Newsfeed/posts Latest news https://www.procurious.com/rss/procurement-news Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:11:31 +0000 <![CDATA[Outsourcing versus Insourcing – Where to Play When the Music Stops]]> In the fourth article in a series charting the key issues in public sector procurement, we examine the difficulties for organisations in deciding whether or not to outsource key strategic services and what this may mean for procurement. I’ve been told in the past that procurement is a cyclical beast – the chances are high … Continue reading Outsourcing versus Insourcing – Where to Play When the Music Stops

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/outsourcing-versus-insourcing-where-to-play-when-the-music-stops Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:09:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Why It’s Time To Grow Beyond Strategic Sourcing]]> If the CPO wants to have a seat at the table, they must move beyond delivering cost reductions to deliver solid and sustainable business value where it really counts: top line growth and business innovation. I recently worked on a large-scale program of strategic sourcing transactions across multiple business and technology functions. The strategic sourcing team produced a considerable volume of contracts and notably delivered … Continue reading Why It’s Time To Grow Beyond Strategic Sourcing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-its-time-to-grow-beyond-strategic-sourcing Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:39:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Three Key Steps To Getting Brexit Ready]]> It’s been over two years since the UK voted to leave the EU. But beyond the exit date of 29 March 2019, little is known about the details of the Brexit agreement… Negotiations between Brussels and Whitehall are rumbling on with little sign of a breakthrough. And the longer they continue the less likely it … Continue reading Three Key Steps To Getting Brexit Ready

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/three-key-steps-to-getting-brexit-ready Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:00:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Is It Time To Make A Career Move? Mind the gap]]> When things get bad at work do you find a way to fix it or consider a career move? The bad days are becoming more frequent, the work is no longer challenging and your procurement career seems to be floundering.   The question arises: what must you do to kick your work life into action?   If … Continue reading Is It Time To Make A Career Move? Mind the gap

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-it-time-to-make-a-career-move-mind-the-gap Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:00:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Talk Less, Ask More]]> Procurement leaders must create more opportunities to be open with the levels of the organisation below them and consistently request feedback… Talk less and ask more! “When you’re the CEO of a large organisation – or even a small one – your greatest responsibility is to recognise whether it requires a major change in direction. Indeed, … Continue reading Talk Less, Ask More

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/talk-less-ask-more Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:00:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Critical Factors When Selecting Your Suppliers]]> Procurement exists in a dynamic, fast-paced, constantly changing environment. So surely the reasons we use to select our suppliers and supply partners would change over time too? Wouldn’t they? It’s been over three years since the Procurious network was canvassed on what critical factors they look for in their suppliers. The world has moved on … Continue reading Critical Factors When Selecting Your Suppliers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/critical-factors-when-selecting-your-suppliers Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:00:07 +0000
<![CDATA[3 Mega-trends In Procurement You Need To Understand Before 2019]]> What are the key mega-trends procurement pros need to get their heads around before 2019? 1. Co-Creation –  Using collective efforts to bring the best value Since the very beginning of my career in Procurement competition was a key.  Competition helps procurement drive down prices using quotations, tenders, e-auctions or other tools. And, of course,  it … Continue reading 3 Mega-trends In Procurement You Need To Understand Before 2019

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3-mega-trends-in-procurement-you-need-to-understand-before-2019 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 06:00:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Back To Blockchain Basics]]> Do I need to understand how Blockchain works? Where does bitcoin fit in? And how long until this tech hits the mainstream? Your questions: answered! When it comes to Blockchain procurement pros don’t know what or who to believe, when to expect its takeover or how to prepare. What’s the difference between bitcoin and blockchain, … Continue reading Back To Blockchain Basics

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/back-to-blockchain-basics Wed, 08 Aug 2018 06:00:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Take the Nuclear Option at UPMG2018]]> Not many procurement conferences include a guided tour of a nuclear facility! Be sure to check out UPMG2018, the premier conference for utility purchasing managers. Go nuclear Remember the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in 2011? As part of the international review that took place after the event, the United States instituted the “SAFER” program. … Continue reading Take the Nuclear Option at UPMG2018

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/take-the-nuclear-option-at-upmg2018 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 06:00:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Professionals: Get Your Blinkers Off!]]> Reluctant or unsure about driving greater diversity and inclusion in your procurement teams and the organisation at large? You need to take your blinkers off! When it comes to implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace it can be difficult to know where to begin. And perhaps you’re equally skeptical that your actions could … Continue reading Procurement Professionals: Get Your Blinkers Off!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-professionals-get-your-blinkers-off Fri, 03 Aug 2018 06:00:03 +0000
<![CDATA[The Private Company Paradox]]> Procurement is going to have to do some extra work when it comes to evaluating private companies.  Kelly Barner outlines the common pitfalls to be ready for… Many procurement teams have been tasked with diversifying the supply base. This often means partnering with small, diverse, or locally-sourced suppliers. One challenge that arises is that many … Continue reading The Private Company Paradox

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-private-company-paradox Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:37:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Brand You: how to create your own personal brand]]> Brand You: because no one knows you better… FLiP 2014 may have been and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reflect on some of the inspirational talks given. One such session saw Kate O’Reilly advise attendees on the art of shaping their own personal brand – Brand You (if you will). Kate was formerly … Continue reading Brand You: how to create your own personal brand

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/brand-you-how-to-create-your-own-personal-brand Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Visna Lampasi receives The Faculty’s ‘CPO of the Year’ title]]> Leighton Contractors Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Visna Lampasi was last night awarded the prestigious title of CPO of the Year by leading procurement advisors The Faculty. Announced at the Asia Pacific CPO Forum’s annual gala dinner held at Luna Park, Ms. Lampasi was selected from a pool of some of Asia Pacific’s top performing CPOs … Continue reading Visna Lampasi receives The Faculty’s ‘CPO of the Year’ title

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/visna-lampasi-receives-cpo-of-the-year-title Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Georgina Portelli]]> Procuring a Bombardier Global Express XRS500 business jet was a once in a lifetime experience for Georgina Portelli, who names this procurement project as her greatest professional achievement so far. She was working at the Casino division of Tabcorp at the time, and needed a flash mode of transport for the VIPs. “Procurement tends to … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Georgina Portelli

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurementgeorgina-portelli Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Matthew Dierkx]]> Matthew Dierkx might rub shoulders with some of the country’s most elite sporting stars all day, but for the Melburnian, it’s all just another day at the office. The procurement maven for the Australian Football League was offered the high profile role 18 months ago after working in procurement with the Melbourne Cricket Club. He’s … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Matthew Dierkx

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurementmatthew-dierkx Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Tehara Wickham]]> Tehara Wickham was a young school girl when she migrated to Australia with her family. But the Sri Lankan-born woman ploughed through her studies, finished high school and then university studies in her new country. She graduated and relocated to Sydney for a finance role before moving back to Melbourne six years later for a … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Tehara Wickham

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tehara-wickham Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Play the game like your life depends on it]]> We recently had the pleasure of Angela Giacoumis’ company, and she shared some pretty valuable insights with us. Not wanting to keep them to ourselves we thought it’d be fun to relay it to you in the style of Baz Luhrman’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”. Well why not eh? Put yourself first Be unreasonable … Continue reading Play the game like your life depends on it

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/play-the-game-like-your-life-depends-on-it Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Is this the workplace of the future?]]> If you attended FLiP 2014 you’ll know that the underlying message was ‘shake up your professional outlook’. Today we’re turning our focus towards a business that’s been shaking things up in their own way – step forward Atlassian. This enterprising Australian software company is disrupting the staid and tired workplace culture of old – and … Continue reading Is this the workplace of the future?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-this-the-workplace-of-the-future Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Steve Vamos on Tough Love and Technology]]> Steve Vamos brought more than thirty years’ experience of the Information Technology and online Media industry with him to the 2014 CPO Forum. And with this editor being an ex-Microsoftee, I was bummed I couldn’t be there myself! From January 2007 to September 2008 Vamos lead Worldwide Sales and International Operations for Microsoft Corporation’s Online … Continue reading Steve Vamos on Tough Love and Technology

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/steve-vamos-on-tough-love-and-technology Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Geoffrey Garrett’s love-letter to Australia]]> Former dean of the Australian School of Business (at UNSW) – Geoffrey Garrett captivated delegates in Sydney, just a few short months before he makes a move to the other side of the world. Back in March it was announced that Garrett would take the helm at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). The School … Continue reading Geoffrey Garrett’s love-letter to Australia

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/geoffrey-garretts-love-letter-to-australia Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Aurelie Roberts]]> French-born procurement expert Aurelie Roberts was surrounded by champagne when she started out in the profession 14 years ago. As an intern with a French champagne producer, she was in charge of purchasing promotional items. At the time, the job was known as purchasing, not procurement, Aurelie explains. This early start proved the ideal springboard … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Aurelie Roberts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/aurelie-roberts Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[The 5 must-have attributes of a procurement superstar]]> Procurement professionals need plenty of key attributes to be a real superstar. We’ve called out five skills that are vital for anyone working in procurement. If you feel any of these skills are still an area for development, then it’s about time to skill up… 1 The ability to innovate An innovator is someone that’s … Continue reading The 5 must-have attributes of a procurement superstar

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-5-must-have-attributes-of-a-procurement-superstar Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Meanwhile in London… (at the World Procurement Congress)]]> The World Procurement Congress 14 as told by Twitter. Over 19-20 May London played host to the World Procurement Congress. Now in its second year the event brought together CPOs and thinkers in procurement and supply chain management from all over the world. Here is what attendees have been saying about it on Twitter: @AlanGleeson Standing … Continue reading Meanwhile in London… (at the World Procurement Congress)

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/meanwhile-in-london-at-the-world-procurement-congress Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Video highlights from The Faculty’s CPO Forum]]> The procurement industry’s finest gathered in Sydney recently for a double-header of insight and opinion. Now the tables have been cleared away and the last sausage roll eaten, we take a look back at some of the highlights. Quick, fetch the popcorn! The Faculty ‘Tough Love’ Highlights from Orsino Media on Vimeo. Enjoy what you … Continue reading Video highlights from The Faculty’s CPO Forum

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/video-highlights-of-the-facultys-cpo-forum Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Susannah Thelander]]> Susannah Thelander admits she had a sneaky peak in the dictionary on her first day of work in the procurement industry eight years ago. Because she wasn’t particularly sure what it meant. She had landed a role with the tenders and contracts department of Victoria Police as part of the Victorian Graduate Scheme, where participants … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Susannah Thelander

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurement-susannah-thelander Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[The Procurious Files: Weekly Community Update]]> Welcome to the first of our Procurious community updates – a place to fill you in on all of the news, developments, and announcements from Procurious HQ. Procurious is currently in ‘beta’ – you’re helping us to make it better and iron out the bugs (hopefully there aren’t too many!) If you spot anything untoward … Continue reading The Procurious Files: Weekly Community Update

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-procurious-files-weekly-community-update Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Tag, you’re it! Can you spot yourself?]]> We’ve posted up a choice selection of photos from The Faculty’s recent FLiP 2014 event. Set against the glorious backdrop of Sydney harbour the event offered procurement’s brightest stars a valuable learning experience that was both engaging and interactive. Our man Jack Slade talked to the assembled throng about all-things Procurious – talking through its … Continue reading Tag, you’re it! Can you spot yourself?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tag-youre-it-can-you-spot-yourself Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[No normal team-building exercise…]]> When your company motto reads “we don’t do group hugs” – you know you’re in for something a little different… Unsuspecting delegates at the 7th Asia-Pacific CPO Forum took part in an emotional team-building exercise under the Sydney sunshine. Their task (should they choose to accept it) to assemble a brand new bicycle, but under … Continue reading No normal team-building exercise…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/no-normal-team-building-exercise Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Why having coffee with a competitor is one of the best things you can do]]> Meeting with a competitor for coffee might not sound like something the boss would approve of. But perhaps you should think again. Traditional competitors are putting aside professional differences to meet and share ideas in a new way of thinking that is gaining traction in workplaces around the world. This approach is increasingly being referred … Continue reading Why having coffee with a competitor is one of the best things you can do

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-having-coffee-with-a-competitor-is-one-of-the-best-things-you-can-do Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:55 +0000
<![CDATA[5 brilliant brand new apps for your mobile and tablet]]> A selection of interesting and useful apps for your everyday use. Buoyed by Procurious member Georgia Brandi’s discussion topic on productivity tools, we’ve come up with a few ideas of our own. Every day numerous apps are released into app stores the world over, but how do you know which ones are really worth your … Continue reading 5 brilliant brand new apps for your mobile and tablet

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-brilliant-brand-new-apps-for-your-mobile-and-tablet Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Which corner of the world HASN’T Procurious reached?]]> Every week we aim to bring you a selection of useful updates and tips for getting the most out of Procurious. Procurious truly has worldwide appeal! Our users come from far and wide. Our list of visiting countries reads like the leaderboard for Eurovision – with the obvious exception of Australia… Our global reach takes … Continue reading Which corner of the world HASN’T Procurious reached?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/which-corner-of-the-world-hasnt-procurious-reached Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Social procurement is gathering global momentum]]> Companies bold enough to step into social procurement are discovering that it’s helping solve business problems and also improving the bottom line. A recent report on social procurement found that the movement is gathering momentum both in governments and private businesses around the world. The report, Corporate Social Procurement in Australia, was conducted by Australia’s … Continue reading Social procurement is gathering global momentum

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/social-procurement-is-gathering-global-momentum Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Tony Huang]]> He can influence how one of Australia’s most iconic companies spends more than a billion dollars every year. But it’s all just part of the job for Tony Huang, who’s in charge of strategic sourcing at telecommunications provider, Telstra. Tony heads up this important function for the telecommunications and media giant, making him accountable for … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Tony Huang

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurement-tony-huang Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Is procurement under attack on social media?]]> Social media can be an erratic and angry beast. One minute your company is being praised, and the next it’s under fire for a minor procurement program that’s somehow landed in serious hot water. To stay out of trouble, make sure you are prepared for any social media crisis well before there’s any sign of … Continue reading Is procurement under attack on social media?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-procurement-under-attack-on-social-media Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Jason Ng]]> International Jiu Jitsu competitor Jason Ng loves nothing better than unwinding from a day at the office with a training session of the Brazilian style of martial arts. “The sport has a huge strategic, strength and athletic component to it, which is similar to Judo. And strangely enough, the stresses I put on my body … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Jason Ng

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurement-jason-ng Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement: the deliberate career choice]]> Procurement has long been one of those industries that people fall into. But that’s all changing, as people now make deliberate steps to forge a career in the profession. The profile of procurement as a career choice has increased substantially over the years, which means that procurement professionals like Georgina Portelli don’t have to explain … Continue reading Procurement: the deliberate career choice

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-the-deliberate-career-choice Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Don’t sell yourself short – stand out from the crowd]]> Personal branding can make a huge impact on your ability to do your job in the procurement industry. Personal branding experts suggest that leveraging your online presence, considering who’s in your network and assessing your dress sense can all make an impact on your personal brand. Kate O’Reilly is the principal of Sydney’s Optimiss Consulting, … Continue reading Don’t sell yourself short – stand out from the crowd

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dont-sell-yourself-short-stand-out-from-the-crowd Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[How did you get into procurement? Tell us your story]]> Here at Procurious we believe procurement has an image problem. As a profession it’s been saddled with ‘uncool’ and outdated stereotypes – the time has now come for us to join forces and become more collectively valued. This is where you come in… Your Procurious profile is the place to show-off your wares to the … Continue reading How did you get into procurement? Tell us your story

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-did-you-get-into-procurement-tell-us-your-story Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Why are supply chain disruption and sustainability our hot topics of the week?]]> Hello and welcome to your one-stop shop for everything Procurement news-related. Find out which e-procurement organisation Selectica has acquired… UK darlings of fashion and homeware, Marks and Spencer (M&S) – talk about sustainability, and we learn which countries are most at risk from supply chain disruption. So without further ado, lets see what’s been going … Continue reading Why are supply chain disruption and sustainability our hot topics of the week?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-are-supply-chain-disruption-and-sustainability-our-hot-topics-of-the-week Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation Procurement: Paul Holland]]> Like so many, Paul Holland didn’t have specific ambitions to work in procurement. But after his boss pulled him away from his usual duties to work on a procurement project, he found his niche. “I had no idea how in-depth procurement was at first, and what value you can create for your organisation through the role. It … Continue reading Generation Procurement: Paul Holland

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-procurement-paul-holland-2 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious is like the 2014 World Cup – so is your country represented?]]> Here from our crow’s nest at Procurious HQ it’s clear to see that London has gone football crazy. Fever for the FIFA World Cup 2014 is infectious, sweeping the nation, leaving many a hangover in its wake. But it doesn’t just end there… It’s traversing oceans, hot-footing over deserts, grappling-up mountains and more. We’d be … Continue reading Procurious is like the 2014 World Cup – so is your country represented?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-is-like-the-2014-world-cup-so-is-your-country-represented Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Somebody just paid $1 million to say “Yo”… Is this the most pointless app ever?]]> Can a simple “Yo” change the way we communicate? This new Android/iOS app thinks it can… ‘Yo’ describes itself as a “single-tap zero character communication tool” – yes, it sounds impressive when you put it like that – but peer behind its faceless purple façade and you might be left scratching your head. What is … Continue reading Somebody just paid $1 million to say “Yo”… Is this the most pointless app ever?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/somebody-just-paid-1-million-to-say-yo-is-this-the-most-pointless-app-ever Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Are limes leaving a bitter taste in your mouth? Find out why…]]> *We never claimed to be experts of all-things green, but we can tell you a thing or two about supplies… The past seven days has delivered bad news for Tequila fans… Beats headphones were banned from World Cup, and adidas have been eyeing-up sustainable solutions. It’s all going-off… Here’s the news in-brief: Supply Chain Prices … Continue reading Are limes leaving a bitter taste in your mouth? Find out why…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-limes-leaving-a-bitter-taste-in-your-mouth-find-out-why Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:52 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s it like to be a procurement professional in Dubai? Farshad Bahmed speaks]]> Ladies and gentlemen please be upstanding for Farshad Bahmed. Our #firstmovers series profiles those members who we feel truly embody Procurious, and go to show just how “rich” and global our network is becoming. Farshad is a senior consultant for A.T. Kearney, and works out of Dubai. You can find out more about him – here. Procurious asks: … Continue reading What’s it like to be a procurement professional in Dubai? Farshad Bahmed speaks

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-it-like-to-be-a-procurement-professional-in-dubai-farshad-bahmed-speaks Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chains need to take action to fight ‘fast fashion’]]> The fast fashion dilemma The move toward ‘fast fashion’ is putting major pressure on those working in the procurement departments. Fashion can cycle in and out of retail stores across the globe in a matter of weeks; putting those in procurement under constant pressure to ensure their supply chain is clean. For many professionals working … Continue reading Supply chains need to take action to fight ‘fast fashion’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chains-need-to-take-action-to-fight-fast-fashion Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:52 +0000
<![CDATA[How to develop your skills in just 5 minutes]]> Ahead of some fairly-sizeable changes to Procurious next week, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the smaller things that might have passed you by. Learning resources Have you seen what’s behind the ‘Learning’ menu? There are two different types of learning material available on Procurious. Free and paid. You’ll be able … Continue reading How to develop your skills in just 5 minutes

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-develop-your-skills-in-just-5-minutes Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Spend Matters hits the nail on the head]]> When it comes to procurement, Peter Smith is a man who knows what he’s talking about. The Managing Director and Editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe is among the profession’s top influencers so I was particularly delighted to read his review of Procurious. The assessment was balanced and overall, very positive: “Procurious is a well put … Continue reading Spend Matters hits the nail on the head

