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GPOs & Travel: Definitions and Trends [Video]

Questions about what a group purchasing organization (GPO) is, or what it has to do with emerging travel categories?

Pharmacy Benefits Management Cheat Sheet for Procurement

Understanding the basics when it comes to pharmacy benefits management (PBM) can be very beneficial to procurement manag...

7 Benefits of a Managed Office Relocation

Corporate United has been in our new office for less than a year, making us all too familiar with some of the challenges...

Illinois Energy Cost Implications you Need to Know to Avoid Overspending

As we hit the homestretch in our series we take an in depth look at Illinois. (To view other posts in this series, click...

Practical Implementation Guide for Managing IT Change to Take You from Preparation to Depl...

In the first post of this series, we noted how instrumental your IT organization is to enterprise productivity, risk mit...

Spend Smarter in Your Breakroom to Achieve Procurement Goals

We hear it from procurement teams a lot: they want to spend smarter. This is especially true for indirect spend categori...

What I Learned at Concur Fusion 2017

Almost all of the companies that we work with use some kind of online booking tool (OBT) and expense software for travel...

Inside 6 Common Misconceptions About Small Parcel Negotiation

Here at Corporate United, we are major advocates of not leaving money on the table when it comes to your indirect spend ...

Enhanced CWS Programs Bring More Value to Members

With growing interest and participation in Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) offerings we’re excited to highlight how...

Protect your Building Investment from the Ground-Level, Up: Flooring Maintenance Timeline

All day the workers in your facility are on your floor, working on it, stepping on it, running machines on it, storing e...

Customized MRO Inventory Reporting Automates Informed Buying

When it comes to purchasing MRO for your facility, inadequate or inaccurate data can create spend chaos plagued by stock...

Core Guidelines to Simplify Unified Communications Adoption in your Enterprise

Gaining stakeholder buy-in and workforce adoption for unified communications deployment is key to success.

Time is Not on your Side

Most of us have heard Voltaire’s wisdom translated as "Perfect is the enemy of good." Today, 250 years later, we have a ...

The Connected Office: How IoT Is Disrupting Office Products

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic right now and for good reason. The explosive growth of internet-connected de...

Practical Guide to Mastering the Four Phases of IT Change Management

IT is a multifaceted category as it connects every function of your enterprise, no matter the type of work. Changing sup...

Are You Making Informed Flame Resistant Clothing Buying Decisions? Test Your FR IQ!

When it comes to purchasing FR clothing there are numerous factors to consider related to maximizing worker safety, whil...

Trash Talk: Evolving Policy Changes Affecting Waste Management Compliance for all Types of...

All businesses and industrial facilities create waste, it is simply a by-product of business. Usually, as production inc...

Protect your Building Investment: Roofing Maintenance Timeline

When you take good care of your roof, you are making an investment in your building. Roof leaks can lead to structural d...

Beat the Heat: 7 Summer Safety Supplies to Protect Workers and Boost Productivity [Gallery...

On average, there are more heat related fatalities per year in the United States than any other weather event. There are...

The Search for Office Supplies Savings

We hear it every day: our customers still need more cost savings in the office supplies category. In a category that’s m...

Infographic: Six Questions to Ask your IT Team & Jumpstart Alignment

Read through these six questions you can ask to better align your procurement activities with your IT team’s initiatives...

FCRA Compliance: What You Need to Know

We all know that talent acquisition is paramount to success in the business world. However, staying up-to-date on the ru...

Challenges Facing Your Mobile Workforce

There are a lot of challenges associated with relocating employees, especially when you are talking about moving workers...

New York Energy State of Mind: What’s driving your energy prices?

In the third installment of our series we headed up to New York. Read on to understand how New York’s evolving energy pr...

Tips for Meetings Management Program Success

Implementing a strategic meetings management program (SMMP) is a huge benefit for busy organizations. But this new strat...

Infographic: 3 Reasons to Rethink Your Office Supplies Program

Read through this informative infographic featuring the reasons why a taking a look at your office supplies program thro...

Is Your Online Booking Tool (OBT) Performing?

As a travel category manager, members often come to me with similar complaints about online booking tools (OBTs) “it can...

How to Prepare Your Network for a Unified Communications Deployment

Enterprise businesses today frequently use more than one collaborative solution provider to keep their workforce connect...

Making Your Case: Five Components to Achieving Agreement

There are many times in our professional careers when we need to convince others to go along with our course of action. ...

