May 6, 2024

The Future of AI in Sourcing w/ Walmart

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The Future of AI in Sourcing

In a recent webinar, we had the privilege of hosting Travis Johnson from Archlet customer Walmart. Travis is a key figure in the retail giant's Procurement innovation journey. Walmart is taking Procurement and e-Sourcing to a new level. Travis shared his valuable insights on the evolving tool landscape and the impact of GenAI.

Watch the recording here.

Embracing Change and Innovation

Travis began by emphasizing the critical role of change and innovation in maintaining a competitive edge. He drew an interesting comparison with Tiger Woods, whose career exemplifies the continuous drive for improvement. Despite being at the pinnacle of his golf career, Woods made significant changes to his swing several times, showing a readiness to innovate and adapt. This metaphor underscores the mindset that organizations should adopt to keep advancing.

Strategic Thinking and the Evolution of Procurement

Travis highlighted the need for strategic thinking in the procurement sector, sharing his perspective on how the process is evolving. He outlined a four-step approach that organizations can use to adapt to market changes and drive efficiency:

  1. Leveraging Technology: Integrating new tools and platforms to streamline processes.
  2. Fostering Innovation: Creating an environment that encourages fresh ideas and experimentation.
  3. Enhancing Data Literacy: Ensuring teams understand and can utilize data effectively.
  4. Embracing Algorithmic Literacy: Using advanced analytics to make informed decisions.

This structured approach to procurement helps companies adapt to changing conditions while maintaining a focus on strategic growth.

Value Creation through Technology and Data

The importance of technology and data in creating value for organizations was another key point Travis discussed. He highlighted the symbiotic relationship between technology and people in procurement. This involves leveraging (Gen)AI-driven technologies to address gaps in sourcing and supplier management. Travis also emphasized the growing significance of data literacy, pointing out that generative AI can play a pivotal role in retrieving and analyzing data to support better decision-making.

Archlet Spark

Archlet then discussed LLMs and their functioning. Archlet elaborated on the integration of GenAI into their product (with Archlet's AI, Spark), highlighting potential applications in e-sourcing and outlining the expected evolution of these capabilities over time.

Key Takeaways

Travis' insights offer a valuable roadmap for organizations looking to enhance their procurement processes. The emphasis on continual learning, adaptation, and innovation is crucial for sustainable growth and success. By embracing change, leveraging technology strategically, and focusing on value creation through data, businesses can position themselves for long-term success in a dynamic business environment.

If you'd like to watch the recording of this webinar, you find it here. If you'd like to see Archlet Spark first hand, reach out to us and book a demo.

About Archlet

Archlet is an AI-powered, user-friendly SaaS platform for e-Sourcing and Bid Analytics. At Archlet, we make it easy for Procurement teams to gather, store, and analyze their data. With Archlet, strategic sourcing managers can use automated bid optimization and analytics to quickly gain insights, boosting negotiation power and freeing up time for more strategic tasks. Global enterprises trust Archlet to eliminate inefficiencies in their sourcing process and make faster, better decisions.


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