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Not much has Changed! What are we in for at the Grocery Store and other venues for the holidays and beyond?

Friday, December 1st, 2023


Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

I live in Arizona. Yes, we have great weather beginning right around now until well into next year. Resultingly, we have a lot of visitors come to the valley during these times, which includes many holidays like Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others I am probably forgetting. Add to that the NCAA Football Semi Final Fiesta Bowl, The Super Bowl, The Waste Management Phoenix Open and any number of car auctions including the popular Barret-Jackson Car Show. So, you guessed it, our population explodes during what we call The Season.

This puts stress on all our businesses and for many it is their best time of the year if they have product to sell. Let’s hope that the demand can be fulfilled. That may be a challenge based on the following article. So, plan. Well ahead!

In a story title All the Food Shortages Coming to Grocery Stores Soon, Experts Predict by Kali Coleman at Best Life. From toilet paper to cleaning supplies, shoppers were rocked by major shortages in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and everything that came with it. But even as the COVID situation has improved, supply chain issues have continued, some with major consequences. Now, many experts are warning that we should prepare ourselves for several food shortages in the not-too-distant future. Read on to find out what you might not be able to find at your local grocery store.

Based on my observations and the above article it seems though both consumers and suppliers will have the plan intelligently by looking at alternatives, replacement products and recipes in order to please their customers. And both should plan on spending more too.

So, how do you find alternate sources of supply if you are a retailer? Contact SafeSourcing Inc. our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers and we work with them all the time.

For more information, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Associate.


  1. Best Life, Kali Coleman

Thanksgiving and Black Friday is really a story of a supply chain found and developed!

Friday, November 24th, 2023


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

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from SafeSourcing

One hundred and two pilgrims and crew arrived in Massachusetts after a 3,000 mile trip from England on the Mayflower. It is safe to say that as a result of that distance there was no existing supply chain to leverage, so one had to be developed and quickly. This began with basic hunting and gathering and later included trading with the areas indigenous peoples known as the Wampanoag’s for corn, seed and foraging and planting techniques.

The Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621. Since the pilgrims had only arrived on November 21st of 1620 they had really not been there long enough to develop a fully reliable and renewable supply source. They had however established collaborative relationships with the local Wampanoag people who became regular trading partners and who helped them celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.

The most detailed description of the “First Thanksgiving” comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:”Our harvest  being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.

The fowl referred to above certainly could have included a wide range of fowl that was plentiful in the area such as wild turkey, pheasant, goose, duck, and partridge and unfortunately by today’s standards even eagles.

The pilgrims probably didn’t have pies or much of anything sweet at the harvest feast because they did not yet have ovens. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the first Thanksgiving, the supply had probably run out.

Their meals also included many different types of meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the staples of today’s Thanksgiving, didn’t really play a large part in the feast. Other items that may have been on the menu certainly included sea food such as clams and lobster, Indian corn, wild fruits and nuts, meats such as venison and seal and certain dry herbs and spices.

The Thanksgiving meal that has today become a national holiday is a symbol of supply chain cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Have you seen the new features and Artificial Intelligence (Ai) coming in Google Maps?

Monday, November 20th, 2023


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

As you probably know, Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation applications in the world.  If you haven’t heard Google Maps got a massive new AI upgrade recently and added 5 new features that makes it smarter and more helpful than older versions.  One of the new features and probably one of the most impressive is the Immersive View feature.  This feature allows you to see your routes from the street level in an amazing 3D view.  This new feature allows you to get detailed and realistic views of your surroundings, landmarks, and directions before you even begin your trip.  Using this feature is very useful when your trip involves complex or unfamiliar areas where most people may get lost by the confusing directions or surroundings.  This feature works by allowing you to preview every step of your trip whether you are driving, cycling, or walking.  For example, if you wanted to take a scenic bike route, you would just request cycling directions to the destination and then tap Immersive View preview to see your route in a stunning, multidimensional view from start to finish.  Doing this can help you prepare for each turn as if you were there with detailed, visual turn by turn directions.  It has a time slider that you can use to view helpful information like weather conditions and simulated traffic.  This will allow you to avoid taking the trip during bad weather or during heavy traffic times.  Below are some of the other new features.

