By Sarah Holliman, Vice President, Sourcing Interests Group
It’s 6:30 am…the alarm goes off. Wondering why I have to get up so early on a Saturday…and then remember that we have three soccer games, one birthday party and a swim meet…so with reluctance, I wake up…brush my teeth…turn on my computer and check my email. Before I get too involved in responding to the 50 emails requiring a response, I ALT-TAB to my browser, and Google the location for the different soccer games. Back to my email, a friend has sent me a “Friends and Family” coupon for 20% off Ann Taylor clothing. As someone who always needs dresses, skirts and professional clothing for our events, I check out the Ann website and make the decision that I’ll stop by between games to look for a dress for our next SIG Global Summit.
I wake the three younger kids (my oldest son will undoubtedly sleep until noon) and make sure they are all eating breakfast before I run down to the laundry room to find the Nike uniform one of my daughter’s needs for her 8:00 am soccer game. While down there, I throw in a load, using P&G’s Tide detergent because I know it can be relied on to get the grass stains out of the white shorts one of my other kids thought would be a good thing to wear while sliding down a hill. (Not. Not a good idea, that is.)
I jump in the car to get a latte before starting the weekend schlepping. Realizing I’m low on gas, I pull into a local Chevron and fill up the car. Quick stop into Starbucks where there is thankfully no line. They know my order by heart (nonfat vanilla latte for anyone who thinks I look like I need one at the next Summit), so I’m in and out quickly before heading back home to pick up my swimmer and soccer player.
Fast forward through first game (a nail-biting 2:1 win on a penalty kick) and swim meet. It’s noon—time for a few quick errands. First stop, Ann Taylor. I’m not really a shopper—unless I have a purpose, from which I rarely stray. (Ask SIG colleague Amanda Friedrichsen and SIG CEO Dawn Evans who accompanied me on a mission for a jacket once.) In this case, I’m looking for a suitable dress for work and, happy to find the perfect item quickly, I pull out my Visa so I can pay and be on my way. I may have to stop by Ross later so I can get some other great dresses at a discount. (We need a lot of dresses and suits for SIG events and I’m all about getting a good deal!)
Next stop, Target, for household supplies and a birthday gift. My 7-year-old daughter told me I “have to” get a Fijit Friend for her friend’s gift—Mattel’s latest hot interactive toy. I do as I’m told, then stop by the Wells Fargo ATM inside Target, so I can get cash for an upcoming trip. Needing a cable to attach my computer to my new HP monitor, and with time for one more errand before the next game, I run down the street to Staples to get one. They don’t have the one I need in stock, so lucky for me, there is a Best Buy a few doors down. Errands complete—back in the car for two more games. Good thing all the kids are playing on home fields this weekend.
It’s 4:30 pm and I’m back home again. As I walk in the door, I glance at the mail and notice that my new Blue Cross Blue Shield cards have arrived. Good thing because I’ve put off a doctor’s appointment for an “ouch-o-gram” (betting you can all figure that one out) for a few too many years. I make a Xerox copy of the card to leave with the doctor. I then open my PG&E bill and make a mental note to set it up for online billing and to turn down the thermostats . Back at my desk, I plug the cable into the monitor. It works! Yippee—now I don’t have to use my aging eyes on the laptop screen. My Microsoft Outlook is showing me a calendar reminder for the birthday party coming up. Looks like it will be a few more hours before I can relax.
I’m betting that my day sounds a lot like many of yours…it was just another Saturday, not unlike any other, but what struck me as incredible was that my every day life in a really odd way is a reflection of my work at SIG. It’s obviously no surprise to me that many of our Fortune/Global 500 buy-side members are some of the most globally recognized brands in the world across all industries, but it’s astounding how my life revolves around them in much the same way that my work revolves around them. I only threw a few company names in this article…but all of those brands are members…and almost every one of those companies was at our last Summit in Jersey City in March, along with another 400 people from companies you’d also know.
As I think about the companies we have the great fortune to have as members, I’m somewhat awe-struck by what they stand for and promote. Innovation. Forward-thinking. Sustainability. Industry leading. This incredible cast of companies brings the best in thought leadership and willingly shares their stories in sourcing and outsourcing transformation so other companies can learn from their successes and challenges. These companies and many more come to our events so they can learn from their peers. They come so they can leave with tangible, implementable and proven solutions. They come because they know that they won’t be solicited by providers with booths (read: we have no exhibit hall), but rather that they’ll get industry expertise from other buy-side companies and sell-side companies who have seen the same problems they are facing many times over. They come back because they make real connections and develop relationships with colleagues they can count on to offer them good counsel as they face business challenges. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that we make sourcing fun! (Really, we do…fun team and fun events!) SIG members…I salute you! Now get busy and register for our next Summit. It’s in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Fairmont Princess. What’s not to love?