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Public Spend Forum: IR35, supplier barriers to entry survey final results, and dogs on Mars

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Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Here's the latest from PSF ...

Silver linings from the pandemic — an analyst’s eye on procurement and supply chain predictions for 2021

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Spend Matters has just finished a series of procurement and supply chain predictions for 2021, with commentary from about 20 leading procurement technology and intelligence providers. Together their foresight runs to 60+ predictions, with the majority of providers unsurprisingly backing supply chain risk mitigation as the forerunner to get firms through 2021 and beyond.

Certain individual themes arose as priorities this year which combine to help procurement and supply chain managers and the organization survive, grow and face the challenges imposed by 2020 and the coronavirus crisis. Our analyst Magnus Bergfors identifies the standout themes and adds his own insight and foresight.

Procurement in Practice: ‘It’s always the people at the end of the supply chain that get squeezed’

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Spend Matters is running a series of interviews with senior procurement and supply chain practitioners to highlight and share common experiences with their peers. We are discussing their challenges, their thoughts on people, process and technology, and their concerns or hopes for the future, across many industries.

The publishing industry, like all industries in recent years, has seen huge shifts in technology to help them operate, particularly within the supply chain. Often thought of as part of the analogue age of the dusty printing press, the industry and the supply chain that surrounds it has moved on: books have moved to digital, inkjet has paved the way for shorter print runs that are closer to the location of sale, and print on demand has seen extended use.

We spoke with someone who has 25 years of experience working in various roles within the industry, but primarily as Head of Supply Chain Operations at Cambridge University Press (UK) and as Publishing Services Manager at Elsevier (MA US). Simon Crump, now with SGC Publishing Consultants Ltd., has faced the challenges of running geographically dispersed production and supply chain operations. He understands the challenges of keeping to budget, driving management teams, allocating people and resource to large projects, all while navigating risk – subjects all procurement and supply professionals with are familiar with.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — Fairmarkit

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what intelligent sourcing platform Fairmarkit foresees.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — SAP (part 2)

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what enterprise technology and intelligence firm SAP foresees.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — Tradeshift

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what digital B2B network, supply chain marketplace and spend management platform Tradeshift has to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — State of Flux and Digitate

State of Flux

Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what global procurement management solutions and systems consultancy firm State of Flux and IT and business operations software provider Digitate have to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — The Smart Cube and Capita

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what global provider of research and analytics solutions The Smart Cube and strategic and tactical procurement services provider Capita Procurement Solutions have to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — Basware and Nvoicepay

Basware Nvoicepay

Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what enterprise P2P and financial management firm Basware and payments automation firm Nvoicepay have to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — Tipalti and Workforce Logiq

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what global payables automation platform Tipalti and workforce management expert Workforce Logiq have to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — Efficio and Transfermate

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what procurement consultancy Efficio and B2B payments technology provider Transfermate have to say.

2021 Procurement and Supply Chain Predictions from the market — GEP

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Last year at the end of December 2019, we ran a series of predictions about procurement and supply chain trends for 2020 from expert tech and service providers in the market. But who could have foreseen what happened in 2020! This year, the market again provides its predictions for the next 12 months and beyond, using learnings from the past year. Today we look at what consulting, software and managed services solutions provider to procurement and the supply chain, GEP, has to say.