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ASK THE COMMUNITYAsk the Community
Harnessing the expert views, opinions and experience of the Procurement Leaders' community of sourcing professionals.

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ASK THE COMMUNITY


Are you facing a challenge that would benefit from the input of your fellow procurement professionals?

Our unique Ask the Community service provides members with the opportunity to consult our community of thousands of sourcing executives on a specific challenge they are facing.

By submitting a scenario*, members of the Procurement Leaders community, who have been personally selected to take part due to their experience in specific areas of procurement, will provide initial advice and insight before the wider community is invited to get involved. 

As a result, members who submit a scenario get unparalleled and unique access to the opinions, insights and experience of their peers. 

* The names and organisations of those who submit scenarios will not be published.

News UK retailer announced new ‘Made Locally’ scheme designed to support local manufacturers and suppliers
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Case Studies & Interviews Icelandic bank tries to rebuild trust with suppliers and local communities following the 2008 global financial meltdown
Arion Bank on repairing a tarnished reputation
How do you encourage suppliers to embrace supply chain finance?
Ask the Community What factors do you consider important for world-class category management? Join the discussion below.
How do you manage global spend categories?
Ask the Community Visibility of costs is a key concern for procurement, but what is the best framework for measuring Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)?
Category Management Join the discussion to share ideas about planning and implementing a centralised procurement model.
How to effectively centralise non-core activity?
Procurement Technology eSourcing can be a gateway to greater efficiency and cost savings but procuring and implementing it can be far from straight forward.
How can you make a case for purchasing an eSourcing Solution?
Procurement Technology What do you feel is the optimum allocation of costs between outsourced and internal headcount and how do you decide on the right balance?
What percentage of total revenue do you allocate to IT spend?
Global Sourcing What additional skills do you consider necessary for your teams when expanding into new geographies, and how do you equip them?
How do you upskill teams for low-cost country sourcing?
Supplier Relationship Management Ensuring suppliers meet performance targets is only the first step in building a strategic relationship – how would you encourage them to offer innovative solutions?
How can you lift a supplier relationship to the next level?
Category Management How easy is it to balance day-to-day tasks with strategic development? Join the discussion about the advantages, disadvantages and key considerations.
Should tactical and strategic procurement be separated?
Talent & Leadership Join the discussion about how to measure productivity more effectively.
How can you set team KPIs to drive innovation?
Category Management We asked our panel how they compare external auditors to ensure value for money.
How do you benchmark value for money from audit ?

TOP INFLUENCERS
Increase your influence by joining discussions

 

Doug Else-Jack

Head of Supply Management,

Hitachi Zosen Inova

 

Daniel Low

Head of Procurement (Singapore & Malaysia), Siemens

 

Phillip Mathebula

Senior Procurement Specialist (NSI),

Vodacom

 

Charlie Heard

Head of Supply Chain,

Babcock International Group plc

 

Gillian Fletcher

Head of Procurement,

Nottingham Trent university

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Procurement Technology We asked our panel what apps they use to help their team work efficiently while travelling on business.

Talent & Leadership The saying ’What gets measured gets done’ runs true, but how do you know if the KPIs you are using are targeting the right areas?

Risk We asked our experts what steps they’d recommend to keep the supply chain safe from cyber criminals.

Category Management What are the main questions you should be asking when tendering for reprographic services?

Procurement Technology Technology can be an effective way to streamline processes, but how do you find the right solution for your organisation?

CSR We asked our experts how they measure success when embedding sustainable procurement in their supply chain.

Ask the Community Once an effective SRM policy has been implemented, it can be a challenge to ensure standards are maintained without creating a mountain of onerous and often ignored paperwork.

Procurement Technology We asked our panel for recommendations about best practice for collaboration and sharing data via an integrated tool.

Outsourcing The groundwork put in before a business process is outsourced is crucial to its success.

Global Sourcing Panelists offer their advice on managing local-sourcing initiatives in emerging economies.

Category Management How do members manage the sourcing of promotional items, which is often be left to individual product marketing teams?

Category Management We asked our expert panel for insights on how to develop strong relationships with internal customers and how they tracked effectiveness.

Cost & Cash Management We asked our panel which department they felt was most suitable to handle the role of inventory management.

Talent & Leadership We asked our panelists how they ensure outsourced training effectively meets the requirements of their team.

Supplier Relationship Management We asked our panel what initiatives help develop a stronger relationship with best-in-class suppliers and ensure they bring innovation to your door.

Outsourcing A member from the consumer-goods industry is seeking insight into how call-offs are managed.

Cost & Cash Management We asked our panel about steering the cost savings activities of buyers while reconciling the P&L at the same time.

Category Management We asked our panel how to achieve cost savings while sourcing devices for resale to business customers and consumers.

Global Sourcing Local sourcing is vital to procurement’s CSR ambitions, but it can be tricky to define a clear policy when you are entering developing markets.

Procurement Technology We asked our panel about the pitfalls of reverse auctions and what they would consider best practice when conducting one.

Talent & Leadership We asked our panel how they would challenge internal pressure to accept an internal hire where they felt they’d get a better fit by recruiting externally.

Risk We asked our panel what proportion of a supplier’s revenues it is reasonable for a buying organisation to be responsible for.

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