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PRO is Honored as Finalist for 2019 World Procurement Awards

April 9, 2019
PRO has been selected as a finalist for demonstrating excellence in Procurement Consultancy for the 2019 World Procurement Awards. The organizations shortlisted for this honor represent the most impressive procurement projects, people and companies from around the world. A record number of entries across 36 countries were received for this year’s awards, judged by a panel of senior representatives from several leading global organizations. The judges selected PRO for its expertise in helping large organizations implement innovative sourcing strategies through its purely vendor-neutral solution to achieve millions in cost savings in a matter of months. “We are honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious industry award,” said Andrew Popler, Executive Vice President of Business Development, PRO Unlimited. “PRO constantly strives to provide our clients across the globe with the most cutting-edge contingent workforce management technology and support to meet their business objectives.” The winner in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 16, 2019, at the Intercontinental London. Learn more about the World Procurement Awards 2019 here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Recognizes Staffing Agencies with its Annual Global Supplier Awards

April 8, 2019
With our annual Global Supplier Awards for Service, we recently honored outstanding staffing agencies that consistently go above and beyond to perform for our clients worldwide. The 2018 winners were chosen with a proprietary 30-point scorecarding system and represent the best in talent quality, compliance, candidate experience, and the ease of doing business with PRO and our clients. “There are a number of suppliers who have gone to great lengths with their service and dedication for our clients. Today, we are pleased to recognize these firms and the contributions they made in 2018,” said Kristen Esones, Director, Supplier Partnerships, PRO Unlimited. “These partnerships that we have forged have enabled our clients worldwide to source the best talent while enhancing their contingent labor management programs every day.” To view the complete list of the 2018 winners, click here. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

The Future of VMS: Connect with the PRO team at ProcureCon Indirect Europe

March 27, 2019
The PRO Unlimited team is excited to discuss the latest contingent workforce management and procurement strategies with procurement professionals at the long-standing industry conference, ProcureCon Indirect Europe 2019. The conference is taking place in Copenhagen on April 2 and 3. While at the conference, if you’d like to learn more about the future of Vendor Management Software (VMS) and view a demonstration of our VMS, Wand, please stop by our booth, #6. Let us show you how our industry-leading solution provides greater workforce visibility and transforms professional services and SOW spend management. Additionally, be the first to see how artificial intelligence within Wand is driving smarter, more data-driven decisions – schedule your booth visit and demo today! If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

CWS Europe Taps PRO to Lead Artificial Intelligence & Global Trends Roundtable

March 20, 2019
It has been a busy conference season already! We have been in Miami for two Procurement conferences and our team is headed to two more conferences next week — one of them being the CWS Summit Europe. This is the premier conference for HR and Procurement professionals from Europe’s leading organizations — attendees are looking for the latest advancements in contingent workforce management technology and the best practices to help accelerate their programs. For those HR and Procurement professionals looking to discuss contingent labor management strategies and/or to see the future of Vendor Management Software (VMS) be sure to stop by PRO’s booth #4 or schedule a private demo of our VMS, Wand. Our team is looking forward to connecting! PRO was also invited to host a roundtable session on Artificial Intelligence and Global Trends from 11:30am – 12:45pm on Tuesday, March 26.  Seats are first come, first serve, so don’t miss out on one of the industry’s most sought after topics. Hope to see you there! If you cannot make the show, we would be happy to schedule a time to discuss or to provide you with a demo of our VMS, Wand. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Learn the Latest Contingent Workforce Management Trends at ProcureCon Indirect East

March 19, 2019
With ProcureCon Indirect East just days away, the PRO team is excitedly preparing to connect with fellow senior procurement practitioners in Amelia Island, FL, from March 25 to 27. An industry-leading event of almost 20 years, this conference is an opportunity to participate in interactive, peer-led sessions and to see the latest in contingent workforce technology advancements. ProcureCon has tapped PRO to lead one of its thought leadership sessions. Please join us on March 25 at 3:10 pm to uncover the “3 Key Contingent Workforce Management Trends for 2019”. In this session, attendees will learn about the latest trends and insights that will help accelerate the success of  a company’s contingent workforce program including: Artificial Intelligence and advancements within Vendor Management Software (VMS) technology help drive smarter, more data-driven sourcing decisions Optimized self-sourcing strategies that leading organizations use to drive ongoing, sustainable cost savings Emerging technologies and analytics that transform Professional Services and SOW spend management Also, please find us at booth #109. We will be speaking about the future of VMS and showing a demonstration of our VMS, Wand. We look forward to meeting you in person! Not able to attend the conference, but interested in learning more? We would be happy to schedule a demo. If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

PRO Chosen as NCSA’s Service Organization of the Year

March 11, 2019
PRO has just been named the winner of the 2019 National Customer Service Association (NCSA) All-Stars Award for Service Organization of the Year (large business)!  NCSA is a membership organization that is the ultimate provider of customer service education, development and support services in the United States. It presents this annual award to the organization that consistently maintains a focused culture of service excellence and awarded PRO for its services in this category. Out of all the companies that submitted, the 2019 judging panel recognized PRO’s Managed Services Program (MSP) and Strategy, Analytics and Metrics (SAM) team for going above and beyond the normal line of duty for its clients — staying true to the company’s mission, and consistently providing excellent service. We not only help large organizations around the world manage, source and track its non-employee workforces, but we continuously work behind the scenes for each client. We also help discover and present comprehensive industry insights and make client-specific workforce planning recommendations based on data, trends, market conditions and competitive research. This enables organizations to address the costs, risks and quality issues associated with managing contingent labor. We could not be more pleased to be honored for this award! Check out the full release here! If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email PRO at info@prounlimited.com.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Get the Latest Procurement Insights at Americas Procurement Congress 2019

