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2014-15 Category Management Report Deliver Extract II
This is the second extract from the DELIVER section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It details the quality of category strategies achieved by survey respondents and the extent to which category targets are jointly set with stakeholders.
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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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2015 Category Management Leadership Report | Executive Summary
Our Category Management Leadership Report 2014-15 addresses the question, "What makes a Category Management Leader"? Download now to read how Category Management Leadership unlocks 49%–111% more value by transforming the partnership between procurement, business and suppliers.
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2014-15 Category Management Report APPLY Extract II
This is the second extract from the APPLY section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific findings and recommendations for Category Managers to ensure category projects deliver their target savings and to their target timelines.
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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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2014-15 Category Management Report LEAD Extract II
This is an extract from the second LEAD extract from the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific recommendations for strengthening support from Procurement leadership and stakeholders for Category Management.
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2014-15 Category Management Report LEAD Extract
This is an extract from the LEAD section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific findings and recommendations for clarifying roles and responsibilities for Category Management and the importance of category sponsors.
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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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2014 Category Management Report Learn Section
This is an extract from the LEARN section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes specific findings and recommendations for developing competence frameworks and ensuring that training gets rated as “Excellent”.
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2014 Category Management Report Build Section
These are the key findings from the BUILD Section from our 2014-15 Category Management Survey
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2014 Category Management Report Overview Section
This is the first section of the 2014-15 FP Category Management Survey. It includes the seven priority best practices that drive Category Management performance and Category Management capability ranking by industry sector
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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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