April Album Review – Big Moon, Tall Ships, Blaenavon and Amber Run

This month, four English bands with four really good albums. The Big Moon are four young Londoners who form the most exciting “girl group” we’ve […]

Getting the Most from Sourcing Optimization (Part 1): Lessons From Leaders [PRO]

Global Risk Management Solutions (GRMS)

The combination of Trade Extensions and Coupa may seem a curious one for those unfamiliar with either organization, and may even raise questions for those who know both. As Trade Extensions’ recent customer event showed (see our live coverage here, here and here), the sourcing optimization specialist and its customers continue to push the limits of what is possible with e-sourcing. In contrast, procurement organizations that gravitate to Coupa — even highly sophisticated ones — tend to do so because [...]

Down The Procurement Pub With riskmethods, ProcureAbility, NAO and Charly Bliss

Last night the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel hosted the 2017 Management Consultancies Association annual dinner and awards ceremony. As a judge (I get asked […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

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

Edbury Daley Report – Performance-Related Pay on the Up

The latest report on the procurement recruitment market from Manchester-based recruitment firm Edbury Daley – now called “Procurement & Spend Management Insider” -  is well […]

Garden Bridge – Much To Worry About in Recent Report

Just before Easter, Dame Margaret Hodge issued her report into London’s Garden Bridge, commissioned by Mayor Sadiq Khan. It is fair to say she is […]

A 21-Question Health Check to Score Your Procurement Scorecard (Part 3) [Plus +]

As the old business adage goes, “what gets measured gets done.” This is certainly true in procurement. If you want to do the right things for yourself and your stakeholders, you need to measure the right things and do it efficiently. You also need to ensure that you are measuring what your stakeholders want and what you are in fact delivering. It’s a foundational competency. In fact, in the most recent Hackett Group procurement key issues study, “value contribution visibility” [...]

The Future of Sourcing – Category Management and Centres of Excellence

In the four short papers published already in our “Five Principles of Sourcing” series, sponsored by advanced sourcing gurus Trade Extensions, we have looked at […]

Breaking News! Ivalua Raises $70 Million from KKR

Ivalua, a market-leading Spend Management software company, headquartered in California and Paris, today announces it has raised a $70 million growth equity minority funding from […]

Supply Chain Risk – How To Improve Visibility at Second Tier and Beyond

We have a new briefing paper (sponsored by riskmethods, but written independently) available to download now. It is titled Supply Chain Risk – Getting To […]

EcoVadis: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]

For many industries and regions, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are de rigueur. In several cases, there is also legislation to back them up, and there are no signs the resulting regulations are going away anytime soon. Despite this, may companies pay CSR little more than lip service. There are numerous reasons for this. For one, CSR often has a hard time competing for budget and investments relative to other “hot” projects focused on short-term cost savings. This is [...]

Why Don’t Organisations Undertake Category Management? Future Purchasing Responds

We’ve written extensively about the Future Purchasing survey and report on Category Management, and in March we ran a webinar with Mark Webb, the MD […]