Mid-Week Procurement News RoundUp

We're starting a short, sharp weekly news roundup of the smaller stories you may, or may not, have come across in your busy procurement week. The aim is not, on this occasion, to provide you with Spend Matters opinion, insight or analysis, but to bring you quick access to the market intelligence you may have missed or just don't have the time to curate for yourself. So here's our roundup of the interesting, useful or just plain 'ought-to-know-about' private and public-sector procurement stories we've found over this past week.

*Depending on 'procurement-world' events, we can't promise this will appear exlusively on a Wednesday, but we'll make every effort to do so. Look out for our tweets @spendmattersuk for a quick link to when it's published.

Speed Read:

Construction groups demand growth in North East 

Chronicle Live - Construction output has risen across every region of the UK except the North East, the CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) report claims. The National Federation of Builders has called for North East authorities to take action to deliver fairer public procurement in a bid to stimulate the region’s construction sector.

Unilever in rare industry move on supply chain transparency

Jakarta Globe - Unilever says it has laid bare its entire palm oil supply chain, including all the suppliers and mills it sources from, to boost transparency in the $62 billion palm oil industry in what is being called a rare industry move. It believes it is the first consumer goods company to publish these details, and has disclosed the location of more than 1,400 mills and over 300 direct suppliers.

New delivery-system failure leaves fast food giant's complex supply chain chickenless

MailOnline - Following a new computer ordering and delivery system failure over the past weekend, some KFC branches were left with no chicken and were forced to either close, limit opening hours or change menus. The fast food giant recently switched its restaurant deliveries from Bidvest to a new partnership led by the German-owned DHL, in a bid to deliver a new level of service. Look out for more on this on Spend Matters next week!

Deep flaws in Ireland's broadband rollout scheme

The Irish Times - Telecoms firm Eir pulled out of Ireland's broadband procurement framework and has warned the Minister for Communications that the process is fundamentally flawed and will lead to delays and higher costs for the taxpayer. The State-subsidised scheme to provide 542,000 rural households and businesses with high-speed broadband has suffered delays owing in part to the complexity of the procurement process.

Client Intelligence Report - At what stage of law firm selection does procurement become involved? 

Legal Business - Legal teams are coming under sustained pressure to introduce metrics and benchmarks to help demonstrate their grasp on value. So procurement methodologies are now being applied more to legal services. A survey of almost 2,500 in-house respondents in the UK and over 1,500 in the US shows that fewer than half of legal teams involve procurement at all when selecting a law firm.

Procurement lagging behind NHS digital transformation plans

WebWire - BT has conducted a survey into health sector IT and finds the procurement process within the majority of NHS trusts is lagging behind their digital ambitions. Only 38% of organisations surveyed have a procurement plan in place to manage the transition to the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

Network Rail launches £47bn CP6 procurement 

Transport Network - Following last week's publication of its Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (CP6) 2019-2024, outlining £47bn of potential expenditure based on the Government's statement of funds available, Network Rail begins advance procurement for the next five-year funding period. It says the supply chain will be provided with extensive opportunities across specialisms: signalling (around £4.5bn) and track (around £3.5bn) representing the largest areas of expected spend. 'Considerable' expenditure is also expected within structures, electrification and fixed plant, buildings and telecoms.


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