Next Generation Supplier Management – Reverse Logistics and the Circular Economy

Last week we ran the Real World Procurement session titled Next Generation Supplier Management in Abu Dhabi with Tejari, having premiered it in London a week earlier. It is such a mixed audience in the Emirates, in terms of the different industries and the different backgrounds of the people who attend – thanks to everyone who turned up last week.

So I had a chat with a lady from Newcastle, who once worked for GSK in Barnard Castle (near my home town), but is now running what sounds like a very impressive supplier relationship management programme for a large property and facilities management firm in the region. There is also a strong contingent with Indian sub-continent origins amongst our delegates as well as people from all around the Middle East.

I don't know exactly why, but we seem to get tougher questions in Abu Dhabi than in London or indeed Dubai! One this time came after I had talked about "the Circular Economy" as one of the factors that is going to influence supplier management in the future (we think). So one delegate put his hand up and asked "how exactly does that differ from reverse logistics?"

Now one difference between London and the Emirates is we get (not surprisingly) more people in UAE who are real experts on supply chain issues; transportation, logistics, shipping and so on. I had the distinct feeling he was one of those! So I have to confess my answer was vague, you might even say slippery, as I am far from being an expert on reverse logistics. But the Circular Economy subject certainly created some interest, and we had relevant comments from delegates who had experience of very advanced recycling / re-use approaches and issues in industries like chemicals and energy.

So if you missed this topic performed live, you have a chance to tune in to Next Generation Suppler Management next week, when we are running a webinar - repeated twice - on October 5th at 10am and 4pm London time. That choice is to suit different time zones and diaries. Register here, free of charge.

Then we have two more live Real World Procurement sessions this year in London. Guy Allen will tell us about Nurturing Talent in the Millennial Era on October 12thRegister here for that. Then we finish the year with Proving Your Procurement Value from me on November 30th (booking is here).

This was the session we ran in Dubai last week, and we got very good feedback from delegates, so we're hoping the London session will be just as useful and interesting. And let's face it, if you can't prove your value, you're arguably wasting your time, however much brilliant procurement work you think you've delivered. And remember if you are a CIPS member you can get a big discount on the already very reasonable cost!

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