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Webinar on June 4th, 2020 from 3.30pm CEST / 9.30am EST: Implement a «local administration» Add-On in Ivalua Buyer

Webinar

MAY 2020

Webinar on June 4th, 2020 from 3.30pm CEST / 9.30am EST: Implement a «local administration» Add-On in Ivalua Buyer

Deployment of a Procure-to-Pay (P2P) full suite for a leading European automotive retailer

Case study

APRIL 2020

Deployment of a Procure-to-Pay (P2P) full suite for a leading European automotive retailer

Case study

Audit of the contractual compliance of software services
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APRIL 2020

Audit of the contractual compliance of software services

Our client wished to be supported in the performance of a contractual compliance audit of the software solutions made available on a platform open to the public. [...]

Webinar

Webinar - Using e-Auctions to boost procurement value in tough economic times
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APRIL 2020

Webinar - Using e-Auctions to boost procurement value in tough economic times

The current Covid-19 crisis makes it critical for procurement managers worldwide to classify their main sources of spend and apply data-driven and software-supported methods to optimize their company’s P&L. [...]

Case study

Resourcing of transport flows using e-auctions
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FEBRUARY 2020

Resourcing of transport flows using e-auctions

A major equipment manufacturer has reaped many benefits from organizing the resourcing of its main transport flows using e-auctions. Discover how. [...]

Report/Study

Procurement process mining - Latest methods and technologies
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DECEMBER 2019

Procurement process mining - Latest methods and technologies

In virtually every industry, procurement is one of the most important business processes and also one of the less proficient... Nevertheless, the actual resource expenditure and thus the savings potential of the Source-to-Pay (S2P) process are often [...]

Case study

Cost reduction program on 6 white-label Purchasing categories
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NOVEMBER 2019

Cost reduction program on 6 white-label Purchasing categories

European leader in private label biscuits, which was bought out at the beginning of 2007. Multi-site group, partly built through external growth. [...]

Case study

Implementing a communication scheme for Purchasing in an international energy corporation
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NOVEMBER 2019

Implementing a communication scheme for Purchasing in an international energy corporation

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Case study

Implementing a Purchasing communication scheme in a French public financial institution
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NOVEMBER 2019

Implementing a Purchasing communication scheme in a French public financial institution

French public financial institution that carries out missions of general interest on behalf of the State and local authorities, such as the management of savings funds, the financing of SMEs or the management of pension schemes. [...]

Articles

Will participating in British public tenders still be possible for EU businesses after Brexit?
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OCTOBER 2019

Will participating in British public tenders still be possible for EU businesses after Brexit?

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Articles

How will Brexit disrupt EU businesses’ procurement policy?
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OCTOBER 2019

How will Brexit disrupt EU businesses’ procurement policy?

Brexit poses serious threats to the efficiency and financial health of European businesses trading with UK suppliers. In joining the debate on Brexit, CKS is pleased to release a three-part article series, exploring a cross-range of potential impact [...]

Articles

The Future of European Public Procurement
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AUGUST 2019

The Future of European Public Procurement

European public procurement has traditionally lagged behind when it comes to technology, but do new data techniques offer an opportunity for things to change? [...]

Webinar

Using Reverse Auctions to Drive Procurement Profitability
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JUNE 2019

Using Reverse Auctions to Drive Procurement Profitability

Webinar, 19th June @ 12:00 PM ET [...]

Webinar

Announcing CKS Auctions Webinars in partnership with Ivalua
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JUNE 2019

Announcing CKS Auctions Webinars in partnership with Ivalua

CKS Auctions will host a series of webinars, in partnership with Ivalua. [...]

Articles

Reduce Public Spend in Smart Cities through Advanced Procurement
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MAY 2019

Reduce Public Spend in Smart Cities through Advanced Procurement

By 2050, the urban population will grow to over 70% with more than 4.8 billion people living in cities. [...]

Report/Study

AI Impact on S2C & P2P - Study March 2019
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MARCH 2019

AI Impact on S2C & P2P - Study March 2019

Most Procurement decision-makers can feel surrounded by AI. Indeed, this technology is bound to deeply transform how Procurement organizations work. However, if the benefits are certain, the ways to implement AI are still unclear. CKS has interviewed [...]

Articles

Buying in FCA: a new trend in international trade?
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MARCH 2019

Buying in FCA: a new trend in international trade?

The multimodal dimension of international transport has "forced" some major customers to redeploy internal logistics resources in order to optimize the cost and efficiency of their supply. [...]

Articles

Why it is time for Procurement organizations to improve their analytics strategy
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FEBRUARY 2019

Why it is time for Procurement organizations to improve their analytics strategy

Procurement leaders are well aware that new technologies are merely beginning to impact their daily tasks and performance. [...]

