Realizing beauty in procurement from an automated source-to-pay process
Thanks to a strong change management plan orchestrated by experts from SAP Ariba services, the project aligned strong executive-level sponsorship and support from the CEO, which was instrumental in delivering a successful outcome.
With SAP Ariba solutions in place, Mary Kay has established a single, centralized foundation to streamline procurement operations.
Having rolled out the solutions across its operations in the United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and Spain, the company has clear visibility into spend and a strong digital audit trail.
Mary Kay’s buyers are now better informed and confident that supplier information is up to date, which helps them make decisions that prevent supply chain disruptions. For example, when it comes to onboarding suppliers, using SAP Ariba Supplier Risk, the company can look beyond financial stability and at sustainability risk while performing a comprehensive cybersecurity review as well.
“If we're going to hit our 2030 goals for sustainability, we have to ensure our suppliers are on the same page,” explains Learn. “With an automated and ongoing monitoring process, if a supplier’s credentials change, the procurement team gets a notification to take a look at it.” This helps Mary Kay mitigate risks and support beautiful business relationships.
Elsewhere, using SAP Ariba solutions for direct sourcing allows Mary Kay to orchestrate category bidding. So, when the company has to assess five or more suppliers bidding for up to 100 different products, SAP Ariba solutions provide data insights, empowering the procurement team to analyze the best path for the business to take.