CDKCDK Global continues to improve its supply chain and procurement operations less than four years after breaking out on its own.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Mike Morsch had a big task in front of him when he joined CDK Global as its vice president of global procurement in September 2014. At the time, the company was completing its spin-off from human resources technology giant ADP. “I came on board knowing I would be creating a brand-new supply chain organization,” he says. 

Formerly known as ADP Dealer Services, the Hoffman Estates-based company is an enabler of end-to-end automotive commerce, providing  technology services and digital marketing solutions to automotive dealers. In his position, Morsch is responsible for the company’s procurement and supply chain functions. “My group is responsible for what we buy, how we buy it and how we get it delivered, either to a customer, a dealership or to an internal location or data center,” Morsch adds.

Delivering products and services to car dealerships and other sites is not always as easy as it sounds. “For the first six months of my tenure, we were focused on getting our contracts split [from ADP], and putting new agreements in place while ensuring our supply chain could still deliver,” he says. “We created a new operating model for the organization with the intention of moving it from a transactional or tactical function to a more strategic position.” 

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GCP Pic 2 GCP Applied Technologies is focused on building a solid procurement team of experts who remain flexible as the market changes. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

GCP Applied Technologies was formed when in 2016 the business was separated from W.R. Grace to become an independent company specializing in construction products. The company’s products include concrete and cement additives, building materials and technologies that ensure specified quality and enhance business productivity. 

“We are now focused 100 percent on the construction industry, expanding through acquisitions in our segment and continuing to invest in construction technology,” Director of Global Procurement and Sourcing Tatiana Alfaro says. 

ValuePointBecause it is neither a manufacturer nor distributor, ValuePoint Material Solutions can manage its clients’ indirect spend free from outside influences. 

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For decades, companies viewed supply chains and procurement as a necessary expense. But in recent years, as businesses have looked for ways to become more operationally efficient, more have begun recognizing that their indirect management impacts both profit and performance. To improve that area, companies are turning to outside service providers such as ValuePoint Material Solutions to manage vendor relationships, procurement, inventory, warranty and repair on their behalf. 

Business Development Manager Spence Webb says ValuePoint has reacted to the trend by helping clients better manage their category spend on indirect materials.

PrologisPrologis uses technology and implements strategies to gain greater visibility into its global supply chain.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Prologis owns, manages and develops high-quality properties in the world’s most vibrant centers of commerce. The company owns or has investments in about 683 million square feet in 19 countries. It leases modern distribution facilities to a diverse base of about 5,000 customers in both business-to-business and retail/online fulfillment categories.

“Prologis is the global leader in logistics real estate with a focus on high-barrier, high-growth markets,” says Kishore Goud, head of global procurement. “Prologis offers its customers and investors the most modern and geographically diverse platform of distribution space in the world. The company is known for its unparalleled customer service and commitment to sustainable development.”

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Skillsoft is working to create a centralized procurement department to spend its money more efficiently and effectively.

By Bianca Herron

Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing engaging experiences with high-quality content for more than 20 years. The Dublin, Ireland-based company, with its U.S. headquarters in Nashua, N.H., is a trusted partner of some of the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500.

Skillsoft says it aims to build technology and content that drive business impact for today's modern learners. Its 500,000-plus multi-modal courses, videos, authoritative content chapters and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month in 160 countries and 29 languages. The company also supports 6,700 customers in several markets, including business services, construction and engineering, education and training, financial services, government and healthcare.

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M&M Transport Services dedicates itself to be the safest and most reliable freight transportation supplier nationwide.

Mark Warsofsky founded M&M Transport Services in 1990 and has grown the company into a nationwide, dedicated transportation provider for some of the biggest retail, manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies in the country.  “M&M’s well-controlled command of its business has enabled the delivery of the highest-level of service and lowest cost to its customers,” the company says. “This was made possible by investing our most important asset – inspired people.”

The West Bridgewater, Mass.-based company’s modern fleet of more than 450 tractors and 2,000 trailers service a diverse customer base from multiple terminal locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland and Arizona. M&M Transport Services’ tractors and trailers are equipped with state-of-the-art onboard communications, providing customers with a level of insight and service unmatched in the transportation industry. “From around the corner to around the United States of America, we will take care of your cargo and deliver it safe and on time,” the company says.

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NPD’s focus on procurement has boosted its efficiency and savings.

By Alan Dorich

NPD Group Inc. not only is invested in its own success, but also the success of its customers. “[We] spend a lot of time focusing on our clients, making sure we are delivering for them by providing data and analytics that helps our clients operate more effectively and generate more revenue,” Executive Director of Procurement Tony Brita says.

Based in Port Washington, N.Y., NPD has 13 offices in the United States, and 12 more across Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company collects market data on what people buy every day in their lives like clothing, food and electronics. He notes that there are multiple ways that NPD accumulates this information, including directly from retailers and distributors as well as from consumers through the web and mobile apps.

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MoneyGram invests in people, processes and technology to increase its speed and efficiency and improve its customer service.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

As one of the world’s largest money transfer and payment services companies, MoneyGram focuses on becoming faster and more efficient to better serve its customers. “Our new mantra today is ‘send money your way,’” Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing Chris Chandler says. “We see our business as a way of connecting people in the global economy. It is all about giving people the ability to transact whenever and wherever is most convenient for them.”

MoneyGram can trace its roots back to 1940 with the founding of Minneapolis-based Travelers Express Co. Under parent company Viad Corp., Travelers Express quickly became one of the world’s largest processors of money orders and a key player in the electronic payments industry with ties to big-name businesses, including Greyhound Corp. and The Dial Corp.

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