Articles

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on Purchasing Controlling
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JANUARY 2019

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on Purchasing Controlling

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an increasingly tangible reality for private and public organizations. Many Purchasing Departments are preparing for the arrival of this technological groundswell which will profoundly transform them. [...]

Case study

Purchasing Audit of the European subsidiary of a world leader in industrial services
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NOVEMBER 2017

Purchasing Audit of the European subsidiary of a world leader in industrial services

As an affiliate of the global leader in storage and gas distribution, our client is one of the major player in the European market. [...]

Case study

Conception and implementation of an "intellectual services" S2P solution
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NOVEMBER 2017

Conception and implementation of an "intellectual services" S2P solution

Our client is a major player in the banking sector in Europe and abroad (established in 70 countries). [...]

Case study

Audit and reorganization of the Purchasing department of a world leader in the mining sector
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NOVEMBER 2017

Audit and reorganization of the Purchasing department of a world leader in the mining sector

Major player of the mining sector in Africa, our Client continues to expand its activities on the continent. [...]

Case study

Coaching Category Buyers of an aeronautical equipment manufacturer
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NOVEMBER 2016

Coaching Category Buyers of an aeronautical equipment manufacturer

An international group, our client is specialized in aeronautical equipment and systems. [...]

Case study

Definition and implementation of a strategy to develop partnerships with the protected workers sector
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NOVEMBER 2016

Definition and implementation of a strategy to develop partnerships with the protected workers sector

With a net banking income of more than 20 billion euros, our client is one of the main Banking and Insurance companies in Europe [...]

Case study

Definition of a Purchasing strategy of data acquisition by civil drones
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NOVEMBER 2015

Definition of a Purchasing strategy of data acquisition by civil drones

The client is an international industrial Group and the global leader in its sector. The client wants to elaborate a purchasing strategy of data treatment and data acquisition by civil drones. [...]

Case study

Opportunity study and functional definition of the need, prior to the implementation of a Purchasing and Procurement Information System within a world leader in retail
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NOVEMBER 2015

Opportunity study and functional definition of the need, prior to the implementation of a Purchasing and Procurement Information System within a world leader in retail

Our Client is an international group of goods distribution (+ €15bn turnover) willing to optimize its Purchasing and Procurement Information Systems. [...]

Case study

Audit of indirect Purchasing for one of the World's leading producers of integrated digital security solutions
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NOVEMBER 2013

Audit of indirect Purchasing for one of the World's leading producers of integrated digital security solutions

The world's leader in designing and creating digital security devices and safeguards, as the result of a merger at the beginning of 2006 [...]

Case study

Rolling out a Purchasing IT System for a first tier automotive supplier
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NOVEMBER 2012

Rolling out a Purchasing IT System for a first tier automotive supplier

Our client is an engineering and car parts manufacturing Corporation. They are one of the world's leading manufacturers of car seats, vehicle interiors, front-end assemblies and exhaust systems. [...]

Case study

Audit of the procurement strategies and operations of the North American subsidiaries of a world leader in road construction and maintenance
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NOVEMBER 2012

Audit of the procurement strategies and operations of the North American subsidiaries of a world leader in road construction and maintenance

The subsidiary of a world leader in road construction and maintenance. The company is specialised in producing, installing and maintaining road safety and traffic flow equipment. [...]

Case study

Implementing a Purchasing strategy for a French “Commercial and Industrial Public Enterprise” (EPIC)
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NOVEMBER 2011

Implementing a Purchasing strategy for a French “Commercial and Industrial Public Enterprise” (EPIC)

A French Commercial and Industrial Public Enterprise along with all its establishments, which is one of Europe's principle Transport and Logistics Corporations [...]

Report/Study

Purchasing, synergy and savings sources in a merger-acquisition
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OCTOBER 2009

Purchasing, synergy and savings sources in a merger-acquisition

Why merge? To reach critical size, increase profits, expand internationally… And even more so, to create synergies! [...]

Report/Study

The role of the Purchasing Department in Corporate Social Responsibility
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MAY 2007

The role of the Purchasing Department in Corporate Social Responsibility

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Report/Study

Relations between Human Resources and the Purchasing Department
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APRIL 2005

Relations between Human Resources and the Purchasing Department

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Report/Study

The new job profile for Purchasing Managers - A proprietary study by CKS carried out in partnership with Actencia
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OCTOBER 2004

The new job profile for Purchasing Managers - A proprietary study by CKS carried out in partnership with Actencia

Purchasing has now gained a seat on Boards of Directors. Beyond the objectives to reduce costs, Purchasing Directors must also participate in a company's international development, contribute to reducing “time to market” and to encourage innovation. [...]

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