Is inflation on your mind? You’re not alone. Rising costs lead to rising overhead—and rising stress about sourcing.
Not only is it more expensive to get crucial goods and services today, but supply chain issues and labor shortages create extensive delays. These disruptions significantly affect large and small companies' production and inventory.
Plus, rising fuel costs mean that getting everything from hand soap to building supplies requires an even bigger financial commitment, which could be going toward marketing, R&D, or expansion.
And yet, despite all the talk about the financial impact of inflation on sourcing, there’s an important point missing.
Inflation, at its core, isn’t really about money. It’s about uncertainty.
This is good news because organizations that solve for uncertainty can maximize value and thrive despite economic change.
How to Mitigate Uncertainty
There are five key factors that are crucial to navigating sourcing uncertainty when inflation, supply chain issues, fuel shortages, and labor issues mean certain goods and services are in short supply.
First, companies that can see what’s available and act quickly have a significant edge. Agility and increased visibility are key competitive advantages.
So is having the right partners. Solid relationships with a variety of vetted and trusted suppliers not only make it easier to purchase what’s needed. These relationships also significantly mitigate risk, reducing the likelihood of overcharging or receiving poor-quality goods and services.
Third, having the ability to easily participate in community buys can dramatically increase leverage, reducing costs and increasing purchasing power.
To close out 2020, we bring you the resources to elevate to excellence for the new year.
Elevating to Excellence - People and the Business
There’s still time to register for our upcoming digital SIGnature Event on December 9. The theme for the event is People and the Business. Senior-level and above delegates will participate in an executive roundtable hosted by SAP Fieldglass to discuss managing labor spending.
Meanwhile, teams will take part in a deep-dive training session with Western Michigan University Professor Sime Curkovic and William Crane, CEO of IndustryStar, on sourcing’s critical role in accelerating innovation.
Two buy-side executive peers will open the day sharing experiences of lessons learned or stories of success. This will be followed by an interactive discussion on VUCA, an acronym that originated at the U.S. Army War College to describe the perceived state of the world at the end of the Cold War — Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Let’s come together to talk about the best technology strategies for procurement and supply chain leaders to bring to bear against VUCA as we look to 2021.
This interactive digital event will be in an open-mic, collaborative format for a personal and targeted discussion. The entire meeting will last for two hours, beginning at 2:00 pm ET.
After wrapping up the 59th Global Executive Summit, we are excited to bring you even more resources and connect you with a network of people to help you be your best.
Summit Resources On-Demand
Following each Summit, we publish an anthology that provides a snapshot of every Summit presentation and also includes speakers’ contact information if you’d like to follow up with them. The 2020 Global Executive Summit hosted over 40 keynote and breakout sessions.
This is a great resource for an overview of the content to share with your team members who were not able to attend and to demonstrate key takeaways and ROI to your executive team. This is a benefit of membership, so if you’re not a member inquire today!
As we near the end of 2020, one lesson is clear: Sourcing and procurement teams equipped with advanced skills, technologies and best practices not only weathered supply chain disruptions but were able to pivot and innovate.
As we enter 2021, the rehiring wave will focus on procurement professionals with modern and diverse skillsets based on today’s best practices. Understanding the current business landscape will be essential to secure your future.
SIG University is enrolling for programs that start in January and February. The free curriculum guide will provide you with detailed information on all four programs, including strategic sourcing, supplier management, third-party risk management and intelligent process automation. Prefer to go at your own pace? Inquire about the new self-paced option.
This month, we kick off SIG’s Global Executive Summit, introduce self-paced certification programs through SIG University, and have a host of exciting industry research and webinars to keep you up to date.
The SIGventure Returns
SIG’s Global Executive Summit is where forward-thinking procurement leaders come to experience pioneering trends grounded in today’s new realities. SIG members and buy-side practitioners can register to attend FREE. Join for a few hours daily, get work done while engaging remotely.
But all work and no play makes for a boring Global Executive Summit experience. That’s why SIG is awarding over $20,000 in prizes from our sponsors! Register to attend today so you can begin earning SIGventure Quest points for the daily prize giveaways. You could be the proud new owner of a Peloton, The Mirror, an eBike, Varidesk Electronic Standing Desk, curved monitors and lots more high-tech prizes.
Did you miss our 2020 open cohort start dates and can't wait for 2021? We have fast-track and self-paced options for all programs if open cohort semester timings do not work for your schedule! Have a large group from your organization interested in taking the program together? We also offer closed cohorts for groups of 20 or more that can start when it is best suitable for your team, and volume discounts are available!
This month, welcome a new cohort of students into the virtual classroom, have a host of exciting industry research and webinars to keep you up to date, and we announce that registration is open for SIG’s Global Executive Summit.
2020 has been beset by many uncertainties, but one thing is clear: Continuous learning is a key component to a thriving career.
To emerge successfully from this crisis, it takes more than just an investment in new technologies. It will take knowledge and know-how.