Wellness Check: How Healthy is Your Procurement and IT Relationship?

As technology is leveraged in almost every function of an enterprise, managing IT spend can be challenging for procureme...

Why Promoting Internal Alignment Is So Important for Procurement Today

As a procurement leader, you’re well aware of how procurement’s role is evolving within the organization. You’ve probabl...

9 Reasons Suppliers Aren’t Participating in Your RFP

For a procurement professional who’s perpetually overstretched, conducting a request for proposal (RFP) guarantees one t...

Connect Workers to Realize Savings and Increase Productivity

The term “connected workforce” continues to gain traction, but its meaning often changes depending on the business funct...

The Rise of the “Mid-Market” Managed Services Providers (MSP)

Almost 40% of the world’s workforce is considered non-employee. But in the recent past, managed service providers (MSP) ...

Local Price Indicators Drive Informed Energy Spending in Texas

In the second installment of our series we are moseying down to Texas, read on to understand how Texas’ energy profile f...

Purchase your Workplace First Aid with Compliance in Mind

Facilities have job-specific liabilities when it comes to their first aid requirements. Many work related injuries can b...

What Procurement Needs to Know to Improve Your Office Supplies Program in 2017

Deloitte’s recent 2017 Global Chief Procurement Officer survey noted that enterprises remain focused on driving down cos...

9 Questions to Ask Your Payrolling Provider

Saving money and reducing risks are basic goals for procurement professionals everywhere. And, by implementing the right...

Stop Shipping Your Money Away: Inside 2017 Rate Increases for Small Parcel

It’s no secret that two main carriers dominate the market when it comes to small parcel shipping – UPS and FedEx hold a ...

Contingent Workforce Management is Changing – Are You Ready?

Managing your contingent workforce is not simply a matter of adjusting your old practices, but truly fostering a paradig...

Sustainability: The Next Big Thing in Procurement?

My new year’s resolution for 2017 was to be more environmentally conscious and actively observe the principals of reduce...

The Biggest Challenges Facing Procurement Teams This Year

Dustin Cochran is the Director of Member Development for Corporate United and was recently named a 2017 Pro to Know by S...

How to Bring Long-Term Value to Indirect Spend Programs

2017 Pro to Know Katie Virtue has been a part of Corporate United’s category management group for over six years, focuse...

MRO Vending Solutions Revolutionize Spend Strategies in the Industrial Marketplace

$500 billion is spent annually on MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) in the U.S, making MRO a target category for ...

2017 Supply Chain Outlook for Your Facility: How to Solve for Smart Spending

Matt Narens is a Category Development Manager within the Facilities Vertical at Corporate United and was recently named ...

The Real Impact That Your Breakroom Has on Your Business

The breakroom is an area of the office that, maybe surprisingly, holds an opportunity to help procurement cut costs in a...

Make Smarter Energy Buying Decisions in O-H-I-O Based on Local Price Drivers

Energy represents a significant cost savings opportunity if managed strategically. (To view other posts in this series, ...

Calculating the True Cost of Safety Complacency in Your Operation

Accidents happen. Even the most diligent, safety conscious plant managers or safety officers have experienced an inciden...

Five Change Management Tips For Successful Implementation

As a procurement leader you are often put in the position to guide your organization through change as you make new vend...

Move IT: The Case for Moving to Third-Party Maintenance Providers

Year over year procurement is challenged to cut, cut and cut more spend. Reducing spend becomes increasingly difficult a...

Trend Alert: Virtual & Augmented Reality Invading Meetings Management

A strategic approach to meetings management is on the rise, and you know what else is? The use of virtual and augmented ...

Verifying Your Organization’s Future Talent

When it comes to the hiring process and verifying future talent, there are a lot of rules and regulations that dictate h...

Stop Leaving Money on the Table: Improve Your Indirect Spending This Year

Indirect spend is getting a lot of attention lately, as cost reduction is a key strategic priority for businesses worldw...

5 Car Rental Myths Debunked

Although car rental is a mature category, industry changes affecting rates, fees and technology cause procurement and tr...

Why “We’re Different” Is an Expensive Sentence

The following is an edited excerpt from the book Expensive Sentences: Debunking the Common Myths that Derail Decisions a...

Linking Productivity & Cost Savings Through Unified Communications

As procurement teams and IT stakeholders continue to partner in business technology decisions it is important for procur...

Relocate Your Spend Strategy

An office relocation program and working with a GPO… You might find yourself wondering, “Is it worth it?” It can seem li...

