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2014-15 Category Management Report Deliver Extract
This is an extract from the DELIVER section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It details the savings levels achieved by survey respondents and the scale of additional savings they believe are achievable by optimising their Category Management approach.
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2014-15 Category Management Report APPLY Extract
This is an extract from the APPLY section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific findings and recommendations for Category Managers on how they can apply the process to achieve Category Management Success
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2014 Category Management Report Learn Section II
This is an extract from the LEARN section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific findings and recommendations for building stakeholder support for Category Management and ensuring coaching is used to embed learning.
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What’s Trending in Category Management Today?
This one page summary provides some of the key headlines and statistics from the 2014 Category Management Survey – including the additional value available from optimising category management, level of spend covered by category strategies and the proportion of respondents that consider themselves as Category Management Leaders.
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Building a 'Procurement Ready' Knowledge Base Part 1 | DILF Article
This article will be of interest for those organisations that are looking to build or enhance their data analysis capabilities. We provide clear definitions and overviews for 16 different types of spend analysis and knowledge that leading organisations use
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Building a 'Procurement Ready' Knowledge Base Part 2
Tier 2 Procurement Ready knowledge is specialised data & provides truly leading edge insight & category strategies that fully connect with the business. Example Tier 2 knowledge defined here inc. : Unitisation, Specification Mapping & Consumption Profile.
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Building a 'Procurement Ready' Knowledge Base Part 1
This insight guide, based on recent client experiences, defines the two tiers of ‘Procurement Ready’ knowledge that leading organisations use to identify opportunities and build leading best-in-class category strategies
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Category Management Success - A View From Senior Procurement Leaders
A summary of Future Purchasing's 2013 CPO round table discussions, exploring the approaches taken by those who are driving procurement performance at some of today’s leading businesses.
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Category Management Survey 2012 - 2013
This report identifies the leading practices that drive Category Management performance and the 46% extra savings that Category Management Leaders deliver versus Category Management Followers
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Category Management report part 6
In Part 6 we share findings that cover the DELIVER building block. It deals with the results that a category management programme delivers to an organisation.
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Category Management report part 5
In Part 5 we share findings that cover the APPLY building block. APPLY refers to the practical running of a Category Management programme covering all procurement projects underway across an organisation. This includes essential aspects of programme management.
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Category Management report part 4
In Part 4 we share findings that cover the LEAD building block. LEAD refers to the governance and operating model that embeds Category Management in an organisation, and ensures benefits for the long term.
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Category Management report part 3
In Part 3 we share findings that cover LEARN building block i.e. the way that organisations train and educate their staff in using the Category Management process and toolkit in the most effective way.
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Category management report part 2
In Part 2 we share findings that cover the BUILD i.e. the initial design and creation of the core Category Management process and toolkit
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Category Management Report Part 1
The 2012 Category Management survey provides detailed insight into the best practices that differentiate Category Management Leaders from Followers. We have designed the report in a modular format based on the FP Category Management Building Blocks.
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FP Category Management Survey 2012 - Key Findings
This one page summary provides some of the key headlines and statistics from the 2012 Category Management Survey – including: the additional value available from optimising category management, level of spend covered by category strategies and the proport
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