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Procurement Commentary

Five Supply Chain Risk Management Mistakes That Could Cost Your Business a Fortune (Or Cost You Your Job!)

Most procurement and supply chain organisations have some understanding of risk management, and have some plans in place to address risk. However, in many cases, […]

A Final Request – Please Complete Our Public Procurement Collaboration Survey

You may remember we are carrying out a piece of research into public procurement collaboration – what works well, what doesn’t, how could the situation […]

HfS and Accenture Publish Procurement Outsourcing Analysis – Essential Reeding

Back in December, outsourcing analyst firm HfS produced a “blueprint” report – “Procurement-As-a -Service 2016” - which looked at the changing market for procurement outsourcing […]

NAO on Crown Commercial Service – What Went Wrong With Procurement Centralisation Initiative?

We have been threatening to come back to the UK National Audit Office report on Crown Commercial Service since just before Christmas, so here we […]

Down the Procurement Pub with CCS, Science Warehouse, the Front Covers and Hippo Campus

A quiet week really, back from hols and we’re not yet into the spring conference season, no US visitors or exciting pub trips. So let’s […]

IT Supply Chain Developments and Their Impact on Buying Decisions

Al Nagar, Head of Benchmarking, KnowledgeBus, Mercato Solutions, continues his series of monthly advisory pieces sharing recent movements and 'impactors' within key IT product categories, to keep you up to […]

Key Procurement Tensions/Trade-offs for 2017 – Supplier Collaboration and Innovation versus Tactical Power Plays

A few days ago,  we outlined five key areas of interest or tensions maybe for procurement in 2017. TWe are now looking at each in […]

Our (Unpublished) Letter to the Financial Times — Civil Servant Tests

The Financial Times published an article recently about the Cabinet Office plan to “test” civil servants for commercial skills. The article is behind the paywall, […]

What Is Shaping Procurement’s Technology Choices? (Part 2)

Jon Milton, Director at Comensura, continues with the three trends that he believes will put  procurement professionals in charge of their own technology destiny. Part […]

Procurement Fraud in Surrey NHS – Another Process Failure?

Yet another procurement-related NHS fraud hit the press the other day as the perpetrators were sent to prison.  Peter Lewis, who lives in Windlesham, Surrey, […]

What Is Shaping Procurement’s Technology Choices? (Part 1)

Jon Milton, Director at Comensura, says procurement professionals have never before been such masters of their own technology destiny … Enterprise technology trends come in […]

Key Procurement Tensions/Trade-offs for 2017 – Specialist Knowledge versus the need for Business Skills

A few days ago, we outlined five key areas of interest or tensions maybe for procurement in 2017. We are now looking at each in […]