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n a recent report, Gartner identified business to business (B2B) marketplaces as a future driver of change for procurement and procurement

professionals all over the world. Through SAP’s

Ariba Network and the Amazon Business Portal, which connects millions of global B2B buyers and suppliers, that future is already coming to fruition. Both Amazon and SAP are but two of the biggest examples as to how the marketplace is transforming procurement, but there is one marketplace provider that looks to looks to go a little further than simply connecting a buyer to a supplier. “There are quite a few organisations that will offer a matching service, matching customer and supplier and then stepping 38

out of the loop,” says Laurence Cook, CEO at Maistro. “What we at Maistro do is we connect customer to supplier and then we offer managed services around that relationship. We believe that we are using technology and humans together to try and optimise our solution that we offer to our customers.” Maistro is an online B2B Marketplace and Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered delivery platform designed to “accelerate the corporate buying process and optimise spend.” Founded in 2007, Maistro works with organisations to extend supplier reach, eliminate wasteful and outdated purchasing practises and streamline the entire procurement delivery process. As Cook describes it, Maistro sits in the middle between customer and supplier. With a marketplace of over 30,000 pre-vetted suppliers, Maistro’s goal is to help companies connect with just the MARCH 2019

Profile for Supply Chain Digital

Supply Chain Digital Magazine – March 2019  

Supply Chain Digital Magazine – March 2019  

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