eWorld tomorrow – the CPO Event and ProcureCon Indirect approaching fast

I’m at the eWorld Purchasing and Supply event tomorrow (Tuesday) in Westminster and I’m running two workshop/  round tables. In the first we will look at how procurement can deliver value to their organisation rather than simply cost reduction. That takes us into some tricky areas, for instance around measuring ‘savings’ or other procurement deliverables. I foresee some sparky discussion about the fundamental drivers for procurement functions!

The second will look at Supplier Diversity, which we’ve been writing about here intermittently for a while. What exactly is it, should procurement be pursuing it, and is it really just good basic procurement practice?  I’ve met people who are very committed to this and others who are virulently against it, so I’m hoping for a good argument here...  I suspect there is still time to get a ticket here, free to practitioners.

And while we’re talking conferences, two other good procurement events are rapidly approaching. The CPO event is being held on March 20-21st at the Selsdon Park Hotel, South London (near Croydon, but don’t let that put you off – it’s a very nice place).  I attended the last of these events and was impressed by the standard of presentations from some genuine procurement big-hitters.  Senior attendees have a number of pre-arranged vendor meetings, which if you approach it in the right spirit is a good opportunity to see a number of solution providers in a short period of time, in an environment where the discussion is quite relaxed rather than a hard sales pitch.

Then, from 31st March through to April 2nd, we have ProcureCon Indirect at the Tower Guoman hotel, London. This has become a very successful event, and the speaker line up looks good, with a genuinely international feel – people like René Schalk, Vice President Corporate Procurement, Adidas and Fabien Krawczyk, Directeur des Achats - Prestations Intellectuelles et Communication-Marketing at Groupe La Poste.

The excellent Sammy Rashed, ex Novartis, an interesting thinker about procurement, and mentioned before here,  is also on the agenda.  Topics cover the range of indirect (services) procurement categories, with some technical issues (P2P technology and the like), but also a heavy focus, quite rightly, on how procurement can best align with key suppliers and with internal stakeholder groups.  Unfortunately, I have some serious diary clashes at that time, but I hope I might make it to some of the event. More details here anyway.

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