Spend Matters UK/Europe Weekly Round-Up

Government woes! Is the 'tell us your problems' government procurement website "desperation"? -- Peter suggests that "we already know what small firms like and don't like about public procurement! Diagnosis is not the problem; implementation and constraints such as EU rules are the issue." Also, Might Sir Philip Green regret his report on public sector procurement?

Completely unpronounceable construction firm Bouygues chooses the Emptoris Supply & Contract Management solution suite to support their procurement operations and provide spend visibility across 7 operating units. There will be a new "Bouygues Construction Purchasing organisation" with a target of reducing spend by 10% by 2012.

Chicago-based Groupon says no to Google's offer to buy for $6B. Peter discusses the high valuation of B2C businesses such as this. "Far higher than B2B networks, but perhaps that is a clue as to why firms such as Ariba are focusing on that network aspect of their business rather than sourcing or services. The potential – and potential valuation – if someone can become the standard B2B trading platform is huge."

Blame it on the al-al-al-al-al-alcohol: Asda cut out the (hic!) middle man in wine supply chain -- The Drinks Business* reports that Asda, Wal-Mart's UK subsidiary, have set up their own wine supply chain operation.

Sheena Moore

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