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February 14-18: Top Procurement Challenges, Balancing Profit and Purpose, Negotiating in Inflationary Times


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If you are planning your virtual procurement event schedule beyond this week, take a look at the recently updated speaker and session listing for Art of Procurement Digital Outcomes, taking place March 8-10 from 12-2pm ET each day.


5 Success-Driving Actions: What It Takes to Tackle Procurement Challenges In 2022 (Everest Group)

February 15th, 10am ET

We know from the title of this event that there are five actions that can help drive procurement’s success in 2022, but the one I am most interested in is talent. You can call it the “Great Recession” or the “Pink Recession,” but I certainly wouldn’t want to be trying to fill open positions right now. Great talent has always been critical to procurement’s success, but what will missing talent do? Join Amy Fong, Michel Janssen, and David Rickard from Everest Group to find out.


Balancing Profit and Purpose: How Supply Chain and Procurement Can Align for Success (Forrester, Coupa)

February 15th, 12n ET

Supplier diversity and sustainable sourcing are slowly but steadily merging into the all-encompassing ESG: short for environmental, social, and governance. These objectives present a challenge all on their own, but layered on top of supply chain shocks, labor shortages, and inflation, it is a steep hill to climb. In this webinar, George Lawrie of Forrester, and Dr. Madhav Durbha from Coupa will describe the ways companies can balance their qualitative and quantitative priorities in practice.


Negotiating Prices in Inflationary Times - Turning Adversity into Competitive Advantage (ProPurchaser)

February 16th, 1pm ET

Speaking of inflation… what are we going to do??? No one is giving procurement a pass on our savings targets, but costs continue to rise. Being stuck between supplier price increases and frustrated finance representatives is no fun. Join career cost transparency advocate Rod Sherkin for a live webinar full of real world approaches you can apply NOW to tame the ‘inflation gorilla.’





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