TradingPartners to Hold Procurement Innovation Forum in Chicago

Leading Industry Executives to Attend Roundtable Focused on Innovation in Spend Management and Visibility

Sep 14, 2011, 09:15 ET from TradingPartners

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TradingPartners (, the leader in spend management technology and services, today announced it will host its first annual procurement forum in Chicago on October 7, 2011.  The event will host C-level executives focusing on innovation in spend management and visibility, as well as sustainable supply chain best practices.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for chief procurement officers, and other C-level executives to meet, network and exchange ideas affecting their industry.  The day-long event will commence with an economic update from a professor of economics from the University of Chicago's Department of Economics.  Additionally, TradingPartners will reveal the results of its extensive research in its recent survey of Fortune 100 companies' best practices in spend management and sustainable supply chain.  The afternoon will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion centered on innovation in procurement, covering key topics at the forefront of current spend management strategic business practices. Attendees can expect much of the discussion to focus on leverage spend, emerging markets, and sustainable supply chains.

TradingPartners Chief Executive Officer, Mark Barnekow said, "We are looking forward to hosting this event focused on innovation.  In addition to sharing the results of our recent survey of Fortune 100 companies, we are anticipating a robust exchange of ideas from C-level leaders in spend management including leveraged spend, sustainability and sourcing for and in emerging markets."

About TradingPartners

Based in Chicago, with European headquarters in London, and operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, TradingPartners provides growing companies and global Fortune 500 firms with the most comprehensive and effective spend visibility technologies and managed services.  With a global vertical focus in foodservice, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, retail and services industries, TradingPartners assists its customers to reduce the cost of their direct and indirect purchases with tangible results often in the 10-25% range.  TradingPartners' unparalleled domain expertise, comprehensive supplier database, and robust spend management technology platform have helped hundreds of corporations and public sector entities achieve dramatic business process improvements and tangible cost savings. For more information, visit

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