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/spend-matters-hits-nail-on-head Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Former U.S. President Clinton launches peanut supply chain in Haiti]]> Although we’re talking peanuts, there’s nothing nutty about our top story…. Also on our weekly smorgasbord, Coca Cola (and partners) look towards Africa, and a ruling by the FAA means Amazon’s drone delivery programme may never get off the ground… A supply chain with no allergies The former U.S. President – together with Canadian philanthropist … Continue reading Former U.S. President Clinton launches peanut supply chain in Haiti

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/former-u-s-president-clinton-launches-peanut-supply-chain-in-haiti Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:51 +0000
<![CDATA[How to build your Procurious network quickly and easily]]> Visit Procurious.com today and you might notice something new… We’ve introduced a number of big changes that will both help you build your network – and grow Procurious in the same breath. One of the most popular asks has been invites by email – before, you were limited to just approaching those on LinkedIn (not … Continue reading How to build your Procurious network quickly and easily

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-build-your-procurious-network-quickly-and-easily Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Never say “game over”]]> The electrical equipment manufacturer Cressall has shared this inspirational story of Simon Marston with us, and how he managed to bring an almost-forgotten technology back to life. Some technologies never take off. It’s the way of the world. Whatever happened, for example, to hovercrafts – the favourite transportation method of Sir Sean Connery’s James Bond? The technology … Continue reading Never say “game over”

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/never-say-game-over Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:50 +0000
<![CDATA[12 things you need to know this week]]> What’s been top of the news agenda? Facebook, Tesla, John Lewis, and the Renault-Nissan alliance have all made headlines, so we’ve gathered all you need to know into one handy weekly news digest. We’re useful like that… Crowdsourcing (UK) One of the UK’s biggest organisations is considering using crowdsourcing for indirect procurement to help drive … Continue reading 12 things you need to know this week

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/12-things-you-need-to-know-this-week Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Has Amazon identified a niche market in wearable tech?]]> Where do you stand on wearable gadgets? Internet retailer Amazon is betting big on the niche wearable technology market. Amazon has launched a specialist storefront dedicated to wearable technology and gadgets. Whether it’s activity trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, wearable cameras, or Google Glass-like devices, Amazon has struck upon a particularly fashionable niche… Amazon’s one-stop-shop … Continue reading Has Amazon identified a niche market in wearable tech?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/has-amazon-identified-a-niche-market-in-wearable-tech Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind the scenes of Starbucks global supply chain]]> As the Seattle-based company seeks to find a foothold in Chennai, interest in the high-street staple has piqued. A Behind the Scenes Look at Starbucks Global Supply Chain This insightful piece of film isn’t new but it still offers a fascinating peek behind the scenes of the world’s largest coffee houses. Cast aside any aspersions … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Starbucks global supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/behind-the-scenes-of-starbucks-global-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:50 +0000
<![CDATA[If you could ask just ONE question…]]> What would it be? The ‘Discussions’ area on Procurious is buzzing with inquisitive minds. So if you could ask just one question to your fellow members, what would it be? Struggling? Here’s some inspiration: Lisa Malone asks – ‘Which are the biggest Procurement teams in the UK and Europe?’ Alexandra Goffey wants to know – … Continue reading If you could ask just ONE question…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/if-you-could-ask-just-one-question Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:49 +0000
<![CDATA[5 common procurement myths busted]]> We arm you with some myth-busting one-liners to help you educate your workplace. Myth: Procurement people are nothing more than over-paid bean counters Reality: Procurement people have a vastly different role and responsibilities to Finance people, with each contributing differently to the success of the overall business. For procurement, this often means acting as the interface and … Continue reading 5 common procurement myths busted

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-common-procurement-myths-busted Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Fast fashion not welcome at Berlin Fashion Week]]> Join us as we recount some of the biggest news stories making headlines across the world. Fast fashion bumped-off Berlin catwalk 2014 Berlin Fashion Week kicked off on July 8,  and sought to highlight the latest trends in the clothing industry. This year, the main events are the Green Showroom and the Ethical Runway, where … Continue reading Fast fashion not welcome at Berlin Fashion Week

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/fast-fashion-not-welcome-at-berlin-fashion-week Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Call on me? Procurious talks to Telstras Richard Allen]]> The next entry in our #firstmovers series features Telstra’s Chief Procurement Officer & Executive Director of Enterprise Services – Richard Allen. He may have swapped beverages for telephones, but for Richard Allen the game has stayed the same. Read more about Richard Allen here. Procurious asks: How do you think procurement differs in your country, as … Continue reading Call on me? Procurious talks to Telstras Richard Allen

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/call-on-me-procurious-talks-to-telstras-richard-allen Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Is the UK more risk averse than the rest of Europe?]]> Paul Smith is trying to define where procurement ends and the rest of the business begins… Paul Smith is the procurement and supply director of YPO (the largest public sector buying organisation in England). Previously, Paul has spent 21 years working in the private sector. Read more about Paul here. Our #firstmovers series profiles those members who we feel … Continue reading Is the UK more risk averse than the rest of Europe?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-the-uk-more-risk-averse-than-the-rest-of-europe Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Sergio Giordano: How to successfully negotiate with an Italian? Play poker]]> Sergio Giordano reveals that the procurement profession in Italy is not your average Italian job… Sergio has brought some much-needed Sicilian sunshine (not-to-mention a sense of infectious enthusiasm) to the Procurious network. With over 30 years of experience in industrial procurement, Sergio is now founder (and general manager) of ProcOut s.r.l. You can read his full story … Continue reading Sergio Giordano: How to successfully negotiate with an Italian? Play poker

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sergio-giordano-how-to-successfully-negotiate-with-an-italian-play-poker Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Hal Good fills us in on procurement in the United States]]> Meet Harold (Hal) Good, one of our #firstmovers Following on from our last infographic-filled blog post, this is the first entry in a new series that will profile selected members of the community. These are all members who we feel are truly embracing the site, and go to show just how “rich” and global Procurious … Continue reading Hal Good fills us in on procurement in the United States

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hal-good-fills-us-in-on-procurement-in-the-united-states Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Want to see what others are doing on Procurious?]]> Open your eyes – now it’s easier than ever to see what’s happening on your online business network. We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes at Procurious HQ this week…   Your new timeline Pay a visit to your ‘Community’ tab and you might notice something has changed… We now provide you … Continue reading Want to see what others are doing on Procurious?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/want-to-see-what-others-are-doing-on-procurious Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:48 +0000
<![CDATA[What does procurement mean to developing countries?]]> For our next instalment of the #firstmovers series, we’re travelling to Zimbabwe and catching-up with Happymore Mambondiani. Happymore has spent his past three years in the mining sector (exploration drilling) where he works as a Store Manager for Ox Drilling of Zimbabwe. He also holds a CIPS diploma. Join Happymore as he tells us of … Continue reading What does procurement mean to developing countries?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-does-procurement-mean-to-developing-countries Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Why you want this man to buy you a car]]> Could this man make a living out of procurement? Up until recently David Johns was just an ordinary Australian going about his life… But that changes when Johns decided to create the world’s slickest used car ad. The outcome was simple – Johns just wanted to get rid of his 1999 Holden Barina hatchback. A … Continue reading Why you want this man to buy you a car

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-you-want-this-man-to-buy-you-a-car Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Winning leadership lessons from the World Cup]]> How to be a real contender, improve your game and win.  A lot has been written about Brazil’s spectacular fall from grace, but less on Germany’s titanic struggle in the climatic last game. Now the dust has settled and people go back to their normal lives, what has the World Cup actually taught us? Let’s … Continue reading Winning leadership lessons from the World Cup

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/winning-leadership-lessons-from-the-world-cup Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Britain on the verge of a supply chain crisis?]]> Here’s your weekly digest of supply chain news, procurement bulletins, and ethical issues. Eyes forward for another sweet-tasting instalment… Britain on the verge of a ‘supply chain crisis’ We certainly hope not… But if these results are anything to go by, then businesses in the UK could be faced with a crisis of faith. Nearly … Continue reading Is Britain on the verge of a supply chain crisis?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-britain-on-the-verge-of-a-supply-chain-crisis Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:47 +0000
<![CDATA[The curse of Generation Y: Meet the Millennials]]> A great deal has been written about Millennials… A lot of it, not all that nice – so it’s with interest that we pored over the new infographic compiled from research Collegefeed conducted on a 5000-strong sample. The results can be viewed below in full, but first some context for anyone not quite up to … Continue reading The curse of Generation Y: Meet the Millennials

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-curse-of-generation-y-meet-the-millennials Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:47 +0000
<![CDATA[3 tips to make the most from social networks]]> Want to make more of an impact on the Procurious network? Here are a few pointers to help make a bigger splash across this online platform. Complete your profile Nobody likes to leave a job half-done… This also rings true on Procurious where profiles are sometimes being left incomplete. If you didn’t get around to … Continue reading 3 tips to make the most from social networks

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3-tips-to-make-the-most-from-social-networks Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Are apples and potatoes the sustainable energy source of the future?]]> Could you power your supply chain with apples and oranges? Outside Westfield shopping centre in London’s Shepherd’s Bush, Microsoft and Carphone Warehouse have unveiled one of the world’s biggest science experiments… Behold an enormous 20ft wide and 8ft high installation featuring a phenomenal amount of fruit and vegetables, which, amazingly, is able to wirelessly charge … Continue reading Are apples and potatoes the sustainable energy source of the future?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-apples-potatoes-the-sustainable-energy-source-of-the-future Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Brr! DHL enhances its cold chain logistics]]> It may be a glorious summer across Europe, but the latest news from DHL might send temperatures south… Enjoy that and stories about Amazon, NHS, Johnson Controls, Apple, plus more – below. Johnson Controls makes new appointment Johnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat as its first CPO to develop ‘world-class global procurement function’ Bartschat will … Continue reading Brr! DHL enhances its cold chain logistics

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/brr-dhl-enhances-its-cold-chain-logistics Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Anyone for cricket? No sticky wickets in this supply chain…]]> Bianca Amore’s career experience makes her the sort of all-rounder that any company CEO would snap up in an instant. She’s worked her way through the ranks for a number of major corporate brands both in the UK and overseas. A major standout for her was working with the head of sponsorship to negotiate a major … Continue reading Anyone for cricket? No sticky wickets in this supply chain…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/anyone-for-cricket-no-sticky-wickets-in-this-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Australian Egg Corporation left with egg on its face?]]> The yolk’s on them… The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC for short) has been trying to crack a hard-boiled mystery… Talk of cartels is usually something we leave to the boys on Sons of Anarchy, but it looks like it’s reared its ugly head and triggered an egg pricing war down under. Cartel arrangements … Continue reading Australian Egg Corporation left with egg on its face?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/australian-egg-corporation-is-left-with-egg-on-its-face Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Start spreading the news… (as long as it is on Procurious)]]> This week’s Procurious blog update will focus on a number of valuable additions that our developers have been tinkering with behind the scenes. Curated content and news-aggregation are all the rage these days… From companies spending millions to grass-root startups on a shoestring. Procurious.com falls into the latter, and we’re quite proud of our ‘News’ … Continue reading Start spreading the news… (as long as it is on Procurious)

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/start-spreading-the-news-as-long-as-its-on-procurious Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Virtualization]]> Jon Hansen is a guest blogger –  if you want to contribute to the Procurious blog please drop us a line – here. I have been writing the Procurement Insights blog since 2007.  It currently has more than 21,500 followers.  (Note: the European Union Edition of the blog – which was launched in May 2013 – has just over … Continue reading Procurement Virtualization

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-virtualization-by-jon-hansen Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:45 +0000
<![CDATA[24 of the most mesmerising machines]]> Working in procurement you are closer than most to the thing that ultimately ends up rolling off the production line. But have you ever thought to yourself ‘how DID that come to be?’ Lucky for you then that the inquisitive minds over at How It’s Made, and those kings of the viral tap – Buzzfeed, have put … Continue reading 24 of the most mesmerising machines

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/24-of-the-most-mesmerising-machines Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Useful websites and apps to improve your life]]> Best time-saving websites and apps to simplify your busy life. Increase your productivity – spend less time on life admin and more on living your life to the fullest. About.me – sell yourself quickly and easily What’s better than writing about yourself on Procurious? How about your own little corner of the Web (that can … Continue reading Useful websites and apps to improve your life

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/useful-websites-and-apps-to-improve-your-life Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Here come the Millennials: Life as a junior category buyer]]> Today’s #firstmover is a true Millennial! Say hello to Jannine Wood – and go add her to your network while you’re at it. Read our article on Millennials – here. Procurious asks: Procurement is a far cry from English Literature and Film Studies… When did you decide on procurement as a profession, and what attracted … Continue reading Here come the Millennials: Life as a junior category buyer

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/here-come-the-millennials-life-as-a-junior-category-buyer Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Supermarket Wars: zero-hour contracts and the supply chain]]> [View the story “Supermarket Wars: zero-hour contracts and the supply chain” on Storify]

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supermarket-wars-zero-hour-contracts-and-the-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:44 +0000
<![CDATA[And the top 10 industrial supply chains are?]]> No more inky fingers! We’ve compiled the headlines so you don’t have to. Like what you see? Check out the freshly-pressed Procurious news service – you can find it here. Gartner announces top 10 industrial supply chains After releasing the core top 25 list at its supply chain executive conference in May, Gartner has in … Continue reading And the top 10 industrial supply chains are?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/and-the-top-10-industrial-supply-chains-are Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:44 +0000
<![CDATA[In pursuit of best practice]]> This is a guest blog post from George Vrakas – if you want to contribute to the Procurious blog please drop us a line – here. “At its simplest, best practice means we are doing our job better than others. …that might translate to closing deals faster, achieving consistently good negotiated results, establishing terms and change processes that … Continue reading In pursuit of best practice

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/in-pursuit-of-best-practice Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Let’s talk about social networking]]> Which social network? Choosing your social network(s) of choice is not a decision you should make lightly… Once you begin to invest some time, build your profile, and expand your influence, you might as well have it tattooed down your arm. Game of Thrones fans might liken it to pledging their allegiance to a house … Continue reading Let’s talk about social networking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/lets-talk-about-social-networking Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[7 stories you might have missed]]> Thirsty for news? Lucky for you we’ve prepared a liquid lunch for your pleasure. So pop-back that ring pull, fill that glass with ice, and drink-in our weekly news update. Coca-Cola pledges $5bn investment The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners announced a new investment of $5bn during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. … Continue reading 7 stories you might have missed

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/7-stories-you-might-have-missed Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Why your business card is a piece of crap…]]> What’s your business card like? We don’t know about you, but we like to feel quality between our fingertips. You can keep your flimsy sub 350gsm paper, we won’t settle for anything but your finest paper stock… The business card is an important part of your relationship-building arsenal, if you’re wanting to create a lasting … Continue reading Why your business card is a piece of crap…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-business-card-is-crap Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Bite-size procurement takeaways for the time-poor]]> Gordon Donovan provides his insights into procurement-related articles and news stories. I am a principal consultant with The Faculty a management consultancy specialising in procurement. I have been involved with the profession for 25 years as a practitioner, consultant, trainer and coach. I am passionate about procurement, and am one of the few that made … Continue reading Bite-size procurement takeaways for the time-poor

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/bite-size-procurement-takeaways-for-the-time-poor Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Helen Mackenzie talks procurement reform in Scotland]]> Meet Helen Mackenzie: The self-confessed motorbike racing buff is pictured here sitting on Ian Hutchinson’s Supersport bike (incidentally the only rider to win 5 races at the Isle of Mann TT,’s). Helen dreams of buying some lovely race bikes from Yamaha or Honda for a racing team! Helen hails from Stornoway in Scotland  and is the next … Continue reading Helen Mackenzie talks procurement reform in Scotland

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/helen-mackenzie-talks-procurement-reform-in-scotland Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s been happening in the world of procurement?]]> Here’s your weekly digest of all-things procurement from some of the best industry sources on the web. Aren’t we good to you? The last week has seen stories on the issue of carbon reduction in Belgium, the ‘rebirth’ of the US Manufacturing industry, and questions asked over the obsession of cost when it comes to procurement … Continue reading What’s been happening in the world of procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-been-happening-in-the-world-of-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[How connected are you?]]> Here on Procurious we’re making it even easier for you to connect… If you’re of the opinion that social networks (and the content shared on them) is just a load of noise – and your colleague bullied you into becoming a member here, let us calm some of those fears. Believe it or not, it’s … Continue reading How connected are you?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-connected-are-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:42 +0000
<![CDATA[An education in supply chain management]]> This week we shine a light on Nils van de Winkel – a Procurious member who’s decided to incorporate the network into his studies. Without further ado we’re handing the floor over to Nils so he can tell you more about himself… Procurious asks: What attracted you to the profession when you were originally settling … Continue reading An education in supply chain management

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/an-education-in-supply-chain-management Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chain risk drops to 18 month low]]> Enjoy this week’s news bulletin on your chemical-free Apple device, while enjoying a bowl of cornflakes, before washing it all down with some refreshing coconut water. The rise and rise of coconut water Once the drink of exotic holidays and childhood funfairs, coconut water is now the de rigueur beverage available in food emporia, bodegas … Continue reading Supply chain risk drops to 18 month low

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-risk-drops-to-18-month-low Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Is this the world’s most connected man?]]> Say hello to “the most connected human on Earth”. The name Chris Dancy probably doesn’t mean much to you now, but after watching this video you’ll find it hard to pass him in the street… Here Chris talks to The Wall St Journal candidly about how tracking his life has helped him, and whether he … Continue reading Is this the world’s most connected man?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-this-the-worlds-most-connected-man Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:41 +0000
<![CDATA[How far would you go for charity?]]> Since we published this story, the #IceBucketChallenge has spread to front pages the world over. To view an ever-updating list of participants visit this exhaustive Wikipedia page. What’s the idea behind it? To raise awareness (and money) for the ALS Association, who research the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. However in Britain this money instead goes … Continue reading How far would you go for charity?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-far-would-you-go-for-charity Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Negotiation is no game… but here’s how to win at it (anyway)]]> Welcome to the first blog in a monthly series from John Viner-Smith. I have spent my career negotiating. I’m guessing that you have too. I’ve worked in procurement as a buyer, a manager and consultant for over ten years but it was only when I left procurement and worked as a consultant and trainer working … Continue reading Negotiation is no game… but here’s how to win at it (anyway)

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/negotiation-is-no-game-but-heres-how-to-win-at-it-anyway Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Twitter experiment in favorited tweets reveals dark side of social networking]]> In my best Carrie Bradshaw voiceover, I have to ask: are we all just social network test-subjects? A lot of criticism has been levelled at Twitter over its new, stealth, timeline experiment. In an effort to engage newbies, Twitter has been sharing users ‘favourite’ tweets in the timelines of people they follow. The offending tweets appear … Continue reading Twitter experiment in favorited tweets reveals dark side of social networking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/twitters-experiment-in-favorited-tweets-reveals-dark-side-of-social-networking Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[4 of the best productivity apps and websites]]> No matter how motivated we think we are, we all experience that productivity-lull – and it doesn’t just happen on Friday’s… Thankfully we’re dosed-up on caffeine, and have ploughed headlong into the world of productivity apps and useful websites so you don’t have too. Here are a smattering of our current favourites: Slack We’ve crushed … Continue reading 4 of the best productivity apps and websites

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-of-the-best-productivity-apps-and-websites Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious announces #webringthedonuts campaign]]> Can we tempt you with a sticky, sugar-coated treat? What’s not to love? (Apologies to all those diabetes sufferers out there). We hope you’re enjoying Procurious so far, and benefitting from the discussions, learning resources, news, comment, not to mention the members who make-up this insightful, friendly community. There are already a number of ways … Continue reading Procurious announces #webringthedonuts campaign

