Expert Management for Complete End to End Procurement

  From product components to laptops, organizations need to make purchases to run their business. Management of all suppliers and associated costs required to operate can prove to be a daunting task. With end to end procurement, the organization can get the best value for money as well as enjoy great cost savings. Innovation, processing prowess and sourcing expertise are combined for the creation of a flexible, end-to-end source to pay solution that allows for the centralization of the operation, and delivery of results.

Complete Procurement

End to end procurement providers bring together years of experience in sourcing, established relationships with suppliers and proven methodologies that are made available to clients as a comprehensive service offering Your procurement solution provider strives to improve your bottom line, which in turn will assist the organization in improving their competitive position in the marketplace. The bottom-line approach involves a combination of price-focus and strategic category management for the delivery of optimum results.

Types of Services

End to end procurement services are designed to work with the individual needs of organizations. Some organizations will opt for specific solutions, while others will go for the full spectrum of options. Such services can typically be employed individually or in any combination required, with the flexibility of adding more as the circumstances of the organization change. This multi-phased approach begins with a clear understanding of the needs of the organization and its desired state. With this data, the end to end procurement provider is able to create and upon approval, implement the right strategy. Thereafter, the provider will continue to manage the end-to-end process on behalf of the organization thereby ensuring compliance and driven continuous improvement of processes.

Choosing the Right Provider

A good procurement solution provider can make all the difference between having a great contract for a supplier than no one uses, or a low-cost contract with a supplier that cannot deliver. A well tailored approach will allow for the delivery of the best solution for the company - one that meets all requirements, while improving transparency and efficiency, as well as meeting the greatest goal of cost reduction. When looking for procurement services, your best bet is to find a procurement provider with deep knowledge in specific procurement categories such as technology and travel. This specialization enables the provider to remain updated with industry trends, and apply such knowledge to the work done for their clients.

Want a piece of a multi-billion dollar sales pie? The one served up by the tens of thousands of buyers who make the purchases for Fortune 500 companies and huge government organizations? Then it's time to connect to the world of e-procurement.

It used to be complicated, difficult, and horribly expensive to play the e-procurement connection game. But as Bob Dylan said, "The times, they are a changin'".

What is e-procurement, why does this challenge exist in the first place?

E-Procurement systems are vastly complex, enormously expensive software applications that allow large organizations to ensure that buyers make all their purchases in the same way.

This has several benefits,including:

Saves buyers time and effort

Allows management to control purchasing budgets and eliminate maverick spending

Allows purchasing to interface with other systems within the company including inventory control, shipping and receiving, and accounting

While these systems are a great boon to the company that invests in them, they create a problem for vendors like you and the buyers who need your products and services. That's because e-Procurement systems are internal to the company.

That means that buyers now have a daunting task; get supplier information - like products, prices, and ordering methods -- into their e-procurement system.

That also means the suppliers who want to do business with a company that uses an e-procurement system have to find a way to 'plug in' to their system.

That's exactly why the businesses that have already figured out how to do that are the ones who get the lion's share of these enormous sales. Just take a look at these supply categories and the companies who dominate them:

Office Products: Staples, Office Max, Office Depot

Industrial supplies: Grainger, MSC, HD Supply, Snap-On, Fastenal, IDG

Laboratory equipment and supplies: Fisher Scientific, VWR, Perkin Elmer

Computer equipment and supplies: CDW-G, Apple, Dell, TechDepot, Sharp, PCMall, Lenovo, SHI

Furniture: Steelcase

Follow their lead: There's a reason these companies have dominated for decades. But the good news is that you can level the playing field.

What do all these success stories have in common?

You guessed it; they all connect to the e-procurement of big customers and government organizations.

You see, until recently only businesses with vast technical resources and deep pockets (i.e., giant supply companies) could connect to these complex e-procurement systems.

There a number of companies that are offering these type of connections for far less than they used to be. When you're choosing what company to use make sure you're able to do 3 important things:

Ease of use - you can set up your connection with a simple online wizard. You don't want to have to involve IT guys if you don't need to.

Flexibility - Your setup needs to be adaptable to all the needs of any e-procurement system without having to create multiple separate sites that are not connected to one core central set of data.

An important note: Every e-procurement system out there (and there are dozens) uses a different protocol or language,so if you want to connect to more than one system, you need that flexibility.

Affordability - Because of the fancy terminology that can be used, don't let price stop you from expanding your busines. There are solutions that exist that are very affordable and are a fraction of the cost that other technology companies charge.

But no matter who you use, if you want to compete in today's market, you need to get connected. The sooner you do, the quicker your sales will grow.

Smart Steps to Cancel a Timeshare Contract

A timeshare is said to be a costly thing although it may give a great vacation experience to the owner. And with the economic climate that we are having today where almost everyone is cost-cutting, it may be wiser for the owner to get out from his/her timeshare contract. With this, he can opt for other cheaper forms of vacationing or use the money for other important matters. However, if the owner who had just bought a timeshare decides to get rid of such property, he may do so without forfeiting his/her initial payment by availing through a rescission period.

Right of Rescission

In US, almost all states have a rule of rescission. This is the time period in which the buyer can change his mind and cancel the sales contract without forfeiting any money. But be warned that the rescission period varies state by state.

Know Your Contract

First, check your contract for a clause that says something about a rescission period. Everything you need to know is in the contract. When you want to submit a rescission request, you can look for the specific details concerning the deadline in the contract. Then, it's time to immediately make note of your rescission deadline and the instructions on how to cancel your contract successfully.