  • Google Maps Search with AI
  • AI enhanced Google Maps Navigation
  • Added EV Charging Station Info
  • Lens in Maps Feature

If you are looking to purchase new smartphones or devices for your company and would like help researching available options, feel free to contact SafeSourcing.   We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which one meets your needs.  If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

The Vital Role of Procurement Services in Business Success

Friday, November 17th, 2023


Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Director of HR and Administration at SafeSourcing

In the complex ecosystem of modern business operations, the role of procurement services stands as a linchpin for organizational success. Procurement, often regarded as a behind-the-scenes function, plays a pivotal role in driving efficiency, cost savings, and sustainability within businesses across industries. It encompasses the processes involved in acquiring goods, services, and works from external sources.

Driving Efficiency and Cost Savings

At its core, procurement is about optimizing the purchasing process to ensure the right resources are obtained at the right time and at the best possible cost. Leveraging procurement services allows businesses to streamline their supply chain, negotiate favorable terms with suppliers, and source high-quality materials or services while minimizing expenses. This efficiency not only impacts the bottom line but also enhances operational agility.

Strategic Decision-Making

Procurement services extend beyond mere transactional activities. They involve strategic decision-making that aligns with a company’s overall objectives. Procurement professionals evaluate supplier performance, assess risks, and identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration. This strategic approach helps in fostering long-term relationships with suppliers and mitigating potential disruptions in the supply chain.

Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Compliance

In an increasingly globalized marketplace, navigating through various regulations, compliance standards, and ethical considerations is a complex task. Procurement services play a crucial role in mitigating risks associated with supplier relationships, ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements, and maintaining ethical sourcing practices. This not only safeguards the company’s reputation but also reduces potential legal and financial risks.

Fostering Innovation and Sustainability

Procurement services contribute significantly to fostering innovation and sustainability initiatives within organizations. By engaging with suppliers to identify environmentally friendly materials or sustainable practices, businesses can reduce their environmental footprint and align with evolving societal expectations. Collaborating with suppliers on innovation leads to the development of cutting-edge products or services, giving companies a competitive edge.

Enhancing Supplier Relationships

Effective procurement services are built on strong supplier relationships. Cultivating partnerships based on mutual trust and understanding fosters collaboration, flexibility, and responsiveness. Strong supplier relationships often result in preferential treatment, better terms, and a more agile supply chain network, ultimately benefiting the organization’s overall performance.

The importance of procurement services cannot be overstated in today’s dynamic business landscape. Beyond simply acquiring goods and services, it plays a multifaceted role in driving efficiency, mitigating risks, fostering innovation, and ensuring compliance. Businesses that prioritize robust procurement strategies position themselves for sustained growth, resilience, and competitive advantage in the market.

For more information on what the SafeSourcing Procurement Managed Services team can offer you, or on our Risk Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

Why use SafeSourcing versus other providers in the Procurement Space?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023


Today’s post is from a collection of data and other tools that SafeSourcing’s CEO Ronald D. Southard uses regularly in the pursuit of fresh content.

  1. Cost Savings: SafeSourcing can help businesses achieve cost savings through strategic sourcing and negotiation processes. By leveraging their expertise and technology, they will assist in obtaining better prices from suppliers than you can.
  2. Efficiency in Procurement: SafeSourcing offers tools and platforms that streamline the procurement process, making it more efficient and reducing the time and resources required for sourcing all categories of goods and services.
  3. Supplier Relationship Management: SafeSourcing might provide services to help businesses manage relationships with their suppliers effectively. This can include monitoring performance, addressing issues, and fostering collaborative partnerships.
  4. Risk Mitigation: The company may have tools and processes in place to assess and mitigate risks associated with the procurement process. This could include evaluating supplier reliability, compliance, and other factors that may impact business operations.
  5. Access to a Network of Suppliers: SafeSourcing could offer access to a wide network of pre-vetted suppliers in their SafeSourceIt™ Supplier Database. This can be particularly beneficial for businesses looking to expand their supplier base or enter into new markets.
  6. Technology Integration: If SafeSourcing utilizes advanced technologies, businesses may benefit from the integration of these tools into their procurement processes. This could include e-sourcing platforms, analytics, and other technological solutions embedded in the SafeSourceIt™ family of solutions.
  7. Compliance Support: SafeSourcing through regularly sourcing hundreds of categories may assist businesses in ensuring that their procurement practices comply with relevant or evolving regulations and industry standards. This can be crucial for avoiding legal issues and maintaining a positive corporate image.
  8. Customized Solutions: The company may tailor its managed services to meet the specific needs of individual businesses. This personalized approach can be advantageous in addressing unique challenges and optimizing the procurement process.

