Business disruptions due to the global pandemic over the last two years fundamentally altered business travel while also elevating the role and visibility of travel managers within their organizations. Faced with advising senior leadership about employee safety regarding domestic and international environment in a time of rapidly changing guidance and restrictions, many travel managers were called to the decision-making table for the first time to provide strategic input on how travel could support organizational goals.
There are plenty of misconceptions about what joining a buying group is like. These misconceptions often mislead organizations and dissuade them from leveraging the benefits buying groups (or group purchasing organizations) can provide.
Did you know all group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are similar, but not exactly the same? At the core, GPOs are all united in wanting to help your organization succeed by saving time, money and resources, but some offer more extensive benefits.
Although car rental is a mature category, industry changes affecting rates, fees and technology cause procurement and travel to review their contracts every few years. The category is ripe with opportunities for increased cost savings and employee satisfaction, but there can be resistance to change. Employees get comfortable using the same provider and travel managers fall victim to the belief that all suppliers offer the same benefits.
Choosing the right purchasing structure for your organization isn’t an easy, quick decision. It's important to look at all of your options and weigh the pros and cons. You may even find that a combination of two types is best suited for you and your organization.
Procurement teams are face to face with supply chain disruptions, often serving as the liaison providing product updates to end users. As you've heard and experienced, the global semiconductor chip shortage has impacted major components of everyday life and business, affecting vehicles, laptops, phones, credit cards, home appliances and other products that need a computer chip to operate. Not only a key part of electronic devices, these chips also power the factories where those devices are made. Without enough of them, companies have been forced to stall production, and when you combine high demand with limited supply, you’re paying more for those products.
Sudden, dramatic business changes can create – or expose – gaps in your IT systems and infrastructure. But before you can address them, you need to know they exist. Your IT infrastructure determines how productive your people can be. It keeps your data and information safe. Ultimately, your IT practices directly affect your revenue and profit. In this blog, you will learn about various potential gaps in your IT infrastructure, and how Ricoh can help members of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security.
Businesses in every industry rely on an efficient supply chain, and procurement, supply chain and sourcing leaders play a pivotal role in producing tools to mitigate risk and get immediate access to world-class solutions. With a growing list of responsibilities, your team is tasked with delivering reliable products and services on time, every time and at the best possible price.
Group purchasing enables you to discover new innovations and ideas that'll help your business succeed and remain competitive in the constantly evolving marketplace. With speed and confidence, this is an opportunity to save money in multiple points of the supply chain.
Student debt is a crisis that is affecting 44 million Americans and 70% of new college graduates. These recent grads are our current and future employees, but their debt is affecting their job search, credit and retirement. In response, several companies are adding student loan assistance programs, but odds are this will end up costing the employer a significant amount of money.