TESS Academy launch new e-learning course

The TESS Academy is launching a new series of advanced e-learning modules for TESS users. The Level 3 course comprises 15 separate modules covering advanced topics including Project Planning, Bidder Management, Formula Writing, Issue Resolution, Optimisation and Custom Reporting. Designed for more advanced users of TESS, the new modules build on the fundamental skills covered in Levels 1 and Level 2 where users learn the principals of advanced sourcing and optimisation and how to launch a simple sourcing project on the TESS platform. 

Trade Extensions users will also gain access to an ebook written exclusively for the TESS Academy by Dr Michael Lamoureux, one of the most respected experts in the advance sourcing and optimisation fields.  The Strategic Sourcing Lifecycle: A Brief Introduction provides a comprehensive explanation of how strategic sourcing has developed and also how to identify, plan and execute a strategic sourcing project today.

Trade Extensions, CEO, Garry Mansell said, “As technology becomes more advanced and strategic sourcing projects become more complex it is essential that sourcing professionals understand how best to use the tools that are now available.  The TESS Academy, and the new Level 3 course in particular, will certainly help our users learn how to use our platform more effectively but the leading edge techniques covered by the course will ultimately turn them into better buyers.”



Complex Sourcing: Are You ready?

In his latest White Paper, Dr Michael Lamoureux examines what exactly constitutes complexity in sourcing - it's not as simple as it sounds.  For example, size isn't everything and some categories that have traditionally been considered 'simple' exhibit all the hallmarks of complexity and companies who do not embrace this complexity are missing out.

The paper also provides guidance on what you should look for from a strategic sourcing platform in order to source complex categories effectively.

Download the white paper here - Complex Sourcing: Are You Ready?


Congratulations to Tetra Pak team for ‘Operational Excellence Award’ win

Working with Trade Extensions and its eSourcing and optimisation platform, TESS™, Tetra Laval’s Group Transport & Travel team win the ‘Operational Excellence’ category in Tetra Pak’s annual ‘Excellence Awards Programme’. 

The ‘Excellence Awards Programme’ recognises exceptional teams and individuals across Tetra Pak and the ‘Operational Excellence Award’ rewards systematic and long-term improvements to its ways of working. 

The Group Transport & Travel team secured the award for implementing an eSourcing solution and taking a significant step towards achieving Tetra Pak’s strategic goal of ‘professionalising purchasing’ by automating the process for receiving, analysing and evaluating tenders from logistics suppliers.

Congratulations to everyone involved and read the full story here.


See your air freight savings take off

In the latest Perspective, Trade Extensions, Sales Director - UK & Ireland, Mike Coburn explains how TESS enables air freight and parcel carriers to make offers using their own pricing structures and for buyers to compare all the offers received on a like-for-like basis. 

By not imposing a standardised pricing structure, buyers can reduce costs because carriers can bid more accurately and without having to inflate bids to take into account any approximations and assumptions they were forced to make. 

Read the full Perspective here.


'Top 50 Provider to Know' for the second year

Trade Extensions is recognised by leading industry blog Spend Matters and has been identified as a ‘Top 50 Provider to Know’ for the second year running.

The ‘Top 50 Providers to Know 2015’ list is collated by Spend Matters team of experts and indicates to procurement practitioners, advisors, or consultants that a company is “worth knowing or taking a look at”. 

Trade Extensions, CEO, Garry Mansell said, “Being a ‘Top Provider to Know’ is recognition of our technology, satisfied clients and our impressive growth over the last few years.  As Spend Matters said last year, ‘there is simply no other provider like Trade Extensions that we’ve come across.*’”

Read more on Spend Matters ‘Top 50 Providers to Know'.

Trade Extensions entry in the Spend Matters Almanac. 

*11 August 2014,  Spend Matters 50/50: Trade Extensions – A Provider to Know.