Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. It tackles universal public procurement issues and on its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, community notices, discussion trails and news stories. Some are country-specific, others global.

Stories this week ...

Demystifying and Simplifying Inter-Agency Acquisitions 

Government contracting professionals have a variety of instruments to use when awarding contracts to fulfil the needs of their agencies/departments. Most of the time these contracts are reserved exclusively for the awarding agency, but sometimes contracting officers may find it advantageous to make them available to other agencies as well. The advantages may include benefits like more flexible terms or lower overall prices from suppliers given the expanded buying power that comes from multi-agency contracts. In this article Public Spend Forum's Frank McNally explains inter-agency, multi-agency and government-wide acquisition contracts, and introduces us to a downloadable Buyer's Guide.

The Relevance of Category Management Today and into the Future

Leading expert on procurement and negotiation, Jonathan O’Brien, CEO of Positive Purchasing Ltd, talks about how changes in the next 30 years will point to the need for a new, modern and more strategic approach to purchasing. The global marketplace and our future supply base continue to be redefined, he says, and, in the next 30 years, they will be very different from what we know today. How companies exist, are structured and operate will change dramatically and there will be greater polarization of size. How category management works and is deployed will change too - he explains. Read that here.

And in other news:

Data, Procurement and Profitability in the Public Sector

Former-Government CPO Speaks About Contract Management Risk

Government Information Now Available to Citizens through Voice Activation

Better Infrastructure Procurement – Applications Invited for Pilot Projects


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