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Thu 13 Nov 2014
Tim Burt Tim Burt

A procurement boss’ time is at a premium but by placing themselves at arms-length of day-to-day procurement negotiations they stand a chance to focus on more strategic issues, give their team a confidence boost and help work through any impasses.

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Thu 13 Nov 2014
Harry John Harry John

Think of the exorcist: I bet what you come up with is a far cry from the corporate world of suits and boardrooms. But when we talk of a procurement function undergoing a transformation, the strange parallels become clear.

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Wed 12 Nov 2014
Andy Joeres Andy Joeres

Although Software Asset Management (SAM) has historically focused on compliance and reducing risks, the function is becoming increasingly relevant to procurement operations, as indicated in a recent research survey.

 

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Tue 11 Nov 2014
Gerard Chick Gerard Chick

The time has come for procurement to consider how its collective professional identity has formed and developed. And yet we are unquestionably a product of our professional past, we are also at times a ’prisoner’ of that heritage, managing everything but owning nothing.

 

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Mon 10 Nov 2014
Paul Teague Paul Teague

The apparel manufacturer’s efforts are a great example of the economic benefits that can accrue to companies that pursue sustainability and promote ethics in their supply chains.

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Fri 07 Nov 2014
Harry John Harry John

How much real change do financial sector rule-makers hope to impose? Diluted final rules and lip service-like financial penalties suggest little, but procurement may well come out on top despite all of this.

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Fri 07 Nov 2014
Rhiannon Evans Rhiannon Evans

The issue of realising a return on investment from services spend is one of the biggest challenges for procurement. What, then, can we learn from those who have made inroads here?

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Thu 06 Nov 2014
Tim Burt Tim Burt

Initiatives exist to bring minority owned small and medium sized suppliers into the fold but more needs to be done to communicate these to make them aware of them.

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