Why Is Deflation a Worry for Governments (and Procurement People)?

- October 23, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

After governments have spent most of my lifetime worrying about inflation, it is a bit of a shock to see deflation suddenly presented as the biggest economic threat in Europe. Deflation – where prices are declining over time rather than going up – might seem at first to be a good thing. Surely if goods and services are cheaper, we can buy more of them? But there are real problems associated with the phenomenon. The first serious issue is for governments who have high levels of debt, which includes the UK as well as the usual suspects of European economic […]

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Book Review: Leading Procurement Strategy – Driving Value Through the Supply Chain

- October 23, 2014 4:29 AM | Categories:

Book proc startegy I have found this the most difficult to review of any procurement book I’ve ever gone into print about over the years. That is in part because (to its credit) it is a book that attempts to cover a wide and important field, with some depth and academic rigour. So there is a lot of content to consider. It is also because it has six different authors. Three get their names under the title – Carlos Mena, Remko Van Hoek, and Martin Christopher, all distinguished academics and thinkers in the procurement world. But there are three other significant contributors as […]

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Outsourcing Lessons Learnt – More from Somerset and the SW1 Venture

Peter Smith - October 23, 2014 12:03 AM
Regular and long-standing readers will know all about the Somerset County Council ill-fated outsourcing partnership with IBM, and the work of local citizen Dave Orr in holding the ... more ▸

Transparency International Reports on Military Single-Source Procurement – Public Spend Matters Europe Post

Peter Smith - October 22, 2014 9:53 AM
We launched our new website, Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME) last month, and we hope some of our regular readers here visit that site and find the material there enjoyable and i... more ▸

Legislation to Ban Low-Value PQQs – Bureaucratic and Waste of Government Time

Peter Smith - October 22, 2014 7:32 AM
As well as transposing the new EU procurement directives into UK legislation, the government is also planning to incorporate recommendations from Lord Young’s “Growing Your Bus... more ▸

Buying Complex Services – Understand the Category, Avoid the Old Banger!

Peter Smith - October 22, 2014 4:31 AM
(We’re delighted to have a guest post on our hot topic for this month, Buying Complex Services. This comes from Jon Milton, Business Development Director of Comensura, specia... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Oct. 13 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - October 17, 2014 10:18 AM
Enjoy this week's "best of" roundup from the Spend Matters Network. Here we share the most noteworthy or popular articles our websites posted throughout the week.... more ▸

SciQuest 14.2 Update: Total Supplier Management – Sophisticated Supplier Lifecycle Management Solution Renewed pro

Thomas Kase - October 17, 2014 2:28 AM
SciQuest has released version 14.2 of its Total Supplier Management (TSM) solution. The bulk of the high-end SLM (supplier lifecycle management) and SIM (supplier information manag... more ▸

Ask the Expert Webinar Tomorrow! Grab Your Shades: The Future of Spend Analytics is Bright Plus

Sheena Smith - October 16, 2014 8:11 AM
In this week's Ask The Expert webcast on Friday, October 17 from 10-10:30am Central, Spend Matters Chief Research Officer Pierre Mitchell will give the 50-cent tour of our "50 Shad... more ▸

Get the Most Out of Invoice Discounting Programs, Supplier Uptake and Savings pro

Jason Busch - October 16, 2014 2:39 AM
Last week we considered a number of the findings from Taulia’s recent survey of 3,800 suppliers using its network. The findings we previewed contain a number of key (highly posit... more ▸

Cloud: “It’s All Hype” Plus

Thomas Kase - October 15, 2014 2:25 AM
In Part 1, we read about some of the details that lurk under the surface of the deceptively simple “cloud” label. Part 2 has the first half of our exclusive interview with Stev... more ▸

The Cloud Hype: What Makes Sense For Businesses? Plus

Thomas Kase - October 14, 2014 2:49 AM
Part 1 of this series looked at various permutations of cloud and SaaS solutions – with a statement Larry Ellison has made at several Oracle Open World events, as well as thought... more ▸