A Critical Look at Category Management (Part 4) [Plus+]

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Editor's note: This Spend Matters Plus brief is a refresh of our 2013 series on category management, which originally ran on Spend Matters PRO. 

In the last few weeks we’ve looked at some of the drawbacks related to what we might call “traditional” category management (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). However, we should stress that they’re all aspects of the process that can be overcome by appropriate thought and management effort. The lack of stakeholder involvement we’ve sometimes seen — the overly procurement-centric approach — can be addressed by ensuring that the right engagement takes place. The risk of over-standardisation of approach can be mitigated by being aware of that issue and ensuring it doesn’t happen. But today’s discussion will consider an alternative approach that perhaps challenges more fundamentally the conventional steps in the category management process.

Afternoon Coffee: China Sending Trade Envoy to Washington, SwanLeap Named Fastest-Growing Company for 2017

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The U.S.-China trade war saw signs of reprieve Thursday as China announced it is sending an envoy to Washington for talks. SwanLeap, a company being called the “eBay of Freight,” took the top spot in Inc.com’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing companies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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