Roundup of the Best Procurement Resources
By Hugo Britt | October 7, 2021
Today, there is a wealth of online procurement and supply resources to educate, inform, support, and motivate professionals across the globe.
With so much to choose from, we’ve compiled a list featuring some of our favorite influencers, podcasts, blogs, events, and networks for you to get stuck into.
The best procurement resources on social media
When looking for resources that will help you up your sourcing game, the best place to start is social media, Twitter and LinkedIn specifically.
Sarah Scudder is a marketer, lead generation strategist, content creator, public speaker, community builder, and event host. She is the President of the Real Sourcing Network (RSN) – a procurement technology and services company with a bold and audacious mission: to change the way companies buy printing and marketing services.
Harold Good is a procurement and supply chain influencer, procurement advisor, futurist, and the founder of the Procurement Pros Group, which is designed to help procurement departments become “more strategic.”
Dr. Muddassir Ahmed
Dr. Muddassir Ahmed is the Founder of SCMDOJO and a supply chain influencer with more than 86,000 social media followers.
Buyers Meeting Point
Kelly Barner is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and has more than 15 years of experience in purchasing and procurement leadership.
As well as addressing a wide range of procurement topics, she recently became the host of Una’s podcast, The Sourcing Hero.
Stephany Lapierre is the Founder and CEO of Tealbook, where she has made it her mission to deliver a ‘Trusted Source of Supplier Data’ to the ever-growing eProcurement space.
Amanda Prochaska is the Founder and Chief at Wonder Services, which is a full-service, engagement advisory firm offering leaders, and companies alike, a simple but powerful way to achieve more from their relationships.
She is also the Chief Shimmer Officer at Global Women Procurement Professionals, which focuses on attracting, retaining, and growing women in their current and future roles within procurement.
The best procurement resources available via podcasts
In a time when it seems like anyone and everyone has a podcast, here are the ones worth tuning into on a regular basis.
Art of Procurement
In Phil Ideson’s Art of Procurement podcast, he talks with a range of procurement and supply chain thought leaders who share trends, strategies and tactics professionals can lever to elevate the role of procurement and their career. Previous topics include Taking Control of Procurement’s Brand, Contracting In The New Economy, and Designing Procurement to Accelerate Success in a High Growth Business.
The Sourcing Hero
The Sourcing Hero podcast is a weekly 20-30 minute podcast featuring epic stories about beating the odds and rising up in procurement. Hosted by Kelly Barner, former guests include Karthik Rama, aka ‘The Procurement Doctor’, Canda Rozier, the President of Collabra Consulting, and Greg Tennyson, SVP of Strategy and Procurement at Fairmarkit.
Get caught up on Season 2 here!
Procurement Talk, hosted by David Byrne, provides insights, solutions and assistance to other procurement and business professionals. Recent topics include Support Your Executive Team and Win, Setting up a Contracts Register, and How to Win Negotiations.
Sourcing Industry Landscape
Join Sourcing Industry Group CEO and President, Dawn Tiura, for conversations on The Sourcing Industry Landscape with innovators who embrace technology to improve, influence and inspire procurement professionals. Each podcast provides actionable advice for sourcing and procurement professionals at any stage in their career.
Decisions That Matter
There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. The Decisions That Matter podcast features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the most pressing topics in the public sector.
The best procurement resources for supply chain news and industry insights
For procurement resources, deep dives into issues surrounding the sourcing industry, and insights into the profession, check out these blogs and resource centers.
Supply Chain Brain
Supply Chain Brain provides the latest supply chain and logistics news, analysis, videos, podcasts, case studies and webinars for industries across the U.S. and world.
The Strategic Sourceror blog provides industry news and category management expertise that strategic sourcing and supply chain professionals can use to better improve their market intelligence.
Future of Sourcing
CPO Rising is a news and media site written for and about Chief Procurement Officers and other supply management executives. It is also the largest website focused on procurement and supply management. The site is committed to engaging executive leaders with a steady stream of top-quality, progressive, and original content.
Supply Chain Digital
The best procurement events to attend virtually and in-person
Even in the most challenging times, the show must go on! Whether it be virtually or in-person, here are some key procurement and industry related events you may want to attend (or catch a replay of after the fact).
Big Ideas Summit Chicago
When: October 5, 2021
The Big Ideas Summit Chicago is focused on sustainability and will empower professionals to lead the charge to establish greener supply chains and sustainable procurement processes. Anyone can register as a digital delegate to join the conversation and learn how to drive change that will benefit their business, the environment, and society.
2021 Glogal Executive Summit
When: October 11-13, 2021
SIG Global Executive Summits are 3-day events that are packed with the latest best practices, cost-cutting strategies, innovative processes and risk-mitigation approaches.
Through CPO roundtables, keynote sessions, breakout sessions, solution demonstrations and networking events, you’ll hear from industry thought leaders, discover the latest innovative trends and have the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals facing similar challenges.
World Procurement Congress 2021
When: October 12-14, 2021
This three-day gathering at the InterContinental- O2, London is a highlight on the procurement calendar. Every year leaders use the event to boost collaboration and innovation within the sector and ensure there is a space for intriguing conversations.
Attendees can join in-person sessions in London or dial into the broadcast stream to make the most of global insights and connections irrespective of travel constraints. Day 1 will be fully virtual while Day 2 and 3 will be in-person with a broadcast stream.
Garter Supply Chain Symposium
When: October 25-27, 2021
This virtual event will help professionals discover the must-have insights, strategies and frameworks for CSCOs and supply chain leaders to build the sustainable, societal and profitable supply chains required for a dynamic world.
ISM World 2022
When: May 22-25, 2022
The ISM World Annual Conference is a world-class event with the mission of providing an educational environment and experience that brings together thought leaders, supply chain and procurement professionals and the solution-driven suppliers that support them. This is a hybrid conference so for those that cannot travel to the Orlando event in-person won’t miss out.
The best procurement communities to join
Community and connection is everythin. Here are some of the best industry-related communities to join for ongoing support.
Procurious is a free social media network for a new generation of procurement and supply chain professionals. Members can access the latest news and advice, build their personal brand and advance their careers, develop skills through online training, contribute to topical discussions, and expand their network of procurement and supply chain professionals across the globe.
Procurement Leaders is a global community that provides strategy development and peer-to-peer benchmarking for Chief Procurement Officers and their leadership teams. The site has a wealth of resources including insights from the minds of global CPOs, blogs, webinars, and research papers.
Let's Talk Supply Chain
Sarah Barnes-Humphrey founded a vibrant digital community Let’s Talk Supply Chain. This includes the Blended Podcast, which sparks engaging conversations with fresh perspectives to create value for the supply chain community.
She endeavors to raise awareness and pass the mic to underrepresented voices in the industry including the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, and those with disabilities. Her work also includes a fantastic series on Women in Supply Chain.
For more resources, be sure to visit Unaversity!