Modern Slavery In The Garment Industry – and Knickers In Gateshead

Back in my youth, age 15, I got a Saturday job to support my developing album-buying habit. A chap who lived over the road from […]

Down the Procurement Pub with the NHS, Grenfell Tower and Barns Courtney

This has been a very social week. It started with a drink with Guy Allen, my partner for several years in the BravoSolution Real World […]

How to Attack Marketing Spend (Part 2) [Plus +]

The next topic we must address in considering the basics of attacking marketing spend is potentially the most sacred of all: agency selection. In considering how best to engage in this area, it is important to consider the costs of both sides going through the process. For agencies, the costs to manage and respond to an RFP can be quite high. Some agencies estimate their total cost at around $200,000 per RFP — on average! Granted, the bulk of this [...]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

Bravo Advantage – A Look At New Procurement Technology Platform (part 2)

In part 1 of this review, a couple of weeks back, we started looking at the latest release of the BravoAdvantage source-to-pay procurement platform from […]

Health Services “Competition” in Manchester – Dr Sanchez-Graells Comments

Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells is a procurement lawyer and academic at Bristol University (and has just been promoted to Reader – well deserved and congratulations to […]

Supply Dynamics: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]

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One of the major gaps today between supply chain planning and collaboration solutions and direct materials procurement technologies is the lack of spend/supply visibility for raw and semifinished materials used at different stages in the supply chain. These materials include commodities such as metals, resins, electronic components, chemicals and standard parts purchased by suppliers such as fasteners. Granted, manufacturers are getting better at SKU-level demand planning and forecasting on both and inbound and outbound levels, not to mention managing all [...]

Geo-political Supply Chain Risk – Download Our Latest Risk Briefing Here

In the fifth (and last) of our series of short papers about supply chain risks, written in conjunction with risk solution platform providers riskmethods, we […]

How Can Procurement & Finance Work Together More Successfully?

Yes, we have a brand new Spend Matters briefing / best practice paper, which looks at the sometimes troubled relationship between finance and procurement, and […]

Summer Reading – A Handful of Recommended Books, Procurement and More

Now the summer holidays are here, we are going to suggest some reading that will keep you busy … you can read the rest of […]

Supply Dynamics: Vendor Snapshot (Part 1) — Background & Solution Overview [PRO]

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Direct materials procurement is similar in some respects to indirect procurement: you want to see your spend, aggregate demand and find opportunities to reshape your value chain to unlock value. But that’s where the similarities end. Analyzing direct spend (especially across multiple tiers of supply) is sometimes like seeing a cloud of smoke coming out of your tailpipe — you know there’s something wrong but don’t know the cause. For indirect spend, you basically change the oil, replace the air [...]

Social Value in Manchester – Recycling Helps Offenders and Taxpayers

We wrote on the Public Spend Forum website a couple of weeks back about an interesting but occasionally naïve report from Scape, the Housing Association […]