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Procurement Commentary

Kentucky Fried Chicken Supply Failure, What Went Wrong? – The Phantom CPO Speaks

We have had an unusual guest article submitted from someone (something?) that calls him- or herself “The Phantom CPO!” All they would tell us is […]

New DH Company To Oversee Procurement Future Operating Model

We wrote here about the trend for NHS Trusts to set up dodgy subsidiary companies in what appears to be an effort to avoid VAT […]

Report Recommends Abolishing Council, Citing Loss of Spending Control

We wrote here about the problems at Northamptonshire County Council (NCC), both generally and looking at the issues around their outsourced service businesses, including a […]

More from Ivalua – Timberlake, Rihanna and the Voice of Procurement

The theme of the recent Ivalua customer event that I co-chaired was “the Voice of Procurement”. So for our opening address, Alex Saric (CMO for […]

Down The Procurement Fruit Section with CCS, KFC and Gypsy’s Kiss

I have had a couple of pleasant drinks this week but I have not been very diligent with the pictures, so for a change, here […]

Grocery Regulator Investigates the Co-op Over Treatment of Suppliers

While drafting a briefing paper recently (watch out for publication in early April), I needed an example of a firm that was doing positive, responsible […]

National Procurement Service of Wales: The BBC Gets Over-Excited …

At the end of last week, public sector procurement in Wales hit the headlines – well, in Wales anyway, as the BBC seemed (as far […]

Down the Procurement Pub with Ivalua, Jaggaer, Trade Wars & Another Sky

This is my friend Carson Reid, procurement professional extraordinaire, and me, as he and I were having a cup of tea yesterday in Café Nero […]

More Hot News From Welsh Procurement, KFC and North Korea …

Two interesting procurement stories broke yesterday – we will come back to both on more detail early next week. In the first, the Welsh National […]

Brexit Contingency Planning at eWorld – Or Lack of It

We attended the Edbury Daley workshop at eWorld Procurement and Supply last week. It was intended to provoke discussion about Brexit, business preparedness, and the […]

Tradeshift Goes To Davos – Genius or … Not?

Is it worth businesses going to the World Economic Summit in Davos? One of my old friends, a senior communications exec, was there with her […]

IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

Here is the latest* look at the IT market from Ian Nethercott, MCIPS, Supply Chain Director at IT digital marketplace Probrand. IT is one of […]