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Mon 20 Feb 2012
Paul Teague Paul Teague

If there is any CPO out there who doesn’t believe that fostering innovation is an important activity for procurement, please raise your hand. Seeing no hands in the air (of course, I’m all alone writing on a laptop!), I can safely assume that innovation is an accepted responsibility of procurement. In fact, most CPOs probably feel as Rio Tinto CPO Scott Singer does. In a recent conversation, he told me, “If you don’t believe innovation is your responsibility, you’re limiting yourself.”

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Fri 17 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

Another week passes, and yet more stories about procurement coming to the rescue of struggling companies. Of course, it's not quite as dramatic as this, but news that Kingfisher and Anglo American both held up procurement as a key component of its current or future strategy bodes well for the procurement teams in those two organisations.

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Fri 17 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

I had dinner last night with the guys from Proxima. Nothing particularly newsworthy in that, granted, but the topic of discussion certainly provided food for thought - the branding of procurement and how to gain the attention of key stakeholders.

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Tue 14 Feb 2012
Paul Teague Paul Teague

IBM’s completion of its acquisition of Emptoris, announced 1 February, 2012, is one more indication of the growing recognition of the importance of analytics in procurement, a use that procurement executives in several industries say is essential. Others outside procurement think it’s essential too: Gartner’s recent CIO survey concluded that analytics and business intelligence are the top-ranked technologies for 2012; Consultancy A.T. Kearney has long pushed for increased use of analytics in supply chain management; and the American Management Association has just added a new course on how to improve analytical skills to its list of educational seminars.

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Fri 10 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how Boeing should be applauded for the good work it’s doing in its supply chain - a rather strange claim, considering the problems it’s had with its Dreamliner project. So, perhaps it’s got something to do with the aerospace industry, but Rolls Royce is another company that deserves attention.

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Thu 09 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

There’s a quiet revolution taking place in Hong Kong, which a growing number of western companies are tapping into to help increase their traction in the Chinese domestic market while, at the same time, reducing exposure to the currency risk of operating there.

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Mon 06 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

It seems like we've been talking about the retreat of globalisation for some time now. The rise of the middle classes in China, leading to wage inflation and the risk of increased disruption from strike action, combines with the huge variety of risk to be found in global supply chains. The combination is enough, it seems, to have persuaded many companies to pursue different strategies. And, for western economies at least, this is no bad thing.

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Mon 06 Feb 2012
Paul Teague Paul Teague

A recent report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture on the increasing willingness of companies to fire suppliers who don’t meet emissions standards is welcome news - sort of. It’s gratifying that in an era when companies of all stripes brag in everything from annual reports to corporate ads about their sustainability and good-citizenship efforts that some are willing to take concrete action against those in their supply chain who ignore sustainability imperatives. As one procurement executive told me recently, sustainability efforts are nothing but “green wash” unless companies sever ties with suppliers who fail to meet standards, whether they relate to sustainability or other corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, such as promotion of workers’ safety.

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Fri 03 Feb 2012
David Rae David Rae

The world’s largest advertiser, Procter & Gamble, has always been used as bit of a bellwether for the health of the marketing and advertising sector.

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