson

Senior Vice President, Market and Product Strategy

Danny Thompson is Senior Vice President of Market and Product Strategy at apexanalytix and is responsible for defining, communicating and leading our company’s software product strategy and roadmap. He works closely with our customers to ensure that each solution helps them meet their business objectives. Danny has a proven track record in the procure-to-pay arena, with a strong background in ERP implementation, process automation and financial shared services. He previously was VP of Product Management at Tungsten Network, a global business-to-business e-invoicing firm. He also is a former global process driver for Invoice-to-Pay at Pfizer.

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