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.

Lowry Solutions

Its experienced staff helps enterprise mobility, IoT and Blockchain solutions provider Lowry Solutions retain and delight its clients.

By Jim Harris

Lowry Solutions thousands of clients may work in a variety of industries and in different locations around the world, but they are all a participant in a formal supply chain. In more than 40 years, you will not find a Lowry client that would complain that we had not delivered what we said, when, how we said we would deliver it and continuously provide support services to foothold our solutions, says Mike Lowry, CEO of the Brighton, Mich.-based company.

The company prides itself on being available to its clients on the highest level including having direct contact with CEO Mike Lowry, who co-owns the company with his brother Steve Lowry. Although we are a large company, the nature of our customer service model is to do it now, and do it right, stated John Greaves, IoT, RF and Blockchain architect for Lowry. When we onboard a new client or a new project, our methodology is first-class. We know what were doing and do it well.

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