The Crown Marketplace – Vision, a Successful Pilot and Broad Functionality

As this week sees the ground-breaking Public Spend Forum public technology symposium in Washington DC (you can still register here for online access), we thought […]

Supplier Diversity Meets Supply Management: A Roadmap for Success (Part 4) [Plus +]

As we conclude our initial series on creating a roadmap for success with supplier diversity initiatives (see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3), we come to a handful of final, in many cases tactical, recommendations that can make or break program success. These are the “school of hard knocks” lessons focused on supplier diversity data management that we encourage our readers to take to heart, learning from the mistakes of others (including us) as we’ve helped to rollout and manage these [...]

The Royal Mail Bicycles Procurement Story – Myth, Misguided or Masterful?

Did you know the Royal Mail procurement function saved millions by buying cheaper bicycles? Yes, the organisation used to buy these really expensive models from […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Conference Week, NAO and Air Traffic

Well, the pub was before the gig (pictured here). A remarkedly deserted John Salt bar in Upper Street, Islington with Jane and Guy Allen, ex […]

Supplier Diversity Meets Supply Management: A Roadmap for Success (Part 3) [Plus +]

Perhaps the most important element that supplier diversity professionals should incorporate into their program management efforts is how to constantly incorporate general procurement efforts within their own. Working with general procurement should be the top priority for diversity teams. All too often, the trap for supplier diversity professionals is to lead a silo-based activity with few touch-points with general procurement.

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Transitioning from Being Measured on Savings to Being Measured on Value

We had a bit of a ‘galactic’ and somewhat philosophical speech from Ian Thompson, UK Senior Director at Tradeshift, at eWorld last month. But when […]

Negotiation Trade-Offs and Supplier References

Please note this is not an article aimed purely at public sector readers, even if it starts off sounding that way!  But we have been […]

Spendency: Vendor Snapshot (Part 3) — Summary & Competitive Analysis [PRO]

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What is your spend analysis buying persona? If it looks like the Spend Matters SolutionMap “Nimble” persona — by definition an organization looking for speed, efficiency, low price and quick value from cloud-based procurement technologies — then Spendency, a Sweden-based spend analytics provider that provides a do-it-yourself toolset, should be on your shortlist. And if you need some hand-holding or want a third party to help on data loading, cleansing, classification or related procurement and IT services, Spendency is still [...]

A.T. Kearney Report Puts Emphasis on Category Excellence

You can now get hold of A.T. Kearney’s 2017 Assessment of Excellence in Procurement. The firm has been conducting these assessments every three years or […]

e-Invoicing in UK Local Government – Basware Survey Paints Mixed Picture

Last week, Basware (procurement and finance software specialists) published a new report on electronic invoicing in the UK devolved public sector, surveying organisations across local […]

Public Spend Forum Technology Symposium Next Week

Next week, our friends at Public Spend Forum (PSF) in the US are holding the first Public Procurement Technology Symposium in Washington DC on October […]