Amazon Business Reshape 2022, the premier event for procurement professionals across enterprise, public sector, and SMB, launched globally for the first time on March 9th and 10th. This year’s event engaged over 50,000 procurement and business leaders with peer-to-peer thought leadership sessions, panel presentations, and product deep dives in an online event experience.
Procurement’s expanding strategic role within organizations and how digitalization is helping business leaders achieve their goals emerged as one of the most talked about themes at the virtual event, along with a focus on procurement as part of a sustainable strategy.
Main stage highlights from Amazon Business Reshape 2022 include:
Procurement strategies for the c-suite: Strategic sourcing continues to be a leadership priority to drive organizational objectives such as cost reduction, digital transformation, and responsible purchasing. In this keynote session, Shashi Mandapaty, Chief Procurement Officer, Corporate Tier at Johnson & Johnson; Barilla Group’s Purchasing Director for Indirect Materials, Services, Energy, and Investments, Eliano Apicella; and Tomohiko Honma, Director of Finance and Accounting at Woven Planet Holdings talked about how they are using digital purchasing solutions to build supply resiliency, enhance productivity, and promote their strategic purchasing goals.
Meeting business objects with purchasing agility: Organizations are recalibrating what it means to be both efficient and agile. Endre Støgård, Global Category Director for Accenture, talked about using agile procurement processes to adapt decentralized work environments and manage risk exposure while building supplier redundancy.
"Amazon’s vast logistics network is certainly a big benefit for Accenture as a truly global workforce that are now disparate in villages, cities and towns all over the world."
— Endre Støgård, Global Category Director, Accenture
Delivering on the digital agenda: Digitizing procurement operations has allowed many organizations to meet sourcing demands, boost productivity, and optimize costs. Kuwait Petroleum International’s Chief of IT, Vincenzo Maniaci, shared ways to use intelligent procurement, powered by machine learning and analytics, to simplify processes and make better data-driven decisions.
Empowering employees with digital purchasing: For businesses of any size, digitalization is no longer an option. Darryl Stead, Head of Procurement EMEA for Link Group and Harry Walker, Procurement Manager UK for Busy Bees, shared how they are simplifying employee purchasing with a one-stop shopping experience, customized buying policies, and convenient delivery options—all with the familiar purchasing experience of Amazon.
Fostering socially responsible procurement: Even with environmental and sustainability goals in place, many organizations don’t have effective sourcing strategies or the right technology to purchase more responsibly. Union Pacific’s General Director of Supplier Diversity and Procurement Operations, Andrea Deichert Oswald, discussed identifying, sourcing, and tracking spend from credentialed diverse, local, and small businesses, and products with sustainability certifications.
"With Amazon Business, we give our employees access to something that many of them already know how to use. Ultimately, digital procurement streamlines processes and helps employees focus on meeting supplier diversity goals."
— Andrea Oswald, General Director of Procurement Operations and Supplier Diversity, Union Pacific
Don’t miss our regional and product sessions, including:
Navigate business payment solutions in Europe: Selection, flexibility, and efficiency are top of mind for many purchasing leaders. Learn how Tate Galleries is automating accounting and administrative tasks using tools and features from Amazon Business.
Past, present, and future of digital transformation in Japan: Purchasing has become an important area where digitization is required to reduce costs and improve productivity. Discover how organizational leaders from the Government of Japan, freee K.K., and DreamArts Corporation are digitally transforming their purchasing operations and scaling adoption.
Streamline purchasing with integrated eProcurement: Digital procurement can enable new insights, efficiencies, and savings, especially when purchasing systems are built to work together through seamless integrations. Learn how Amazon Business works with the buying tools you use today to deliver more value from your procurement technology stack. As mentioned in the session, Amazon Business is now a source of supply for SAP Ariba’s Spot Buy capability, available with SAP Ariba procurement solutions. Now, SAP Ariba users can use Amazon Business Integrated Search functionality to access hundreds of millions of products on Amazon Business—and take advantage of business-only pricing and real-time availability—from their SAP Ariba purchasing tools.
Explore Amazon Business technologies: Amazon Business leaders discuss the latest strategies and technologies for Guided Buying, sustainable sourcing, buying policy compliance, and getting the most from your Business Prime membership.
Watch the sessions on-demand to learn how business and industry experts from across the world are using the latest purchasing strategies and technology to increase agility, reduce costs, and drive business value.
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