Some Ripping Yarns — Spend Matters Guest Articles 2018

We receive a fair number of guest articles from our readers: from people with a depth of experience in their field and who might have a particular gripe they’d like to air, or people who have some insight or opinion they’d like to share with the procurement community, or people who just have an interesting story they'd like to tell. We welcome that and we encourage debate and comments – but not rudeness or self promotion of course.

We have our regulars, like Probrand, who contribute monthly with their IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions analyses. Helping procurement to navigate the complex landscape of latest developments and major movements that influence key IT product categories. We also have some, who prefer to remain anonymous but who have, sometimes controversial, sometimes just brilliant, views they’d like to share on topical issues – even if it does ruffle some procurement feathers. Read a sample of The Phantom CPO Speaks here: Kentucky Fried Chicken Supply Failure, What Went Wrong? Or The Barrier Reef "Scandal." We hope to hear more from him or her this year.

Then we have the odd one-off writer who feels Spend Matters is the platform where their views will be appreciated, shared, sometimes picked to pieces, but constructively debated, like this one from Ana Far: How Blockchain Might Revolutionise the Procurement Process.

The subjects vary across sectors and regions and cover current affairs, procurement technology, events, processes, top tips, legislation and so on. So here are a few from the first half of 2018 that show the variety of subjects people like to cover; maybe they will pique your interest and even inspire you to get your procurement pen out:

Sun, Sea and Unusual Tariff Structures … Brexit Lessons from Barbados – from James Bousher, Operations Performance Manager at Ayming.

Procurement Will Eat Itself - the 'cannibalisation' of procurement, and what that means for consumers – Jon Milton at Comensura

Changing Contractors Is Easier Than You Think - sparked by the Carillion collapse - John Baldwin, partner at solicitors Winckworth Sherwood

Retail 2018: Technology, Hypercuration and Transparency - Sue Welch, Bamboo Rose

Technology Partnerships - Navigating Digital Transformation Without Opening Pandora’s Box - Bastiaan van Drempt, Coact Consulting

What Is Holding the Procurement Specialist Back from Using Reverse Auctions? - Jonathan Rollason, Purchasing Auctions

Late Payer? What’s Your Excuse? – Daniel Ball, Wax Digital

Next-Generation Automation Tools Are Freeing Procurement from Bureaucracy - James Waite, Gibbs Hybrid

Getting To Grips With Tail Spend – Without The Barriers - Ian Nethercot MCIPS, supply chain director at Probrand

 

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