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Procurement Commentary

Grenfell Tower – Cladding Specifications and Regulations Central to Investigations

(I wrote this before the Newsnight programme last night which raised some disturbing issues about the process for approving building products like cladding. I'm sure […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Science Warehouse, Melinda Johnson, CIPS and Selena Gomez

I was in Leeds this week for the Science Warehouse customer conference and had an early dinner at the Town Hall Tavern, on my shortlist […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector […]

Grenfell Tower – A Complex Supply Chain Will Be Examined as Culprits Sought

It is hard to know where to start with the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. It is one of those events where one just cannot bear […]

Down the Procurement Pub with SAP Ariba, CIPS Awards, BravoSolution, Science Warehouse and Sandy Denny

Here is a group of "top procurement analysts" at the SAP Ariba event in Prague on Wednesday night (before the disastrous London fire hit the […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector […]

Procurement Excellence – Why Is It So Hard To Sustain?

While a small number of firms have maintained a leadership position in procurement performance over the years, many others have waxed and waned in terms […]

Back to Procurement Basics – Explaining to An Alien

Let’s imagine for a moment that a few hundred very, very smart and very friendly aliens have arrived on Earth and (unlikely I know) have […]

SAP Ariba Live Event – Positive Customers, Light Sabres and Impressive Progress

Greetings from Prague, still a beautiful city but now overrun by tourists to the point where parts of it might as well be Disneyland. But […]

Consulting Industry Research – Help To Shape The Industry With MCA Survey

The MCA (Management Consultancies Association), led by Alan Leaman, does a pretty good job of both representing its member firms, who represent around 60% of […]

An Everyday Story of Reputational Risk – Supplier Failure the Cause

It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone, really, but it never fails to surprise me how procurement and supply chain issues come into every part […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Coupa, BravoSolution, CIPS and Himalayas

We come to you this week from the Parcel Yard pub at Kings Cross Station (not bad at all for a pub in a railway […]