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Kodiak Community Blog

Kodiak Community Blog delves into the latest trends, news and controversies surrounding Supplier Relationship Management, Sourcing, Procurement, Technology and Supply Chain Management as a whole.
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Indirect vs. Direct Procurement: Is one more important than the other?

April 18, 2018

Procurement is a complex business function, nuanced from organization to organization, and unconsciously tied to many facets of a company’s corporate ...

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3 Keys for Enhancing your Strategic Sourcing.

April 3, 2018

Strategic Sourcing is a procurement strategy for value creation within purchasing processes, focused on building mutually beneficial results for all p...

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The Facts and Myths of Procurement. (Part 1)

March 15, 2018

Distinguishing a brand, strategy, product, or even a website is nearly impossible in this world, oversaturated with sameness. Campaigns and initiative...

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Analytics… Procurement’s new Best Friend.

March 12, 2018

While there are no absolutes in business… you can be damn sure analytics are going to play a big role in the future of procurement, and supply chain m...

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The 5 Levels of Supply Chain Transparency

March 2, 2018

Still, today, supply chain transparency holds a prominent position in concerns for consumer and business, alike. Transparency has become an organizati...

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The Beauty of the SaaS business model.

February 23, 2018

The days of glacial traditional on-premise software models, and their implementation teams, are long past due. SaaS offers customers capabilities that...

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The People of Procurement: the Unseen Champions of your Business

February 19, 2018

Procurement is amongst some of the most rapidly changing business areas, and maybe for the better. Only time will tell if the coming digital transform...

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The Green Supply Chain: True Sustainability, or just one — BIG — Marketing stunt?

February 1, 2018

Brands labeled with Green Supply Chains have started becoming synonymous with sustainability, trustworthiness, quality and forward thinking.

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A Supplier Development Program might be the Secret Sauce your business needs…

January 24, 2018

Procurement and sourcing teams are heavily reliant upon the effectiveness of the suppliers they choose to collaborate with. Relationship management be...

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Procurement 2.0 — Procurement, with a higher purpose.

January 16, 2018

Procurement 2.0 offers a shift away from the traditional portrait of cost-driven and siloed procurement. In the age of digital transformation and s...

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The Future of the Chief Procurement Officer… Is already here.

January 3, 2018

Without an acceptance to disrupt and transform from top to bottom, is there even an opportunity to change at all? CPOs (Chief Procurement Officers)...

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Cognitive Procurement — Autonomy, Agility and still in it’s Infancy.

December 1, 2017

Procurement is undergoing a digital facelift. The ball has started rolling, but when will it reach its final destination?

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The Journey of one Banana: A Supply Chain in Motion.

November 17, 2017

The complexity of planning, transportation, collaboration, time and labor that went into the supply chain of that banana — being severed on my brother...

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6 Reasons your Supply Chain should be moving to the Cloud.

November 3, 2017

It’s hanging above us on a daily basis. The boundaries of its powers are still being tested. And, chances are, it’s going to (or already has begun to)...

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6 Applications of Artificial Intelligence for your Supply Chain.

October 26, 2017

Once thought to be a concept only sci-fi movies could produce, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a topic of our mainstreams and everydays.

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Procurement just isn’t that sexy.

September 27, 2017

Procurement, Sourcing, and Quality management tasks drive top-line sustainability, performance, profitability, and product quality, but the technologi...

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SRM is in for the same ride that CRM took 10 years ago.

September 20, 2017

The CEO of Kodiak Rating, Malin Schmidt is a firm believer that SRM (supplier relationship management) exists in a similar- calm before the storm — ki...

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What role are Startups playing in the Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management?

September 1, 2017

When most people hear the word ‘startup’ their minds instantly wander to a mental image of a business started by young adults, sitting around on beanb...

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The Cyber Security of Supply Chains: Who’s the real risk, Man or Machine?

August 16, 2017

In order to address tech-related supply chain risks, organizations must have strategies in place to actively and preemptively address cyber security i...

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The Sharing Economy, Technology, Sustainability and the Supply Chain of tomorrow…

August 10, 2017

Supply chain professionals shouldn’t look upon shared economy models with skepticism, but accept their unorthodox nature as a work tool for challengin...

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Can Machine Learning shape the future of Supply Chain Optimization?

August 7, 2017

Have you ever wondered how Netflix knows exactly what kind of TV series you want to watch, or how Facebook recommends all the right people to send fri...

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The Gender Gap of Supply Chain professionals: Your business isn’t hiring the most talented people

August 3, 2017

“[…] If more than 50% of the population is women and less than 20% of the people in senior supply chain positions are women, then by default, we canno...

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Chatbots: What’s their role in the Digtialization of Supply Chain Management?

July 27, 2017

Supply chain analysts and specialists are now looking into applying chatbots into supply chain management activities, including procurement activities...

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Supply Chain Management subversion: Is your business still living in Excel Hell?

July 20, 2017

Since the beginning of their existence, spreadsheets and the capabilities of programs such as Excel have been present in just about every business ori...