BravoSolution Real World Sourcing briefing: Procurement Skills and Careers – the Next 10 Years

- August 28, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

The next in our BravoSolution Real World Sourcing briefing session is coming soon – September 17th to be precise, at the Don Restaurant in the City of London. The session runs from 11am until around 2pm, including lunch. The topic this time is Procurement Skills and Careers- the Next 10 Years and I’m leading on this one. I’ve been thinking hard about this session. It’s not a “technical” subject such as evaluating bids and tenders, or risk management. It’s a lot more judgemental, and of course if we’re going to look at the skills needed in the future, then we […]

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Nestlé UK & Ireland aim for fully sustainable cocoa sourcing by 2015

- August 28, 2014 4:32 AM | Categories:

Our intern, Robbie Pyburn reports:  Nestlé UK & Ireland and Tata Global Beverages are the latest major companies to reveal plans to accomplish sustainable sourcing. If Nestlé achieves its goal of 100 per cent sustainable sourcing of cocoa by 2015, it will be the first major confectionery company to do so in UK and Ireland. Nestlé UK & Ireland say that currently 60 per cent of the cocoa (around 80,000 tonnes in 2014) purchased by the company comes from sustainable sources. Andrew McIver, Confectionery Managing Director at Nestlé UK & Ireland said the company aimed to be the first to […]

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Charles Dominick of Next Level Purchasing – today’s Procurement Provocateur

Peter Smith - August 28, 2014 4:03 AM
Charles Dominick (seen here with the first recipient of the SPSM2 award) founded the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) in 2000 after some years in procurement management rol... more ▸

Supplier risk – the challenges of buying for temporary events (part 3)

Peter Smith - August 27, 2014 11:31 AM
This third blog from Daniel Ball of Wax Digital in his “avoiding temporary tantrums” series continues to explore the challenges of purchasing for temporary sporting eve... more ▸

Negotiation planning – when good politics means bad strategy

Peter Smith - August 27, 2014 4:32 AM
As a student of negotiation, an ex-practitioner but still an interested observer, it is sometimes fascinating to look at wider political events in that context. And there’s a... more ▸

Government shared services delays – the FT picks up on our story

Peter Smith - August 27, 2014 12:09 AM
You may remember we featured our exclusive story a couple of weeks back about delays to the UK Cabinet Office Shared Service Centre programme. Operation of the first centre (SSC1) ... more ▸

Proactis 2014 Overview: A Source-to-Pay Provider Uses Acquisitions to Move Up a Gear Plus

Peter Smith - August 22, 2014 1:29 PM
It has been a busy year for Proactis, the source-to-pay software provider based in Wetherby, a town in the fine northern English county of Yorkshire. Of all the firms in our Europe... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 5): Analysis of a Recently Awarded Patent Plus

Thomas Kase - August 21, 2014 2:35 AM
Has Ariba built a solid brick wall of IP gold or is it all just so much legal papier-mâché to scare us off? Huff and puff – will it hold? If so, will it be used to dr... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: How Might CEOs Address Procurement’s Failings? Plus

Peter Smith - August 20, 2014 2:11 AM
In Part 1 of this series, Peter Smith, managing director of Spend Matters UK/Europe, discussed the new Proxima graphic e-book titled "Drowning not waving – how Corporate Virtuali... more ▸

Beware Ariba’s Patent Treasure Chest (Part 4): Supplier Approval and Activation in a Network Plus

Thomas Kase - August 19, 2014 2:23 AM
One of the primary motivations behind SAP buying Ariba was its network approach model. It was theoretically a business model that could deliver scale benefits to participants (and ... more ▸

Lessons From Beeline – Areas to Prioritize in Global Services Procurement (Part 2) pro

Jason Busch - August 18, 2014 2:07 AM
In our discussions with Beeline and their customers earlier this summer, we learned about and explored a number of emerging priorities in global services procurement. A number of t... more ▸

Insight for CPOs: Proxima Lays Out Procurement’s Failings, But Are the Answers Here? Plus

Peter Smith - August 15, 2014 2:31 AM
Procurement outsourcing specialist Proxima deservedly received a lot of coverage with its Corporate Virtualization study that was published last year. As you may remember, it an... more ▸