Resolution for 2017: Stop Being Overcharged for Telecom Services

When was the last time you actually looked at your telecom bills?

A New Focus on Travel Offerings

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3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Consider Contract Compliance Audits in 2017

It’s safe to say that most businesses – from small companies looking to expand their reach, to large enterprises spannin...

Finding Your Perfection with Lean Six Sigma

At some point, everyone dreams of reaching perfection. Making the winning shot in a big game, exceeding an aggressive sa...

Top Trends Fueling the Office Furniture Industry

You could say that office furniture is having a big moment. Everyday new products emerge that are supposed to make emplo...

Benefits of a Modern Group Purchasing Organization vs. a Traditional GPO

At the core, a traditional GPO provides value through three main elements: money, time and resources.

Is It Time for a Telecom Audit?

It comes as no surprise that managing IT and Telecommunications spend is challenging. With constantly evolving technolog...

Energy Management 101: Peak Demand - What It Is and Why It Matters

As a category manager, it’s my job to look for new ways to help CU members save money, and provide insight about making ...

PBM: A Logical Approach to an Illogical Category

Pharmacy pricing is a hot topic. Politicians and news editors lace their speeches or headlines with stories about hyper-...

Strategies to Consider to Hire Qualified Candidates

With the unemployment rate holding below 5% this summer, the economy continues to steam ahead in job creation, making it...

3 Driving Factors for AED Compliance

Let’s face it ­– life-threatening emergencies happen, and unfortunately no business is immune. But, what do you really k...

Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

"A decision not to use GPOs for specific indirect spend categories is the same as leaving money on the table" was the he...

Bring Everyone Together to Drive IT Communications Savings

As large companies evolve, IT strategies within communications infrastructure systems need to change to support the busi...

Bringing Sustainable Products to Your Breakroom

You probably know that breakrooms are a great place to boost employee moral and give a positive impression to office vis...

Does Your Industrial Supplies Partner Provide Enough Value?

As global trends in the Industrial Supplies and MRO space continue to shift, customers want more from their suppliers. C...

How Does a GPO Work?

A recent study by The Hackett Group defines a group purchasing organization (GPO) as “an entity that is created to lever...

Is a GPO Right for Me?

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) come in many shapes and sizes. Before determining what kind of GPO would best fit ...

What Is a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)?

To manage overhead costs associated with running the business, companies will often hire employees dedicated to ensuring...

New Year, New Goals

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we wrote our “Welcome to 2015” post. Cliché but true! As predicted, it was ...

How Our Amazon.com World Is Affecting Corporate Procurement Trends

How could paying to watch your favorite show on Amazon affect how corporate procurement departments function?

Staples Acquisition of Office Depot

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they will attempt to block the acquisition of Office Depot,...

Making Heads and Tails of Telecom Tail-end Spend

80/20 Rule The 80/20 rule goes by a few names and has a few different applications. You may have heard it referred to by...

The Scientific Process to CU Sourcing

When looking at a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), you might think that finding a new supplier to deliver value to t...

The Truth Behind Alternative Fiber Paper

As the “green” trend continues to soar, our membership is often influenced to review alternative fiber paper options, sp...

Who's Your Caddy

Sports analogies are ubiquitous in the business world and arguably those that pertain to golf are the most popular. Golf...

Corporate United Updates Agreement with Weichert

Corporate United is excited to announce our newly improved agreement with Weichert Workforce Mobility, which has resulte...

What Is Your Quest?

Brand is the holy grail of the marketing world. It’s every marketer’s dream to be the hero that comes up with a great br...

Keeping Employees "Comfortably" Safe

As the summer months and increased temperatures roll in, companies often try to balance their Personal Protective Equipm...

POTS in the Modern World (Part 2)

So, where can POTS (plain old telephone service) fit in an evolving market, and when should customers opt for newer, fea...

Maintaining Safety During the Height of Roofing Season

The harsh freeze-thaw cycles of winter are over and the spring rains are winding down, which can only mean one thing: it...

POTS in the Modern World (Part 1)

Before you cancel your company’s plain old telephone service (POTS) to save money or redirect spend, here is a breakdown...

Office Products, RFPs and Price Creep. What Should You Be Looking For?

Most procurement departments are familiar with running an office products Request For Proposal (RFP), especially the tim...

What's in a Rate?

When evaluating car rental spend, it can be tempting only to compare the daily rental rates of a contract, but this rare...

