Publications (Subscriptions) Category Procurement Intelligence Report

A complete buyer's guide that provides comprehensive insights on Publications (Subscriptions) category spend, spend growth and regional segmentation; in-depth price trends; negotiation levers and analysis of Publications (Subscriptions) suppliers.

This report on global Publications (Subscriptions) category is part of a larger series of reports on global Printing Services market. The scope of Printing Services spans multiple categories and is typically identified as a procurement category that includes all spend related to the procurement of services from third-party vendors across the printing value chain and irrespective of the printing medium. The category also includes spend on print design services and print fulfillment services.

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Strategic Sourcing Guide to Publications (Subscriptions) Procurement

Overview

Printing Services market around the world is undergoing rapid transitions that have a massive potential to influence the way companies strategize for Publications (Subscriptions) procurement and the cost they have to incur. Availability of mobile print solutions where a buyer's employees can use any mobile device to send a document for printing from a remote location has transformed the procurement decisions within overall print management category.

High procurement costs put a hindrance for buyers looking for upgrading or replacing a printing asset. As an alternative, suppliers are offering cost-effective re-engineering capabilities such as retrofitting of existing equipment with new systems.

The category is expected to experience a moderate price rise resulting from increasing investment in technologies and automation by commercial printing companies, but long-term price outlook remains positive for buyers as suppliers are expected to recover the technological investments soon.

Publications (Subscriptions) Procurement Best Practices

Publications (Subscriptions) procurement best practices are moving towards a level of sophistication which is typically seen in traditional procurement categories. Category managers now have an attractive opportunity to adapt the best practices seen within this category as well as those being leveraged in other non-related categories. This report summarizes the best practices picked from across multiple categories that could work well for category managers involved with Publications (Subscriptions) procurement strategy.

For example, Buyers would benefit from engaging with service providers that display a high level of adoption of technologies such as web-to-print, workflow automation software, and remote proofing. These technologies would, in turn, enable buyers to achieve savings in their printing budgets, improve print quality, provide better visibility over the printing project, and offer greater flexibility over the printing project.

Buyers must clearly define clauses pertaining to the ownership of subcontracted services that are not part of their service providers' portfolios. This is necessary to ensure service consistency and control over sensitive data that are shared with sub-contracted firms.

Cross-platform color management refers to the management of colors among computer operating systems. Cross-platform color management helps in translating color across different devices with the help of color profiles. Buyers should asses the capability and compatibility of a supplier's solution for cross-platform color management.


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Risks in Publications (Subscriptions) procurement

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


  • Pricing terms in the contract could prove to be inadequate to safeguard the buyer from impact of a sudden increase in supplier's cost, often arising from a lack of clarity on scope of products or services to be delivered
  • 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 Publications (Subscriptions)
  • Paper, ink, other raw materials, and fuel form important cost components for the broader print services category. However, the supply of raw materials such as fuel and paper is highly dependent on demand-supply fluctuations. Any increase in prices of these raw materials may critically affect the cash flow of commercial print suppliers and subsequently affect their ability to invest in CAPEX projects

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Who should read this report

  • The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Publications (Subscriptions) 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 “Publications (Subscriptions): Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Publications (Subscriptions) procurement market.

     

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Publications (Subscriptions)? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Publications (Subscriptions) Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Publications (Subscriptions) suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Publications (Subscriptions) procurement cost ?
    • What are supplier margins in Publications (Subscriptions) market?
    • What are the best practices for Publications (Subscriptions) procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Publications (Subscriptions) Category Insights: What is inside

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

    The Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Publications (Subscriptions). 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 Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) 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 Publications (Subscriptions) 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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