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-announces-webringthedonuts-campaign Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Walmart pimped-up its fleet – capable of massive loads]]> Now that’s what I call a truck… The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck is the latest in the retailer’s fleet efficiency program. The one-of-a-kind prototype offers a whole package of firsts. The tractor boasts advanced aerodynamics and is powered by a prototype advanced turbine-powered, range-extending series hybrid powertrain. It certainly sounds impressive, even if … Continue reading Walmart pimped-up its fleet – capable of massive loads

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/walmart-pimped-up-its-fleet-capable-of-massive-loads Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[The great Cuban beer crisis of 2014]]> Oh where O my beero? If you’re popping open a can of ice-cold refreshment this weekend, spare a thought for the beer-deprived people of Cuba. The combination of a hotter-than-average summer and a shortage of malt barley has resulted in a perfect storm… Cuba’s largest brewery – Bucanero, was said to have suffered from delayed … Continue reading The great Cuban beer crisis of 2014

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-great-cuban-beer-crisis-of-2014 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement at 160bpm: fast cars and high-stakes deals]]> From car marque to bank brand… A decision to lunch in one of Cincinnati’s most historic suburbs while on a buyer training mission could have cost Daniel Filipovic more than just the bill. He and a couple of colleagues hadn’t realised that the restaurant they’d agreed upon was located in one of the most dangerous … Continue reading Procurement at 160bpm: fast cars and high-stakes deals

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-at-160bpm-fast-cars-and-high-stakes-deals Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious’ eye on the news]]> Nestle looks to improve animal welfare Nestle have pledged to improve animal welfare in their supply chain. The organisation has teamed up with World Animal Protection, the first major food organisation to do so, to improve standards and hold suppliers to account for practices such as battery farming, force growing, etc. and force them to … Continue reading Procurious’ eye on the news

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-eye-on-the-news Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chains all mapped out]]> Thanks to the likes of Google Maps – you’ll find that source maps are becoming more and more commonplace on manufacturer’s websites. Added to that, consumers are increasingly more savvy and want to be able to trace a product’s complete  journey – from humble beginnings to the very end of the supply chain. Ever wondered … Continue reading Supply chains all mapped out

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chains-all-mapped-out Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:39 +0000
<![CDATA[High risks and high rewards: dangers of low-cost sourcing]]> This is the second article in a fortnightly series from Gordon Donovan. This blog concentrates on international sourcing activities and the trends and pitfalls of this high risk and high reward strategy. You may have heard lots of talk over the last couple of years about reshoring or nearshoring. Basically this means goods and services … Continue reading High risks and high rewards: dangers of low-cost sourcing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/high-risks-and-high-rewards-dangers-of-low-cost-sourcing Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Can you be a creative and still excel in procurement?]]> “Beware the team building exercise”  At first, Karen Carmichael wasn’t sure that her creative streak would fit with the serious business of procurement. She loves to sing and dance in amateur theatre, which means dressing up. “So, beware the team building exercise, as you will need to dress up in some way. During my career … Continue reading Can you be a creative and still excel in procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-you-be-a-creative-and-still-excel-in-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Is shipping & the supply chain the ‘next playground for hackers’?]]> The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning the maritime sector to be extra vigilant in light of increasing attacks from cyber criminals. For a bureau that has traditionally focussed its efforts on fighting piracy and armed robbery at sea, this new digital threat puts an entirely different menace in its crosshairs. The IMB has been … Continue reading Is shipping & the supply chain the ‘next playground for hackers’?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-shipping-the-supply-chain-the-next-playground-for-hackers Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Would you trust your deliveries to a drone?]]> Google has just shown its secret ‘Project Wing’ drone-based delivery system to the world. The fruits of the work  Google’s shadowy X research arm has achieved so far can be seen in the video below: During a test-run Project Wing flew through the Queensland skies to successfully deliver supplies to Australian farmers. To accompany the … Continue reading Would you trust your deliveries to a drone?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/would-you-trust-your-deliveries-to-a-drone Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious is mobile – are you?]]> If you’re just visiting Procurious via your PC, laptop, or Mac, you’re missing out… Sorry about that. Did you know that you can also find us on your tablet devices (including iPad), as well as your iPhone and smartphone? No? Well consider yourselves informed. Let us take you through the Procurious mobile experience – soon … Continue reading Procurious is mobile – are you?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-is-mobile-are-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Cracking-down on Africa’s illegal Ivory trade]]> Get your weekly fix of the biggest news stories affecting the supply chain world, procurement profession, and sustainable businesses. Focus on supply chain to tackle illicit ivory trade The Born Free Foundation is calling on enforcement agencies to tackle the illicit trade in ivory by addressing the supply chain behind it. The charity has produced a report detailing … Continue reading Cracking-down on Africa’s illegal Ivory trade

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cracking-down-on-africas-illegal-ivory-trade Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Responsible sourcing: top 500 ranking]]> You can pack a great deal under the responsible sourcing umbrella – from businesses practicing sustainable procurement, specialists in environmental and ethical trading, thought-leaders in social impact, to those organisations sharing strategies and solutions. The leaderboard is arranged by social media clout – those with massive influence undoubtedly sit nearer the top, indicating that meaningful … Continue reading Responsible sourcing: top 500 ranking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/responsible-sourcing-top-500-ranking Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Have you got the eye of the tiger?]]> When people bang-on about training, your first thought usually turns to this… As empowering and utterly brilliant that may be, we’re here today to talk about something that can do for you what Survivor did for Rocky in the ring. Procurious has an ever-growing collection of fine training videos and learning materials for your consumption. … Continue reading Have you got the eye of the tiger?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/have-you-got-the-eye-of-the-tiger Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:37 +0000
<![CDATA[5 more common procurement myths busted]]> Procurious.com – busting procurement myths since 2014. We arm you with another handful of myth-busting one-liners to help you educate your workplace. Myth: Procurement is just a fancy word for what was once known as the purchasing function within a business. Reality: Procurement operates in a constantly changing environment and continues to evolve to meet business … Continue reading 5 more common procurement myths busted

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-more-common-procurement-myths-busted Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Following in the footsteps of Richard Branson…]]> The words of Sir Richard Branson were ringing in his ears when Ben Briggs accepted a job offer a few years ago. He really wasn’t sure how he would ever be able live up to expectations, but wanted nothing more than to give it a shot. So, he fronted up on the first day as … Continue reading Following in the footsteps of Richard Branson…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/following-in-the-footsteps-of-richard-branson Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Problem solver by nature? Procurement’s for you]]> A career in procurement has opened countless doors for Ashish Srivastava. The Chicago-based career professional recently transitioned into a new role that puts him in charge of ICT Parts & Service in North America, where he spends his time sourcing and buying technology services and products. This year, he wants to build and grow a … Continue reading Problem solver by nature? Procurement’s for you

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/problem-solver-by-nature-procurements-for-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Hamish Petrie asks ‘can you plan your career?’]]> In this first part of a two-part article, Hamish Petrie – former VP of People and Communications for resources giant Alcoa – offers advice to professionals at all stages of their career by encouraging the use of ‘career anchors’. Hamish currently writes for the Business Times in Melbourne. Read more about his story here. Career … Continue reading Hamish Petrie asks ‘can you plan your career?’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hamish-petrie-asks-can-you-plan-your-career Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[What your profile picture says about you]]> When God created man he made everybody equal. He also saw to it that no two people looked the same (well apart from identical twins, but stay with us here). Uploading a profile picture helps other Procurious users put a face to a name, and makes them more inclined to learn more about you. No … Continue reading What your profile picture says about you

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-your-profile-picture-says-about-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Why anchoring matters in negotiation]]> Welcome to the second article in a monthly series from John Viner-Smith. Have you ever looked at all the perfectly good, almost brand new cars on the forecourt at a car dealership and wondered where they came from? If you haven’t noticed what I mean, let me give you an example. If you search a certain … Continue reading Why anchoring matters in negotiation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-anchoring-matters-in-negotiation Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Will augmented reality change the manufacturing industry?]]> According to recently published figures – only 17 per cent believe that augmented reality is going to change manufacturing in the future. But first a primer: what is augmented reality? People often confuse augmented reality (AR for short) with virtual reality, the two are wholly different beasts but it’s easy to see the logic. Virtual … Continue reading Will augmented reality change the manufacturing industry?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/will-augmented-reality-change-the-manufacturing-industry Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[MasterCard & Basware create new platform to speed-up supply chain payments]]> Hungry for your weekly news fix? Join us as we reveal what’s been happening in the world of procurement during the last seven days. Basware and MasterCard launch an automated supply chain finance platform Basware has the largest electronic invoicing network in the world — one million organizations generating 80 million transactions a year, worth … Continue reading MasterCard & Basware create new platform to speed-up supply chain payments

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mastercard-basware-create-new-platform-to-speed-up-supply-chain-payments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Has RFID technology revolutionised logistics?]]> This video from IBM demonstrates how RFID technology could revolutionise logistics services… But this isn’t from 2014, instead it’s been sitting gathering dust on YouTube since 2006. So what’s happened in the preceding years? Honestly, not as much as you’d have thought… RFID has faced a number of challenges despite its advantages and usefulness within … Continue reading Has RFID technology revolutionised logistics?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/has-rfid-technology-revolutionised-logistics Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement and supply chain apprenticeship launches in Scotland]]> Out of the loop? Join us as we reveal what’s been happening in the world of procurement during the last seven days. L’Oreal completes five year supply chain transformation The world’s largest manufacturer of beauty products, French company L’Oréal, has been on a five-year plan to completely overhaul its supply chain to cope with new … Continue reading Procurement and supply chain apprenticeship launches in Scotland

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-and-supply-chain-apprenticeship-launches-in-scotland Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[The logistics behind Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships]]> This guest post was penned by Sarah Robey. Sarah represents a UK-based logistics finding service. Making the magic happen The 22nd European Athletics Championships in Zürich last month was a splendid success, both in terms of attendance and their overall social goals. The CEO of Zürich 2014, Patrick Magyar, said that in the final analysis … Continue reading The logistics behind Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-logistics-behind-zurich-2014-european-athletics-championships Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:35 +0000
<![CDATA[What can the Spice Girls teach us about being reasonable?]]> This is the third article in a fortnightly series from Gordon Donovan in which he ponders ‘is now the time to be reasonable?’ One of the banes of contract is the term “reasonable”. For many of us the first time we have been introduced to this concept is via Carlill v Carbolic smoke ball when … Continue reading What can the Spice Girls teach us about being reasonable?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-can-the-spice-girls-teach-us-about-being-reasonable Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:34 +0000
<![CDATA[How to add additional email addresses to your Procurious account]]> Signing-up to Procurious to grow your professional network is all well and good, but what happens when you change your contact details, land a new role, or leave a company? In all of the above cases you’ll be required to jettison your email address of old, and adopt a new digital moniker. Of course this … Continue reading How to add additional email addresses to your Procurious account

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-add-additional-email-addresses-to-your-procurious-account Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:34 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Don’t be intimidated by the people you respect’]]> Marissa Brown features in the next of our Generation Procurement series. A bold approach and hard work has seen Marissa Brown go far in the nine years since she joined the procurement profession. She showed strong initiative early, applying for a role as a senior contracts manager at BAE Systems after university, knowing it was … Continue reading ‘Don’t be intimidated by the people you respect’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dont-be-intimidated-by-the-people-you-respect Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Tania Seary talks Procurious in the media]]> Over the course of the last few weeks, Procurious founder Tania Seary has been quoted in Australia’s Marketing Magazine. We’ve provided some choice excerpts from the conversation below. In part one of a two-part article she says: “10 or 12 years ago, procurement used to be in the back room in the brown cardigan, but … Continue reading Tania Seary talks Procurious in the media

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tania-seary-talks-procurious-in-the-media Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement profession “relieved” following Scotland no vote]]> The last seven days have played host to one of the biggest news stories of 2014 – suffice to say Procurious can’t ignore it! Hence we lead with Scotland, but things have been happening further afield too… Read on for all the details: Supply chain “relieved” by referendum result The people decided the country will … Continue reading Procurement profession “relieved” following Scotland no vote

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-profession-relieved-following-scotland-no-vote Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Sourcing things differently: the world of alternative storefronts]]> Here in 2014 companies are increasingly looking for different ways to get products into the hands of the end user. We’re not just talking about practical logistics, but every decision and thought that informs a customer’s purchasing process. Take Internet sensation Alibaba for instance – sure you can draw parallels to other popular online storefronts, … Continue reading Sourcing things differently: the world of alternative storefronts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sourcing-things-differently-the-world-of-alternative-storefronts Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Do you have events coming out of your ears?]]> How’s your calendar looking these days? Busy schedule? Yeah us too… We’d love nothing more than to alleviate your calendar clashes, but we wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t offer you a tempting timetable of the hottest events in procurement to swallow all of your free time… Regular Procurious users will already … Continue reading Do you have events coming out of your ears?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/do-you-have-events-coming-out-of-your-ears Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:33 +0000
<![CDATA[On a mission to challenge procurement’s misconceptions]]> A few months into a year-long work placement role with Mercedes-Benz, Emily Gloyns admits she was ready for a new challenge. “The challenge was no longer there, so I began shadowing buyers to better understand their roles. I expanded my role by supporting them with drafting RFx documents and analysis tasks.” Her initiative paid off. … Continue reading On a mission to challenge procurement’s misconceptions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/on-a-mission-to-challenge-procurements-misconceptions Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Staying active and healthy with Jawbone UP24]]> Fitness trackers are proving big business; if you need proof, just know that the likes of Nike, Sony, Fitbit, and Samsung have already jumped onboard the somewhat profitable activity train. The Jawbone UP24 is another from this particular stable, in so much as it’s an activity tracker designed to be worn on the wrist. Design … Continue reading Staying active and healthy with Jawbone UP24

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/staying-active-and-healthy-with-jawbone-up24 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Sears mimics Zara’s fast fashion approach]]> Fast fashion is a bit of a buzzword around these parts, so we’re somewhat surprised to find it hasn’t featured more heavily in our weekly news roundups. Of course now our lead-item has just gone and bucked that trend… Eyes-down for that and more: Sears mimics Zara’s fast fashion approach Carlos Slim, following the lead … Continue reading Sears mimics Zara’s fast fashion approach

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sears-mimics-zaras-fast-fashion-approach Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:32 +0000
<![CDATA[What makes people hide from social networks?]]> Ello. Is this the social network you have been waiting for? This is what happens when social networks like Facebook and Twitter start to veer off-course – disillusioned programmers come up with something they think everyone wants: ad-free, and to some extent – private. Going incognito But what does this ‘simple, beautiful & ad-free’ new … Continue reading What makes people hide from social networks?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-makes-people-hide-from-social-networks Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:32 +0000
<![CDATA[How Better Together is putting the excitement back into UK public procurement]]> The Scottish Independence Referendum was a thrilling time, one I’m glad to have been part of, but now it’s over, what is the real impact of Better Together for UK Public Procurement? I believe that we are facing exciting times ahead and that we now have an amazing opportunity to create something special, something lasting … Continue reading How Better Together is putting the excitement back into UK public procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-better-together-is-putting-the-excitement-back-into-uk-public-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Tesco scandal shines a light on the retailer-supplier relationship]]> All is not well at Tesco HQ… Amid tales of the supermarket’s accounting scandal, a colossal 4 billion pounds has been wiped from its stock market value. The trouble stemmed from an overstatement of its first-half profit – a full 250 million. Not a small drop in the ocean by anyone’s standards. “The Financial Conduct … Continue reading Tesco scandal shines a light on the retailer-supplier relationship

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tesco-scandal-shines-a-light-on-the-retailer-supplier-relationship Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Cheese-in-a-can inventor turns to procurement]]> According to legend, when captors of Saddam Hussein searched his bunker, they discovered a high calcium cheese-in-a-can developed by Australian man Peter Force. While not entirely a procurement project, it’s a story Peter recounts with pride and a wry smile because it shows how far and wide his rather unusual invention was sold around the … Continue reading Cheese-in-a-can inventor turns to procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cheese-in-a-can-inventor-turns-to-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Our takeaways from the CIPS 2014 Conference]]> Procurious headed to Kings Place to take in the sights, and hear from a wealth of insightful speakers at the biggest procurement event of the year – the 2014 CIPS Conference and Exhibition. Having survived the global economic crisis, this year’s theme (unsurprisingly) focused on ‘standards, ethics and innovation’ within what CIPS calls ‘a new … Continue reading Our takeaways from the CIPS 2014 Conference

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<![CDATA[Could Uber’s business model tackle procurement’s next challenges?]]> In a week that saw the CIPS Conference juggernaut roll into town, and Tesco (still) reeling from overstated first-half profits [more on that here] – you might have missed the following nuggets of news: Copy Uber’s model to tackle procurement’s next big challenges According to CIPS economist John Glen, speaking at the CIPS Annual Conference in London … Continue reading Could Uber’s business model tackle procurement’s next challenges?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/could-ubers-business-model-tackle-procurements-next-challenges Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement: The new and improved model?!]]> The following article originally appeared on the Procurement Professionals LinkedIn Group.  Join and view other articles here. In 2011 the Coalition Government launched their ‘new’ Government Construction Strategy with its aim to improve the industry whilst reducing whole life cost and carbon by 20 per cent by 2015. A major part of the strategy focused … Continue reading Procurement: The new and improved model?!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-the-new-and-improved-model Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:30 +0000
<![CDATA[In space, no one can hear (the procurement professional) scream…]]> This is the fourth article in a fortnightly series from Gordon Donovan. Captains’ blog (well there is a space theme to this one….) You may have read recently about NASA issuing an RFP to resupply the international space station.   It reminded me of a couple of quotes from John Glenn: “I guess the question … Continue reading In space, no one can hear (the procurement professional) scream…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/in-space-no-one-can-hear-the-procurement-professional-scream Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious is heading down under… come and meet us]]> Procurious is hitting the road (well sky…) throughout the month of November, and we want to see your faces! Donuts down under Lend us your ears, open your minds, and get ready to download key learnings that can help give you a competitive advantage in the procurement marketplace. Who’s going? Procurious’ very own tech wunderkind … Continue reading Procurious is heading down under… come and meet us

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-is-heading-down-under-come-and-meet-us Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Rollin’ – this procurement professional keeps you on the road]]> Emily Hall hit a cross-road in her early 20s when a manager gave her something of an ultimatum. After participating in the National Championships for five years in the junior ranks, the keen softballer approached her manager about taking a couple of weeks off to partake in a major tournament. She also indicated that she … Continue reading Rollin’ – this procurement professional keeps you on the road

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/rollin-this-procurement-professional-keeps-you-on-the-road Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:29 +0000
<![CDATA[UK public procurement organisations praised for insurance framework project]]> It’s a win for Procurious-favourites YPO (and partners) A collaboration between the largest public procurement organisations in the UK to reduce duplication of effort and achieve savings has taken home the Best Public Procurement Project gong at the CIPS Supply Management Award 2014. What was the idea? The joint venture was headed by the Crown … Continue reading UK public procurement organisations praised for insurance framework project

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/uk-public-procurement-organisations-praised-for-insurance-framework-project Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Risk of business disruption has increased by a fifth – which countries are affected?]]> A new report reports that a fifth of the world’s countries are at risk from business disruption… this and more in our weekly news blast: Risk of business disruption has increased in a fifth of countries The risk of business disruption due to civil unrest has increased in a fifth of countries over the past … Continue reading Risk of business disruption has increased by a fifth – which countries are affected?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/risk-of-business-disruption-has-increased-by-a-fifth-which-countries-are-affected Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The best way to negotiate]]> Welcome to the third article in a monthly series from John Viner-Smith. How to negotiate effectively If you’re a student of negotiation (and, as a procurement professional, how could you not be a student of negotiation?) then you should have a well-thumbed copy of Richard Fisher and Bill Ury’s “Getting to Yes” within easy reach on … Continue reading The best way to negotiate