To learn more please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Representative.


Bankruptcy is not fake news, and you might be next if you don’t pay attention.

Thursday, November 9th, 2023


Today’s post is by Ron Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing.

I read an article today on by Kirk O’Neil titled Beloved fast-food chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Quite frankly it took a while to figure out what chain the article was referring to because it spent a lot of the article talking about the problems Rite Aide is having who also filed for Chapter 11. Then it went on to talk about  a furniture company that had to close 27 stores in 14 states and ultimately had to file for Chapter 7 liquidation.

The article did finally mention a restaurant chain that had to file for chapter 11 because sales have not recovered from the Covid Pandemic. How often have we heard this?

The fact is the fast-food sector of the retail is suffering, the model has changed quite a bit. How often do you go inside your favorite location to order your food (it is faster). Most of the takeaway or to go traffic is done through the drive-up windows. I’m pretty sure we are going to start seeing them again in the c-store space as they continue to try and capitalize on fresh food offerings, some of which have become outstanding. Even food service distributors are shifting their attention to the c-store vertical as a new source of business.

So, what’s the point? There is a lot of pain in all retail, it’s a war for the customers reduced spending. Thank the FED, The current Democrat Administration, and the Banks for that. However, where there is pain there is opportunity. If you look for it, it may just save some jobs or pay for that new self-checkout because you can’t find enough staff  for the shift work in 24-hour operations.

If you ask, you can find lower prices on just about everything. Capital Projects, Cost of Goods and Expense. Here’s the thing, you are understaffed for the job you have to do. There are other projects that the company will never get to.  You don’t have the time to do it yourself. That’s where SafeSourcing comes in. We know the categories as well or better than you do. We know where all of the suppliers are and have relationships with them, that you do not.

If you wan to reduce costs, I mean really reduce them so you can afford to do other things, Contact SafeSourcing. We guarantee our work, and our ROI is often greater than 10X and immediate.

All of you Retailers are paying way more than you should be for just about everything.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023


Today’s post is by Ron Southard CEO and Chief Money Saver at SafeSourcing Inc.

The pandemic scared everyone. The retail industry had moved largely toward single source supply chain initiatives. The last two years has not really seen much movement away from that. The result is that retailers are paying way too much for everything. As a good cop in this equation, I try to keep customers and prospects informed as to market movement on as many commodities, supplies and services as I can. It’s pretty easy, because I can actually look back at what retailers were paying two to four years ago and I can compare it to what other retailers are paying now. The best I can do with that information is share it in a nonspecific way. Example: Two Years ago, you paid X for Y. Last week another customer ended up paying X for the same Y. They are paying less than you are.

My reaction to the above would be, tell me more and tell me how soon we can fix it. In fact, SafeSourcing has reduced its costs on everything we do including interest rates on all types of debt. We can do the same for you.

I know planning for the future and worrying about what to do about shrinking labor pools or lack of shift workers or how to attract more customers away from one format (fast food to C-Store) to yours is all top of mind, but many a fine MBA professor has told their students ITS ABOUT THE MONEY. What are the two most important things to a retailer? People (customers) and Money (cashflow/profit).

I can help you get there sooner rather than later.  Or maybe you’re just waiting to be bought out or get fired.

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based Managed Services provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite . Our average annual savings against all categories are in excess of 24%. Think about what those numbers would do to your bottom line whether they are from cost of goods or expense. Protect your precious headcount because it is the right thing to do,

For more information, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Associate.



What do we mean when we ask for your current price.

