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What’s new in Procurement? Not a lot, suggests New Jersey in the 1920s

- July 17, 2014 12:01 AM | Categories:

Standard-Oil So, Chief Procurement Officer. You think you’re pretty clever, don’t you? With your aggregated sourcing strategy, category management, centralised shared services infrastructure, internal stakeholder engagement process. All very modern, cutting edge, and of the moment. Well, I’ve got news for you. Somebody got there before you. A long time before you. Thanks to Christopher Lonsdale, who runs various procurement related Masters courses at Birmingham University, for sending us two documents recently. He was carrying out a literature review for a project and came across historical reports relating to centralisation of purchasing, although they both go somewhat wider than that really. […]

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Marketing Services procurement – structuring the supply chain

- July 16, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

Our new briefing paper is available for download free of charge here. It’s called “Decoupling Creative and Production Procurement – Handle with Care!” Sponsored by ProProcure, the Marketing Spend Management solutions provider, we look at the idea of ‘de-coupling’ spend – the separation of different elements within the marketing process in terms of commercial management. So we start with a bit of history. “Once upon a time, a single Marketing Services firm, usually known to its clients simply as “the Agency”, did everything for the brand owner. As well as advising the client, and coming up with brilliant creative work […]

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LGA Local Government Procurement Strategy – we’re the best, says National Procurement Champion

Peter Smith - July 16, 2014 4:31 AM
I’m reading the new Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Strategy for local government in England (to give the full title) at the moment. We’ll report on it ... more ▸

Using a Managed Service Provider as an Option for Procurement Outsourcing

Nancy Clinton - July 16, 2014 12:13 AM
The main reason companies choose to outsource is to reduce costs, however, a few poor choices and decisions can cause the advantages to come at a significant cost. For instance, yo... more ▸

Procserve on big data and spend analytics – but what will REALLY help the CPO?

Peter Smith - July 15, 2014 7:31 AM
The potential power of big data and of spend analytics in our procurement world has become something of a cliché, and also perhaps a topic that is more discussed than actually del... more ▸

Professor Gustavo Piga raises big questions about public procurement

Peter Smith - July 15, 2014 4:31 AM
If you spend much of your life listening to people talking about procurement, or reading numerous articles, papers and so on, it can all get a little predictable at times. “I don... more ▸

The Spend Matters Stock Portfolio — Half Year Round-Up Plus

Peter Smith - July 7, 2014 2:32 AM
We are halfway through 2014, and we're halfway through our Spend Matters stock portfolio challenge. Regular readers will know that we identified a portfolio of 21 companies with a ... more ▸

Why Purchase Price Variance (PPV) Should Be Banished From Procurement Measurements and KPIs pro

Jason Busch - July 3, 2014 2:26 AM
One of the biggest challenges to overall program impact and improvement in all but the most advanced procurement organizations are the raw elements that many procurement organiz... more ▸

Gamification in Procurement – Looking Beyond the Technology Plus

Pierre Mitchell - July 2, 2014 2:33 AM
Gamification is a topic that has garnered some interest over the last few years, and I thought it would be a good topic to explore a little more deeply in terms of its application ... more ▸

Business Process Management (BPM) for Procurement: A Spectrum of Choices pro

Pierre Mitchell - July 1, 2014 3:04 PM
BPM stands for Business Process Management. If the business process is procurement (i.e., a collection of processes), then the concept is about managing procurement processes – i... more ▸

Supplier Lifecycle Management: “SLM with MDM” Approach, Reporting, and Millennialization Plus

Thomas Kase - June 30, 2014 3:29 PM
This is the second in a two-part Spend Matters Plus series by analyst Thomas Kase. Recently we wrote about the business case for building a suite offering, a topic that sprung o... more ▸

Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM): Pros and Cons of Suite Approaches Plus

Thomas Kase - June 27, 2014 8:54 AM
Recently we wrote about the business case for building a suite offering, a topic that sprung out of the Selectica/Iasta deal. The case for suites – and the case against... more ▸