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-best-way-to-negotiate Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet the woman who’s lighting-up procurement]]> The ability to transition from procuring cosmetics to lighting products for a hardware retailer makes Natasha Ryan a diverse type of woman. As the national buyer for the lighting category for Bunnings, her role allows her to source, create and deliver products that customers tell her they want. “It’s a vibrant role that involves a … Continue reading Meet the woman who’s lighting-up procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/meet-the-woman-whos-lighting-up-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:28 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Weak’ UK supply chain is holding back investment]]> The British are coming! Controversial acceptance speeches, staunch warnings, and more – feature in our weekly news blast.   Business calls for measures to boost supply chain Weaknesses in the UK’s supply chain are holding back industrial investment, according to British business. Industry is calling on the government to help boost competitiveness with measures to … Continue reading ‘Weak’ UK supply chain is holding back investment

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/weak-uk-supply-chain-is-holding-back-investment Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:28 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Question: Could you live in a world without the iPhone?]]> A wrinkle in Apple’s supply chain could spell doom for the technology giant. Procurious wonders whether we ought to be worried. The announcement of a new iPhone/iPad is the stuff of headline news the world over. Apple is one of the most respected titans in the hardware industry, its products have a stranglehold over the … Continue reading The Big Question: Could you live in a world without the iPhone?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/could-you-live-in-a-world-without-the-iphone Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Is collaboration really necessary?]]> If you’re a procurement professional, then you probably hear the word collaboration more than you’d like to. Collaboration has rightfully earned its place in the hall of fame of executive buzzwords. But as most practitioners know, the reality of collaboration is often unglamorous. So why this gap between the ideal world and reality? One root cause is that very … Continue reading Is collaboration really necessary?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-collaboration-really-necessary Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious debuts slick new homepage]]> If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise… Yes we’re mindful that Halloween is creeping ever nearer, but that doesn’t mean it’s a scary treat! Our homepage has enjoyed something of an epic refresh – we hope you like it! This is the first thing you’ll see when you visit … Continue reading Procurious debuts slick new homepage

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-debuts-slick-new-homepage Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Language barriers: the dangers of Google Translate]]> This guest blog was written by Marcia Thompson and originally posted in the Procurement Professionals LinkedIn group. It has been redistributed with their permission.  Read more on Procurement Professionals LinkedIn group at: http://linkd.in/1uupe8p or Twitter: @ProcurementProf Many years, in a restaurant in Ankara, Turkey, I made a faux pas when I was offered tea, or … Continue reading Language barriers: the dangers of Google Translate

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/language-barriers-the-dangers-of-google-translate Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Jason D’Assisi]]> He may be a procurement superstar now, but after high school, Jason D’Assisi wasn’t really sure what he wanted to do. With a little push from his family, he ended up in real estate, but when an opportunity to do something different came along, he jumped at it and took a role with an import/export … Continue reading Jason D’Assisi

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/jason-dassisi Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:27 +0000
<![CDATA[My three CIPS Australasia conference highlights]]> This is the fifth article in a fortnightly series from Gordon Donovan. With the dust having now settled, this won’t be a blow-by-blow account but instead I’ll share my key highlights from the event. The CIPS Australasia conference took place across a jam-packed two days – here are my key takeaways from three of the … Continue reading My three CIPS Australasia conference highlights

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/my-three-cips-australasia-conference-highlights Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chain issues on the small (and silver) screen]]> According to an excellent commentary from The Guardian, viral YouTube hits and blockbusting movie releases are helping to shine light on pertinent issues affecting supply chains the world over. The Guardian cites such cinematic successes as Blood Diamond, alongside indie-documentaries like Blood in the Mobile (an expose on mobile phone production methods that are financing … Continue reading Supply chain issues on the small (and silver) screen

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-issues-on-the-small-and-silver-screen Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Are we the golden children of procurement?]]> When the CEO of one of the world’s largest resources businesses, Sam Walsh, says he believes procurement has entered a “golden age”, it certainly makes you think – could this really be one of the most prosperous periods of our profession’s history? And, if so, what are we doing to capitalize on this opportunity? Remind … Continue reading Are we the golden children of procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-the-golden-children-of-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Talking point: popular discussions on Procurious]]> Over the last few months, there have been a number of topics and themes within our Discussion forum. We don’t want this information to go to waste, so we have pulled together the key points from some of the most popular discussions that we have seen so far. What do you say when a supplier … Continue reading Talking point: popular discussions on Procurious

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/talking-point-popular-discussions-on-procurious Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:26 +0000
<![CDATA[The secret to long-term career planning]]> In this second part of a two-part article, Hamish Petrie – former VP of People and Communications for resources giant Alcoa – reveals the secrets behind nurturing a long-term career. Hamish currently writes for the Business Times in Melbourne. Read more about his story here. Time is a critical factor in any career planning process. Most futurists agree … Continue reading The secret to long-term career planning

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-secret-to-long-term-career-planning Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:26 +0000
<![CDATA[5 green initiatives to improve your supply chain]]> Pretty much each & every one of us (as individuals and organisations) now make a conscious effort to do our bit for the environment and “Go Green” wherever possible. Not only do our “Go Green” actions benefit the world we live in and potentially reduce costs for us but also makes us feel good inside – giving us … Continue reading 5 green initiatives to improve your supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-green-initiatives-to-improve-your-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:25 +0000
<![CDATA[10 years of supply chain CSR]]> We’re leading this week’s news headlines with a decade of supply chain corporate social responsibility presented in an easy-to-digest infographic. It’s like Christmas has come early… Ten years of supply chain’s corporate responsibility A new infographic which highlights the high-profile events that have driven global momentum for business and supply chain responsibility over the past … Continue reading 10 years of supply chain CSR

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/10-years-of-supply-chain-csr Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious wants to hear from you: help us to help you!]]> It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that community is at the very heart of Procurious – it’s in our blood. We hope you’re enjoying the journey so far and benefiting from the online learning, discussions with other members, our worldwide event listing directory, and informative editorial. Yet we still want to do more, we’re not … Continue reading Procurious wants to hear from you: help us to help you!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-wants-to-hear-from-you-help-us-to-help-you Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Are we in the Golden Age of Procurement?]]> Rio’s CEO says it’s time “to meddle in the middle” Rio Tinto’s CEO Sam Walsh put a spotlight on the value that can be delivered by both the C-level and procurement shifting their focus from the top and bottom-line to the “middle line”, when he spoke at the CIPS conference in Sydney last week. He … Continue reading Are we in the Golden Age of Procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-in-the-golden-age-of-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:25 +0000
<![CDATA[The Apprentice: A lesson in how not to market yourself]]> It’s been billed as the “job interview from hell”…  To our UK, US, and AUS readers, any mention of The Apprentice will unilaterally  send shivers down your spine and cause a gleeful smile to creep across your face. For the rest of you, sit back and prepare to get schooled in the art of bad … Continue reading The Apprentice: A lesson in how not to market yourself

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-apprentice-a-lesson-in-how-not-to-market-yourself Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Feminist t-shirts ‘sweatshop’ row]]> UK politicians Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have made headlines for the wrong reasons… this and more in our weekly news-blast of procurement’s biggest stories. Feminist t-shirts ‘sweatshop’ row A women’s rights charity behind a t-shirt campaign now caught up in controversy over claims the products were made in “sweatshop” conditions has said it will … Continue reading Feminist t-shirts ‘sweatshop’ row

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/feminist-t-shirts-sweatshop-row Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Social media use in the logistics and supply chain industry]]> The use of social media is prevalent within Fortune 500, Inc. 500 companies, and small businesses.  Why are companies using social media?  Companies are using social media to grow their business and to bring value to both their company and their customers.  The McKinsey Global Institute conducted an in-depth analysis four industry sectors that represent … Continue reading Social media use in the logistics and supply chain industry

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/social-media-use-in-the-logistics-and-supply-chain-industry Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Faculty CPO of the Year mentors CIPS Young Procurement Professional of the Year]]> What do you get when you put two award-winning women of procurement together? Inspired by the Women in Procurement panel at the 2013 CIPS Australasia Annual Conference – four women blazed a trail for a new breed of mentoring program. Just under a year later the Australasian pilot of the global Women in Procurement has become a … Continue reading Faculty CPO of the Year mentors CIPS Young Procurement Professional of the Year

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/faculty-cpo-of-the-year-mentors-cips-young-procurement-professional-of-the-year Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Why collaboration is the key to effective supply chain procurement]]> Jacques Adriaansen, co-founder of Every Angle, shared his thoughts with Procurious around the big difference between earning money from your suppliers and earning money ‘with’ suppliers. What do you see when you identify a supplier, as part of your supply chain procurement process? Do you see a necessary evil that must be negotiated before you … Continue reading Why collaboration is the key to effective supply chain procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-collaboration-is-the-key-to-effective-supply-chain-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Social network faux pas]]> If you’ve got even a smidgen of a presence on social media then you’re in the public spotlight. Don’t damage your carefully constructed image by falling foul of these common faux pas. Inappropriate material When we refer to inappropriate material, we’re not just talking about the sort of content that caused upset for Hollywood’s superstars… … Continue reading Social network faux pas

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/social-network-faux-pas Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Is the economic future really as small as this book says?]]> If we believed everything we read then the UK has had to draft in Eastern Europeans to help make sandwiches, and our mobile phones are all giving us cancer… Being the skeptical sort we’re inclined to take The Future is Small with a grain of salt, seeing as it raises pertinent questions about the future of investing. … Continue reading Is the economic future really as small as this book says?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-the-economic-future-really-as-small-as-this-book-says Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Vote for Procurious in the UK Blog Awards 2015!]]> We’ve been entered into the biggest event in the UK blogging calendar, the annual UK Blog Awards! Who’s heard of a social network that also publishes its own editorial content? LinkedIn goes so far, but Pulse is essentially community-curated…  This is where Procurious comes in. Like what you read on Procurious? Help us out by … Continue reading Vote for Procurious in the UK Blog Awards 2015!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/vote-for-procurious-in-the-uk-blog-awards-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:22 +0000
<![CDATA[There is now a playable warehouse and logistics simulator…]]> The game (available on PC via Steam) sees you progress through various timed-based scenarios to move goods around a supermarket, warehouse and production facility. But this isn’t just any old logistics simulator, oh no. The official website makes a big deal of the Jungheinrich affiliation – that’s an actual Jungheinrich forklift truck you’re controlling.  The … Continue reading There is now a playable warehouse and logistics simulator…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/there-is-now-a-playable-warehouse-and-logistics-simulator Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:22 +0000
<![CDATA[How much do you really know about digital currencies?]]> In a report commissioned by HP, the Ponemon Institute has made a number of interesting finds. Its “Security & Compliance Trends in Innovative Electronic Payments” paper reveals that support for digital currencies and new electronic payment systems are perhaps stronger than originally thought. Need a primer on digital payments? Watch this very informative video from … Continue reading How much do you really know about digital currencies?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-much-do-you-really-know-about-digital-currencies Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Would you use a social network that pays you to post?]]> Tsu (pronounced ‘sue’) is a social network and payment platform that shares up to 90 per cent of its revenues with users. With a $7 million investment behind it (led by Sancus Capital Prive), Tsu has already attracted the gaze of 50 Cent, Timbaland, and NBA’s Carmelo Anthony – but sadly no sign of a … Continue reading Would you use a social network that pays you to post?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/would-you-use-a-social-network-that-pays-you-to-post Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Strategies to limit backdoor or maverick buying]]> This guest blog was written by Dr. Tom DePaoli and originally posted in the Procurement Professionals LinkedIn group. It has been redistributed with their permission.  Read more on Procurement Professionals LinkedIn group at: http://linkd.in/1uupe8p or Twitter: @ProcurementProf Backdoor or maverick buying is a perplexing problem that plagues many purchasing organizations. The methods to counteract this behavior are highly dependent … Continue reading Strategies to limit backdoor or maverick buying

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/strategies-to-limit-backdoor-or-maverick-buying Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Commodity changes affect market conditions]]> This week we are looking at technology and how the recent commodity pricing changes has affected both the size of organisations as well as their strategies. Microsoft Tops Exxon as 2nd Biggest Company on Oil Drop Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) ceded its title as the world’s second-largest company to Microsoft Corp. after the five-month oil rout cut … Continue reading Commodity changes affect market conditions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/commodity-changes-affect-market-conditions Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Leading female entrepreneurs front government export drive]]> The UK Trade & Investment arm of the UK government has just distributed ‘From local to global’. The guidance has been collated and published in aid of the GREAT Britain campaign – a campaign that encompasses the very best of Britain’s businesses, tourism, and educational offerings. Kelly Hoppen was chosen to pen the forward to … Continue reading Leading female entrepreneurs front government export drive

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/leading-female-entrepreneurs-front-government-export-drive Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement crisis? Social media can save the day!]]> Steven Lewis of Sydney-based Taleist on social media and procurement Social media can be an erratic and angry beast. One minute your company is being praised, and the next it’s under fire for a minor procurement program that’s somehow landed in serious hot water. To stay out of trouble, make sure you are prepared for … Continue reading Procurement crisis? Social media can save the day!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-crisis-social-media-can-save-the-day Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:20 +0000
<![CDATA[How to detect fraud in your organisation]]> This is a guest article from Visna Lampasi, The Faculty’s 2014 Chief Procurement Officer of the Year (Asia Pacific). With the growing emphasis placed on the CIPS Ethical Mark, we quizzed Visna Lampasi – Global Chief Procurement Officer & Procurement Thought Leader on how to detect fraud in your organisation. Procurious asks: Do you believe fraud has become … Continue reading How to detect fraud in your organisation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-detect-fraud-in-your-organisation Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Podcast: Social Media for Procurement]]> ATK helps put procurement in the drivers’ seat with social media A.T. Kearney’s Knowledge Director, Helen Clegg, is spearheading the discussion for educating the procurement profession on the benefits of social media. Hear my interview with Helen http://bit.ly/14VDC1x where I share how to leverage social networks, from building relationships with suppliers to receiving real-time news about supply chain … Continue reading Podcast: Social Media for Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/podcast-social-media-for-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement at forty thousand feet – Qantas in the spotlight]]> Qantas has a fleet of procurement professionals keeping the iconic Australian brand in the air, and Cassie Mackie is a key part of that team. As Portfolio Category Manager – Aircraft Cabin, she’s responsible for the end-to-end procurement and lifecycle management of Aircraft Cabin product categories including seats, inflight entertainment, connectivity, cabin electronics and cabin … Continue reading Procurement at forty thousand feet – Qantas in the spotlight

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-at-forty-thousand-feet-qantas-in-the-spotlight Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:19 +0000
<![CDATA[China’s supply chain infrastructure is full of Eastern Promise]]> This news blast has a distinctively oriental flavour – with a brief stopover in Ottawa (Canada), and Vietnam (once part of Imperial China) for good measure. DHL Supply Chain to invest 173 million in logistics infrastructure in China DHL Supply Chain has announced it will commit a further £90 million in China as its strategy … Continue reading China’s supply chain infrastructure is full of Eastern Promise

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/chinas-supply-chain-infrastructure-is-full-of-eastern-promise Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Your job role might be obsolete by 2020 – will you be sustainable?]]> Many of the job roles we know today will be obsolete in 2020.  If you are a meter reader, a telemarketer or a computer operator, your days are surely numbered.  Fortunately, the need for procurement management skills will not decline, but the requirements will definitely change.  Employers will be looking for those with new skills … Continue reading Your job role might be obsolete by 2020 – will you be sustainable?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-job-role-might-be-obsolete-by-2020-will-you-be-sustainable Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:19 +0000
<![CDATA[How to get the most out of Procurious]]> Want to make more of an impact on the Procurious network? We’ve compiled a handy checklist to help you make the most out of our online community. So if you’ve ever caught yourself asking “How do I…?” Read on for our Procurious tips. How to add a profile picture Procurious is a place to share your … Continue reading How to get the most out of Procurious

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-i-read-the-procurious-faq Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Black Friday/Cyber Monday: the real effect on supply chains]]> They say this is the most wonderful time of the year – but the growing transatlantic popularity of this sales phenomenon won’t just put strain on cash registers… The frenzied (sometimes violent) stampede of bargain hunters will undoubtedly place strain on supply chains and logistics networks too. According to Visa, £360,000 is expected to be … Continue reading Black Friday/Cyber Monday: the real effect on supply chains

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-does-black-friday-affect-supply-chains Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:18 +0000
<![CDATA[How to minimise export risks and protect human rights]]> An innovative pairing of government and tech are working together to protect human rights abroad.  The UK government has published its first ever cyber security guidance that provides advice on how to manage export risks, thus leading the way in ethical business export practices. ‘Assessing Cyber Security Export Risks’ is the first tech sector guidance of its … Continue reading How to minimise export risks and protect human rights

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-minimise-export-risks-and-protect-human-rights Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:18 +0000
<![CDATA[The building of Telstra man James Chalupa]]> Telstra man James Chalupa has taken deliberate steps to look more closely at his personal brand and what it means to him. Taking his own brand more seriously has not only helped him network with a bunch of hugely influential industry colleagues, he’s also shared and picked up useful new snippets of information that has … Continue reading The building of Telstra man James Chalupa

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-building-of-telstra-man-james-chalupa Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:18 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Savvy’ procurement can save you millions if done right]]> How efficient is your procurement process? The BBC saved £1.1 billion during the last business year… That and more in our weekly news blast: Procurement contributes to annual savings of £1.1 billion at BBC “Savvy” procurement saved the BBC more than £70 million on goods and services this year, a report into the broadcaster’s efficiency … Continue reading ‘Savvy’ procurement can save you millions if done right

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/savvy-procurement-can-save-you-millions-if-done-right Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Amazon’s Christmas logistics robot army]]> The robots are coming… and they’re bringing Christmas presents! In its latest bid to boost productivity and expedite delivery, Internet retailer Amazon is deploying a robot army – yep, just in time for Christmas. Various sources are reporting that squat, orange, robots have entered several of its U.S. warehouses. The addition of these wheeled droids … Continue reading Amazon’s Christmas logistics robot army

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/amazons-christmas-logistics-robot-army Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The procurement professional: a reluctant hero?]]> Procurement is sometimes like a jack-in-the-box. Procurement, one of the key parts of business process, is often downplayed. Businesses try to box it off concluding it is more important to speed things up, bypassing some best practice behaviours with the perception of saving time and money. Procurement then springs out of its box just when … Continue reading The procurement professional: a reluctant hero?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-procurement-professional-a-reluctant-hero Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:17 +0000
<![CDATA[What does ‘Best’ look like in procurement?]]> Opportunity Knocks and being the best are the themes of the day. For me this brings images of 1970’s and 80s TV shows from the UK and remembering that dedication is what you need…. So to start our coverage of being the best, AQPC have conducted some research into what does “Best” look Like in … Continue reading What does ‘Best’ look like in procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-does-best-look-like-in-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Most popular discussions on Procurious]]> After a successful wrap a last month, there has been a fantastic increase in the number of new discussions, top answers and flow of information on the boards. Off the back of this, we felt it was time to wrap up some more of the most popular discussions on Procurious. What trends do you think … Continue reading Most popular discussions on Procurious

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/most-popular-discussions-on-procurious Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Influential procurement writers: share your favourites]]> In search of influential procurement reading… Those members who regularly visit Procurious may have seen our recently published list of who we think number among the 24 most influential people in procurement. Need a refresh? Check out the full 24 here. Our list was compiled from prominent Procurious members, and those making a splash across … Continue reading Influential procurement writers: share your favourites

