Supply chain risk – FT highlights supply chain lack of insight and potential crisis

- August 26, 2014 7:31 AM | Categories:

We welcome this guest post by Chris Gayner, Marketing Manager, Proxima, responding to an article in the Financial Times. The Financial Times recently published this article (behind the paywall), summarising the results of a recently concluded research study that portended a supply chain crisis in the UK driven by corporate procurement teams’ lack of insight and visibility into their supplier network. Many of the supply chain professionals questioned admitted to having little to no knowledge of the deeper levels of the supply chain, leaving their companies exposed to the possibility of sourcing supply and service from companies that may be employing slave […]

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Centralised procurement – managing stakeholders in New Jersey, circa 1920

- August 26, 2014 4:31 AM | Categories:

Standard-Oil We featured the 1920 New Jersey paper concerning their centralised procurement initiative recently, and said we would come back to how they handled the issue of stakeholder engagement and management. That’s still critical to any central procurement team in any organisation anywhere in the world today, I’m sure, and there are points made by Joseph M Coyle that resonate today and provide pretty good advice for anyone in that situation still. It is clear from the report that the author was very proud of the steps New Jersey had taken to manage stakeholders and ensure the centralised procurement organisation achieved […]

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Contract Management – webinar next week, set your syallabus for academic year 2014/15!

Peter Smith - August 26, 2014 2:45 AM
Back to schooldays, I’m going back to schooldays … Yes, for many next week is indeed that back to school time, the start of a new academic year. And we will continue th... more ▸

Reading Festival day three with Jack Garratt, The 1975, Blacklist Royals, Blink, the Kooks …

Peter Smith - August 25, 2014 4:56 AM
Reading Festival drew to a close yesterday with the best day overall for me anyway, down to some unexpected treats. For instance, as we arrived, we caught the last three songs from... more ▸

Happy (wet and cold) August Bank Holiday!

Peter Smith - August 24, 2014 6:55 PM
Today is August Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and by tradition, the weather forecast is for torrential rain over most of the UK. But today may also be the co... more ▸

Reading Festival Review – day two with the Arctic Monkeys and brilliance from Royal Blood and Hozier

Peter Smith - August 24, 2014 3:47 AM
As the kids emerge for their tents this morning, shake the icicles off their extremities (the temperature was down to around 4C last night in Reading), they’ll look back on anoth... 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 ▸