March 7, 2019
Americas Procurement Congress 2019 is just days away and the PRO Unlimited team is looking forward to meeting with our fellow procurement professionals in Miami, FL from March 14th to 15th. As the contingent workforce continues to grow in size and complexity, procurement professionals and organizations are faced with increasing challenges to drive ongoing cost savings, improving process efficiency, and turning unstructured data and analytics into actionable business strategies. Learn about this and other trends and insights that can help accelerate the success of your contingent workforce program by stopping by our booth (#20) to speak with a PRO rep. We look forward to meeting you in person! Not able to attend the conference, but interested in learning more –contact us at info@prounlimited.com or via phone at 800.291.1099.   Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

Get the Latest News on Contingent Workforce Regulatory Updates

March 1, 2019
Once again, PRO’s experts in the following departments: Legal, HR, Contractor Compliance Services, Immigration, and Client Payroll Operations have published this quarter’s U.S. and Global Regulatory Newsletters. These are meant to provide a learning and informational opportunity for those professionals wanting to stay on top of the latest regulatory topics here in the U.S. and around the world. In this quarter’s edition, we highlight the following topics: S. Independent Contractor Compliance, Employment Law, Immigration and Payroll Global trends and events in Hungary, Australia, Romania, Taiwan, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico and Singapore Readers can take a deeper dive in each of these sections and find much more detail, including: The legislative conflict over determining employment status using the “ABC” test Continued expansion of information-sharing efforts between state and federal agencies A high-profile case of misclassified independent contractors State-specific decisions on inclusion, workplace harassment, regulating employees’ personal affairs, transgender stereotyping A return to a broader definition of “independent contractor” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) H-1B vase case reforms and Labor Condition Application Form updates Changes and updates to overtime work increases, post-termination payout requirements, pension contribution increases, and tax-free allowances on the global stage Multi-country minimum wage increases Employment Act changes that impact half a million employees in Singapore Brexit and Good Work Plan 2018 updates, and more Download your copies of the full newsletters. If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email PRO at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.

5 Ways Mobile Helps Suppliers Increase Their Effectiveness

February 28, 2019
Across industries, workers are using mobile devices to improve effectiveness. According to one recent study, employees see a 34 percent increase in efficiency by using smartphones at work, including significant upticks in work quality, collaboration, speed of innovation and productivity. At staffing agencies, perhaps even more than most businesses, speed of execution and decision-making is critical to success. For example, account managers and recruiters are constantly racing the competition to fill job requisitions. Of course, given that new requests from top clients don’t always wait until they’re conveniently seated at their desks, having mobile access to this information can help ensure a timely response. But historically, suppliers haven’t had access to a mobile app that would enable them to tackle such tasks. This is just one reason that PRO Unlimited built the Wand Mobile Supplier App, the industry’s first mobile app created specifically for account managers, recruiters, sourcers and billing specialists. (Read the official press release.) In this blog post, we’ll look at five ways that mobile helps suppliers increase their effectiveness. 1) Staying on top of tasks. Email is an essential work communication tool, but the reality is that the average worker receives more than 120 emails a day, roughly 50 percent of which are spam. As a result, open rates hover around 20 percent. In contrast, open rates for SMS messages stand at roughly 98 percent. In addition, it takes the average person 90 minutes to respond to an email, but only 90 seconds to respond to an SMS. Put another way, receiving mobile push notifications about important work tasks in addition to emails helps ensure that you see and respond to these items in a timely fashion. For staffing agency team members, this means having access to a native mobile app, where they can choose to receive push notifications regarding specific work tasks such as interview coordination, job requests and expense review. These notifications can help ensure they act quickly and ultimately increase productivity, especially if new requests are displayed immediately upon opening the app. 2) Scheduling candidate interviews. One recent study reported that the average employee spends more than one day a week in meetings. Another report stated that middle managers spend about 35 percent of an average day in meetings, while upper managers are in meetings more than 50 percent of the average day. With calendars already so booked, it’s easy to see how coordinating a candidate interview can be challenging, with availability shifting by the minute – and at all times of the day. This is why mobile access can be so helpful in enabling recruiters and sourcers to schedule interviews with just a few easy swipes and taps, helping ensure they’re getting candidates in front of clients as quickly as possible. 3) Tracking job requests. As outlined in the intro to this post, new and urgent job requests can hit suppliers’ desks at all hours. The ability to access these requests via mobile device anytime and anywhere helps ensure account managers are always

See You at HCI’s 2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference

February 25, 2019
The PRO Unlimited team is looking forward to traveling to Miami, Florida on March 5th for HCI’s 2019 People Analytics & Workforce Planning Conference. The conference will share how high-performing organizations are balancing the need for shorter, more agile workforce planning cycles with long-term talent strategy. From building a people analytics dream team, to applying insights to business-relevant talent issues throughout the employee lifecycle, you will learn to enable data-based decision making at your organization. Will we see you there to discuss these topics and more? If you’d like to connect with us, you can find us at our tabletop while at the conference. We look forward to meeting you in person! Not able to attend the conference, but interested in learning more? We would be happy to schedule a meeting with you by contracting a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.
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