May 17, 2020

SAP Ariba has been named a “best-in-class” ePayables solution provider by Ardent Partners

Dale Benton
2 min
SAP Ariba has been named a “best-in-class” ePayables solution provider by Ardent Partners
SAP Ariba has been named a “best-in-class” solution provider by Ardent Partners in its 2019 ePayables Technology Advisor Report.

SAP was selected...

SAP Ariba has been named a “best-in-class” solution provider by Ardent Partners in its 2019 ePayables Technology Advisor Report.

SAP was selected for its SAP Ariba Invoice Management solution, which provides global support for partners around the globe, manages the complexity on both front and back-ends and leverages the SAP Ariba Network.


“Ardent Partners’ ePayables Framework is designed to help AP organisations gauge their ability to receive, process and pay invoices, and then determine which ePayable solution can help them automate and streamline that process,” said Andrew Bartolini, founder and chief research officer, Ardent Partners. “SAP Ariba was ranked as a ‘best-in-class’ leader among the providers because of the high level of support its global network is able to offer on both ends of its services, among other factors.”

The Ariba Network is the largest business network in the world, connecting more than 3.8mnh companies transacting more than US$2.6trn in commerce annually.  “Ardent Partners’ recognition of SAP Ariba as ‘Best-In-Class’ is a tremendous validation of our work to help our customers bring efficiency to their processes,” said Darren Koch, chief product officer, SAP Ariba. “Not only is automation a major time saver for our customers, it frees them to focus on more strategic work.”



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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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