Monday, November 6th, 2023


Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc

According to Bing, the spot price of a commodity is the current cash cost of it for immediate purchase and delivery. The futures price locks in the cost of the commodity that will be delivered at some point other than the present usually, some months hence. The difference between the spot price and futures price in the market is called the basis.

At SafeSourcing we always ask our customer for their current price when developing the strategy for sourcing events. The nice part about the word current, is that it means today. Not the price you negotiated a year or two ago or longer that has gone through commodity shifts that have triggered escalation language in your contract. True some of you may be paying the exact same price as you did two years ago, but just wait until you have to renegotiate. If you don’t know, there are ways to get that information through an eRFI, eRFP or other means. When SafeSourcing says we will guarantee our results we are talking about what SafeSourcing is able to achieve versus a true current price that we can all agree upon. This is also the reason that true sourcing events may take multiple forms and why a strategy is needed.

If you’d really like to begin saving money, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Services Associate.

SafeSourcing is a Procure to Pay SaaS based provider of a number of e-Procurement solutions and associated white glove services that are part of our SaaS offered SafeSourceIt™ eSourcing suite. These include but are not limited to SafeContract™, SafePO™, SafeDocument™ and our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database that includes over 557,000 vendor/suppliers.


Post-Consumer Materials and the Circular Economy

Thursday, October 26th, 2023


Today’s post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

How is your company planning to work with evolving circular economy issues?

According to Wikipedia A circular economy (also referred to as circularity and CE)[2] is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.[3] CE aims to tackle global challenges as climate changebiodiversity loss, waste, and pollution by emphasizing the design-based implementation of the three base principles of the model.

Global business is now thinking way past post-consumer materials which as we all know drove many of the early recycling initiatives implemented by businesses. A definition of that term which is a beginning point but less broad than circular economy is below.

The term post-consumer materials are finished productspackages, or materials produced or created by a business or consumer.  Post-customer materials have served their intended uses and have been recovered or diverted from the waste stream with the intention of recycling or reuse. An example of post-consumer materials is paper recycling.  The purpose of paper recycling is to turn paper into new paper products.

SafeSourcing is an eprocurement company that operates across multiple industries. Our SafeSourceIt™ Global Supplier Database of over 457,000 suppliers provides easy access to alternative sources of supply based on post-consumer materials and or circular economy requirements. To learn more, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services associate.

Sources: Circular economy – Wikipedia


Is your property ready for the upcoming winter season?

Monday, October 16th, 2023


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

I decided to go ahead and repost this BLOG that I wrote a while back because it is that time of year again and we had done our end of the year maintenance to make sure everything goes smoothly this upcoming winter.  Remember, you are less likely to have expensive repairs if you maintain and inspect the items listed below.

Well, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning colors, and the temperatures are starting to drop.  It’s time to start thinking about what kind of fall maintenance needs to be done before winter weather arrives.  With these cooler temperatures, it makes for the best time to take care of any outside maintenance that needs to be done before the really freezing weather arrives.  For example, mowing the lawn for the last time this season.  Your lawn should be approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches by wintertime.  This is considered to be the right height so that it will not be stressed during the chilly winter months.  This height will also ensure that your lawn will not be affected by snow mold.  Snow mold is a type of fungus or turf disease that can damage or kill grass after the snow melts.  It is also a known allergen that can trigger allergies and asthma.   Along with mowing the lawn, it is important to make sure that you clean out your gutters once all of the leaves around your property have fallen.  Leaving these leaves and other debris within the gutters can cause them to become clogged which can lead to leaky roofs or water damage to the exterior or interior of your property.  Since the weather is nice, now is a good time to make a list of all the things that need to be done and get prepared for winter.  Below are some things that you may want to add to your list.

  • Aerate the soil.
  • Fertilize the lawn.
  • Check for foundation cracks.
  • Inspect exterior walls for peeling paint.
  • Inspect the roof for loose shingles.
  • Inspect driveways for cracks.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor water valves to prevent freezing pipes.
  • Clean basement window wells
  • Winterize sprinkler systems.

If you need help finding a licensed maintenance company to maintain your property, feel free to contact SafeSourcing.   We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which company meets your needs.  If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.