Dr. Epstein is known for her thought-provoking and uneasy perspectives on the future direction of Procurement and the technology that surrounds it. The opening keynote “The Future of Category Management in the Age of AI” was a tour de force and set the scene for two days of discussing best practices, exploring industry trends, sharing experiences, and, most importantly, networking with Procurement peers.

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The internal analysis as the foundation for holistic category strategies

Do you remember the last time you took the wrong ramp onto the highway and how it made you feel? Most people instantly know that they took a wrong turn and hope that the next exit is not too far off. Unfortunately, our brain doesn’t experience the same stress when taking the wrong turn in developing category strategies. Category strategies in Procurement are a methodical approach for defining the best way to buy goods or services for their business. Done right, they help companies align business requirements with market realities to leverage market opportunities and mitigate risks. Done wrong, they might lead us down the wrong road.