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/influential-procurement-writers-share-your-favourites Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Selling secrets of the supply chain]]> There’s nothing sexy about selling secrets – it’s just silly… as our top story demonstrates: Ex-Apple supply chain manager fined, sentenced to 1 year in prison for kickback scheme Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine — who ran afoul of the law in 2010 for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers — has … Continue reading Selling secrets of the supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/selling-secrets-of-the-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:16 +0000
<![CDATA[A question of ethics: procurement managers accused of bribery]]> We’re kicking-off the working week with a handful of weighty issues, namely: ethics surrounding procurement, the state of US manufacturing, and Ebola. Eyes down for our pick of the web’s biggest stories. Bribery tag on procurement managers ‘unfair’ Suggestions that bribery is rife among procurement managers in hotels is unfair, with professionals calling for more … Continue reading A question of ethics: procurement managers accused of bribery

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/a-question-of-ethics-procurement-managers-accused-of-bribery Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Recommended reading: your procurement bookshelf]]> Need something to put on your Xmas list for Santa? The Procurious community can lend a hand… here’s some of the most popular choices. Well, come on, we all know that Santa must have excellent procurement skills including elf negotiation, stakeholder management (keep your reindeer happy) and customer relationship management (seeing all those kids needs … Continue reading Recommended reading: your procurement bookshelf

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/recommended-reading-your-procurement-bookshelf Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:15 +0000
<![CDATA[How to tag Procurious members in your status and posts]]> UPDATED: You’re probably already familiar with tagging from using it on the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn… Well here’s how to use tags on Procurious. We’ve had a lot of people asking if they can tag their contacts/other Procurious members in posts on their page. The short answer was “sorry that’s not possible”, however if … Continue reading How to tag Procurious members in your status and posts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tag-other-procurious-members-in-your-status-and-posts Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Why are we making it so hard for the next generation?]]> Bright young things are turning well-worn tropes on their head – sound familiar?*  *Procurement had an image problem – that’s why we created Procurious. The engineering industry is facing an uphill struggle… Promising, young procurement professionals will find common ground in the lack of careers advice, visibility and fractured career pathways that female engineers are … Continue reading Why are we making it so hard for the next generation?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-are-we-making-it-so-hard-for-the-next-generation Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Is there humour in your supply chain?]]> “Comedy is acting out optimism.” – Robin Williams “Humour is everywhere, in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does.” – Bill Nye We’ve probably all been exposed to Jim Carrey showing the funny side of a supply chain risk in the classic Ace Ventura… But here’s a few other examples you might not … Continue reading Is there humour in your supply chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-there-humour-in-your-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:14 +0000
<![CDATA[IBM quizzes procurement role models in leading 2014 study]]> Procurious comments on the week’s top headlines The IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) 2014 Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Study examines the “journey to value” for procurement organisations. The survey covers more than 1,000 CPOs and senior procurement executives at global companies across 41 countries and details the specific procurement strategies that drive positive business results and bottom-line impact. … Continue reading IBM quizzes procurement role models in leading 2014 study

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ibm-quizzes-procurement-role-models-in-leading-2014-study Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Three key insights on the importance of SRM]]> Apple and General Motors are two massively successful American enterprises with rich yet starkly contrasting histories. Founded in 1976, Apple has exceeded a market capitalisation of $700B and has ascended to become the most valuable company in the world.  After leading global vehicle sales for 77 consecutive years in 2007, GM filed for bankruptcy in … Continue reading Three key insights on the importance of SRM

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/three-key-insights-on-the-importance-of-srm Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:14 +0000
<![CDATA[How to manage your email notifications]]> Here at Procurious we like to keep you informed, that’s why alongside network invites (and website notifications) you’ll also receive a selection of email newsletters designed to help you get the most from the site. You’ll already receive the weekly ‘Best of the blog’ newsletter. Here we highlight three of our biggest articles from the … Continue reading How to manage your email notifications

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-manage-your-email-notifications Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Where next for the automation revolution?]]> This is a guest post by Sandeep Kumar, Vice President at ITC Infotech and Head of the Business Consulting Group. The increasing automation of the supply chain has become a major talking point in recent years as technology continues to play a pivotal role in the way operations are run. The buzz is easy to … Continue reading Where next for the automation revolution?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/where-next-for-the-automation-revolution Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:13 +0000
<![CDATA[How do your products define your purchasing behaviour?]]> Jacques Adriaansen, ‎co-founder of Every Angle, explains the importance of tailoring your purchasing strategy to get the best possible results. The phrase ‘horses for courses’ is one that’s well worn, but it’s nonetheless particularly applicable for those looking to develop a robust purchasing strategy. Let’s be clear about this – getting your purchasing strategy right … Continue reading How do your products define your purchasing behaviour?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-your-products-define-your-purchasing-behaviour Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Get your Christmas logistics fix with this Euro Truck Simulator]]> Father Christmas is looking for logistic professionals who want to help out with Santa’s substantial delivery backlog.  Despite what fable tells us, Father Christmas/Santa/St. Nick is secretly a long-haul truck driver. The reindeer and sleigh are just a cover… sshh let’s keep this between us eh? Now you can make like Santa and get in … Continue reading Get your Christmas logistics fix with this Euro Truck Simulator

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/get-your-christmas-logistics-fix-with-this-euro-truck-simulator Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Santa’s supply chain: the challenge to build a new logistics solution]]> Operation Santa Claus: the results from 2014’s Unbelievable Challenge are in! The Unbelievable Challenge is an open architectural design competition open to young architects and designers to find the best idea for a logistics centre for Santa Claus. The competition was organized jointly by Ruukki Construction, the City of Oulu, Helsinki Design Week and the architecture and design … Continue reading Santa’s supply chain: the challenge to build a new logistics solution

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/santas-supply-chain-the-challenge-to-build-a-new-logistics-solution Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious favourite posts from 2014]]> Well that was the year that was… and we’ve had quite the journey! Despite our young age we’ve already secured a place in the final of the UK Blog Awards 2015 #UKBA15.  None of this would’ve been possible without sterling efforts from our guest bloggers, including: Gordon Donovan, John Viner-Smith, Helen Mackenzie, Elaine Porteous and more. … Continue reading Procurious favourite posts from 2014

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-favourite-posts-from-2014 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement – New Year, New Image]]> It’s very nearly time to wrap up for Christmas at Procurious HQ, but not before we’ve had our say on some of the key stories over the past week. If you haven’t thought of a procurement-related New Year’s resolution for 2015, why not join Procurious in aiming to change, improve and lift up the brand … Continue reading Procurement – New Year, New Image

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-new-year-new-image Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Job survival skills : get a grip on the numbers]]> There is fierce competition for the most interesting and challenging roles in procurement. Role content is constantly changing; procurement specialists and sourcing managers need to be more analytical and sharpen their finance skills.  Only being able to slice-and-dice spend data will not be enough.  Managers will expect you to be able to do a should-cost-analysis, … Continue reading Job survival skills : get a grip on the numbers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/job-survival-skills-get-a-grip-on-the-numbers Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Category approach, simply tactical excellence…]]> There is no single accepted global name or branding for what we are discussing here. It is category management, the sourcing process, the purchasing wheel, supply management or sourcing material group management. The philosophies of different companies and their purchasing departments have led to different definitions. To avoid confusion, I will use the term category … Continue reading Category approach, simply tactical excellence…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/category-approach-simply-tactical-excellence Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:11 +0000
<![CDATA[How to achieve the perfect work/life balance for a productive 2015]]> Gordon Donovan takes the opportunity to look back at 2014, and look forward to 2015 both in terms of what’s happening in procurement as well as some new year’s resolutions to consider for 2015.   What happened in 2014 Google has just released its year in search 2014. We searched for hope, fear, to understand, … Continue reading How to achieve the perfect work/life balance for a productive 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-achieve-the-perfect-worklife-balance-for-a-productive-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:11 +0000
<![CDATA[2015 will be about innovations in the logistics world]]> Looking ahead to 2015, KPMG’s global head of post and express predicts that the New Year will be about co-operation and relationship building. Not only that but understanding and utilising big data; drone and driverless deliveries and creating marketplaces to sell last mile solutions.  Justin Zatouroff begins:  “Co-operation is likely to be a critical feature for successful … Continue reading 2015 will be about innovations in the logistics world

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2015-will-be-about-innovations-in-the-logistics-world Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:11 +0000
<![CDATA[What makes a great Procurement boss?]]> As a bonus for the festive season, we have wrapped one final discussion from our forum. The discussion topic nicely links with other Procurious content you can catch up on and one of our key events next year. The Good or the Bad? What makes a great Procurement boss? What attributes a leader requires can … Continue reading What makes a great Procurement boss?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-makes-a-great-procurement-boss Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement in 2015 – A New Year’s Revolution?]]> A very Happy New Year from everyone at Procurious HQ. We hope you, like us, enjoyed the break, over-indulged on Christmas chocolate and good cheer and have come back to work refreshed and ready to make 2015 the year for procurement. We had some great content published over the holiday season, including some great ideas … Continue reading Procurement in 2015 – A New Year’s Revolution?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-in-2015-a-new-years-revolution Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Rakuten, Alibaba and Amazon: the battle of the electronic storefront]]> Will logistics issues and complications in the supply chain derail the great pretender(s) ascent to Amazon’s throne?  It’s been a good year for founder of the Chinese e-storefront Alibaba – Jack Ma. Ma made more money than anyone on 2014’s rich list – his wealth increased by a colossal 173 per cent ($18.5b) to a … Continue reading Rakuten, Alibaba and Amazon: the battle of the electronic storefront

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/rakuten-alibaba-and-amazon-the-battle-of-the-electronic-storefront Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:10 +0000
<![CDATA[5 point checklist for a great procurement boss]]> What are the qualities that make a great procurement boss? Gossip, scorekeeping and throwing you out of the office certainly don’t sound like the traits of a great leader… but read on and you may change your mind. I’ve been told that in this day and age employees choose bosses, not companies, when choosing their … Continue reading 5 point checklist for a great procurement boss

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-point-checklist-for-a-great-procurement-boss Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement: time to move through the gears?]]> That is the question that Deloitte’s 2014 Global CPO Survey posed… Something of a annual staple, the Deloitte Global CPO Survey report reflects the views of 239 chief procurement officers and company directors from 25 countries around the world. Of those CPOs polled, almost six in ten think their existing teams lack the necessary skills … Continue reading Procurement: time to move through the gears?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-time-to-move-through-the-gears Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Step up your networking game: the basics]]> It’s a New Year so what better time to step up your networking game and make a splash among your peers. Invest just a little time into sprucing up your Procurious profile and you have an effortless method of spreading your online influence. Is your profile up to scratch? First thing’s first, make sure you … Continue reading Step up your networking game: the basics

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<![CDATA[Are we falling out of love with the PQQ?]]> Are you someone who can’t live without two stages?  Do you quake in you boots at the thought of having too many tenders to score?  Are you like my colleagues in works; do you love a good old PQQ? Well thanks to the EU procurement directive, Scottish Construction Review and improving public procurement practice, the … Continue reading Are we falling out of love with the PQQ?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-falling-out-of-love-with-the-pqq Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:08 +0000
<![CDATA[What are the burning issues affecting retailers in 2015?]]> Black Friday was arguably an important time for retailers, but what about the fragile post-Christmas when retailers are more at risk? In retrospect it looks like Black Friday gave many high street retailers a much-needed shot in the arm. The last ONS retail sales report highlighted overall sales in November rose by 5.6 per cent … Continue reading What are the burning issues affecting retailers in 2015?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-are-the-burning-issues-affecting-retailers-in-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:08 +0000
<![CDATA[How falling oil prices are impacting Procurement and Supply Chain]]> How falling oil prices are impacting Procurement and Supply Chain According to the BBC, the price of Brent crude oil has fallen to a new six-year low this morning. The price of a barrel dropped by a further 3% to $48.54, its lowest level since April 2009. Goldman Sachs have also stated that they believe … Continue reading How falling oil prices are impacting Procurement and Supply Chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-falling-oil-prices-are-impacting-procurement-and-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:08 +0000
<![CDATA[7 gadgets to help improve your sleep]]> Suffering from back to work blues? Whether you’re putting on that extra layer to protect from the cold or basking in altogether warmer climes, January’s unlikely to ever win any accolades for favourite month of the year… To that end we’re providing you with a few good excuses to hide away and snuggle down for … Continue reading 7 gadgets to help improve your sleep

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<![CDATA[Do you have the soft skills to deliver on strategies?]]> Today we’re talking about soft skills.  We are all aware of the need for us all to be technically proficient at what we do, however more and more the drive for us is to drive and build relationships, indeed it’s often cited as one of the most important aspects of what we do. A recent … Continue reading Do you have the soft skills to deliver on strategies?

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<![CDATA[5 minutes on Procurious – a primer for new members]]> Following on from our call to step up your networking game, we’ve published a quick, digestible guide to spending five minutes on our network. If your Community Feed is looking a bit empty, then that big green ‘Build your Network’ button (1) is your friend…  We’ve waxed lyrical on the benefits of this tool in … Continue reading 5 minutes on Procurious – a primer for new members

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-minutes-on-procurious-a-primer-for-new-members Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:07 +0000
<![CDATA[The Oil Crisis for Dummies]]> I’m sure like me, most of you have watched with interest the price of oil plummet from well over $100 a barrel to below $50 a barrel in the space of just a few months. I’m quite sure that, like me, most of you have been in the dark as to why this is the … Continue reading The Oil Crisis for Dummies

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-oil-crisis-for-dummies Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:07 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s got you motivated in 2015?]]> Thanks to everyone who has been contributing to the Discussion forum, both in asking and answering questions. We really appreciate the contributions, as do those people who are posing the questions. As it’s a new year, we’ve picked out a few popular questions on topics you might be considering as part of your professional and … Continue reading What’s got you motivated in 2015?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-got-you-motivated-in-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:06 +0000
<![CDATA[What are the biggest global challenges in 2015?]]> WEF summit to look for answers to major global challenges. Water crises, interstate conflict and climate change number among the top risks that the world will face over the next twelve months. This is according to the Global Risks 2015 report that the World Economic Forum has readied ahead of its summit on 20 Jan. … Continue reading What are the biggest global challenges in 2015?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-are-the-biggest-global-challenges-in-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Does procurement have a role to play in cyber security?]]> In the past few months alone there has been a significant number of cyber attacks on high profile targets including Sony Pictures, celebrities’ phones and personal computers, and, just recently, an attack on the US Military Command’s Twitter account. Now, as the World Economic Forum labels emerging technologies as one of the major global risks … Continue reading Does procurement have a role to play in cyber security?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/does-procurement-have-a-role-to-play-in-cyber-security Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:06 +0000
<![CDATA[2014 a year to forget for McDonalds Japan]]> From the Great Fries Shortage to McNugget-Gate – 2014 was a tough procurement year for McDonalds Japan. Food rationing, emergency airlifts, contaminated meat scandals and cultural insensitivities. It sounds more like a review of a military organisation’s supply chain operations than that of a global fast food giant. However, as hard as it is to … Continue reading 2014 a year to forget for McDonalds Japan

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2014-a-year-to-forget-for-mcdonalds-japan Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply and demand is alive and well in the British toy industry]]> With sales at a four-year high, is it all fun and games for the British toy industry?  Toy Fair is the only dedicated toy, game and hobby trade exhibition in the UK. Through Jan 20-22 London’s Olympia opens its doors to the UK and European toy trade, as more than 260 companies debut their wares … Continue reading Supply and demand is alive and well in the British toy industry

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-and-demand-is-alive-and-well-in-the-british-toy-industry Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Oil’s dropped, when will my flights get cheaper?]]> Oil is at $47 a barrel, shouldn’t we all be flying for less? To answer this question I’d like to roll back the clock to 2012; a slimmer, less grey-haired version of me was working as a Procurement Specialist and had been tasked with renegotiating air travel, a category admittedly I knew little about… After … Continue reading Oil’s dropped, when will my flights get cheaper?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/oils-dropped-when-will-my-flights-get-cheaper Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Want to start your own ‘Group’ on Procurious?]]> So you’re a fully-registered Procurious member: you’re sharing stories with your peers, contributing to interesting discussion topics, brushing-up on your learning using our learning resources, yet you’re still craving more… Let us introduce you to our new Procurious Groups – the perfect haven to hang out with likeminded professionals around a core theme. Sergio Giordano … Continue reading Want to start your own ‘Group’ on Procurious?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/want-to-start-your-own-group-on-procurious Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Tim Cook: From Supply Chain Management to CEO]]> Is Apple CEO, Tim Cook, procurement’s greatest ambassador? One of the key goals of Procurious is to improve the image of our function. It’s fair to say procurement has received a bad wrap over the years. We’ve been dubbed corporate policemen, paper pushers, roadblocks, as well as a raft of other unflattering names we dare … Continue reading Tim Cook: From Supply Chain Management to CEO

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/from-supply-chain-management-to-ceo Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Quantitative Easing: What does it mean for the European economy?]]> Everything you ever wanted to know about Quantitative Easing but were too afraid to ask… The European Central Bank (ECB) announced this week it will inject 1.1 trillion (1,100,000,000,000) Euros into the floundering Eurozone economy. ECB President Mario Draghi suggested the move was made to “address heightened risks of too prolonged a period of low … Continue reading Quantitative Easing: What does it mean for the European economy?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/quantitative-easing-what-does-it-mean-for-the-european-economy Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:17:04 +0000
<![CDATA[How to break out of the mould and become an entrepreneur]]> We’re kicking off our #procuriousactive profile series with David Lawrence from Sydney. We’re profiling (and celebrating) some of our most-active members – Procurious thanks David for all of his support to-date!  Want to see your name in lights like David? New members should follow our primer to get more out of the site, while existing users … Continue reading How to break out of the mould and become an entrepreneur

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-break-out-of-the-mould-and-become-an-entrepreneur Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:21 +0000
<![CDATA[How to use Big Data to inform your commodity strategies]]> Have you ever wondered what all the fuss about this thing call “Big Data” is all about?  Of course we all have access to spend data don’t we?  So why are people getting themselves in such a lather about the whole Big Data thing? WARNING: ONCE YOU’VE PLUNGED INTO YOUR BIG DATA YOU MIGHT NEVER … Continue reading How to use Big Data to inform your commodity strategies

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-use-big-data-to-inform-your-commodity-strategies Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:20 +0000
<![CDATA[The WEF 2015 – where, why and what happened?]]> “Social media has created a historical shift from the historically powerful to the historically powerless. Now everyone has a voice.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO and Member of the Board, Facebook at the WEF, Davos, 2015 The World Economic Forum Unless you have been deliberately avoiding the news over the past week, you’ll be aware that The … Continue reading The WEF 2015 – where, why and what happened?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-wef-2015-where-why-and-what-happened Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Not your average product recall: improving retail safety]]> The safety expectations placed on suppliers in China are vastly different from those in the west. The growth of Internet giant, Alibaba has seen a new wave of  ‘made in China’ products reach the US, but are they safe? Buckyballs sweep the US In 2009 a new toy stormed the US market. Buckyballs – tiny, … Continue reading Not your average product recall: improving retail safety

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/not-your-average-product-recall-improving-retail-safety Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:19 +0000
<![CDATA[5 disruptive forces that will keep CPOs awake at night in 2015]]> CPOs around the world may have some sleepless nights in 2015 as they defend themselves and their companies against powerful disruptive forces. In the true spirit of social media, I’ll highlight just five of these disruptive forces and have created the convenient “METOO” acronym to cover – Markets, Ethics, Transparency, Optionality and Organisational alignment. 2015 … Continue reading 5 disruptive forces that will keep CPOs awake at night in 2015

