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CAPS News - March 2019

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CPOs from leading companies came together last week in the unique setting of our CPO Roundtable. We asked them about their current priorities and challenges and how they imagine the future of supply management. CPOs told us they are primarily focused on digitization and technology, risk management, transforming and reinventing their organizations, and talent management.  We heard the early adopters share their use of blockchain, robotics, advanced analytics, and many other interesting topics that will shape our future. 

The things we learn first-hand from supply management leaders translate into leading-edge research, key benchmarking metrics, and game-changing events, helping you to advance your practice. How can CAPS help you reach your goals?


Quick fact: Exploring Strategic Category Management

CAPS Benchmarking dove into understanding the ins and outs of strategic category management among companies in our most recent Snapshots survey. One interesting insight gained was out of the 85 companies that responded, 65% reported that category managers remain in their area of expertise, while 35% reported having their category managers rotate to other spend categories to gain broader experience. Of those who rotate category managers, 59% reported the rotation lasting 3-5 years.  Category management

Everyone is welcome to access selected resources in the CAPS Library, but only members can see this new report: Exploring Strategic Category Management 2019

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eAuctions – at the CAPS CPO Roundtable
Mobile Devices Policy – at the CAPS CPO Roundtable
The 2019 Metrics of Supply Management
Supplier Diversity Programs

CAPS events

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

Upcoming events:
April 16: Aerospace & Defense Industry Group
April 30: Third Party Risk Management

Save these dates!
June 4:
Innovative Approaches to Cost Savings 
October 22-23: Supply Management Roundtable 

CAPS in the news

CAPS is often cited in the media for our research findings, metrics, and supply management expertise. Be sure to follow us on social media (links below) for the latest. 

Top cited researcher: "Until Arizona State University supply chain management Professor Thomas Choi conducted his groundbreaking study, few researchers had looked at social networks among suppliers." Our executive director of research is recognized as a pioneering researcher.


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