IT supply chain developments and their impact on buying decisions – part 2

- August 20, 2014 7:30 AM | Categories:

We are pleased to welcome this post from Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking at Mercato Solutions, which marks the second in a series of advisory posts on the IT equipment supply chain and the movements that impact buying decisions.  As we continue into 2014, the consensus amongst UK businesses remains largely optimistic, with confidence in the economy continuing to build. Many are looking at this as an opportunity for growth, with investment in IT and technology the driving force behind expansion. Developing your workforce comes hand in hand with an increase in devices and technologies, and yet with so many options available on […]

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Late payment reforms to help SMEs get paid on time

- August 20, 2014 4:35 AM | Categories:

We have a new young talent on the Spend Matters UK team, our intern Robbie Pyburn — a graduate in Journalism from Sheffield University. Robbie brings our attention to an interesting article posted by UK New UK public sector procurement reforms to be introduced later this year will aim to crack down on late payments to small businesses. New reforms will include a requirement for payments to be made more promptly “for all the contracts in the supply chain,” according to an article in UK Authority. Local government minister Kris Hopkins told MPs during a commons debate on late payments: […]

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Some like it hot – September’s Real World Sourcing briefing sessions in Dubai & Abu Dhabi with Tejari and CIPS MENA

Peter Smith - August 20, 2014 12:03 AM
The week of September 8th, I will be in the United Arab Emirates again, flying a route with Emirates Airlines that does not take us over Ukraine, Syria, Gaza, Iraq … I hope. ... more ▸

Innovation in Procurement – why public procurement is doing headstands in Barcelona

Peter Smith - August 19, 2014 7:30 AM
We came across a very interesting article in Citylab on public procurement being turned upside down by the city of Barcelona. We found it intriguing that far from the traditional a... more ▸

The supplier’s lament  — Hey! You’re no amateur buyer, right? – part 2

Nancy Clinton - August 19, 2014 4:30 AM
We are pleased to bring you part two of Stephen Ashcroft’s  (procurement risk coach at Brian Farrington) post which shares the company’s learnings from dealing with ‘unprof... more ▸

Spend Matters 50 To Know — Trade Extensions

Nancy Clinton - August 19, 2014 2:00 AM
Following the launch of the Spend Matters 50 to Know and 50 to Watch list, our US site and our colleagues are running through all the providers to give the reasoning behind their i... more ▸

Riskmethods: The Cool Risk Management Solution Provider You Probably Haven’t Heard Of pro

Thomas Kase - August 14, 2014 2:28 AM
Today's Spend Matters PRO research brief covers the cool company that you probably haven’t even heard of, Riskmethods, which delivers risk management that is dynamic, in near ... more ▸

Pandemics and the Supply Chain: What’s the Actual Risk Factor? Plus

Sheena Smith - August 13, 2014 9:01 AM
Don't forget to join us for tomorrow's Ask the Expert webinar featuring VP of Research Thomas Kase and Heiko Schwarz, Managing Director at riskmethods. This topic goes way beyond e... more ▸

Ebola and the Potential Supply Chain Impact – What is Prudent for Procurement? pro

Thomas Kase - August 13, 2014 2:35 AM
Ebola is a disease that presents as a hemorrhagic fever. These are not exactly comforting words, as those afflicted bleed profusely (from the inside) and up to 90 percent of tho... more ▸

Lessons From Beeline – Exploring the Latest in Global Services Procurement (Part 1) pro

Jason Busch - August 12, 2014 10:13 AM
Earlier this summer, vendor management system (VMS) provider Beeline updated Spend Matters on trends they were seeing in the global services procurement markets. This briefi... more ▸

Ask the Expert: Should You Be Worried About Ebola and Your Supply Chain? Plus

Sheena Smith - August 12, 2014 9:07 AM
Should you be worried about Ebola? What can you do about this issue, and similar illnesses that might disrupt your supply chain and/or put your employees and suppliers at risk? On... more ▸

IQNavigator Sells MSP Business to MSX: MSP Background and Deal Analysis pro

Jason Busch - August 11, 2014 2:24 AM
Last week, IQNavigator announced that it had sold its managed services provi... more ▸