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Welcome to the CAPS Blog featuring all the most recent CAPS releases, newsletters, infographics, and more. 

Supply Management Tariffs & Trade Wars

81% of companies report a moderate to significant impact on the business from tariffs & trade wars.

CAPS News - February 2020

More reports are becoming available in the Library for non-members, along with improved search functionality for ease of access.

Supply Management ROI

Supply management return on investment (ROI) is a simple way to demonstrate the value of the function, calculated by dividing cost savings (reduction + avoidance) by supply management operating expenses.

Investing in More Strategic Roles

It’s important for organizations to evaluate their needs and consider strategic headcount as they design the supply management organization of the future...

CAPS News - January 2020

With a new year and decade beginning we are excited to launch a new research program working with member CPOs.

CAPS News - December 2019

December 2019 brings new CAPS research on talent, sources of supply, supplier innovation, and more.

SM employees to total employees

While the strategic focus of supply management groups is quickly expanding, increased responsibility is not supported by growing headcount. Many supply management groups, in fact, are expected to do more with less...

Future Supply Management Talent

As the role of supply management professionals evolves, what skills, abilities, and expertise will future professionals need to succeed in the practice?

Total Cost Savings

Our annual Metrics of Supply Management (Cross-Industry) Report provides data for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for headcount, OPEX, spend, savings, ROI and and more, broken out further into five industries and three sectors, allowing for supply management groups to see how they stack up against comparable organizations. 

Turning the Corner on Tactical v. Strategic

Supply management groups realize the importance of a shift toward strategic practices, but the transition is slow. Across industries, we’re seeing 3% growth in the strategic employee balance, with companies reporting 62% tactical employees and 38% strategic employees.