In Case You Missed It … P2P Market Roundup

We can't comment on every press release that hits our desks, but here are a few market news stories this week that we thought we should bring to your attention, and some of our own you may have missed - we'll have more from our analysts in the coming days  ...

The Smart Cube Launches Amplifi PRO

Global provider of research and analytics solutions, The Smart Cube, has launched Amplifi PRO, in response to customer demand to create a client-facing digital platform to strengthen its existing solutions. The new digital platform provides category managers with ‘essential market intelligence’ and ‘access to useful decision-making tools.’ Pierre Mitchell, Spend Matters Chief Research Officer, said: “Every enterprise procurement organisation needs a centre-of-excellence focused on supply market intelligence, but no organisation should be cobbling this together with backward-looking ad hoc market reports.  Real intelligence is built upon timely insights derived from deep data by seasoned experts. The Smart Cube is definitely on the right track with its Amplifi PRO platform that helps brings the power of deep intelligence from its internal experts out to easily consumable insights and tools for power users in procurement and the business.” Read the full press release here.

Deloitte 2019 CPO Survey — Insights Needed on Procurement Mastery in Action

Spend Matters’ chief research officer Pierre Mitchell takes a look at this year’s edition of Deloitte’s CPO survey. He urges CPOs to participate as he cites this study as one which most solution providers make use of. He calls for maximum sample size and maximum insights to make this year’s results even more relevant and useful, and all participants will get an intelligence briefing about the study’s results. He finds some key differentiators about this study that are interesting for CPOs and their direct reports – read here to find out what they are.

Arriva To Sue Government Over East Midlands Loss

Buying Business Travel reports that rail firm Arriva has announced it is suing the UK government after it lost a bid for the East Midlands franchise, and is calling for more information from the DfT on how it assessed the bids. “The Department for Transport has awarded the East Midlands franchise to Dutch firm Abellio for eight years starting in August this year and says it has “total confidence” in its process of choosing an operator for the railway line.” Read more here.

NHS Is Appointing a Director of Procurement Transformation & Commercial Delivery

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on April 1 2019 to form a single organisation. It is advertising for a major new role – a Director of Procurement Transformation & Commercial Delivery. It says: “The Director of Procurement Transformation & Commercial Delivery will lead the NHS system wide work to consolidate and transform NHS procurement functions and move to a new operating model for procurement.” The appointed candidate will be expected to deliver £800m pa in NHS procurement savings in acute trusts by 2021, have professional input to SCCL (Supply Chain Coordination Limited which runs the NHS Supply Chain) and advise on key policies requiring NHS procurement input. Applications close May 21 – but are only open to internal candidates. Wonder if it will prove as tricky to fill as the Chief Commercial Officer. Wonder who’ll get/want the job?

Police ICT Company Halts £500m Procurement Process

The Police ICT Company has paused a procurement process to find a "partner" that will oversee tech purchases and administer contracts on behalf of forces across the UK – a contract said to be worth up to £500m. A tender was published on the Office Journal of the European Union in November that stated the organisation was seeking a master reseller to "establish, operate and manage a network" of suppliers. Nothing, so far, has happened. A spokesperson for Police ICT Company said: “… further work is needed to reflect on the large volume of change happening in policing and within the company, and its far-reaching impact, before committing to a relationship on the scale proposed. The company has begun developing an alternative model together with its policing and national partners.” Read more on The Register.

Congratulations to the 2019 World Procurement Award Winners

Now in the 13th year, The World Procurement Awards, in association with SAP Ariba, recognise the most progressive people, projects and organisations in procurement across the globe. After a three-stage intensive judging process, the winners were announced last night – too many to mention them all here, but they include Ivalua for P2P Specialist Provider Award (Highly Commended – BuyerQuest); MyBiz Solutions for Procurement Consultancy Project Award (Highly Commended – PwC); GEP for Procurement Technology Award (Highly Commended – Scoutbee); Mars Incorporated for Corporate Social Responsibility Award, partnered by EcoVadis. Read the full list here and well done to all.


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