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<![CDATA[Does bad weather have the power to impact procurement?]]> It’s too cold… I can’t work in here… my hands don’t work anymore. So uttered my girlfriend last night. Despite frantically working towards completing her PhD, the current freeze enveloping Granada had halted progress. As millions of people in the US Northeast braced for blizzard conditions accompanying Winter Storm Juno, Europe is freezing through another … Continue reading Does bad weather have the power to impact procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/does-bad-weather-have-the-power-to-impact-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Driving home for Christmas: the best road warrior tech]]> A selection of nifty gadgets, accessories and app for those on the go this festive period. Whether you’re melting in the Australian winter heat, navigating through dark icy highways, or winging it back to your family in business class – there’s something here for all types of traveller. Best protective case for your smartphone/tablet After … Continue reading Driving home for Christmas: the best road warrior tech

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/driving-home-for-christmas-the-best-road-warrior-tech Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:18 +0000
<![CDATA[In logistics? Take the ‘joined-up’ approach]]> Thanks to Maritime Transport and Fargo Systems for providing Procurious with this case study. The decision to implement Fargo Systems’ TOPS system back in 2004 was a turning point in the way the UK’s largest container transport company, Maritime Transport, approached its IT business model.  Fast forward ten years and Fargo Systems’ technology yields benefits … Continue reading In logistics? Take the ‘joined-up’ approach

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/in-logistics-take-the-joined-up-approach Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Why do we question, comment and discuss?]]> To answer this [question] we’re going to reflect on findings from a number of social network-specific research papers that have made themselves known to us. The Arma International Educational Foundation published its theories around ‘Social networks and their impact on records and information management’ in January 2011. For clarity, records and information management will be … Continue reading Why do we question, comment and discuss?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-do-we-question-comment-and-discuss Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chain finance schemes: a worrying new trend?]]> Diageo under fire for increasing payment terms The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has this week launched a scathing attack on beverage giant Diageo over its plans to extend supplier payment terms from 60 to 90 days in its UK business. Diageo let suppliers know, via a formal letter, that the payment terms changes would … Continue reading Supply chain finance schemes: a worrying new trend?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-finance-schemes-a-worrying-new-trend Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Packing for the future: big trends, digital print, sustainability]]> Stuart Kellock, Owner of Label Apeel shares his thoughts on digital print, the next big trends and whether being sustainable is still crucial for business. What is next for digital print? In labels and packaging the next step has got to be educating the end user, the marketeers and the brand owners about what is available … Continue reading Packing for the future: big trends, digital print, sustainability

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/packing-for-the-future-big-trends-digital-print-sustainability Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Should you ever rehire an ex-employee?]]> When you rehire an ex-employee, especially one that was a star, it looks like you are getting a great deal. What you see is what you get. They understand your business and its own unique culture, are immediately productive and bring industry knowledge and new ideas. The best-case scenario is when an employee wants to … Continue reading Should you ever rehire an ex-employee?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/should-you-ever-rehire-an-ex-employee Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:15 +0000
<![CDATA[The benefits of social networking]]> Networking… It’s a maligned term that often sits alongside exercising and dieting as things that we know in our hearts we should do, but never seem to get around to.  Well, we’re here to tell you it needn’t be so. In this post we are going to point out some simple tips that will make … Continue reading The benefits of social networking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-benefits-of-social-networking Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:13 +0000
<![CDATA[What is going on with the Swiss franc?]]> In a move that has hurt skiers, chocolate lovers and international investment banks alike, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) decided on January 15th to unpeg the country’s currency, the franc, from the euro. Update – Since the time of writing the Swiss National Bank has signalled it will target a new exchange rate band, to … Continue reading What is going on with the Swiss franc?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-is-going-on-with-the-swiss-franc Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:12 +0000
<![CDATA[PwC on business intelligence systems and organisational change]]> 50 per cent of the costs of public sector administration and service delivery are incurred through procurement. Contracts are getting more complex. More is expected of them. BiP Solutions know this and as a result have enjoyed considerable success with their Procurex Live brand.  The 2015 dates for these procurement exhibition, conference and training events have … Continue reading PwC on business intelligence systems and organisational change

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/pwc-on-business-intelligence-systems-and-organisational-change Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:12 +0000
<![CDATA[The battle for sustainable palm oil]]> In another life, I was an extra on Home and Away (an Aussie soap opera) something I was put onto by a university friend. Despite receiving critical acclaim (from my mother) for my role as the ‘front desk operator’ at the Summer Bay Gym, I decided to leave the bright lights of showbiz and pursue … Continue reading The battle for sustainable palm oil

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-battle-for-sustainable-palm-oil Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:11 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s procurement like in your part of the world?]]> At the time of writing Procurious boasts members from 100+ countries, is yours represented? We’re truly global Yes we may keep a map of the world on the wall at Procurious HQ… What of it? From Azerbaijan to Zambia, Procurious members circle the world! If you’re just casually browsing the site, why not join up … Continue reading What’s procurement like in your part of the world?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-procurement-like-in-your-part-of-the-world Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:11 +0000
<![CDATA[What is a Purchasing Managers Index? PMI explained]]> You may have heard of the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in the media recently and questioned what it was. The index was used on Monday to show a slowing in China’s manufacturing sector and again on Wednesday when discussing the strength of the Canadian economy. Here is a brief run down on exactly what the … Continue reading What is a Purchasing Managers Index? PMI explained

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-is-a-purchasing-managers-index-pmi-explained Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Born in the USA: the little phone that could]]> Will a streamlined supply chain give a small manufacturer just enough of an edge to take on the big boys?  A new combatant is suiting-up and joining the fierce smartphone battleground… Wave hello to BLU Products, its newest Android smartphone – the Vivo Air, measures in at an impossibly thin 5.1mm thick and 3.5 ounces … Continue reading Born in the USA: the little phone that could

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/born-in-the-usa-the-little-phone-that-could Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:10 +0000
<![CDATA[How to navigate the tricky path to procurement accreditation]]> At Procurious, we are all about changing the face of procurement and encouraging and engaging with the next generation of procurement professionals. Discussion wraps allow us to consolidate the knowledge of the whole community and keep the conversation going on the key issues and themes. Achieving and Leveraging Professional Accreditation People are constantly looking to … Continue reading How to navigate the tricky path to procurement accreditation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-navigate-the-tricky-path-to-procurement-accreditation Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:10 +0000
<![CDATA[How to reap the benefits of the conference circuit]]> At Procurious, we’re obviously big advocates for online social networking, we’ve outlined the career and personal benefits of partaking here, here and here. However, we want to use this blog post to remind you all of the importance of incorporating traditional face-to-face events and conferences into your networking program. Should you need any convincing, we’ve listed some of the … Continue reading How to reap the benefits of the conference circuit

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<![CDATA[Influencing skills can be learnt – start now]]> Last week a leading Chief Procurement Officer said that up to 80 per cent of a CPO’s time is spent influencing internal stakeholders.  What does that mean for the ambitious procurement professional?   It means that besides having top class technical skills and experience, to get ahead you need to be a sales person as well. … Continue reading Influencing skills can be learnt – start now

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/influencing-skills-can-be-learnt-start-now Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Straw houses: no need to fear the Big Bad Wolf]]> We’re all familiar with the tale of the three little pigs and how the Big Bad Wolf blew down the first little pig’s house, a questionable dwelling built entirely from straw. Apart from having us wonder how it stood up in the first place without a frame, we all grew up knowing that a house … Continue reading Straw houses: no need to fear the Big Bad Wolf

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/straw-houses-no-need-to-fear-the-big-bad-wolf Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:08 +0000
<![CDATA[5 ways for procurement to make sure communities “feel the love”]]> The words “love” + “procurement” aren’t often seen together, but here at Procurious we’re hard at work changing the face of procurement. As part of a Valentine’s Day special, our founder, Tania Seary (who has a long-standing love affair with all things procurement), is exploring ways that procurement professionals can ensure everyone they touch can … Continue reading 5 ways for procurement to make sure communities “feel the love”

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-ways-for-procurement-to-make-sure-communities-feel-the-love Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Generation ‘Why’? Debunking the Millennial Myth]]> Professional Services firm, PwC estimates that by 2016 almost 80 per cent of its workforce will be Millennials. In light of this frankly staggering statistic we would like to dispel some of the myths that surround the ’next generation’ of procurement professionals. Who are the Millennials? A Millennial is the term attributed to someone born … Continue reading Generation ‘Why’? Debunking the Millennial Myth

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/generation-why-debunking-the-millennial-myth Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:07 +0000
<![CDATA[DHL talk key packaging trends of 2015]]> Ahead of the UK’s biggest packaging event later this month Paul Young – Head of Packaging Services at DHL Supply Chain, shared his thoughts on future packaging trends with Procurious.  Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 25-26 February 2015, Packaging Innovations 2015 will bring together the very best in the packaging and print industry from right across the globe. … Continue reading DHL talk key packaging trends of 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dhl-talk-key-packaging-trends-of-2015 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Hey! Procurement – make your customers “feel the love”!]]> Important lessons from Gustave H and the Grand Budapest Hotel A quick office survey revealed that no matter how much the boss likes it, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is not exactly everyone’s idea of a great movie. However, the adventures of Gustave H; a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of … Continue reading Hey! Procurement – make your customers “feel the love”!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hey-procurement-make-your-customers-feel-the-love Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Meeting of minds in pharmaceutical purchasing]]> The Beyond Group AG (“TBG”) will be launching its 2015 Productivity-in-Pharma Think Tank, building on the success of their 2014 gathering of minds of senior procurement leaders in the industry. Kicking off in Frankfurt Germany on April 21, three separate day-long sessions (concluding in September) will help frame the discussion of what is the future … Continue reading Meeting of minds in pharmaceutical purchasing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/meeting-of-minds-in-pharmaceutical-purchasing Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Sustainable and Social Procurement – Are We Doing Enough?]]> Even though sustainable and social procurement are currently high-profile topics, it’s been hard to get people excited about them. This is down in part to a lack of consensus on what they are and what people should be doing on a day-to-day basis. The question is how can we, as procurement professionals, change this? What … Continue reading Sustainable and Social Procurement – Are We Doing Enough?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sustainable-and-social-procurement-are-we-doing-enough-2 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Are we going to run out of chocolate?]]> Last week I warned that the increases in value of the Swiss franc could spell troubled times for chocolate lovers. Unfortunately, this week I have more troubling news about our favourite sweet treat… In its 2015 report, the Earth Security Group (a company that provides intelligence on managing global resource risks) points out that we … Continue reading Are we going to run out of chocolate?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-going-to-run-out-of-chocolate Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:05 +0000
<![CDATA[7 ways to inject love back into your supplier relationship]]> As part of a Valentine’s Day special, our founder, Tania Seary (who has a long-standing love affair with all things procurement), is exploring ways that procurement professionals can ensure everyone they touch can “feel the love”. So far we’ve covered community and stakeholders…. now to focus our attentions on our favourite audience of all – … Continue reading 7 ways to inject love back into your supplier relationship

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/7-ways-to-inject-love-back-into-your-supplier-relationship Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:04 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s procurement like in your part of the world? – South Africa (Elaine Porteous)]]> Procurious showed you its map of the world last week, marked with where all our members come from, and asked what procurement was like in your part of the world. Following on from looking at Scotland, Italy and the USA, Elaine Porteous tells us what procurement is like in her home country – South Africa. … Continue reading What’s procurement like in your part of the world? – South Africa (Elaine Porteous)

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<![CDATA[State of Flux Technologies introduces SRM technology brand]]> Reinforcing their focus on supplier management software, State of Flux Technologies launches a new name and brand – Statess. Following a year of increased growth and investment on their supplier management platform, State of Flux Technologies celebrated the launch of its new name and brand Statess (pronounced State-ess) with clients, procurement leaders and industry experts … Continue reading State of Flux Technologies introduces SRM technology brand

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/state-of-flux-technologies-introduces-srm-technology-brand Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:03 +0000
<![CDATA[The CIPS Risk Index Explained]]> Following on from our review of the Purchasing Managers Index (or PMI) last week, Procurious continues its look into procurement performance indicators. This week we are focusing on the CIPS Risk Index.  The CIPS Risk Index is a tool developed by CIPS and powered by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). It has been designed to give … Continue reading The CIPS Risk Index Explained

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-cips-risk-index-explained Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Closed for business: US West Coast ports shutdown amid dispute]]> Supply chains across America are facing up to six months’ disruption after 29 ports on the US West Coast, including the two busiest ports in the country, were partially shutdown over the weekend. An on-going dispute between the Pacific Maritime Authority (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) over contracts and working conditions, has led … Continue reading Closed for business: US West Coast ports shutdown amid dispute

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/closed-for-business-us-west-coast-ports-shutdown-amid-dispute Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Rolls-Royce accused of ‘buying the business’]]> The Financial Times newspaper reports that a former executive of the Brazilian state owned oil company Petrobras has accused British engineering company Rolls-Royce of bribery.  The newspaper claims (with supporting court documents) that Rolls-Royce paid bribes in excess of $200,000 USD to the former Petrobras employee in order to secure lucrative engineering contracts for gas … Continue reading Rolls-Royce accused of ‘buying the business’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/rolls-royce-accused-of-buying-the-business Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Work-life balance & job satisfaction more important than salary to procurement workers]]> Work-life balance and job satisfaction trump salary as the most important aspects of working life – according to recruitment specialist REED. Breakdown across the ages reveals changing priorities when it comes to work and play. With research revealing that workers in procurement roles rate work-life balance and job satisfaction as more important than salary, recruitment specialist … Continue reading Work-life balance & job satisfaction more important than salary to procurement workers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/work-life-balance-job-satisfaction-more-important-than-salary-to-procurement-workers Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Latest trends in the procurement outsourcing service provider landscape]]> Want to know the latest procurement growth and adoption trends in Europe? How about service provider positioning, and solution characteristics of Europe-focused contracts too? You can find all of that in the new report by Everest Group. The report, titled: “Procurement Outsourcing Service Provider Landscape for Europe with PEAKMatrix Assessment” deep-dives into the following: Overview and adoption … Continue reading Latest trends in the procurement outsourcing service provider landscape

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/latest-trends-in-the-procurement-outsourcing-service-provider-landscape Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Super Bowl XLIX: did it pay off for the advertisers?]]> Feeling a bit tired this morning? You might be one of the estimated 4 million Brits who watched the Super Bowl last night? Don’t worry, no spoilers here for those who have recorded it! If you did watch the game, or have been following the coverage over the last week, you will have heard almost … Continue reading Super Bowl XLIX: did it pay off for the advertisers?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/super-bowl-xlix-did-it-pay-off-for-the-advertisers Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:00 +0000
<![CDATA[How to use Filters to find exactly what you’re looking for]]> Using filters to get tailored search results Nope we’re not talking water filters, Instagram filters, or the type of filters needed for your broadband – let us introduce you to the filters that will turbocharge your search experience on Procurious (and you thought filters were boring…!) No matter where you are on the site,  the Procurious … Continue reading How to use Filters to find exactly what you’re looking for

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-use-filters-to-find-exactly-what-youre-looking-for Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Chinese New Year – What you need to know]]> The world’s largest human migration is well underway as more than 3 billion trips are made by students, migrant workers and office employees journeying home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Spanning a total of 15 days, Chinese New Year – also known as the Spring Festival – is the longest and most important national holiday … Continue reading Chinese New Year – What you need to know

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/chinese-new-year-what-you-need-to-know Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:59 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s procurement like in Wales? Helen Rees answers]]> Procurious members and networker extraordinaire – Helen Rees, fills us in on what procurement is like in Wales. Helen, over to you! How do you think procurement differs in your country, as opposed to elsewhere in the world? Personally I think that the Welsh approach to encouraging Small to medium enterprises (SME’s) to tender for … Continue reading What’s procurement like in Wales? Helen Rees answers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-procurement-like-in-wales-helen-rees-answers Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:59 +0000
<![CDATA[What can basketball teach us about hiring decisions?]]> Would you a hire generalist over someone who specialises? While flying last week, I listened to a HBR podcast that discussed Google’s approach to talent selection and management. One of the first topics of discussion was Google’s preference for hiring ‘generalists’ over ‘specialists’. Google’s partiality for generalists stems from the fast changing nature of its … Continue reading What can basketball teach us about hiring decisions?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-can-basketball-teach-us-about-hiring-decisions Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Jon Hansen on building your procurement social media footprint]]> Last week I received the following Tweet: @piblogger1 Lots of #Procurement pros keen to build #socialmedia profile but not sure where to start. Any tips for #Twitter success? The timing for the above query was notable because on the same day, I received a message in LinkedIn from an industry sales representative asking a similar … Continue reading Jon Hansen on building your procurement social media footprint

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/jon-hansen-on-building-your-procurement-social-media-footprint Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:58 +0000
<![CDATA[New role for former Procter and Gamble CPO]]> Rick Hughes, the former CPO of Procter and Gamble, has accepted a new role at GEP, a procurement software, outsourcing and consultancy firm. After a stellar 31 year career at P&G, one of the world’s most recognisable brands, Hughes will take on an advisory role with GEP that will see him provide advice on procurement … Continue reading New role for former Procter and Gamble CPO

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-role-for-former-pg-cpo Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[The iCar cometh: Is Apple about to diversify its supply chain further?]]> First the iMac, then the iPod, iPhone, iPad and the smartwatch – is the iCar next? It might seem a bit far-fetched to think that the company that has revolutionised the way we communicate would expand into the electric car market, but reports in the past week suggest that we might see an Apple car … Continue reading The iCar cometh: Is Apple about to diversify its supply chain further?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-icar-cometh-is-apple-about-to-diversify-its-supply-chain-further Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Spend Under Management – What does that even mean?]]> When CEOs and CFOs look at procurement metrics, one figure stands out: savings. However, when we as procurement people look internally and attempt to analyse the performance and effectiveness of our own function – ‘spend under management’ is normally the metric we turn to and I’m not convinced this is a smart move. I’m not … Continue reading Spend Under Management – What does that even mean?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/spend-under-management-what-does-that-even-mean Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Know someone who is curious about Procurious? Share our ‘What is Procurious?’ video]]> As a member of Procurious, you have shown yourself to be one of the first-movers of the procurement and supply chain profession: You’re globally connected, you’re innovative, you’re influential and you’re in-the-know.   We want to send out a big thank-you for being a part of Procurious – a healthy community thrives on its members, … Continue reading Know someone who is curious about Procurious? Share our ‘What is Procurious?’ video

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/know-someone-who-is-curious-about-procurious-share-our-what-is-procurious-video Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Late payments are forcing directors to take salary cuts]]> A new report has revealed that businesses are being paid at least one month later than agreed, and company directors are taking salary cuts to mitigate the impact. One in five directors has been forced to take a salary cut to avoid their firm going out of business due to late payments. Tracy Ewen, managing … Continue reading Late payments are forcing directors to take salary cuts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/late-payments-are-forcing-directors-to-take-salary-cuts Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Negotiations needn’t be tricky – how to best prepare]]> Negotiation is a critical skill, not just in business, but also in our personal lives. Whether it’s readjusting contract terms with a supplier, discussing your next pay raise or organising where to go on your upcoming family holiday, the way we negotiate has a direct impact on where we’re headed in life. However, entering into … Continue reading Negotiations needn’t be tricky – how to best prepare

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/negotiations-neednt-be-tricky-how-to-best-prepare Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Zero Hours Contracts have “protected UK from European unemployment levels”]]> Recently-released figures show the number of people reporting to be employed on a Zero Hours Contract has risen to 697,000. That’s 2.3 per cent of the workforce, in 2014… We’ve been provided expert comment from Christian May, Head of Communications and Campaigns at the Institute of Directors – here is what Christian has to say: “There … Continue reading Zero Hours Contracts have “protected UK from European unemployment levels”

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/zero-hours-contracts-have-protected-uk-from-european-unemployment-levels Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:55 +0000
<![CDATA[China removes world’s leading technology brands from approved state purchase lists]]> A Reuters report released on Friday has confirmed the Chinese government has implemented procurement restrictions on its agencies preventing them from buying US produced technology products. The report outlined that US Companies like Apple and Cisco no longer appear on the list of approved technology vendors Chinese government agencies can purchase from. But Why? Two theories … Continue reading China removes world’s leading technology brands from approved state purchase lists

