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Tue 24 Jun 2014
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

Attracting the next generation of talent is one of the biggest challenges for businesses, functions and, by turn, procurement.

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Thu 30 Jan 2014
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

What with the roll-out of Obamacare in the US and the growing global awareness of healthcare, the category is sure to present category managers with some interesting challenges and opportunities as the year progresses.

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Fri 10 Jan 2014
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

Healthcare, both as a political issue in the US, and in terms of technological developments and consumer trends, could have a big impact on personal and commercial attitudes in 2014

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Fri 13 Dec 2013
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

The procurement of marketing services has often produced difficult questions about where true value lies in the category and certainly the presence of big name agencies complicates the argument.

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Thu 24 Oct 2013
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

A struggling hotel industry and a drive to get a tighter grip on travel spend have created an uncomfortable situation, which buyers need to get to grips with.

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Fri 16 Aug 2013
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

Things are looking set to get a bit Star Trek in the world of IT peripherals but will buyers need to cancel their keyboard orders any time soon?

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Fri 26 Jul 2013
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

Knowledgable buyers have much value to add to legal spend, but there’s still plenty of obstacles to overcome before the function is welcome at the negotiating table.

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Tue 04 Sep 2012
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

FirstGroup has won the franchise for the West Coast main line, the most lucrative service in the UK. Their success has come as a blow to Virgin Trains who previously had a monopoly over the line for 15 years. For those outside the UK, this may not mean a huge amount (though those same people may still be familiar with Richard Branson), but the quirks of the bidding process have some interesting lessons that go beyond a rail dispute.

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Thu 24 May 2012
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

GreenPalm has recently come under fire in light of Unilever’s change to its palm oil pledge, extending its target to buy all its palm oil from traceable sources by 2015 to 2020. The news resulted in criticism towards GreenPalm certificates with some sources questioning its influence in the move towards sustainable sourcing of palm oil.

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Thu 26 Apr 2012
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

There has been a vast amount of debate surrounding the use of palm oil in products due to its unethical sourcing. Used in products ranging from food and cosmetics to biofuel, the demand for palm oil is increasingly high and acquiring it at such quantities comes with a price - but sustainability campaigns aren't making the progress businesses might have hoped.

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