Corporate Card Category Procurement Intelligence Report

Access curated Corporate Card procurement intelligence and solve all your questions on Corporate Card procurement outlook, cost saving opportunities in Corporate Card procurement and potential Corporate Card partners.

Corporate Card is an essential part of the Financial category which includes all spend related to the provision of financial services used to fill a skills gap for the defined subject areas where the service requirement includes delivery or implementation.

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Strategic Sourcing Guide to Corporate Card Procurement

Overview

The market for Financial and its sub-segments such as Corporate Card are at an interesting intersection. New locations and vendors are emerging as cost effective suppliers of Corporate Card, offering an opportunity to widen the supplier base and gain further negotiation leverage with incumbent suppliers.

More and more buyers of Corporate Card are looking to engage suppliers who adhere to lean principles of business operations in a bid to receive services and resources that are highly optimized and insulates in part from cost overruns.

Suppliers are introducing self-service tools such as virtual agents in their customer service ecosystem to reduce the time and costs incurred by customers to resolve an issue.

Trends like these and many others discussed in this report are necessitating a relook at the way Corporate Card is procured and the procurement cost saving opportunities that exist.

Corporate Card Procurement Best Practices

It has become imperative for category managers to remain as agile as possible in terms of their procurement practices. However, it is not always easy to quickly spot and implement alternative practices in a category like Corporate Card. To help quick decision making, this report advises on several procurement best practices that have worked well for category managers.

For example, Buyers should set a baseline against which the performance of suppliers can be benchmarked along with setting measurable/quantifiable KPIs. Defined KPIs provides suppliers with clarity on the scope. Besides setting standards for operations, pricing, and performance, KPIs must provide tangible goals in terms of the quality of solutions.

Buyers should engage suppliers that can provide services customized for their industry. Though most suppliers offer services across various industries, category managers should ensure that services can be customized and negotiate on pricing based on the level of required customization.

Buyers should engage with service providers that provide AFA in their pricing as negotiating on an hourly basis can increase the procurement cost of buyers due to overruns within lawsuits. AFA also provides buyers with cost predictability, certainty, and transparency.


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Risks in Corporate Card procurement

Corporate Card procurement managers also need to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks that can arise in the supply chain or contracts for Corporate Card procurement. Some examples include:


  • Service providers are subject to E&O claims, due to the failure to correctly offer professional services as agreed in the contract. If such claims made by the client are found to be true, then they can result in financial penalties
  • Contract-related risks where unfavorable credit terms may severly penalize buyers for delayed payments or entitle the supplier to demand pre-payments or shorten the payment terms are not very common in the category but they do exist in certain situations where buyers' liquidity or financial health is in question
  • When requirements of the buyers are not absolutely clear or usage patterns are not stable or predictable, suppliers often build in \"cost buffers\" for unforeseen risks due to a lack of complete understanding on buyer's requirements. This increases the risk of overspending on Corporate Card

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Who should read this report

  • The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Corporate Card procurement strategy and offers a perfect blend of category basics with deep-dive category data and insights. Therefore, it is ideal for category beginners looking for “Corporate Card: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Corporate Card procurement market.

     

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Corporate Card procurement strategy, or you may be a category expert looking for strategic insights and updated data.Either ways, the report has your requirements covered.

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Key questions on Corporate Card procurement answered by this report

    Procurement decisions can prove to be costly in the absence of careful deliberation and evaluation of every available option. In fact, more than 90% of the decision makers we work with acknowledge that timely availability of up-to-date category intelligence can help them make better purchasing decisions. More than 80% of them believe that in-house category intelligence needs to be updated periodically to achieve full benefits. If you have read so far, we are quite sure you agree!!

     

    The Corporate Card procurement report helps take more informed decisions by placing all the critical information and advice at the fingertips of a decision maker. It also specifically answers some of the key questions that we have been routinely asked during our industry outreach initiatives:

     

    • What is the spend potential in the Corporate Card market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Corporate Card? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Corporate Card Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Corporate Card suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Corporate Card procurement cost ?
    • What are supplier margins in Corporate Card market?
    • What are the best practices for Corporate Card procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Corporate Card Category Insights: What is inside

  • A comprehensive drill down on category sourcing execution: Data, insights, advisory

    The Corporate Card market report offers a complete picture of the supply market and analyzes the category from the perspective of both buyers and suppliers. Analysis of the category trends, procurement best practices, negotiation levers and overall category management strategy advisory are interspersed with in-depth data and commentary on spend outlook, pricing ecosystem and supplier landscape drilled down to a region-level coverage.

    Data

    A key highlight of this report is the in-depth outlook created on Corporate Card procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Corporate Card. A dedicated section to supplier profiles and evaluation helps decision makers cast a wider procurement net and identify gaps in existing relationships.

    Insights

    Along with specific category and supplier intelligence, the publication also includes curated insights on Corporate Card market trends, price influencers and inherent risks. These insights help the decision makers prepare for market shaping trends in advance and create alternative strategies for changes in the market conditions.

    Advisory

    Additionally, the report also advises on the best practices and strategies to manage the Corporate Card category efficiently. Negotiation levers and opportunities are explained in detail along with quantification of their potential. Benchmark KPIs for supplier and buyer performance management are also aggregated to better organize the category objectives. Other themes of advisory include ideal procurement organization structure, enablers to achieve KPIs or category objectives and ideal SLAs to have with suppliers.

  • Unrivalled breadth of category analysis: at your fingertips

    Category Ecosystem

    • Buyer and supplier ecosystem
    • Competitiveness index
    • Buyer and supplier power
    • Threat of new entrants and substitutes

    Global and Regional Sourcing Insights

    • Category spend
    • Spend growth
    • Dynamics
    • Opportunities

    Pricing and Cost Analysis

      • Pricing outlook and data
      • Drivers of pricing
      • Cost structure and inputs cost
      • Total cost of ownership
      • Pricing models and margins

    Cost Saving Opportunities & Negotiation Strategies

    • Buyer and supplier side levers
    • Quantified cost saving opportunities
    • Negotiation strategies and quantified outcome

    Procurement Best Practices, Strategy and Enablers

    • Procurement excellence
    • Sustainability and innovation
    • KPIs and category enablers
    • Risk management and outsourcing

    Vendor Analysis

    • RFx essentials and selection criteria
    • SLAs
    • Supplier evaluation metrics
    • Detailed supplier profiles
  • A lucid, easy to read format: Enabling fast decisions

    Our research is complex, but our reports are easy to digest. Quantitative analysis and exhaustive commentary is placed in an easy to read format that gives you an in-depth knowledge on the category without spending hours to figure out “what does it mean for my company?”

Category Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of Corporate Card procurement solutions by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

Information Sources

Primary research
Secondary research
Procurement heads
Industry journals and reports
Category managers
Periodicals and new articles
Sourcing consortium professionals
Category webinars
Industry experts and thought leaders
Internal categiry playbooks
Procurement managers
Industry/government websites on regulations, compliance
Category heads of suppliers
Internal databases
Client account heads/managers
Industry blogs/thought leader briefings
Client and industry consultants

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