Down the Procurement Pub On A Bike with Aquiire, Mr Karpie and Neck Deep

The “highlight” of my week was the day’s cycling, undertaken on Monday with Guy Allen (ex CPO, my partner in the BravoSolution Real World venture, etc).  Guy has an ambitious programme he is following – see here for more detail – and I joined him for just one day, 51 miles from Portsmouth to Bournemouth. Into the direct teeth of a howling gale – well, a good 20mph+ headwind anyway, pretty much the entire journey. But I made it, enjoyed it, and very much enjoyed the beer. You can read a more detailed review of our day here.


I struggle to draw too many supply chain conclusions from that day, other than an odd lack of pubs between Brockenhurst and Christchurch, but a mention for the customer service at the Royal Exeter Hotel, where we stayed in Bournemouth. They could not have been nicer when two dishevelled, wet and dirty middle-aged blokes turned up (with a booking I should say), and kindly let us lock our bikes in their conference room overnight for security! A shout-out too to the Four Horsemen pub with their cask ale selection and open mic night … very enjoyable


Bigger news in the US than here perhaps, but Aquiire, Inc., (previously known as Vinimaya) “the leader in real-time eProcurement and supplier relationship management solutions, today announced that it has purchased rights to state-of-the-art machine-learning and collaborative search technologies from Zakta, a Cincinnati-based semantic search company”.


Here is a great article from our colleague Andrew Karpie at Spend Matters US. It is titled Traditional Workforce Models are Constraining Business Growth — Here’s How Procurement Can Fix It. In it, he sayslongstanding traditional approaches to sourcing talent — whether recruitment of full-time hires or the engagement of contingent workers through staffing firms — will no longer be sufficient. To ensure that businesses can leverage high-value, mission-critical talent, procurement must grasp this unique opportunity to develop and put into practice innovative, value-oriented sourcing methods, tools and processes to acquire and deliver critical talent and knowledge to the enterprise in entirely new, cost-effective forms”.  We may well look at this in more detail next week.  


Another of our discoveries at Reading Festival was Welsh pop-punksters Neck Deep. Their latest video is a song from the more tuneful and pop end of their spectrum, and very good it is too. The band might well appeal to both Busted / McFly fans and followers of Bring Me The Horizon, Green Day, Blink 182 as well.

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