Using research-driven insights and real-world experiences, SIG University faculty are well-known sourcing and procurement practitioners. The online learning model is specifically suited to the adult learner who works full time.
All four certification programs create a common language among procurement teams that break down silos, improve business outcomes and fortify compliance. Delivered entirely online, a certification can be completed in five, six, 10 or 12 weeks depending on the area of study. Join us for the next round of classes that begin on September 28.
This month, we continue with the monthly CPO and Executive Virtual Series, welcome a new round of students into the virtual classroom, and have exciting industry research and webinars to keep you engaged and up to date.
August CPO & Executive Virtual Series
Senior executives are invited to join SIG and Scout RFP, a Workday Company, for an interactive event on August 12 from 1 pm to 3 pm ET. The format is open mic, collaborative and topic will focus on shifting from reactive to proactive as we move into the second half of 2020. The featured speaker is Karen Coker, Head of VMO & Strategic Sourcing at University Federal Credit Union.
To join this event, RSVP on our website. There is a cap on attendance to keep the conversation flowing and to build connections with other buy-side industry executives.
An area that has seen an uptick in hiring amid record unemployment are jobs in sourcing, procurement and supply chain management, but the skill sets required for these positions are now more specialized than they were pre-COVID-19.
With more people working from home, SIG University is offering an additional semester to help sourcing, procurement, risk and supply chain professionals earn an industry certification. Certification programs are a cost-effective alternative to lengthy degree programs, especially in an economic recession.
With work-from-home and social distancing measures still in place, you might be feeling a little bit stuck – and that's okay. SIG has some exciting virtual events and opportunities to keep you engaged with your peers in the industry so you can keep your skills sharp and stay connected.
Procurement Technology Summit
While we missed seeing everyone in-person for the spring Summit, we invite you all to attend our digital Procurement Technology Summit! This event will be unlike any you have ever experienced! We have a really unique line-up of keynote speakers who are covering topics like cybersecurity, procurement technologies and impacts on the industry in light of a global pandemic.
Because we can’t all be in person, we’re inviting SIG’s buy-side members and their ENTIRE TEAM to attend free. Yes, you read that right! Whether you’re a team of two or 200, everyone on your team gets to attend for free! Access to information is imperative now, and we want you to be informed with best practices.
We are featuring interviews on our blog with breakout session speakers and doing spotlights on companies that will be featuring their technologies in the virtual Innovation Hall. Make sure you're following SIG on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up with what's happening.
The Summit will take place on May 11 – 15 and will be 100% online so you can attend sessions as it fits your schedule. To make this event extra special, we are giving away over $20,000 in prizes, like Peloton Bikes, Yeti Coolers, wireless sound systems and more! You do not want to miss this event, so register today and get ready to be impressed!
In the Northern Hemisphere, March signals the first month of spring. In the procurement world, March signals the beginning of conference season! Attending events gives you the opportunity to learn more about the industry and make valuable connections, which are important for professional growth. Short on time? Check out a virtual webinar to learn something new in just an hour. No matter where you get your inspiration, share what you learn with the broader SIG community in our member’s LinkedIn Group.
Rescheduled - Western Regional SIGnature Event
The Western Regional SIGnature Event has been rescheduled to October 1 due to the current reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state. This postponement was done out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our attendees and employees. All registrations have been carried over to this new date and there is no need for you to register again.
Please modify or rebook your travel and hotel reservations for the new date. Most airlines are accommodating reservation changes right now due to the Coronavirus. If you cannot attend on October 1, please update your registration status on our website. Should you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the February round-up of new research from our industry partners, upcoming webinars to bookmark and the latest podcasts with procurement thought leaders and award winners.
Contract Risk Playbook: Risks Hiding in Plain Sight
This e-book is an advanced guide for corporate boards and senior executives to mitigate contractual risks. Included are steps to assess situations, take action and move forward, as well as a checklist for directors and executives.
February 5 – 5 Procure-to-Pay Trends to Watch in 2020 Presented by: Basware Now is the perfect time to take a look at the future of P2P. This webinar will cover new innovations in the P2P marketplace and the trends that will make the biggest impact this year.
February 25 – The State of Procurement’s Value Measurement: Evolution and Best Practices Presented by: Ivalua Today, successful value measurement in procurement requires understanding the mindset of stakeholders and leveraging the trove of procurement data that's available. Join this webinar for insight into best practices and to better understand changes in the industry that impact procurement’s value measurement.
2020 will be a big year for many reasons: it’s not only the start of a new decade, but the upcoming presidential election will have enormous impacts on businesses and economies across the world no matter who occupies the White House. As the world’s supply chains brace for more uncertainty and try to read the presidential candidates’ tea leaves, the best thing that you can do is prepare yourself to stay ahead of the competition.
SIG University Offers New Intelligent Automation Certification
Kick off the new year with a professional certification from SIG University! Now offering four certifications, SIG University has partnered with Virtual Operations to provide advanced training on Intelligent Process Automation. Ready to take your expertise to the next level with cutting-edge training? Check out the four certification programs offered below, classes begin January 20.