Your Company Benefits from Partnering with Sustainable Suppliers

Those employed in sourcing often have a direct and profound effect on the footprint their organizations make in the worl...

The Right Suppliers Help You Do More

Procurement professionals today are interested in more than just getting the lowest price for the products and services ...

Protect Your Data and Promote IT Innovation by Utilizing Powerful Partnerships

IT security breaches have become more commonplace as the risks associated with managing the IT services of a company hav...

State Governments Joining the "Misclassification of Employees" Game

With misclassification fines as one of the fastest growing revenue sources for the Federal Government, the Feds are now ...

Understanding the IQNdex – Trends and Impact

As temporary labor evolves into a major part of the overall workforce, it’s critical for organizations to understand cur...

Managing Contingent Worker Risk with a Next Generation VMS

The contingent workforce is rapidly growing and as a result, companies are changing the way they manage these critical n...

The 4 Ps of Procurement: Prove Your Worth as a Strategic Asset

What are the “Four Ps of Procurement?" The Four Ps represent the four crucial components in purchasing: people, prioriti...

Corporate United's Look Forward in 2015

It’s clear that 2015 will be an exciting year at Corporate United. So far, we have embraced new leadership, changed our ...

Supplier Scorecards: Measuring the KPIs That Drive ROI

Your suppliers play a critical role in the success of your business, providing the operational flexibility to quickly ad...

What Kind of GPO Is Right for Me?

After you’ve come to the decision to achieve savings in your indirect procurement categories by working with a group pur...

The Fundamentals of Category Management

Category management is not a new idea. According to expert Keisuke Teeple, category management is a fundamental process ...

Five Common Procurement Issues That Need Some Love

Valentine’s Day is here and everyone knows it’s the time to express love. In procurement, we know there are some areas t...

Boosting Your SRM - Small Steps That Can Make a Big Impact

You only need to read a few supply chain articles to realize that collaboration with suppliers is the key to successful ...

How to Find the Right Procurement Talent

Great news: you’ve just been given the okay to add a new hire to your team! But when you start to think about how long i...

How Procurement Can Work with Challenging Internal Customers

Having internal customers is hard enough as it is; alleviate unnecessary stress by speaking their language.

A Short Lesson in Negotiation – “Why Do I Want What I’m Asking For?”

We all want what we want for a reason. But do we really consider that reason during negotiations?

Accenture Buys Procurian - More Proof for the Move to Procurement Outsourcing

Think the procurement outsourcing trend isn’t really happening?

"Procuremetrics"- Eight Essential Procurement Skill Sets [Part 2]

Ensure your success by developing these eight must-have skills.

Managing Stakeholder Priorities and Trade-Offs

Procurement organizations are failing to adequately turn their relationships with internal stakeholders into a strategic...

"Procuremetrics"- Eight Essential Procurement Skill Sets [Part 1]

What makes a procurement professional successful?

10 GPO Myths, Debunked [Part 3]

We’re seven myths into our list of 10 common misunderstandings about group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Here’s part ...

10 GPO Myths, Debunked [Part 2]

If you read the first four busted myths about group purchasing organizations (GPOs), you know that a GPO really is a goo...

Managing Supplier Risk: Tips from CU’s Category Managers [Part 2]

Want to know how to be more attractive and less high-maintenance for a better supplier relationship?

Managing Supplier Risk: Tips from CU’s Category Managers [Part 1]

Supplier risk can keep procurement professionals up at night. The best way to get some sleep is to develop a plan to man...

10 GPO Myths, Debunked [Part 1]

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are member-based organizations, but with as many misconceptions as there are about...

The Centralized Vs. Decentralized Debate

Do you have the best organizational structure in place to manage indirect spend in the post-sourcing era?

Six Skill-Set Essentials for Successful Strategic Category Management

The components of strategic category management (SCM). Do your people in the workforce have these skills?

Showing Contracts Who’s Boss: Implementation and Compliance Best Practices [Part 3 of 3]

Every stage in implementation and compliance is an ongoing process where strong relationships yield the best results. No...

Showing Contracts Who’s Boss: Implementation and Compliance Best Practices [Part 2 of 3]

Implementation is the next step following pre-implementation, which we addressed in the previous post. This step is wher...

Showing Contracts Who’s Boss: Implementation and Compliance Best Practices [Part 1 of 3]

If hindsight’s 20/20, how much can the foresight of pre-planning accomplish?

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