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CAPS News - September 2018

This has been a good month for CAPS: Arizona State University - our partner institution - ranked high in a few things that make a difference to our members (in the news section); we released a new report on Procurement Analytics (in the Knowledge Central section); and, our upcoming Supply Management Roundtable is quickly filling. If you're part of a leadership team at one of our member companies, please consider attending. Our events are fast-paced and value-driven (with some great networking, at a beautiful venue). 

And if you're not at a member company, we still have a ton of opportunities for you. There are plenty of research and benchmarking reports you can access in our library or you may participate in surveys and get the resulting aggregated metrics as our thanks. This newsletter is the best way to stay in the loop.

If at any point you have questions about any of our programs, hit reply to this email or follow the links within - we'd be happy to hear from you.


Quick fact: Procurement Training

A recent CAPS survey confirms that the vast majority (80%) of participating companies conduct supplier safety reviews. Of those companies, 45% have a designated Safety Organization (E&H), 20% indicated that procurement is responsible. 

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Surveys are for both members and non-members. We love your data, and in exchange, everyone who completes a survey receives a complimentary copy of its metric report. That said, CAPS members get extra love: breakout reports and custom survey opportunities. Email us at to participate.

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Surveys in the pipeline: 
Supplier Audits and Assessments
Human Rights and the Supply Chain
Group Purchasing Organizations and Amazon for Business
CPO Insights – Demand Management

CAPS reearch studies

NEW RESEARCH: Procurement processes will be at the center of the emerging changes in the way organizations engage with their business partners, customers, and suppliers. This new report (linked below) examines how companies can architect their procurement data to discover new insights and evolve data structures through various levels of organizational maturity. 

Watch the preview video now or learn more about recent CAPS research studies

NEW REPORTS: Everyone is welcome to create a free CAPS account for access to selected resources, but only members can see the items below:

Procurement Analytics – Enabling Data Architectures in the Age of Big Data
Supplier Safety Performance Report 2018

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CAPS events

CAPS member events are where our benchmarking and research come to life while attendees create powerful networks that support them in their supply management evolution. Take full advantage of membership and join us for an event. 

Members: register now!

October 16-17: CAPS Supply Management Roundtable – North America | Scottsdale, AZ

Save the 2019 dates! Research Pipeline: January 25  /  CPO Roundtable: March 11

CAPS infographics

Follow us on social media (links below) or visit our archives of CAPS infographics on procurement and supply management research and benchmarking findings. If you like them, feel free to share!

CAPS in the news

CAPS is often cited in the media for our research findings, benchmarking metrics, and supply management expertise. We often share these stories on our Twitter and LinkedIn feeds, so be sure to follow us with the social links at the bottom of this email. Here's a story from the last month of CAPS in the media:

  • U.S. News & World Report released its education rankings and ASU is ranked No. 1 in innovation for the fourth year in a row, and the supply chain department at Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business was ranked No. 2 for supply chain management nationwide, ahead of MIT, Penn State, and Ohio State. Our organization was founded as a partnership between W. P. Carey at ASU and Institute for Supply Management. Our research program is headed by Prof. Thomas Choi and leverages the expertise of top researchers worldwide, many of whom come from ASU. 


The CAPS Research team is happy to welcome our new members this month!

Celanese Corporation (Premier)
TechnipFMC (Premier)
Cabot Corporation (Preferred)
Cheniere Energy (Preferred)
Oshkosh Corporation (Preferred)
Petrobras (Preferred)
Ryder System (Preferred)
YPF S.A. (Preferred)

CAPS Research corporate members hail from around the globe. Their membership enables us to provide practitioner-focused research, benchmarking services, and peer-to-peer networking events in effective and powerful. We also offer benchmarking opportunities for smaller companies. Please contact us to learn more.

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