About Spend Matters

Who is Spend Matters?

Azul Partners, the parent company of Spend Matters (US), was founded in January 2004 and is headquartered in Chicago. The blog Spend Matters launched in November 2004, making it the first blog and social media site in the procurement and supply chain sector.

While we still very much embrace the description blog – and we refer to ourselves as bloggers rather than analysts in polite conversation – our venture has grown into something much larger. In maintaining its roots and values, our core site has become a global content community dedicated to examining a range of procurement and supply chain issues. Today, we publish more research than all of the traditional industry analyst firms combined, and the level of depth of our content reflects an insider’s eye that only former senior practitioners, consultants and true technology experts could bring to the procurement and operations table.

In 2010, Azul Partners expanded when it acquired Aptium Global, a consultancy and owner of MetalMiner, a blog that launched in December 2007. MetalMiner is now the largest metals information site in North America, examining manufacturing sourcing strategies. Publishing 30+ new articles per week with a diverse audience that consists of procurement, supply chain, producers, distributors, traders and banks, MetalMiner reaches 35,000+ unique visitors per month. MetalMiner also publishes the MetalMiner IndX, which contains over 600 daily price points of specific value to industrial buyers, and MetalMiner Indexes (MMI) for over ten metals categories. MetalMiner contributes to Spend Matters PRO in the areas of industrial distribution/MRO, lead sourcing and supplier management strategies, demand aggregation, commodity forecasting and related areas.

Also in 2010, Spend Matters UK/Europe was born. A joint venture between Jason Busch and Peter Smith, an ex-CIPS President and 25-year veteran of CPO roles, procurement consulting, writing and speaking, it has rapidly become one of the best known procurement websites in Europe, with over 20,000 visitors a month. The site combines in-depth insight and analysis with a keen eye on procurement news and events, including in the UK government sector where its influence goes to the most senior levels. And the “comments” section has become a must-read destination in its own right!

Most recently, Azul Partners launched Healthcare Matters in the fall of 2011, with the support of healthcare and supply chain guru, Tom Finn.

In short:

  • Our collective sites are the largest and most influential in the procurement sector – and together, have the largest and broadest range of practitioners and advisors reading them than any other analyst, blog, media or subscription service
  • We have the biggest and most expert team in the market covering a range of procurement topics
  • Our Premium Research available on Spend Matters PRO sets the standard for the analyst world in procurement