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Procurement good practice

eWorld Preview – Emma Freiha Is Helping Lego Build a Sustainable Future

It is only two weeks now to the eWorld event on October 3rd at the QE2 Centre, Westminster. It combines a range of keynote, workshop […]

How Procurement Professionals Can Tackle the Next CO2 Shortage

Following our post "Carbon Dioxide Shortages Bite, Highlighting Procurement & Supply Chain Issues," in July this year, Paul Ellis, Managing Director, Wax Digital,  has some […]

Risk Management – You Can’t Just Look At Your “Strategic” Suppliers

Last week, I spent some time with Costas Xyloyiannis, the self-confessed computer geek and founder of HICX, the software-as-a-service firm who specialise in supplier information […]

What Makes A Successful CPO? Three Key Factors Can Certainly Help

(I came across this article the other day, from the early days of Spend Matters UK/Europe in my files. I have slightly amended it, but […]

Persuading Suppliers That New Technology Is Good For Them

Many buyers, in my experience, take it for granted that their suppliers will happily sign up to new technology and process initiatives, whether that is […]

Why We Can No Longer Pay Lip Service To Supplier Relationship Management

Supplier relationship management (SRM) is not a phrase you regularly see at the top of a procurement specialist’s job description, but it’s becoming a hot […]

Supply Base Rationalisation – Five Potential Negatives

There’s a great article on the Spend Matters US site from Nick Heinzmann of the US Spend Matters team, who is quickly developing into a […]

Procurement Organisation and Structure – Why It Matters For CPOs

I was a CPO in three large complex organisations over a ten-year period; one was divisional and multinational;  a public sector body was national but […]

HS2 Rail Procurement Challenges – It’s Complicated!

There seems to be a series of procurement problems affecting the HS2 £2.8 BILLION contracts for rolling stock to run on the horribly expensive new […]

How To Use an Approved Vendor List Without Stymying Innovation

We welcome this guest post from Jaren Nichols, Chief Operating Officer at ZipBooks, accounting software for small businesses, and previously a Product Manager at Google. An approved vendor […]

Cost Reduction Is Not Enough – Defining Procurement and Corporate Value

I’ve been thinking and writing about “procurement value” in the past few weeks, lining up a new briefing paper and webinar that we’ll tell you […]

Competition in the Audit Market – How Procurement Could Help

Here’s something the procurement profession could do that would have benefits to the UK economy, to governance of quoted companies, to the health of a […]