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February 2017

Dynamic Purchasing Systems Vs. Frameworks: The Differences and Benefits

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Historically, Public Sector buyers have made considerable use of Framework agreements to simplify their repeat procurements, enabling them to quickly and reliably procure from trusted sources without the need to run a full tender exercise. However, in fast moving service categories, a Framework can exclude SMEs and new entrants to a marketplace. For this reason, […]

Source to Pay – A Simple Question? Well, maybe…

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An old friend of mine is the acting Procurement Director for a pretty large and interesting organisation, whose business combines elements of services, retail and property management. He called me a few weeks ago and said “can you answer a simple question. Should we invest in a single source to pay technology platform, or develop […]

Achieving Strategic Procurement Alignment With The Board

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Is your procurement organisation strategically aligned with your board’s goals? Can you make it happen?

In this forthcoming Real World Procurement Series webinar (1 March, 2017), Craig Lardner FCIPS will explain how you can achieve strategic alignment for procurement with the board. And in just 3 pages.

With a procurement career spanning 35 years, roles including Head […]

January 2017

Leveraging Supplier Innovation

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Rob Handfield, PhD, NC State University

We hear the words “innovation” as a source for growth in the economy over and over again. New ideas on how to manage business processes, digital technologies, ways of delivering value to customers, and supply chain linkages are all areas where we are likely to see new forms of innovation occurring. But what will […]

December 2016

Enabling the New Procurement Organization through Digital Transformation

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Procurement has historically been under immense pressure to remain flexible and constantly adapt. Between keeping up with volatile economic conditions, product changes and regulatory requirements — all while focusing on adding value and increasing efficiency — change, agility and the ability to balance various critical, and often competing objectives, has always come with the territory.

Adapting […]

7 steps to more professional and process driven procurement

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Earlier this month, we hosted an event in collaboration with LOGY (the Finnish procurement and logistics organisation). In the event Luis Peluffo Johansen, Global Category Director from ROCKWOOL International, spoke about the journey of the multinational company’s indirect procurement department – from formidably decentralised and locally isolated procurement to a professional and process driven organisation.

Luis […]

17 Planets of Value | Extended Q&A

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In our recent webinar Planets of Value: Procurement Creates New Wealth for Organisations, Craig Lardner FCIPS provided a review of 17 Planets of Value. Several questions were asked during the Q&A session, but we ran out of time to answer a number of additional good questions. We’d like to thank Craig Lardner FCIPS for taking the time to respond […]

November 2016

Supply Chain Sustainability: Recent Commitments Highlight Procurement’s Critical Role

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Supply chain sustainability has dominated much of the news cycle these past few weeks. Take, for example, the following commitments from some of the worlds’ biggest brands:

Coca-Cola committed to ambitious sustainability goals promising to increase renewable energy, reduce packaging and double the number of employees taking part in related volunteering initiatives.
General Motors has […]

17 Planets of Value

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Our forthcoming Live webinar from Craig Lardner FCIPS will round out our series for 2016 in the APAC and MENA regions.

Based on years of procurement experience, Craig will provide a review of 17 planets of value in this webinar, Planets of Value: Creating New Wealth for Organisations.

His review of the 17 planets of value will have […]

September 2016

Key Questions to Ask Your Procurement Provider Before Signing

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Selecting a procurement tool that meets your organization’s unique needs isn’t easy. Every provider has its own blend of technology, services and market expertise, so how can you be confident the one you choose will help you reach your core business objectives?

There are a few key requirements to consider when choosing a partner. Start by […]