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Thu 07 Mar 2013
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

As reported today by the PLN, a recent survey found that half of UK-based businesses check their suppliers for compliance to the UK Bribery Act. Interestingly, a mere 6% of the sample in the by Ernst & Young research stated that they would re-tender if they found a non-compliant supplier.

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Tue 15 Jan 2013
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

When I’m not writing about procurement, I’m busy playing the trumpet. It’s hard to fit in because these purchasing blogs don’t write themselves, but it’s a rewarding hobby.

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Tue 16 Oct 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

In recent research that the PIU has conducted, we asked CPOs about the future of the economy. This was referenced to both the world as well as their local or regional economy. The response was mixed.

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Wed 29 Aug 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

Buyers are often nervous about suppliers deploying a 'divide and conquer' strategy to selling. However, there’s nothing stopping turning this approach on its head.

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Thu 23 Aug 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

For many in the business world, the summer months are a peaceful period spent on a sunny beach. Buyers, however, are worried as category plans are urgently being forged for the next year.

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Wed 25 Jul 2012
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

There is a perennial discussion within PLN towers about social media. It's clear that procurement still doesn't get it, but will these new technologies change the way we do sourcing?

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Wed 02 Nov 2011
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

The world is nervously looking at both Greece and China to the future of the world economy. But the merging fates of these two ancient nations masks deeper problems.

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Wed 05 Oct 2011
Jonathan Webb Jonathan Webb

During a week of uncertainty surrounding European sovereign debt and doubts over the future of the euro, the new business environment looks highly challenging. The PIU will shortly launch new research on managing procurement in a state of market volatility. As a part of this, we will be developing a guide for buyers on how to develop a resilient supply chain during a state of uncertainty.

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