Technology Selection and Post-Selection Advisory

Companies rarely need significant hand-holding through the
technology selection and post-selection process anymore,
especially in the areas of procurement, commodity management
and supply chain. After all, today’s buyer is more informed than
ever before. But companies do need targeted knowledge and expert
third-party input:

  • Shortlists based on informed opinions
  • Structuring frameworks to assess and vet vendors
  • Discussing auxiliary technologies/services to be considered
  • Market benchmarks on pricing
  • Making sure implementations go as smoothly as possible

Spend Matters Group designs tailored programs to inform
practitioner efforts in technology/solution provider selection and
post-selection roll-out. Our general philosophy is “get-in, get-out.”
Most programs take between 5-10 days of work, leveraging our extensive
body of research (much of it unpublished) in the areas across our blog
and research sites. We don’t carry out implementations. We make them
exponentially more effective.

Metals Cost Reduction and Risk Management

Across the metals spectrum, we can identify and implement cost savings or cost avoidance strategies that the great majority of practitioners have not even heard of. And we can do it in categories that others won’t touch (e.g., heat treat services or electro-plating). Our engagement model leverages proprietary MetalMiner IndX(SM) pricing data and forecasting models and a general metals procurement bag of tricks that simply does not exist elsewhere in the market.

Our metals advisory expertise for global manufacturers spans the following raw metals and metal component categories:

Raw Metals

  • Aluminum, Copper, Nickel, Steel, Stainless, Titanium, rare earths
  • Primary metal, ingots, sows, billets
  • Semis, sheet/plate, extrusions in all forms, including pipes and tubes,
  • Fittings, flanges, anodized sections, painted sections, painted sheet/coil
  • Semi finished special sections for the defense industry
  • Plain and printed foil

Metal Components

  • Castings
  • Fasteners; bushings, levers, shafts
  • Fabricated parts
  • Forgings
  • Machined parts
  • Mattress innersprings
  • Sheet metal
  • Stampings
  • Forged and machined blocks for molding and general engineering applications

Whether formulating a range of sourcing and category management approaches (e.g., global sourcing, mill-direct, distributor, multi-tier supply chain sourcing, demand aggregation strategies, etc.) or developing statistical modeling/forecasting and hedging approaches across metals spend, the Spend Matters Group team brings a laser-focused approach to metals category insight.

We also know a thing or two about developing conflict minerals (Dodd-Frank) traceability programs as well implementing metals rebate programs, index-based bidding strategies, VMI initiatives, consignment schedules and total landed cost models – including the skills processes and technologies that make it all possible.

We work with the entire metals value chain, from producers to manufacturers – and everyone in between. Whether you’re a consultancy looking for expert SME advice as part of a client engagement (or to develop internal skills/competencies) or are a manufacturer, distributor or producer looking to leverage the services of Spend Matters Group and MetalMiner directly, our team knows how to put the ferrous, non-ferrous, rare earths and related pedals to the metal.

Questions? Contact us.


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