Procurement To The Rescue – How Tighter Controls Can Help Prevent Invoice Phishing Scams

We are pleased to publish this advisory post from Abid Muhammad, IT Manager at State of Flux, which provides contract lifecycle and category management, strategic sourcing […]

Allocation: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths and Weaknesses [PRO]

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North America is a curious market for direct materials-centric procurement software. While many manufacturers currently use indirect materials- and services-centric applications (e.g., procure-to-pay, vendor management systems), few manufacturers have specialized direct materials-centric procurement tools as a part of their solution belt. And to note the elephant in the room, many manufacturing procurement organizations are still not even aware of what these solutions can do. The exception to this is in Europe (especially Germany and Austria) where direct materials procurement software [...]

Rob Knott and Beth Loudon – Interesting Reading on Procurement, Hospitals and Prisons,

We don’t claim to have the monopoly on good articles and ideas and are therefore always happy to point our readers at other publications and […]

Top Tips for Effective CPO/CFO Engagement 

We are delighted to feature this guest post from Omer Abdullah, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Smart Cube, professional services experts specialising in procurement, analytics […]

Allocation: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background and Solution Overview [PRO]

When you start a vacuum cleaner, a number of things happen. First, the air pump creates a partial vacuum in the appliance. This results in air rapidly rushing in from the outside, through the attached hose or nozzle, pulling in dust, dirt and small debris with it. But the effects don't end there. The rapid movement of air from immediately outside the vacuum creates another partial vacuum that needs to be filled by the surrounding air, and this causes nearby [...]

Giles Breault on the Procurement Digital Roadmap – Think Tank Gets to Grip with Technology

We’re catching up on our reading over the quieter summer period and an article from Giles Breault on LinkedIn is worth highlighting. Breault and Sammy […]

Surrey Heath Invests In Shops – House of Fraser Closes

Local authorities in the UK have been under intense pressure with falling funding from central government, while Westminster politicians also impose constraints around funding via […]

APEX Analytix: Vendor Snapshot (Part 3) — Summary and Competitive Analysis [PRO]

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APEX Analytix is far more than just a recovery audit and spend analysis software provider. It’s also a specialist in supplier management. This third and final installment of our Vendor Snapshot covering APEX Analytix’s supplier management solution provides a SWOT analysis of the company along with a competitive segmentation analysis and comparison. It also offers recommended shortlist candidates that can serve as alternative vendors to APEX, complete with solution selection guidance. Finally, this research brief provides summary analysis and recommendations [...]

Procurement with Purpose – Key Points to Consider

Just a reminder that you can still download our recent briefing paper, supported by SAP Ariba, which is all about Procurement with Purpose.  It’s full […]

Down the Procurement Beer Festival with Virgin, Carillion, SolarWinds and Broken Witt Rebels

Down the Procurement Pub comes to you this week from the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, where I have spent the last 72 hours […]

A Critical Look at Category Management (Part 3) [Plus +]

We wrote in the last article about the standardised nature of category management process and practice, and the dangers inherent in approaching different categories via that standard approach. Now let’s consider another failing of much “traditional” category management methodology and philosophy. We might define this as an overly procurement-centric approach to the whole task in hand. The buyer is placed in an almost deity-like position, controlling the whole process and with other participants fitting into their scheme and doing what [...]

Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. […]