Write a Cancellation Letter

Once you have found the needed information from your contract, make a certified letter stipulating that you want to cancel your timeshare agreement. Make it short and take note that you don't have to explain anything The important thing is they know that you are exercising your right to rescind your contract by the terms of agreement. Include your name, address, contract number and date of purchase in your cancellation letter. Once the deposit was taken, you must request its return. In some cases, your company will have a form available to simplify the process and you can use that instead.

Send Your Rescission Letter before the Deadline

More importantly, you must send your rescission letter before the deadline to cancel your timeshare contract. With a certified letter, you can demand a signed receipt, which means that they have to respond. Also, make copies of all documentation. Moreover, make sure that it's postmarked before the deadline so that you have proof you mailed it on time if ever there are conflicts later on.

Time to Follow-up

On the other hand, if you haven't heard back from the company in 30 days, it's time to follow up and inquire about the delay so that you'll make sure that you can avail of the given rescission period.

Owning a timeshare these days is becoming unattractive. As a matter of fact, there are already thousands of current owners who are trying to get rid of their timeshares. Some even hire a timeshare transfer company such as the Transfer smart just to get rid of such property. If you're one of the owners who had just purchased such property and suddenly realized you need to get rid of it, you may avail its rescission period and assuming you followed their procedures cited above exactly, then, you will have no problem getting out of your timeshare contract.

The 5 best moves to make before moving for work. Have you ever wondered why some people really make it getting those wow jobs and you are stuck with the bad deals? Follow these tips.

Tip 1

If your company is moving you, or a new company wants you pretty bad, read the fine print.

Just like any deal on this planet, reading the fine print in your contract and employment terms is a real life-saver. While we see many pleasing terms in the large bold typed contracts, we often oversee the very fine print that can be totally neutral, such as an explanatory clause, or very revealing of how much you are really going to have to put down for that fine job. I suggest, from all my experience in relocation and work choices, to start reading your work contract in a totally different way. Try to select those little clauses in fine print and paste them in a separate document. Then enlarge the font and stare, stare, stare at those little clauses, which are now big and in proportion to other terms. After all, they are binding terms. Begin from there and you will quickly see the truly hidden lines, messages and expectations. Do these terms completely override the spirit or may even sound contradictory to the entire contract? If so, this can and probably should start ringing some bells. An example of how the hidden messages of contract fine print can be manifest is seen in many great employment contracts. It usually begins with some vague notions about travel with a minimum and no maximum amount specified. It goes on with so-called occasional weekends at work, with no minimum or maximum fixed in writing. It proceeds with huge mathematical equations about what is the employer paying for during travel or special missions and what not. This can also include strange terms about using your car to get to conferences and the company only willing to reimburse limited mileage. There is no specification in the contract about your weekly working hours nor the extra hours you are asked to put in, and usually no mention about the rate per hour for putting in weekends and or holidays. Check it out and read the fine print as large print first. You won't regret it!

Tip 2

Gather your best contacts and your strongest network and prepare a good-bye party which will become your major networking opportunity.

Even if you are moving and getting into a totally different field, or you are just getting a promotion and relocating with the same company, it is a must to keep bridges and find ways to connect with your existing network. It is a capital you have built during your years there and never underestimate your impact at both work and human relations. The best way to have a nice and beneficial closure is to throw a specific party for your co-workers, managers, staff at a place you really like and be a bit generous, buy some really nice appetizers, light drinks, you can also host this at home and have a catering service take care of that. It is a great investment and some great cards and small gifts related to some common memories with others will really take you a long way. It's also the time to share more details about your upcoming progress. Invest in people and the better you get at it, the more you will flourish in many aspects of your life, career being a guarantee.

Tip 3

Stack those extra references, recommendations and follow-ups which can add value to your future job.

Again, even if you are in a new work adventure, your past skills are very important, as well as the people you shared them with and went creative together. Pick only the best and most accomplished with a good moral backbone and ask for some references, recommendations and the permission to contact them in the future for updated references. You will be surprised at how willing people are to go that extra mile if you ask for it. Especially if you invite them to your good-bye party, this will be a memorable event and they will keep referring to your value as a person and a good host. Try it!

Tip 4

Line-up all of the necessary paperwork

This is a part I can't stand about changes and especially work changes. All that painful paperwork that seems it takes forever to gather, sort, classify and then redistribute. While it is unpleasant, it is a milestone which really determines your future success and how quickly you can settle at a new job and working environment. Always nurture your relationships in both jobs with the human resources personnel, they tend to go unnoticed, yet they are extremely resourceful and very eager to go that extra mile to thank you for those chocolates they got in the middle of a hectic day at work. Bribery? Maybe, my parents always call that good manners and good public relations.

Tip 5

Create a system, before leaving, where you can be updating all your network of your whereabouts, career milestones, promotions and joint venture proposals.

Email is great and I can tell you I keep deleting so many messages per day, I get overwhelmed and tired of just reading. Get into something more interactive and playful to stay in touch with people. I really like Google+ and Pinterest because it's a relaxed way to share stuff you like with people, even exchange some short messages about what is going on today, what's up and what's for tomorrow. Whichever social network you pick, get people on it a few days before you're leaving and bond around something fun, preferable outside work. Keep the bonds alive and your network will continue to grow.

These are the 5 best moves to make before moving for work. These are the reasons why some people really make it getting those wow jobs and have these amazing networks. Take after them, it's that simple!


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