Archive for July, 2016

Why are there so many kids outside?

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

 

Today?s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.

If you haven?t already heard there?s a new app taking the world by storm. Pok?mon Go is a new free application that can be downloaded to Android and iOS.? According to an article on Forbes.com on July 11th, 2016, the application has at least 7.5M US downloads on iOS and Android (Google Play only) since early Thursday, with $1.6M in daily revenue in Apple?s iOS store alone.? The application is free to play, but purchases can be made within the application to improve player?s experience.? The object of the game is to capture, train, and battle virtual Pok?mon while roaming around your town or neighborhood using the location-based augmented reality application.

There?s one positive side effect coming from the playing the game that kids may not realize and that is the app is getting them outside and exercising, which is the opposite of most of the games they are used to playing. I can attest to this because I have two children that downloaded the app last evening and have already caught the Pok?mon Go fever.? Since it?s summer vacation, they usually sleep in but they were up by 8 this morning and roaming the neighborhood for wild Pok?mon.? I?m not sure how long this craze will last but it pleases me to see they?re having fun and enjoying the outside like my generation.

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What is a CertiPur-US? Certification?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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CertiPUR-US is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification program

Today post was written by Ryan Melowic, Vice President of Customer Services at SafeSourcing.

According to the CertiPUR-US? website ?the CertiPUR-US? program was developed to provide the comfort and confidence of knowing the flexible polyurethane foam meets standards for content, emissions and durability and are analyzed by independent, accredited laboratories. Today, foam producers from all countries may participate in the program, as long as they meet our rigorous certification guidelines.

CeriPUR-US approved foams are:

  1. Low emissions (VOCs) for indoor air quality
  2. Made without ozone depleters
  3. Made without PBDEs
  4. Made without mercury, lead, and heavy metals
  5. Made without formaldehyde
  6. Made without prohibited phthalates

CertiPUR-US is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification program developed by the global flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) industry.?

For more information on how we can help you with your procurement needs or on our ?Risk Free? trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

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Teamwork makes the dream work

Monday, July 18th, 2016

 

Today?s post is by Dave Wenig, Regional Sales Manager at SafeSourcing.

I like teamwork. I also enjoy collaboration or any other terms roughly representing the concept of a group working together toward some objective. Teamwork is quite helpful in achieving an organization?s goals. It allows for individuals to showcase their strengths and groups to produce more/better/faster than they could by working alone. Plus, there?s no shortage of inspirational quotes from which you can draw? inspiration!

?Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.? – Andrew Carnegie

So, beyond quotes, how does an organization make teamwork work

Like many organizations, you probably find that your teams rely heavily on email while collaborating on projects. Document versions are sent and received almost constantly throughout the day. This often creates too many moving parts and too many opportunities for human error. Is each team member reviewing the correct version? Did I forget to copy a team member on that email? Were we both editing the document at the same time? Where is that file?

?T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More? – Unknown

We?ve all been through some version of the struggle created by collaborating with a team and passing around documents. Fortunately, organizations are now able to easily put in place solutions that reduce these types of common teamwork difficulties. Document Management solutions are available that ensure that documents are centrally stored, protected, and have editing and version control that prevent and protect against human error.

When a member of my team saves a new version of a project document, I have immediate access to the most current version. When I am making edits, my teammates cannot also until I have finished. I can search through tens of thousands of documents to quickly find exactly what I?m looking for.

Document Management is a viable answer for the challenges I?ve outlines and many more as well. At SafeSourcing, our solution is called SafeDocument? and it empowers our own team, as well as our customers? teams, and will do the same for yours. After all, it?s what makes our teamwork work.

?Teamwork makes the dream work? ? John C. Maxwell

Dave Wenig is a Regional Sales Manager at SafeSourcing and is a devoted champion of saving money. Dave or any member of the experienced team at SafeSourcing would be happy to discuss how SafeSourcing can help you at any point in the Source to Pay lifecycle. For more information, please contact a SafeSourcing representative.

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When should you consider a generic product?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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Today?s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing

Comparing alike products and deciding which is best can be a very daunting task. Should you buy a name brand or will the generic option meet my needs?? These are a few questions that can enter in your mind during the decision making process.? Some people feel more comfortable purchasing name brands.? If this is the case, you may be able to get the name brand item cheaper than the generic by watching sales, using coupons or utilizing price matching.

Some items purchased may not make a difference in cost because of the frequency purchased. For example, choosing a generic food item; it may be a little cheaper but you only purchase it once or twice a year.? In this case you may want to settle for the brand that you enjoy.

When it comes to more expensive items you may want to purchase a generic over the name brand if it?s something that you may only use a few times a year. If it is something that will be used more frequently then you may want to stick with a reputable brand that is known for its durability and warranties.

When purchasing over the counter medications, you may want to purchase the generic form. These generic medications are regulated by the FDA and must contain the same active ingredients, strength, dosage form, route of administration and label.? This ensures that the generics will have the same benefits as the brand name equivalents.

Keep in mind that buying a generic product doesn?t always mean that it is an inferior product. Some generic products are often made by the same name brand companies but are packaged differently.

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Retailers; is your sourcing transparent enough?

Friday, July 1st, 2016

 

Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

If you are not sourcing at least 30% of your cost of goods and services using e-procurement tools, you are lagging your industry leaders as well as being significantly behind other industries. As such; you are not getting the best costs and not driving the best margins for your company.

Reverse auctions since their inception more than a?16 years ago haven driven healthy competition amongst supplier companies. As such the results of a reverse auction can provide a great benchmark for both the buyer and the supplier. For the buyer the results can be used as a tool to evaluate how to best source other products and services. Additionally suppliers that are not the low quote or winning bid now have the opportunity to evaluate why that is and what they need to do in order to improve or to be more competitive in the market place. This of course is all happening without the need to collect, collate, compare or negotiate during the process. In other words it is happening transparently to the normal sourcing process. I watched a reverse auction today where 4 suppliers placed 180 quotes for a dozen line items in under 30 minutes. No buyer can do that. Additionally reverse auctions provide the opportunity for suppliers that are outside of your business area or knowledge base to bid for your business.

Possibly the single largest area of benefit to reverse auctions outside of price compression? for? procurement professionals? is that it offers? a significant opportunity for process improvement since most solution providers offer a standard process for hosting reverse auctions. Everything is done in one place using standard processes in building the event to the final analysis of the bids collected. Information availability is immediate for evaluation and is archived for easy access in the future. This reduces the overall procurement life cycle, eliminates or reduces the opportunity for human error, and provides a standard way to conduct and award business.

Please contact a SafeSourcing Project Manager in order to learn more.

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