Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector […]

CCS Consultancy Framework – Are Users Looking For Alternatives?

Our previous articles on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Management Consultancy framework – where the largest “lot” for general business consulting has been scrapped just […]

eWorld Procurement and Supply Next Tuesday – Final Call!

Don’t forget it is eWorld Procurement and Supply next Tuesday, September 26th at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. We’ve already written about Dr John […]

Tying up T&E Loose Ends: T&E Meets Risk Management (Part 3) [Plus +]

In previous installments of this Plus series, we discussed the amount of risk companies face when deploying workers around the globe and what precautions the company and its workers must take. In Part 1, we specifically talked about duty of care provisions, and in Part 2 we continued his analysis of corporate travel risks. Today, we complete the series by offering a number of recommendations companies should take regarding T&E management.

Future Purchasing on the Benefits of Effective Category Management

We’ve featured the excellent Future Purchasing Category Management report here previously, titled  "Collaborating for Category Management Success - Bridging the Performance and Value Gap". The […]

Globality Gets Into Gear – A Serious Attempt To Disrupt Global Services Buying?

There are many ways to start a new business. You can develop your idea on the kitchen table, rope in a few friends who will […]

Procurement Has Advanced In 30 Years – But Not That Much!

This was from Supply Management last week, in their coverage of the CIPS SM Awards. “When I started 30 years ago [procurement] wasn’t really a […]

ConnXus: Vendor Snapshot (Part 2) — Product Strengths & Weaknesses [PRO]

From a technology and content perspective, the market for supplier diversity-specific supplier management solutions has remained somewhat of a cottage industry for over a decade. Larger vendors, including both software and risk-centric providers, have not been able to take advantage of scale or reach. Further, over the years, even those organizations which have acquired diversity-centric vendors (e.g., Kroll, Jaggaer) have not been able to consolidate the market. This has opened the door for more recent entrants, such as ConnXus, to [...]

Procurement Conferences – Clashfinder for w/c October 16th

If you are a Festival attendee, as I am, you will know the wonderful Clashfinder website, which gives you a timetable of all the artists […]

CIPS SM Procurement Awards – Should Judges Be Allowed To Enter?

Having written positively about the CIPS SM Awards last week, we had a couple of interesting comments, one to the website and one via a […]

Council Loans, Wasted Millions, Arrests Made in Northampton

£10.25 million is a lot of money for a fairly small borough council. Think how hard the procurement team at Northampton Borough Council would have […]

How to Use Planning and Budgeting to Transform Procurement — and the Enterprise [Plus +]

As summer turns to fall, that time of the year that so many enterprises enjoy and look forward to is here: the annual planning and budgeting process for next year. Yes, I’m kidding. This process ranks only a few notches above root canal for most budget owners. Yet if you had to look at the single most powerful best practice within procurement, especially for indirect procurement, it would be procurement’s involvement in the planning and budgeting process to improve the [...]