The changing world of Procurement

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Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 2:00pm EDT / 1:00pm CDT / 11:00am Pacific

Over the next decade, the way procurement is executed has to change. Organizations must identify all of their business entities, buying habits, cost information, benchmarking and more to obtain more real-time data in a predictive form. Without it, there will be knowledge loss as experienced supply management professionals leave the business; customer loss; being viewed as a less favorable supplier; less financial investment from shareholders; reduced market share; and a non-sustainable business model.

Our Speakers:

Al Jacobs Al Jacobs - Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Puridiom
Al Jacobs, a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, possesses more than 27 years of experience in software product design, development, implementations, consulting and project management. Within the supply chain arena, he has 25 years of domain expertise where he continues to educate organizations on strategic ways to overcome evolving challenges and achieve "best-in-class" results.

Al Jacobs has been recognized multiple times as a "Pro to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for helping to raise the profile of Supply Chain and increase the awareness of the importance of Supply Chain as a strategic function within the enterprise. He has been an integral component in helping more than 250 organizations with their supply chain and procurement operations.

Ben Cubitt Ben Cubitt, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Engineering, Transplace
With more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience in freight optimization, Mr. Cubitt has a deep familiarity with the freight procurement field working for consulting firms and multiple Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products, paper and automotive industries. Mr. Cubitt has led and assisted with bid projects for companies such as MeadWestvaco, Kellogg's, RockTenn, The Home Depot, Colgate-Palmolive, RockTenn and McCormick Foods. Mr. Cubitt joined Transplace in July 2010 after four years as Vice President, Supply Chain for RockTenn Corporation. At Transplace he leads the engineering and consulting teams. He has been a CSCMP member for more than 20 years and has served as a track chairman at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference. Additionally, he has served two years as President of the Atlanta Roundtable and is currently a Roundtable Regional Advisor. Mr. Cubitt is frequently quoted and published in leading industry and business publications: Industry Week, APICs magazine, DC Velocity, and Transport Topics. He also authored the chapter "Transportation Operations and Optimization" in the Supply Chain Handbook.

Hung Lee Hung Lee, Senior Product Manager, Amber Road
Hung Lee is a Senior Product Manager at Amber Road with over 14 years of experience in defining GTM software solutions for enterprise clients. Serving as a functional architect, he is responsible for designing a scalable and integrated solution to meet complex global trade requirements for export and import compliance, trade agreements and logistics.



Vincent Spadafora Vincent Spadafora, Account Executive, TAKE Supply Chain
As Account Executive at TAKE Supply Chain, Vincent Spadafora assists companies in reducing their COGS by automating their supply chain and creating lean operations.

Vincent leverages more than ten years of experience in process mapping, process reengineering and operations developed in small to large international business settings. Diverse experiences span start-up to work-out, turnaround, and rapid growth environments, with proven success resolving long-standing problems and creating solutions that improve operational efficiency.  Most recently Vincent is credited with implementing processes in various newly created businesses unites for an international cloud hosting company that was doubling in size year over year.

Vincent holds an Aviation and Finance degree from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D./M.B.A from the University of Baltimore.  

Thanks to our sponsors:


Puridiom, a recognized leader in the Supply Chain, offers innovative technology solutions, industry-specific strategies, and best practice expertise to achieve best-in-class results. Solutions and services include stand-alone modules, a comprehensive procure-to-pay suite, cloud / SaaS and on premise deployment platforms, and business process outsourcing options. Discover real savings and learn more at

Amber Road

Amber Road provides a single, on-demand Global Trade Management platform that automates and streamlines global trade for importers, exporters and logistics service providers. Combining an expansive trading partner network and specialized trade content resources, Amber Road's solutions help organizations comply with country-specific trade regulations, as well as plan, execute and track global trade, enabling goods to flow unimpeded across international borders in the most efficient, compliant, and profitable way. Learn more at


Transplace is a non-asset, North America-based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. The company's services and capabilities include Transportation Management Services, Intermodal, Brokerage and SaaS transportation management (TMS) solutions supplemented by supply chain network planning and design, transportation procurement and consulting services. The company is recognized among the elite 3PLs for its proven ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world.


For more than a decade, TAKE Supply Chain has been selected by leading companies across the globe for solutions that deliver increased accuracy, visibility and responsiveness across their supply chains. We offer robust collaboration and data collection solutions that leverage existing and emerging technology to support the increased challenges of expanding global supply chains. Together with our customers, we are regular recipients of supply chain industry awards for technology, value and innovation. Learn more at


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