Procurement in the Pandemic — The goods/services debate takes a new turn

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Is supply chain swallowing up procurement? And if the pandemic has thrust supply chain management and risk mitigation into the limelight, what happens to the procurement folks? Peter Smith examines an industry discussion on whether this expanded universe of supply chain management, often with new dynamic leadership, is “swallowing up the somewhat independent procurement function. Rather than actively driving the supply side of the business, the (procurement) function may again be relegated into a subservient support role.”

Afternoon Coffee: For ‘Buy American’ campaign, Biden targets federal procurement; SAP Concur adds 2 partner solutions; Tradeshift data shows supply chain recovery, but sluggish UK

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In today’s headlines, President Joe Biden is going to sign an executive order today placing new rules around government procurement practices, emphasizing his Buy American ideals. In other news, SAP Concur announced expansions in two solutions — Concur Tax Assurance by VATBox and Concur Detect by Oversight. Also, Tradeshift data showed that supply chains are reaching recovery. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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