In Case You Missed It … Procurement and Supply 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  ...

NHS Trusts Told To Switch Price Comparison Tool 

NHS trusts have been told to switch from a widely-praised price comparison tool to a new in-house version in a bid to ramp up procurement savings, reports HSJ. The NHS has been using the Purchasing Price Index Benchmarking tool, provided by AdviseInc, for three years, but the contract expires this summer. “… the tool has been credited – by both trusts and NHSI – with saving the NHS millions of pounds. PPIB has provided accurate transparency of prices paid for expenditure worth more than £13bn across 1.5 million products,” says AdviseInc. But Trusts have been told to switch to a new tool price comparison tool developed in-house through NHS Digital as NHSI believes this will be cheaper and give the regulator better insight on where the NHS spends its money. Read more here.

Uber’s First Freight Customer in Europe Is Heineken

After launching in Europe in March (and after two years of experience in the US), Uber Freight has completed its very first shipment in Europe. The Uber Freight app links up haulage companies with loads, giving drivers upfront pricing, fast payment and the ability to book a load with the touch of a button. Uber Freight also provides access for shippers, with a network of reliable carriers with real-time visibility into the status of their freight. Its first assignment in Europe was with Heineken, whose Netherlands-based supply chain director said: “Innovation is an important element across the entire Heineken business, and supply chain is no different. This first European load gives us the chance to experience Uber Freight in the context of the European market.” Read more on SCM.

BearingPoint Acquires Prederi

Headquartered in Amsterdam, BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy which has just acquired Prederi, a specialist UK public sector consultancy. Prederi offers advice, consultancy, training, and project and programme management primarily to UK public sector clients such as the NHS, local government, regulators and various central government departments such as the Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Health. BearingPoint said the acquisition (price undisclosed) will expand its expertise and capabilities in one of the largest and highly competitive public services markets in Europe. Read the full story on Government Computing.

SolutionMap Personas in the Spotlight

Spend Matters has begun a series of personal essays on its unique solution provider rankings methodology SolutionMap - each analyst is outlining his favourite 'buying persona' (Nimble, Deep, Turn-Key, Configurator, CIO Friendly as well as Optimizer for sourcing providers and Global for CWS vendors). Read which ones Jason BuschPierre MitchellAndrew Karpie, Michael Lamoureux and Xavier Olivera have chosen, and this week read about Nick Heinzmann’s choice.

SolutionMap News

With its Customer Insights report, Spend Matters takes a deeper look into its SolutionMap database, which ranks providers in the marketplace according to their capabilities and their customers’ reviews of the companies. This week’s SolutionMap Customer Insights report focuses on customer reviews of Tradeshift, which is known for its marketplace service, global invoice processing, payment capabilities and financing support. Tradeshift’s applicable SolutionMap categories for this report are in E-Procurement, Invoice-to-Pay and Procure-to-Pay. Read about that here.

Accenture Acquires Cybersecurity Company

global professional services company Accenture has announced it has acquired Deja vu Secuirty, a Seattle-based cybersecurity company that specialises in security design and testing of enterprise software platforms and internet of things (IoT) technologies. The acquisition gives Accenture Security a distinctive position in secure enterprise application and network development services - the press release says. And that Deja vu Security brings to Accenture a deep expertise in the techniques, tools and methods for securing connected devices and IoT networks.

Basware Appoints New CEO

Global provider of networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services, Basware, has appointed Klaus Andersen (who was interim CEO) as the CEO of Basware as of June 20. The Board of Advisors said "The Board conducted an extensive international search for the new CEO and Klaus stood out with his strong experience of more than 20 years in senior management roles in the software industry. During his time as interim CEO he has already shown great leadership and very good understanding of the company. He has been very well received by shareholders, customers and employees alike. The Board of Directors is confident in his capabilities to lead Basware into profitable growth.” Read the full release here.

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