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/china-removes-worlds-leading-technology-brands-from-approved-state-purchase-lists Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:55 +0000
<![CDATA[C-Suite reluctant to stick their head in the Clouds]]> UK businesses are reluctant to stick their head in the Clouds, says KPMG. A global study of almost 2,100 contracts covering deals worth £7.8 billion suggests that Cloud-based services are failing to capture the popular imagination of UK businesses.  It also suggests that organisations are increasing the level of IT services they outsource to improve … Continue reading C-Suite reluctant to stick their head in the Clouds

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/c-suite-reluctant-to-stick-their-head-in-the-clouds Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Are direct and indirect spend classifications relevant any more?]]> Like many before me, I started out in procurement without knowing much about what procurement actually was. One of my meetings in my first week as a graduate procurement analyst was with the head of direct spend. I entered his office with no idea of what direct spend was and left an hour later no … Continue reading Are direct and indirect spend classifications relevant any more?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-direct-and-indirect-spend-classifications-relevant-any-more Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:54 +0000
<![CDATA[What can board games teach us about procurement?]]> I was listening to a HBR podcast a couple of weeks ago and it highlighted several parallels between games and business strategy… We have probably all played Monopoly at one time or another (it was a Christmas staple in my household)… Well, when it was first designed it was meant to be a teaching tool … Continue reading What can board games teach us about procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-can-board-games-teach-us-about-procurement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:53 +0000
<![CDATA[The UK High Street – terminal decline or natural change?]]> Another traditional high street store has announced store closures due to falling revenues and profits – is this the latest step in the terminal decline of the UK high street? UK chocolate retailer Thorntons has reported a fall in revenues for the six months to January 2015 of 8 per cent to £128.2m. This comes … Continue reading The UK High Street – terminal decline or natural change?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-uk-high-street-terminal-decline-or-natural-change Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Apple the industry’s whipping boy when it comes to supply chain culpability?]]> Prompted by a post on Procurious by Kate Nicholl, I sat down and watched the BBC’s Panorama program that discussed some disturbing practices in the much-lauded supply chain of Apple, the worlds most valuable company. The BBC Panorama investigation originally aired Dec 2014, it has since been shown in Australia on ABC’s Four Corners. The … Continue reading Is Apple the industry’s whipping boy when it comes to supply chain culpability?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/1999 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Robotics in the supply chain will enhance humans, not replace them]]> The mind of the machine Could automation actually lead to humans enhancing their skills, and ultimately enable them to perform their job functions better? Discover how Jon Gibson (Head of Logistics at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co) believes the growth of robotics and automation in the supply chain will actually enhance the role humans play, … Continue reading Robotics in the supply chain will enhance humans, not replace them

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/robotics-in-the-supply-chain-will-enhance-humans-not-replace-them Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Accenture acquire Brazilian supply analytics firm Gapso]]> Management consultancy Accenture, announced last week it had acquired the Brazilian supply chain analytics firm Gapso. The merger will see the Brazilian firm’s operations integrated into Accenture’s Analytics division. Analysts have suggested the decision by Accenture to purchase Gapso will benefit the firm in two ways. The first is that it will provide a solid … Continue reading Accenture acquire Brazilian supply analytics firm Gapso

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/accenture-acquire-brazilian-supply-analytics-firm-gapso Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Receiving too many notifications? Show your inbox who’s boss!]]> We’ve had a few emails from Procurious members asking how to better tailor email notifications to suit their preferences. Take control back and customise the notifications you see by following our quick tips. We provide you with the option (by default) to be notified whenever a fellow Procurious member invites you to connect, accepts your … Continue reading Receiving too many notifications? Show your inbox who’s boss!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/receiving-too-many-notifications-show-your-inbox-whos-boss Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:51 +0000
<![CDATA[How Generation Y is shaking up retail and digital marketing]]> It is expected that by 2026 the main consumers of luxury will be millennials (or generation Y). This is notable for two reasons… The ways in which we consume digital content is steadily changing, and our newfound reliance on social networks will also have a profound effect on our shopping habits. This is a guest blog post from … Continue reading How Generation Y is shaking up retail and digital marketing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-generation-y-is-shaking-up-retail-and-digital-marketing Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:50 +0000
<![CDATA[You’ve got two ears and one mouth: why listening is critical in negotiation]]> Last week I kicked off a series of articles aimed at helping you to prepare for your next negotiation. You can read the first entry around strategising and preparing yourself to negotiate here. Today we are going to address the other side of the equation as we look to understand the motivations of the person/people … Continue reading You’ve got two ears and one mouth: why listening is critical in negotiation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/youve-got-two-ears-and-one-mouth-why-listening-is-critical-in-negotiation Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Moving on up: the ascendency of the Chief Procurement Officer]]> It’s been a big few weeks for the ascendency of the CPO. Since Procurious ran this post discussing Tim Cook’s rise through the supply chain ranks to the top job at Apple, we have seen two more procurement professionals ascend to top position at major businesses. Honda Last week saw the Honda Motor Company promote … Continue reading Moving on up: the ascendency of the Chief Procurement Officer

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/moving-on-up-the-ascendency-of-the-chief-procurement-officer Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:49 +0000
<![CDATA[What is procurement like in your country? Next stop – Ukraine]]> Procurement expert, former CPO and current Procurement consultant, Elena Kononenko, talks about the profession in her home country of Ukraine. How do you think procurement differs in your country, as opposed to elsewhere in the world? Up until April 2013, procurement in the Ukraine was mainly focused on reverse auctions (which were used poorly, causing … Continue reading What is procurement like in your country? Next stop – Ukraine

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-is-procurement-like-in-your-country-next-stop-ukraine-2 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:49 +0000
<![CDATA[International Women’s Day: it’s time to tackle career stereotypes]]> It’s time to tackle career stereotypes and get more women to enter ‘male professions’. The lack of women in typically male professions like engineering is being highlighted ahead of this weekend’s International Women’s Day (Sunday 8 March). Currently, just six per cent of engineers are female, one of the lowest percentages in Europe. And women … Continue reading International Women’s Day: it’s time to tackle career stereotypes

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/international-womens-day-its-time-to-tackle-career-stereotypes Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Fighting for the animal’s right in the food chain]]> The Sunday roast, the Christmas turkey dinner and the summer BBQ – most of us enjoy meat as part of our diet. But do we give enough consideration to animal welfare in the supply chain? For many people, meat plays a part in most meals during a week. Traditionally, the Sunday roast was a time … Continue reading Fighting for the animal’s right in the food chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/fighting-for-the-animals-right-in-the-food-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:48 +0000
<![CDATA[The need for speed: clothing ‘sweatshops’ in the UK]]> Garment workers getting paid £3 an hour, it’s a claim we’ve sadly become accustomed to over recent years. As our appetite for fast fashion and low prices continues to grow, clothing retailers continue their search for cheaper and faster ways to produce the clothes we wear. Although these disturbing headlines are becoming more frequent, we … Continue reading The need for speed: clothing ‘sweatshops’ in the UK

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-need-for-speed-clothing-sweatshops-in-the-uk Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:48 +0000
<![CDATA[New initiative champions best practice to recruit and retain female professionals]]> More needs to be done to recruit and retain women and last Sunday’s International Women’s Day was just the start… The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has joined forces with Prospect, the trade union representing professionals in the UK, to announce a new joint working group to help companies recruit and retain more women … Continue reading New initiative champions best practice to recruit and retain female professionals

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-initiative-champions-best-practice-to-recruit-and-retain-female-professionals Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:47 +0000
<![CDATA[“Help! Why does my boss want me to do a capability assessment?”]]> Picture this – you manage a team with a mixed bag of competencies and you are very aware that skill gaps need to be identified and addressed before they frustrate the execution of your strategy. You decide that rather than hiring externally, you’re going to upskill your existing team with a smart mixture of formal … Continue reading “Help! Why does my boss want me to do a capability assessment?”

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/help-why-does-my-boss-want-me-to-do-a-capability-assessment Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Marks & Spencer’s future lies in its supply chain]]> Marks & Spencer, once the darling of Britain’s high street, has developed a reputation in recent years for tired stores and even more tired fashion. However, the company believes that a supply chain revival will turn this perception around. As part of broader supply chain optimisation project, M&S has elected to bring a significant amount … Continue reading Marks & Spencer’s future lies in its supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mark-spencers-future-lies-in-its-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Top five ways mindfulness can help you in the workplace]]> A new study has revealed that cases of anxiety and stress are on the rise and taking their toll on our careers – in fact, other than being poorly, stress and depression are listed as the top reason people take time off work with one in five respondents admitting to taking time off work due … Continue reading Top five ways mindfulness can help you in the workplace

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/top-five-ways-mindfulness-can-help-you-in-the-workplace Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Industrial action is over, but trouble continues for US ports]]> The first blog I wrote on Procurious was about McDonald’s horror year in 2014. One of many glaring supply chain issues for the fast food giant was its mismanagement of the industrial action that took place at ports on the US west coast in 2014. This week something sparked me to go back and see … Continue reading Industrial action is over, but trouble continues for US ports

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/industrial-action-is-over-but-trouble-continues-for-us-ports Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Blast off! NASA announce new procurement chief]]> In what may be one of the most interesting jobs in procurement, NASA has announced that Kaprice Harris will take office in the space agency’s Executive Service position of Procurement Officer and chief of the Procurement Division. Harris started her career at the NASA in 1996 and has held various roles both within and outside … Continue reading Blast off! NASA announce new procurement chief

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/blast-off-nasa-announce-new-procurement-chief Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:45 +0000
<![CDATA[How much do you really know about logistics?]]> We’ve created a fun little quiz to test your knowledge of all things logistics. Interflow Logistics has given Procurious an insight into a typical 24 hours in the life of a logistic company. View a 24-hour snapshot of Europe’s logistic industry. The infographic is filled with facts (some surprising!) that demonstrate just how important the … Continue reading How much do you really know about logistics?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-much-do-you-really-know-about-logistics Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Gravitas skills are key to unlocking door to boardrooms for women]]> Less than 25 per cent of board members of FTSE 100 companies are women… Britain’s boardrooms would change from ‘male and pale’ if more would-be leaders learnt to develop the skill of gravitas, according to author and leadership communications coach, Antoinette Dale Henderson.  Antoinette regularly speaks on leadership identity, influencing with integrity, building inner confidence … Continue reading Gravitas skills are key to unlocking door to boardrooms for women

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/gravitas-skills-are-key-to-unlocking-door-to-boardrooms-for-women Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts]]> Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year – Fabienne Lesbros, CPO, Britvic Soft Drinks Fabienne Lesbros started her procurement career in 1991 on the Channel Tunnel project. Since then she has worked across a number of sectors and industries, procuring for well-known companies such as Future Electronics and GlaxoSmithKline, before being appointed CPO … Continue reading How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-achieve-award-winning-procurement-learn-from-the-experts Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Nurturing new talent – the lure of the graduate]]> Procurious is in Cardiff for Procurement Week. Are you attending?Come and join our #PW2015 group! Today we’ve heard from Chris Nye of Axiom. Axiom is a service-driven business, specialising in the medical, industrial, and military fields. In just a couple of years Axiom has doubled its workforce and trebled its turnover – and as any … Continue reading Nurturing new talent – the lure of the graduate

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/nurturing-new-talent-the-lure-of-the-graduate Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Internet retailer Amazon on putting people first]]> Work hard, have fun, make history Procurious is at Procurement Week 2015 in Cardiff – ahead of our exclusive interview with Amazon’s Gary Elsey – Operations Manager for Amazon.co.uk, we present some bite-size tidbits into Amazon’s people-centric philosophy. Amazon in 1995 – started life an online bookstore (VHS, DVDs, CDs etc. came later), but at … Continue reading Internet retailer Amazon on putting people first

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/internet-retailer-amazon-on-putting-people-first Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:43 +0000
<![CDATA[How to secure trust when procuring across borders]]> Trust is the foundation of all good relationships. When sourcing across borders and cultures, the key variable between a successful and unsuccessful procurement strategy is trust. Trust includes reliability, truth, honesty, credibility, competency and predictability. If it is absent, commitment wanes and frustrations, misunderstandings and missed opportunities ensue. Procuring across borders: Do you have trust … Continue reading How to secure trust when procuring across borders

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-secure-trust-when-procuring-across-borders Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:43 +0000
<![CDATA[How can we procure in a smarter way?]]> The need for smarter procurement Procurious is in Cardiff for Procurement Week 2015. We sat in on the 4th FAPPE (Faster Adoption of Public Procurement in Europe) Meeting where the group discussed  pertinent issues that need addressing when deciding on a roadmap for smarter procurement. We’ve taken these concerns and have chosen to present them … Continue reading How can we procure in a smarter way?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-can-we-procure-in-a-smarter-way Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovation in the public sector: the rise of the smart, super connected city]]> How are we innovating in the public sector? Procurious is here at Procurement Week 2015 in Cardiff. We have heard from Jim Smart – Head of Digital Cardiff, on the challenges that public procurement is facing in order to lay down the infrastructure that leads to innovation. Cardiff is a city primed for growth, and it’s … Continue reading Innovation in the public sector: the rise of the smart, super connected city

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/innovation-in-the-public-sector-the-rise-of-the-smart-super-connected-city Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Is the electronic market the answer to procurement headaches?]]> Procurious is in Cardiff for Procurement Week 2015. Answering our call of ‘what are other countries doing to innovate in procurement?’ We were given the opportunity to hear from Michal Ohrabio from Anasoft.  In Slovakia procurers are looking towards the Slovak Electronic Market (or the ‘Gov eBay’ as it’s more commonly referred to ). This online portal … Continue reading Is the electronic market the answer to procurement headaches?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-the-electronic-market-the-answer-to-procurement-headaches Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Diageo backs out of payment term extensions]]> I recently wrote this post on Procurious about Diageo’s decision to alter its payment terms with UK suppliers. The overwhelming majority of you were vehemently against the practice of lengthening payment terms to pump up buyer’s coffers at the expense of suppliers. Well it seems that Diageo, with a little encouragement from the UK government, … Continue reading Diageo backs out of payment term extensions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/diageo-backs-out-of-payment-term-extensions Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:41 +0000
<![CDATA[How do you go about transforming a bribery-entrenched culture?]]> Procurious has been in Cardiff attending Procurement Week 2015. We heard from Simone Davina General Counsel & Company Secretary at Siemens Netherlands, on the challenges of rooting out bribery and rebuilding trust. Inspired by Simone’s words, we set about charting Siemens’ course on its road to recovery. Read on to see how it reversed the damage … Continue reading How do you go about transforming a bribery-entrenched culture?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-you-go-about-transforming-a-bribery-entrenched-culture Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:41 +0000
<![CDATA[How do you define trust in the supply chain?]]> Following on from our examination into the Siemens bribery scandal,  we’ve compiled some of the excellent community discussion on the subject of trust in the supply chain. How do you define trust in the supply chain? Trust is a major factor when choosing suppliers, as well as staying with them for years. In a prior … Continue reading How do you define trust in the supply chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-you-define-trust-in-the-supply-chain Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Coca-Cola announces new CPO]]> There is movement at the top of the Coca-Cola procurement organisation. The company announced earlier this week that Darlene Nicosia will take over the role of CPO of the Coca-Cola Company from Ronald Lewis who is moving into a new role as the senior vice president of Coca-Cola Enterprises (a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company). … Continue reading Coca-Cola announces new CPO

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/coca-cola-announces-new-cpo Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:40 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s the real impact of the UK 2015 budget on procurement?]]> Last Thursday, UK Chancellor George Osborne outlined his fifth and final budget for the current parliament. Many analysts viewed this budget as pivotal as it helps to highlight the state of the economy in the run up to the General Election in May. For many others, however, the pre-election budget amounts to no more than political … Continue reading What’s the real impact of the UK 2015 budget on procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/news Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Why aren’t more procurement teams using capability assessments?]]> Procurement is the fastest-growing sector in the Asia-Pacific with a rapidly-emerging talent gap problem. Procurement leaders are well-aware of the existing “war for talent”, particularly in a profession that still suffers from a lack of targeted higher-education courses. The role of on-the-job training is therefore vital, yet budgets are limited, with an average of $3000 … Continue reading Why aren’t more procurement teams using capability assessments?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-arent-more-procurement-teams-using-capability-assessments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:09:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Digital Transformation: The Bigger Picture]]> The Hackett Group’s research shows that addressing the impact of digital transformation on business has become the most critical imperative for enterprises in every industry. What exactly is digital transformation?  The Hackett Group defines enterprise digital transformation as: “the creation of business value by improving customer experiences, operational efficiency and agility by fundamentally changing the way … Continue reading Digital Transformation: The Bigger Picture

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/digital-transformation-the-bigger-picture Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:06:42 +0000
<![CDATA[The 4 Most Common Blockchain Criticisms – Busted]]> Blockchain technology is often criticised for its perceived limitations. But how much truth is there behind the accusations?  We’re told that Blockchain is overhyped, it’s no big deal, it has some serious limitations and, whilst it might be a pretty cool piece of technology, it’s certainly not the procurement disruptor that it’s hailed to be… But … Continue reading The 4 Most Common Blockchain Criticisms – Busted

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-4-most-common-blockchain-criticisms-busted Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:06:42 +0000
<![CDATA[What the Spice Girls can tell us about procurement…]]> There I was, having a discussion on LinkedIn about engaging with clients before sourcing commodities when on comes Wannabe by the Spice Girls. Other than reminding of me of another time, place and alcopops, strangely, it made me think about specifications. When you’re in that exciting part of setting up a new contract, it’s really … Continue reading What the Spice Girls can tell us about procurement…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-the-spice-girls-can-tell-us-about-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:25:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Lost at sea: 4 big risks facing the maritime sector]]> Shipping losses lowest for 10 years but mega-ships and cyber-attacks pose new threats for maritime sector. Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015. … Continue reading Lost at sea: 4 big risks facing the maritime sector

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/lost-at-sea-4-big-risks-facing-the-maritime-sector Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:25:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Carnival Corp announces new CPO]]> The world’s largest cruise company has announced that Julia M. Brown will become the company’s CPO. The role of CPO is a newly created one for Carnival and it’s hoped that Brown will be able to strengthen strategic partnerships with the company’s network of suppliers around the world. Brown will be tasked with improving efficiencies … Continue reading Carnival Corp announces new CPO

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/carnival-corp-announces-new-cpo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:25:00 +0000
<![CDATA[This pyramid shows how procurement is evolving]]> Newsflash – our profession is evolving. …And this pyramid holds all of the secrets. The pyramid seeks to put the evolution of the procurement profession into a relatable context. What does it tell us about our profession? The profession represents a fast track career for truly ambitious purchasing professionals and we are seeing evidence of … Continue reading This pyramid shows how procurement is evolving

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/this-pyramid-shows-how-procurement-is-evolving Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:25:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Time Zones and Advanced Planning – What’s Procurement Like in Russia?]]> With the revelation that Russia’s dreaming of constructing a superhighway that will span the circumference of the globe – Procurement consultant Natalia Urazova and FMCG Procurement Specialist Vladislav Mandryka have got together with their fellow professionals to tell Procurious about procurement in Russia. How do you think procurement differs in Russia, as opposed to elsewhere in the world? Commercial procurement only came … Continue reading Time Zones and Advanced Planning – What’s Procurement Like in Russia?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/time-zones-and-advanced-planning-whats-procurement-like-in-russia Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Who’s responsible for writing a specification or brief?]]> With over 300 questions and over 1000 answers, the Procurious Discussion forum is one of the most active on social media. But there is always room for more. If you have a question, please hop over to the forum and post it up! By way of thanking you for your continuing support, we’ve picked a … Continue reading Who’s responsible for writing a specification or brief?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whos-responsible-for-writing-a-specification-or-brief Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:59 +0000
<![CDATA[The digital delegate and rise of the virtual summit]]> Much has been said about the rise of the digital economy continues, with organisations such as Airbnb and Uber cited as major disruptors in their industries. In business eLearning and social media are changing the way we learn and network. Are conferences next in the digital revolution? As organisations become more geographically dispersed and look … Continue reading The digital delegate and rise of the virtual summit

