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Recommended Procurement Webinars for May 15 - 19: Moving Beyond Price, Applying Watson, the Amazon Effect
Procurement Leaders’ World Procurement Congress is ‘in session’ this week in London on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you’re looking for a virtual event to attend, my picks for the week’s best webinars are listed below. Click on the title of each webinar below to view the full description and register.
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May 17th, 1:30am ET (3:30pm AEST)
If you are based in the Asia Pacific, or if you’re a night-owl, this is the event for you. We talk about needing to get beyond savings all the time, but we rarely get the opportunity to hear the facts behind successful examples. Craig Lardner, a former global CIPS president, will share two case studies that illustrate the differences between price, cost, and value. There is also the promise of an unprecedented happy ending: a thank you from the head of IT.
May 17th, 11:30am ET
In this webinar, HfS will talk about the practical applications of IBM’s Watson Services. They studied early adopters of Watson’s capabilities including how buyers can best leverage their evolving ecosystem of solutions. Of particular importance will be the discussion about the third parties that are developing solutions to apply Watson to specific business challenges and opportunities.
May 18th, 2pm ET
As the description for this webinar states, “Technology has also changed the way we shop and interact.” This is absolutely true – and since it is impossible to truly segment our expectations, corporate procurement and supply chain teams must be prepared to adapt if we have any hope of maximizing adoption and compliance. In this webinar, Tom Kretschmer, VP and GM of Retail & Consumer Brands at Ryder, will talk about the strategies supply chain organizations are employing to respond to the “Amazon Effect”.