Down the Procurement Pub with Supply Management, powerful anaesthetics and Night Engine

Good gracious, is it Friday again? I’ve had a quiet week really, a lot of writing, finishing a couple of papers, also some serious dental treatment, so not the most proactive and interesting  week to tell you about really. Unless you’re into powerful  anaesthetics that is...

So this week's featured drugs of choice are the very tasty Waitrose Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale. And paracetamol.


Talking of powerful anaesthetics – it did annoy me just a little when I saw the latest edition of Supply Management magazine  give a plug to a new website called Supply Chain Cowboy.  (It’s a good site actually, but only one new article a month as far as I can see).  After almost three years of Spend Matters UK / Europe, total amount of coverage /mentions for us in Supply Management – nil. Because we’re a competitor you see. Supposedly. You might think the official journal of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply would feature the most important material from every source, to ensure CIPS members are up to date and well informed.  Nope, doesn’t work like that. We’ll tell you what is worth reading in their publication, but you won’t find that reciprocated.

And what is worth reading this month in Supply Management? Well, I found the “How to Source from China” very interesting and useful, at least to me as a non-expert in that area.


By the way, did you notice a recent Supply Management article, all about the great job a CPO was doing in a particular organisation. How he had taken over two years ago and inherited a bit of a mess from his predecessor. “The procurement brand lacked credibility. It was almost like it was an end in itself rather than supporting the business to deliver its objectives”, he said.

Well, I checked, and the same organisation and previous CPO was featured about three years ago, in a Supply Management article about what a great job that individual was doing, and how they had “smashed their savings target”  and “gained greater control over spend and cut supplier numbers”. the difficulty of assessing real procurement performance in a nutshell there .  Evidence, show me the evidence, not just assertions...


Only two weeks till Reading Festival now!  Let me know if you’re going, we may be able to meet up and have a beer on Spend Matters. Unless you follow the de-hydrate and don’t use the loos strategy that the female members of my family pursue. I’ve started checking out the bands who are playing that I don’t know, and the very first band on the NME stage, Friday at noon, sound really good – Night Engine. Here they are with Give Me A Chance.  A soupcon of Franz Ferdinand and a pinch of Talking Heads perhaps?

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  1. Alex Fuller:

    Hi Peter – your site definitely deserved the plug over mine (Supply Chain Cowboy). On the plus side, many more visitors to my site came from you instead of the SM article – so I think you win in the end. Hope the reading festival goes well – sounds very fun.

  2. Dan:

    I stopped reading SM years ago because of the quality of the ‘case studies’ that were really just press releases, especially the public sector ones.

    Headline “Xland Council to save millions through innovative approach’

    Body of the story: the council has implemented an e-tendering solution (which most councils did years before) and has started going to meet the buyer events (which we already realised was largely a waste of everyones time)

  3. Ian Taylor:

    I agree Peter. Being at least as long in the tooth as you I see so many SM write ups of major transformation in organisations previously written up as best practice case studies with very little evidence of real success other than future promises – and award successes soon headed for a change of management. Lets start a campaign now for a more traditional style of procurement management to fend off all these young pretenders and get SM to respect the past! How old does all that make me sound…….

    1. Final Furlong:

      Perhaps he got a little carried away with his own publicity while working in the television industry. One minute, you’re in the ‘back-room’ (sourcing an IT contract), and before you can say “Deal or No Deal”, you believe that you’re on ‘prime time’ running your own show. What viewers see is another woeful episode of reality TV.

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