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Hillary Ohlmann

Hillary Ohlmann
Hillary is DeltaBid's resident writer, copy editor, researcher, and all-around procurement enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism and Spanish from UW-Madison.
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6 Lessons Procurement can Learn from Startups

February 14, 2018 by Hillary Ohlmann

Uber. Airbnb. Spotify. These are only three startups that have become household names in the past few years. And who builds startups?

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Top 6 Excuses Buyers Use to Avoid the RFP Process

July 06, 2017 by Hillary Ohlmann

RFPs are formal, written requests that organizations send to suppliers with whom they wish to do business. They outline the goods or services to be purchased or the problem to be solved along with the criteria suppliers should follow when submitting a proposal. They are one of the basic tools...

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Does Your RFP Process Leave Easy Cash on the Table?

September 20, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

One of the most frequently used tools in the procurement professional’s toolbox is the RFP and its cousins, the RFI and RFQ. Requests for proposals, information and quotations, when done correctly, can go a long way towards building relationships with suppliers and capturing savings by ensuring...

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Supply Chain Failure and Success: A Tale of Burritos and Ice Cream

August 10, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain or an ice cream brand do to stand out from the crowd?

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7 Signs of a Great Procurement Department

August 02, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

Regardless of whether your company is just starting out or has been around for awhile, your goal for procurement should be the same: maturity.

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The Lowdown on Legacy Systems and Disparate Procurement Solutions

July 26, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

Procurement teams can fall into a trap of using disparate and decentralized systems to manage their procurement processes. This can happen for a number of reasons, including complex and cumbersome legacy procurement systems, software feature fatigue, budget limitations, and a reliance on...

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Impress Vendors and Build Relationships by Improving Your RFP Process

July 12, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

As an e-procurement provider, we here at DeltaBid are in the unique position of both helping procurement professionals improve their RFP process while also receiving RFPs from prospective customers. As such, we’ve seen RFPs of all types — the good, the bad and the ugly.

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The Powerful Influence of Company Culture on Procurement

June 21, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

According to a recent video from strategy+business, one way to define a company’s culture is as “the collection of self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking and believing that determine ‘the way we do things around here.’”

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10 Practical Tips for Creating Supplier Questionnaires

June 14, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

A request for information (RFI) from suppliers is often the first stage in supplier onboarding. By including well-formatted supplier questionnaire in your RFI, you can develop a more efficient supplier selection process and make it easier to review and compare suppliers once you’ve received...

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3 Quick Wins for New Procurement Directors

June 07, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

Walking into a new office can be an intimidating experience. New colleagues, a new desk, a whole new work culture. There’s a lot to take in, and feeling comfortable in a new position can take awhile. Even if you’re moving around within the same organization, you might still have to make...

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