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Procurement good practice

How To Encourage eSourcing Adoption – Tips from Scanmarket

We mentioned in our overview of Basware Connect last month that we would write a bit more about the presentation from Richard Brown of Scanmarket: […]

Gareth Nugent at Discovery Networks – Tips on Working with Smaller and Innovative Suppliers

I was sorry to miss the CIPS Conference two weeks ago because of the mega-procurement event clash  – just as I was sorry to miss […]

Working With Smaller Professional Services Firms – Some Myths Dispelled

This is another in our series of articles relating to good practice in terms of procurement of consulting and related services, published in conjunction with […]

Halloween is Here – But Is Chocolate Firms’ Palm Oil Use the Real Horror Story?

It's Halloween! And many of us will have the big bags of sweets and chocolates ready for those lovable little scamps from down the road […]

Building a P2P Business Case It’s Hard To Say No To

Andy Stevenson, Head of Finance at East of England Co-op, implemented Basware last year, and in this presentation from the recent Basware Connect event, he […]

The Great British Digital Outcomes Armchair Audit – Your Vote is Needed!

Harry Metcalfe of digital tech and services firm DXW has featured previously on Spend Matters UK/Europe with his initiatives and efforts as a supplier to […]

Kobe Metals Crisis – Who Can We Trust?

We’re used to issues of quality and provenance coming to the fore in the food industry, with horsemeat and other scandals over the years,  chicken […]

Procurement Transformation – With and Without the Burning Platform

I’ve been doing some preparation for a workshop that will cover a number of topics including procurement transformation, so thought we would revisit some of […]

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust – A ‘Forgotten About Procurement’ Story

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) underwent a procurement transformation that was so successful it ended up being shortlisted for, and came very close to […]

The Royal Mail Bicycles Procurement Story – Myth, Misguided or Masterful?

Did you know the Royal Mail procurement function saved millions by buying cheaper bicycles? Yes, the organisation used to buy these really expensive models from […]

Negotiation Trade-Offs and Supplier References

Please note this is not an article aimed purely at public sector readers, even if it starts off sounding that way!  But we have been […]

A.T. Kearney Report Puts Emphasis on Category Excellence

You can now get hold of A.T. Kearney’s 2017 Assessment of Excellence in Procurement. The firm has been conducting these assessments every three years or […]