Procurement as an Instrument of Social Change – LUPC Joins Electronics Watch

- April 24, 2014 7:30 AM | Categories:

Thanks to our guest writer Andy Davies, Director, LUPC, for this insight into how the power of purchasing can make a real difference to the lives of people throughout the world who manufacture and supply our goods. This month the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has become a founder member of Electronics Watch, the part EU-funded, independent monitoring organisation working to achieve respect for labour rights in the global electronics industry through socially responsible public purchasing across Europe. We believe that procurement can be a very compelling instrument of social change.  As a not-for-profit professional buying organisation run by its members, […]

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MOD contract notices published for Defence Equipment & Support MSPs

- April 24, 2014 4:31 AM | Categories:

dads army final Last week, MOD issued contract notices advertising the opportunities we mentioned here. Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is planning to let six contracts to support its operations, following the collapse of the process to appoint a single partner to run the “GoCo” entity (Government owned, contractor operated) that was originally the plan. DE&S is now a “Bespoke Central Government Trading Entity”. The six contracts are: Work package 1 – Four Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to cover Land, Fleet, Air and Joint Enablers. “The MSPs will be a key provider of the services / requirements driving the DE&S Materiel Strategy change […]

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Supply Chain Finance – Tungsten / OB10, Gearing up to be Major Player

Peter Smith - April 24, 2014 12:01 AM
The third and final of this week’s Supply Chain Finance updates, focusing on UK-based firms we’ve talked to recently, is Tungsten / OB 10.  OB10 is a well established, market-... more ▸

MarketMaker4 – Not Just E-Sourcing But Also an Information Platform for Sourcing pro

Thomas Kase - April 23, 2014 10:30 AM
In the procurement sector, it’s rare to find a solution provider that, in its operating model and technology, has absorbed so much from those that have come before and applied an... more ▸

blurGroup CEO Speaks – More on Growing Procurement Marketplace Firm

Peter Smith - April 23, 2014 7:31 AM
We reported yesterday on Thursday’s announcements from blurGroup that led to the share price dropping by some 40 percent. blur provides a platform that enables buyers to adve... more ▸

Ask the Expert: Sourcing and Market Research (Or – How to Eat the Elephant) Plus

Sheena Smith - April 23, 2014 6:13 AM
In an era where "information overload" is an understatement, how do you even begin to think about what information sources you should pay attention to in your sourcing activities? ... more ▸

4 “Non-Sourcing” Initiatives to Optimise Your EU Car Fleet

Nancy Clinton - April 23, 2014 4:30 AM
We’re delighted to feature a post from Franck Capron, Manager, Consulting GEP, on four steps you can take to facilitate your car fleet sourcing. In some EU countries, like German... more ▸

Supply Chain Finance – Crossflow Payments on track to make waves

Peter Smith - April 23, 2014 12:01 AM
After Oxygen and before Tungsten / OB10,  the second of this week’s e-invoicing and supply chain finance (SCF) triumvirate is Crossflow Payments.  Our first coverage of them he... more ▸

Supply Chain Finance – Oxygen finds the local government atmosphere agreeable

Peter Smith - April 22, 2014 7:31 AM
This week we’re going to feature update posts about major UK players in e-invoicing and supply chain finance (SCF) that we’ve met recently, followed by some thoughts on how the... more ▸

Managing professional services – are you getting lamb or beef?

Peter Smith - April 22, 2014 4:31 AM
How do you know if your professional services provider really has the skills they say they do? It's a similar problem to that curry or kebab you buy on a Friday night. Lamb or Beef... more ▸

An Update on Crossflow Payments: Trade Financing and Free EDI/invoice Connectivity Rocketing Up pro

Jason Busch - April 22, 2014 2:35 AM
Crossflow Payments offers financing that is integrally coupled with free supplier network/EDI replacement capabilities as the two central components of the value proposition. From ... more ▸

blurGroup shares crash, revenue recognition issues, results announcement delayed

Peter Smith - April 22, 2014 12:01 AM
(Note to Picture Editor – no, not THAT Blur Group you idiot!) Ouch. Last Thursday, blurGroup announced a delay in publication of their 2013 annual results and that revenue fr... more ▸

When Should You Fire a Non-Performing Supplier? Plus

Peter Smith - April 21, 2014 7:49 AM
When is the best time to fire a non-performing service provider? Should we take action as soon as serious problems become evident? Once they've had a chance or two to sort out the ... more ▸

Cocoa prices on the rise – consider hedging, buy lots of chocolate!

Peter Smith - April 21, 2014 12:01 AM
We’ve become accustomed now to demand from China for raw materials having a significant effect on world prices of metals and other traded commodities. Those have been core to tha... more ▸

Music for Easter – spiritual doesn’t necessarily mean religious

Peter Smith - April 19, 2014 12:09 AM
Thoughts on what makes music spiritual, with examples from Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Edwin Hawkins, Midlake and the Unthanks. ... more ▸

A short break from procurement – happy Easter holidays to our readers

Peter Smith - April 18, 2014 3:15 AM
To all our readers who are celebrating religious festivals, or simply enjoying a public holiday or two (as in the UK), have a good weekend. We’re not publishing our usual quota t... more ▸

Coupa and DocuSign: A Critical Partnership that Bodes Well for Finance, Legal, and Procurement Plus

Jason Busch - April 17, 2014 9:39 AM
Coupa announced today that it is partnering with DocuSign to provide integrated digital signing capability with its own set of applications. For customers, this partnership is perh... more ▸

Coupa and — Partnership Analysis, Implications, and User Recommendations pro

Jason Busch - April 16, 2014 9:53 AM
Earlier today, Coupa announced it was partnering with, a company that was once really just a directory service for global suppliers. It has since become as diverse in i... more ▸

Contract Management Dilemmas – To Trust or Track the Supplier? Plus

Sheena Smith - April 16, 2014 6:37 AM
Trust only goes so far - but the same can be said for tracking as well! Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe will be our expert on our Plus/PRO member webinar this Thursday. He'l... more ▸

Will Trade Financing Bring About More Change to Banks or ERPs? pro

Jason Busch - April 16, 2014 2:34 AM
We define trade financing as the combination of receivables financing and payables financing (inclusive of supply chain finance) and purchase-to-pay technologies, including e-invoi... more ▸

Keelvar: A New Sourcing Tool That Will Change How Old-School CIPS and NAPM Members Negotiate Plus

Jason Busch - April 15, 2014 3:18 PM
Over the years, I’ve moderated my views on reverse auctions. I now believe that their most useful legacy was ushering in a world of online communication and management of supplie... more ▸

Tungsten’s Three-Headed Funding Model Eliminates Hassle for Suppliers of Large Corporations pro

Jason Busch - April 14, 2014 3:03 PM
Tungsten was set up pure and simple to use technology to change and shape the way suppliers of large corporations access financing. Their slogan is a “Secure, Smart, Fast” solu... more ▸

Making of the Secret Sauce: Tricks for Using the Open Web for Supply Market Intelligence Plus

Pierre Mitchell - April 11, 2014 5:20 PM
While marketing and strategy groups get budget to use big data tools and high-end premium content subscriptions, most procurement groups are decidedly a little more low budget. The... more ▸

E-Sourcing Solution Review: LiveSource pro

Jason Busch - April 10, 2014 3:05 PM
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post was published on March 24. We have since received updated information regarding's new CEO, Bo Hagler, and are republishing t... more ▸