May 17, 2020

CITGO chooses SMART by GEP's unified procurement solution

Supply Chain
Procurement
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
CITGO chooses SMART by GEP Unified Procurement Software
CITGO Petroleum Corporation has chosen SMART by GEP to provide a host of different procurement solutions.

CITGO will use SMART for its full sourcing, c...

CITGO Petroleum Corporation has chosen SMART by GEP to provide a host of different procurement solutions.

CITGO will use SMART for its full sourcing, contract lifecycle management and supplier information management across its non-hydrocarbon procurement operations.

What is SMART by GEP?

GEP SMART is a complete procurement platform that unifies all functions of procurement in a single product that is native to cloud, touch and mobile technologies. It allows organisations to drive greater efficiency and performance through a comprehensive solution for direct and indirect procurement designed to streamline and automate all your source-to-pay processes. 

SMART by GEP

  • Identify opportunities, manage savings, make purchases and payments, all through a unified procurement platform.

  • Increase adoption and drive enterprise-wide compliance through intelligent, intuitive interfaces and user-centric design.

  • Manage all source-to-pay processes on the go with a mobile-native design - anytime, anywhere and on any device.

  • Enable fluid information, process and work flow - accelerate end-to-end indirect and direct procurement processes.

  • Facilitate enhanced collaboration and synergy between procurement, suppliers, production, finance and other key stakeholders.

  • Standardise on-field tested, procurement process management best-practices and workflows for best-in-class performances.

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Who is CITGO?

Based in Houston, Texas, CITGO is a renowned leader in the refining industry. It operates three refineries, and owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With around 3,500 employees and a combined crude capacity of 769,000 barrels every day, CITGO is considered the fifth largest and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States.

Who is GEP?

GEP empowers global enterprises to operate more efficiently and effectively, gain a competitive advantage, boost profitability and maximise business and shareholder value. GEP creates and delivers unified supply chain solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness through fresh thinking, innovative products and unrivaled domain and subject expertise.

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Jul 19, 2021

Vizibl: The Future of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

Vizibl
Procurement
SRM
supplychain
3 min
How Vizibl is pioneering the future of SRM with more open and collaborative relationships between procurement organisations and their suppliers

Even the best procurement team on the planet can only derive so much value from their suppliers by tinkering with spreadsheets or negotiating another half-percent-per-unit from a regular bulk-buy. 

The value of relationships count in today’s fast-paced and disrupted business environment, where partnerships, future efficiencies and risk mitigation are just as vital a measure of an organisation’s maturing procurement organisation as overhead reduction.  

A recent McKinsey survey into 100 large organisations found that the more cooperative an organisation, the more financially competitive it could become. "Companies with advanced supplier-collaboration capabilities tend to outperform their peers,” it found, but also admitted that this value is not a simple thing to access. 


Visibl is a company built from the ground up with the philosophy of ‘delivering mutual value' in mind. Its digital procurement platform is designed to place collaboration at the centre of supplier relationships. Greater transparency for all stakeholders not only simplifies and quantifies contractual obligations, but also provides opportunities to discover and align on common goals and business objectives.

How does Vizibl’s platform work? 


Vizibl’s supplier relationship management platform feeds off data. By leveraging data from existing enterprise applications such as ERP, P2P, risk management, or project management systems, all stakeholders can share a central source of truth. The result is greater transparency, visibility and accountability on both sides of a contract. The platform is divided into several focus areas: 

  • Vizibl Relationships: This system helps organisations move beyond transactional interactions with their suppliers, instead building trust and applying a governance framework that is both scalable and consistent to better support core business objectives. 
  • Vizibl Workspace: Operating in one virtual workspace removes friction in collaborative endeavours and aligned initiatives. Vizibl Workspace enables partners to drive goals together, whether improved cost-savings, ESG commitments, new product launches or boosting operational efficiency. 
  • Vizibl Reporting: Measuring results is critical in achieving business objectives, forward planning and risk management. This system helps business leaders leverage actionable data to quantify and drive initiatives, support and mange supplier performance, and understand true ROI. 



Key Vizibl customers: Heineken, Vodafone, Astellas 

“Gartner lists supplier collaboration as supply chain leaders’ number one focus to solve for agility and resilience”

Speaking to SupplyChainDigital.com earlier this year in June, Mark Perera, CEO and co-founder of Vizibl said: “We work with companies across multiple industries, but regardless of sector, we really see agility and resilience as overarching topic areas in the supply chain. From a resilience perspective, that’s both in terms of operational resilience, but also strategic resilience; we see organisations looking at implementing the desired levels of flexibility and the ability to change with demand, as they look towards the future of their company.”

“Gartner lists supplier collaboration as supply chain leaders’ number one focus to solve for agility and resilience,” he added. “The mindset and process change to switch to a supplier collaboration model will be a challenge for organisations that are falling behind.” 

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