Down the Procurement Pub with the BBC, Tradeshift, the Guardian and Errol Brown

BBC electionNot a pub, but I saw them setting up the election night giant map of the UK constituencies outside the BBC on Wednesday when I was seeing some of my friends from the BBC procurement team. None of them touch a drop of alcohol of course, being dedicated public servants, so this is the best I can offer you for the “Procurement Pub” this week ...

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There was a good article on the Guardian website from John Wallace, who is head of procurement at Anchor, the UK's largest not for profit housing association. It is titled “Five ways social landlords can be better at procurement”, there is some good stuff there and he will be will be speaking at social housing procurement event PfH Live on 25 June. Here is a small sample of the article, as he talks about the future of procurement and technology:

“Things such as predictive procurement, smart data and real-time collaboration could all help social landlords to better forecast demand for certain goods and coordinate supply chains more efficiently right across their business so bigger savings can be made. Procurement technology could also help landlords build up a database of market intelligence to inform future buying decisions, rather than relying on suppliers for information”.

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Beverley Tew was a very impressive CPO for the BBC and then was promoted into a broader finance role as Group Finance Director a few years back (she is an accountant by background). She is also a CIPS Trustee at the moment. Anyway, we hear in the latest BBC re-shuffle she has decided to move on from the BBC, so we wish her good luck in whatever she chooses to do next, procurement or finance. She is – OK, tell me what is the female equivalent of “one of the good guys”? Well, whatever it is, she is.

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Tradeshift, the “fastest growing supply chain platform”, (interesting to know quite how that is defined) announced the appointment of Jigish Avalani as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to CEO and co-founder Christian Lanng, Avalani will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the company, and the accelerated expansion of the Tradeshift global supply chain platform.  He spent 15 years with Microsoft then was one of the top team at Concur, bought by SAP for a ridiculous amount of money a year ago. So that may increased speculation that Tradeshift could be getting closer to a trade sale to one of the big boys in the market – good luck to him anyway.

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Election wineOK, in the absence of pub news ealier, let me recommend this wine as a great accompaniment to late night election watching. From the wonderful Wine Society, a rich, gently oaked yet subtle Uruguayan Tempranillo / Tannat with the appropriate name of Bouza. £12.50 and would be twice as much if it was French.

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Very sad news that Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate died this week. They were a very under-rated band - not by the record buying public, but by the critics who did not give them credit for some ground-breaking pop songs. Indeed, they were unique, we might argue - both in terms of music (blending pop with dance, soul and disco, well ahead of their time) but even more so for the lyrics of their best songs. Listen to Emma (incredible vocals from Brown too on that track) or Brother Louie, and ask whether anyone today in the chart today is taking on issues like that and writing such accessible yet powerful words. But for our track, let's go for something a bit more upbeat - the gorgeous It Started with A Kiss. Although even then, as my wife pointed out, it is actually a deeply sad song.

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