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Thou Shalt Manage (and Cherish) Thy (Best) Suppliers
In its recent report, Shifting C-level Business Priorities as the Recovery Takes Hold, Saugatuck Technologies claims that top business priorities are returning

commodity trading blog  discerned in their particular commodity (e.g., steel ingots or plastic resin) across all business units. In addition, they might want to know how many vendors account for the top 50 percent of, say, the transportation spend, and what percentages of the transportations spend is with preferred suppliers. Chief procurement officers (CPOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) care about the “bigger picture” issues, such as how the global program is performing and where the next wave of opportunities might

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