NHS Costs Rise Faster than Income – Health Foundation Report Sounds the Alarm

- April 15, 2015 4:29 AM | Categories:

Mortuary We wrote last week about the issues around locum staff in the NHS. There were a couple of interesting comments, including one suggesting “we don’t need any outside help” in sorting out the issues around the spiralling cost of temporary staff. Well, I’d hate to disagree with our readers (particularly those who comment, as you are very much valued) but really, the evidence is that the sector is NOT managing this terribly well at the moment. So personally, it feels like you should be open to at least listening to anyone who might have some good ideas. (I should say […]

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Procuring Strategic Business Partners: Partner Assessment and Selection Approaches

- April 15, 2015 12:04 AM | Categories:

Golf two CPOs As part of our Supplier Relationship Management Hot Topic for April, we are delighted to have a first guest article from John Doyle, a Director at B2Bppm Ltd. This covers a process that is genuinely new to me, and you can't say that about much in the procurement world! Strategic Outsourcing and Collaborative Business Relationships. The trend for outsourcing to ‘strategic delivery partners’ or establishing business relationships which require close collaborative working and trust between the client and supplier (or between suppliers) is buoyant. At the same time, it is well documented that collaborative working across organisations has a poor […]

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Basware Acquires Procserve – Interview with Esa Tihilä, Basware CEO

Peter Smith - April 14, 2015 9:34 AM
As we reported last week, Finnish eProcurement and e-invoicing firm Basware announced an agreed acquisition of UK eProcurement firm Procserve. We had the chance to speak to Esa Tih... more ▸
 

Final Reminder – Webinar on Measuring Procurement savings on Thursday

Peter Smith - April 14, 2015 7:33 AM
A final reminder! On this Thursday, 2pm UK time, 3pm most of Western Europe, 9am East Coast USA., we have a webinar with Sievo and industrial manufacturers Grundfos. We’ll be tal... more ▸
 

Next Level Purchasing Association Publishes Annual Salary Survey

Peter Smith - April 14, 2015 4:28 AM
The Next Level Purchasing Association has published its fifth annual procurement Salary Survey. Whilst it may not be the largest such survey in the world, with over 1,300 purchasin... more ▸
 

Supplier Relationship Management and Innovation – Case Studies and Good Practice

Peter Smith - April 14, 2015 12:18 AM
Milan Panchmatia, Director at 4C Associates, leading procurement consulting / outsourcing services provider, takes a look at our Hot Topic for April.  Supplier Relationship Mana... more ▸
 

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of April 6 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - April 10, 2015 2:43 AM
Welcome to another edition of our best of roundup – a compilation of our most noteworthy and talked about articles from around the Spend Matters Network this week. Spend Matters ... more ▸
 

Addressing Supplier Diversity: Engage with HR and Partner with SMWBEs pro

Thomas Kase - April 9, 2015 2:39 AM
This is Part 2 of our PRO series that began earlier this week. What should procurement do regarding supplier diversity? There is a clear shared-value benefit for the buy-sid... more ▸
 

How Should Procurement Tackle Supplier Diversity? Lessons from the ISM Summit pro

Thomas Kase - April 8, 2015 2:18 AM
In February, the Institute for Supply Management held its national Supply Chain Diversity Summit in Atlanta, which covered a range of issues facing procurement and supplier diversi... more ▸
 

Spend Matters Stock Portfolio March 2015 Report – Some Big Gains, Some Big Losses! Plus

Peter Smith - April 7, 2015 2:43 AM
So here we are, 25% of the way through the year, and our stock portfolio challenge is heating up, just like the weather… well, depending on which country you’re in as you read ... more ▸
 

Dismantling the Pantheon of Procurement Myths Plus

Pierre Mitchell - April 6, 2015 2:47 AM
In the first part of this multi-part series, we will begin to methodically dismantle the myths and lore that have been tribally developed over the years within procurement that hav... more ▸
 

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of March 30 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - April 3, 2015 2:37 AM
Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of our weekly best of roundup. We give you our favorite and most noteworthy articles from the week published around the Spend Matters N... more ▸