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-digital-delegate-and-rise-of-the-virtual-summit Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Join the world‘s first digitally-led event for procurement professionals]]> Announcing the Procurious Big Ideas Summit 2015 We‘re throwing open the doors to the world’s first digitally-led conference for the procurement profession: The Procurious Big Ideas Summit 2015. Planned as a unique think tank event, our Big Ideas Summit will draw on 40 of the world brightest minds from established thought-leaders, senior business leaders and commentators to … Continue reading Join the world‘s first digitally-led event for procurement professionals

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/join-the-worlds-first-digitally-led-event-for-procurement-professionals Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Why we’re talking managing talent at Big Ideas 2015]]> On 30 April Procurious is gathering the Procurement world’s most influential minds for a discussion on the future of the function. The Big Ideas Summit will take place physically in London, but will be made available to attend digitally across the world through Procurious.com. We’ve identified risk, technology and talent as three areas that will … Continue reading Why we’re talking managing talent at Big Ideas 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-were-talking-managing-talent-at-big-ideas-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Who are procurement‘s most influential thinkers?]]>   We’ve just announced the world‘s first digitally-led event for procurement and supply chain professionals. Missed it? You can get up to speed with all of the details here. During this one-of-a-kind event we’ll be talking and exploring Big Ideas around three core topics – namely, risk, people and technology. We’re bringing together some of the smartest Procurement … Continue reading Who are procurement‘s most influential thinkers?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/who-are-procurements-most-influential-thinkers Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:57 +0000
<![CDATA[How do these 130 countries rank when it comes to supply chain disruption?]]> FM Global (one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers) published its Resilience Index on Tuesday. The Resilience Index is claimed to be the first “data-driven tool and repository that ranks the business resilience of 130 countries and territories to supply chain disruption.” The tool is intended to provide supply chain managers an understanding of … Continue reading How do these 130 countries rank when it comes to supply chain disruption?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-these-130-countries-rank-when-it-comes-to-supply-chain-disruption Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Secrets of the Orient: uncovering Singapore’s frothy supply chain]]> The popularity of booze in Asia is growing – in a recently published report it was revealed that alcohol consumption in China is increasing at such a pace it has left Britain, the US, and even the Irish in the dust. Elsewhere within Asia, (southeast to be precise) alcohol has been hitting the headlines for … Continue reading Secrets of the Orient: uncovering Singapore’s frothy supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/secrets-of-the-orient-uncovering-singapores-frothy-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Digital is easy: talking digital transformation]]> Digital transformations are underway at most large businesses as they respond to customers’ adoption of smart devices, with organisations working hard to harness the efficiency gains arising from channelling as much as possible through websites and apps. However, in its latest research, Coeus Consulting warns that its experience shows many such initiatives are failing through … Continue reading Digital is easy: talking digital transformation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/digital-is-easy-talking-digital-transformation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas that changed the world: Communication]]> Without a resilient communications system modern-day society would crawl to a halt. As technology has evolved so too have our businesses, commerce,  transport systems, and media networks. Today we’re taking a look at how people communicated before such modern enablers as email and the Internet. Starting with hieroglyphics and taking in everything from smoke signals, … Continue reading Big Ideas that changed the world: Communication

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-that-changed-the-world-communication Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:55 +0000
<![CDATA[The Easter Supply Chain – Optimisation and Collaboration]]> Did you over-indulge at the weekend? Did all the kids’ Easter eggs make it to the Sunday morning Easter Egg Hunt? Whether your Easter delicacy of choice is the humble egg, sweets like jelly beans and marshmallows, or something more like a Spanish torrija, you may not realise the complicated supply chain that is required to help … Continue reading The Easter Supply Chain – Optimisation and Collaboration

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-easter-supply-chain-optimisation-and-collaboration Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Don’t neglect your technology and analytics boffins in procurement]]> Big Data! It’s the catch-cry of 2015 and the movement shows every sign of gathering momentum. Article after article has been written on why your business can’t afford to ignore it, and the term has even earned itself a capital B and D, demonstrating just how excited everybody is about the concept. Yet our benchmarking … Continue reading Don’t neglect your technology and analytics boffins in procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dont-neglect-your-technology-and-analytics-boffins-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:54 +0000
<![CDATA[What are the innovations transforming supply chains & biggest trends right now?]]> Technology is not the be-all and end-all, so says Jon Hansen For me, my discussions and corresponding interviews with Karen Evans, the former CIO for the U.S. Federal Government was powerful, in that it confirmed a position I have held since the late 90s . . . that technology in and of itself is largely … Continue reading What are the innovations transforming supply chains & biggest trends right now?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-are-the-innovations-transforming-supply-chains-biggest-trends-right-now Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Mergers and acquisitions in Transport sector set to supersede 2014 levels]]> In 2015, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the Transport and Logistics sector will supersede the levels seen in 2014, according to KPMG’s latest Transport Tracker. The first quarter of 2015 has already seen completed global transactions worth £6.7 billion, and further acquisitions valued at £6.7 billion have already been announced. In 2014 the increase in … Continue reading Mergers and acquisitions in Transport sector set to supersede 2014 levels

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mergers-and-acquisitions-in-transport-sector-set-to-supersede-2014-levels Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:53 +0000
<![CDATA[550 enslaved fishermen freed from remote Indonesian island]]> The Indonesian government announced this week that it is making moves to return foreign fishermen (mostly from Myanmar) to their home country after an Associated Press (AP) report revealed they were being held under conditions of slavery. The report detailed the plight of hundreds of men and women, who were trapped in the Indonesian village … Continue reading 550 enslaved fishermen freed from remote Indonesian island

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/550-enslaved-fishermen-freed-from-remote-indonesian-island Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Realising spend savings can leave you wide of the mark]]> It might be seen as a radical point in some quarters, but the first objective of procurement is to save money… There are clearly other objectives but the primary task remains the same, to deliver cost-effective solutions from third party spend for the business, this is something of a dilemma for procurement and the major … Continue reading Realising spend savings can leave you wide of the mark

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/realising-spend-savings-can-leave-you-wide-of-the-mark Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2015: How to be a Digital Delegate and get involved]]> Chances are if you’ve visited Procurious in the last few weeks you’ll have seen mention of something we‘re calling the Big Ideas Summit 2015 that‘s due to kick-off in London on 30 April. Good for you, but why should I care?‘ you might ask… You’ve read all about our Influencers, the issues affecting procurement and … Continue reading Big Ideas 2015: How to be a Digital Delegate and get involved

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2015-how-to-be-a-digital-delegate-and-get-involved Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Order and procurement progress in Brazil]]> We quizzed Procurious members Luiz Paganini and Elaine Santana on the state of procurement in Brazil. Here is what they had to say… Procurious asks: How do you think procurement differs in your country, as opposed to elsewhere in the world? Luiz: I believe that procurement in Brazil is still in its early stages. Our business … Continue reading Order and procurement progress in Brazil

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/order-and-procurement-progress-in-brazil Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Slavery in Supply Chains – A Modern Day Risk]]> The case of the 550 fishermen freed from slavery conditions in Indonesia (as reported on Procurious), highlights a wider issue of slavery in supply chains across the globe. We might think that slavery is a thing of the past, or limited to the developing world, but increasingly that’s not the case. A few weeks back, … Continue reading Slavery in Supply Chains – A Modern Day Risk

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/slavery-in-supply-chains-a-modern-day-risk Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Behind the supply chain curtain: 5 questions procurement needs to ask]]> The five questions Procurement need to ask to avoid a Nanna’s frozen berry issue It’s a tense moment in the Emerald City. Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow stand trembling before the giant visage of The Great and Powerful Oz as he thunders and roars, complete with jets of flame and billowing green smoke. Toto, … Continue reading Behind the supply chain curtain: 5 questions procurement needs to ask

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/behind-the-supply-chain-curtain-5-questions-procurement-needs-to-ask Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:50 +0000
<![CDATA[`Our People Are Our Greatest Asset.` Erm… Really?!]]> This is a guest post by Sigi Osagie – Sigi is a leading expert on effectiveness in Procurement & Supply Chain Management. He helps organisations and individuals achieve enhanced performance growth to accomplish their business and career goals. A recent post by Stephen Ashcroft reminded me of a point I raised at a leadership round-table … Continue reading `Our People Are Our Greatest Asset.` Erm… Really?!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/our-people-are-our-greatest-asset-erm-really Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Are we facing a productivity crisis?]]> The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its latest report and with it come grave warnings for China, Brazil and others. However, the UK comes bottom of the pile when it comes to measuring productivity. According to the new World Economic Outlook: [The] analysis suggests that potential output growth in advanced economies is likely to … Continue reading Are we facing a productivity crisis?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-facing-a-productivity-crisis Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:49 +0000
<![CDATA[5 of the deadliest risks facing your supply chain in 2015]]> Are you prepared to manage (and ultimately overcome) these challenges head-on? Today we’re talking risk… As a profession we’re getting better at managing common supply chain disruptions – supplier performance management and demand forecasting used to be the cause of week-long headaches… But the advent of new technology and implementation of streamlined processes are taking … Continue reading 5 of the deadliest risks facing your supply chain in 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-of-the-deadliest-risks-facing-your-supply-chain-in-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:48 +0000
<![CDATA[David Berry on Fixing the Innovation Supply Chain]]> How an efficient supply chain can transform innovation on both the individual and industry levels. Thanks to David Berry for granting Procurious permission to republish this article. David is a partner at the venture capital firm Flagship Ventures. As a graduate student at MIT, I had the opportunity to work with Professors Robert Langer and … Continue reading David Berry on Fixing the Innovation Supply Chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/david-berry-on-fixing-the-innovation-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:48 +0000
<![CDATA[The Rise (And Rise) of Vinyl Records]]> It’s an age-old story of supply and demand… so on the eve of Record Store Day we’re bringing our record player out of storage, dusting off our favourite albums and learning why vinyl is here to stay… In 2014 something extraordinary happened… UK album sales on vinyl climaxed at a 20-year high, following seven years of … Continue reading The Rise (And Rise) of Vinyl Records

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-rise-and-rise-of-vinyl-records Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:47 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts]]> Henderson Global is a leading independent global asset management firm. The company provides clients access to skilled investment professionals representing a broad range of asset classes. In 2011, Henderson Global’s third party spend was valued at over £100m. However, there was no formal procurement function, with individual business areas conducting informal sourcing activities. The decision … Continue reading How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-achieve-award-winning-procurement-learn-from-the-experts-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:47 +0000
<![CDATA[How much are you worth? Average UK procurement salary on the rise]]> According to The CIPS/Hays Salary Guide and Procurement Insights Report 2015 published last week, the average salary for all UK procurement and supply chain professionals has increased again, and by more than the national average. But what impact will this have in the ‘War for Talent’? The annual survey, involving more than 3000 procurement and … Continue reading How much are you worth? Average UK procurement salary on the rise

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-much-are-you-worth-average-uk-procurement-salary-on-the-rise Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Help us to help you (and win 1 of 5 iPad minis)]]> How influential are you? Invite 10 people to join Procurious to win 1 of 5 iPad minis.  We need you! We hope you’ve been enjoying all the great content on Procurious and the benefit of connecting with other people like you. If you’ve got a minute, we need your help to attract even more procurement professionals … Continue reading Help us to help you (and win 1 of 5 iPad minis)

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/help-us-to-help-you-and-win-1-of-5-ipad-minis Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:45 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Big Ideas That Transformed Procurement Technology]]> The Big Ideas that will shape the future of procurement technology will be one of the hot topics at the Procurious Big Ideas Summit in London on April 30. That’s why we’ve invited leading technology influencers like Tim Hughes, Lance Younger, Peter Smith, and Mark Perera to be “in the room”, and provide their views … Continue reading 4 Big Ideas That Transformed Procurement Technology

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-big-ideas-that-transformed-procurement-technology Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Earth Day 2015: A Time For Change Not PR]]> 45 years ago April 22 was just a normal average day… If it had been a colour, it would be grey. Unremarkable. Now it is forever marked in history as Earth Day – the original Earth Day occurred in 1970 and saw scores of people gather across the globe to show their support for greener … Continue reading Earth Day 2015: A Time For Change Not PR

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/earth-day-2015-a-time-for-change-not-pr Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Winning the War for Procurement Talent with Social Media]]> How do we go about attracting the next generation of commercial leaders? That’s the question I have been asking myself recently – and today I wish to put forward social media as the magic solution to our waning talent pool. Procurement needs to be brave; it’s in dire need of a bold, disruptive force to … Continue reading Winning the War for Procurement Talent with Social Media

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/winning-the-war-for-procurement-talent-with-social-media Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Professor Olinga Ta’eed: Big Ideas For Helping Your CEO Understand Social Value]]> Professor Olinga Ta’eed has led a life spanning private, public and third sectors which perhaps is most accurately described as “entrepreneur, investor and social activist” (Professor Conlon, Dean of University of Notre Dame,  April 2011). And despite embarking on plans to retire from a successful business career at 48, Olinga remains active and is instrumental in … Continue reading Professor Olinga Ta’eed: Big Ideas For Helping Your CEO Understand Social Value

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/professor-olinga-taeed-on-how-procurement-can-help-ceos-understand-social-value Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:43 +0000
<![CDATA[McDonald’s commits to remove deforestation from its supply chain]]> Fast food giant McDonald’s announced on Tuesday that the firm would take action to end deforestation across its supply chain operations. The company detailed the following eight points as the cornerstone of its commitment to halting deforestation: No deforestation of primary forests or areas of High Conservation Value, No development of High Carbon Stock forest … Continue reading McDonald’s commits to remove deforestation from its supply chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mcdonalds-commits-to-remove-deforestation-from-its-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Professor Olinga Ta’eed on Turning Procurement Professionals into Agents of Change]]> Professor Olinga Ta’eed on the ‘God Metric’, social innovation, the work of the Big Society, and his ideas for 2030. Professor Olinga Ta’eed  is just one of our 40 influential thought leaders appearing at Procurious’ inaugural Big Ideas Summit on 30 April. To hear Olinga expand on some of the ideas presented in this interview, … Continue reading Professor Olinga Ta’eed on Turning Procurement Professionals into Agents of Change

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/professor-olinga-taeed-on-turning-procurement-professionals-into-agents-of-change Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:42 +0000
<![CDATA[How can access control technology strengthen security across the supply chain?]]> Simon Birchall, managing director of leading workforce management solutions developer timeware (UK), discusses how sophisticated access control technology can be used to increase the security of supply chains at the most crucial point.  A recent study conducted by Allianz found that disruptions to the supply chain, such as major security breaches, are considered to be … Continue reading How can access control technology strengthen security across the supply chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-can-access-control-technology-strengthen-security-across-the-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Is ethical fast fashion an oxymoron?]]> While looking through the agenda of the Procurious Big Ideas Summit, I noticed that fast fashion is one of the key topics that will be discussed on the day. Procurious has asked its members to contribute to the Summit by submitting question, opinions and ideas through the Procurious platform. Click here to find out how … Continue reading Is ethical fast fashion an oxymoron?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-ethical-fast-fashion-an-oxymoron Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:42 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Spot Supplier Risk in Communication]]> Communication is a critical component of any business and is no less crucial in supplier relationships. Thanks to Spendrix for granting Procurious permission to republish this article. This article kicks off a series on how to identify various types of supplier risk. When your company has great communication with suppliers, it can be like adding another department to your organization. … Continue reading How to Spot Supplier Risk in Communication

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-spot-supplier-risk-in-communication-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Samantha Coombs on the challenges facing Millennials going into procurement]]> Samantha Coombs will be joining us at the Big Ideas Summit on 30 April. A gathering of 40 of the most influential thought-leaders from across the procurement profession and beyond. Here she discusses the challenges facing today’s young professionals, and the skills they bring to the table. Procurious asks: Can you speak to us about … Continue reading Samantha Coombs on the challenges facing Millennials going into procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/samantha-coombs-on-the-challenges-facing-millennials-going-into-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Mark Perera’s Big Ideas on startups, technology & disruptive procurement]]> Mark Perera fronts Old St Labs – builders of technology that enables enterprises to forge deeper and more valuable relationships with their buyers and suppliers. He will be appearing at our inaugural Big Ideas Summit on 30 April, the world’s first digitally led event for procurement. Mark – no stranger to innovation himself, talked to … Continue reading Mark Perera’s Big Ideas on startups, technology & disruptive procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mark-pereras-big-ideas-on-startups-technology-disruptive-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Thinking the Unthinkable – Big Ideas on Supply Chain Risk]]> 2030 may seem like a long way away right now, but if you are planning your procurement strategies, you need to be thinking that far ahead. But what are the unpredictable risks in the supply chain that represent your ‘blind spots’? As the news broke over the weekend about another avian flu crisis in the … Continue reading Thinking the Unthinkable – Big Ideas on Supply Chain Risk

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/thinking-the-unthinkable-big-ideas-on-supply-chain-risk Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:40 +0000
<![CDATA[6 Big Ideas To Join Procurious By Thursday]]> Have you registered for our digitally-led Big Ideas Summit on 30 April? No? Then read on… If you’re still on the sidelines we’ve listed six compelling reasons to join your fellow Procurians and stake your claim to the wealth of knowledge on offer. 1. A Private Audience With 40 Influencers If you’re scratching your head at … Continue reading 6 Big Ideas To Join Procurious By Thursday

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/6-big-ideas-to-join-procurious-by-thursday Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:39 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Ideas Summit Infographic]]> Want to sum up the Big Ideas Summit in one neat, easy-to-digest page? We’ve created this infographic especially for you. View the infographic below, or click here to see it as a full-size PDF. Know someone who would be interested? Why not share the infographic to whet their appetite? Join the Big Ideas Group page … Continue reading The Big Ideas Summit Infographic

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-big-ideas-summit-infographic Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Sigi Osagie`s Big Ideas On Bringing The Real You To Work]]> Sigi Osagie arrived in the UK as an African immigrant with holes in his shoes, penniless and no address book. Fourteen years later, he was a global director in a FTSE250 blue-chip multinational. Today he works as a writer, speaker, business adviser and coach, drawing on insights from his atypical life journey and career success … Continue reading Sigi Osagie`s Big Ideas On Bringing The Real You To Work

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sigi-osagies-big-ideas-on-bringing-the-real-you-to-work Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:38 +0000
<![CDATA[4 technology trends we’ll tackle at Big Ideas 2015]]> New innovations in technology have the potential to transform supply chain management, whether that be through streamlining inventory, improving accountability, or providing your existing operations with a shot in the arm… But it’s a tough job to constantly stay ahead of the curve – how are you supposed to know if the trend you’re picking … Continue reading 4 technology trends we’ll tackle at Big Ideas 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-technology-trends-well-tackle-at-big-ideas-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Summit FAQ]]> What is it? The Big Ideas Summit is the world’s first digitally-led think-tank for procurement and supply chain professionals. It is powered by Procurious. When is it? 30 April 2015. Expect to see most of the action between 09.30 – 17.00 (GMT) However the thought-provoking discussions and lively debate will continue long after, and we’ll … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Summit FAQ

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<![CDATA[Andrew MacAskill`s Big Ideas on Dinosaurs In The Boardroom]]> Andrew MacAskill was once Managing Director at The Source, a sister company to Procurious and The Faculty. Andrew built the organisation from scratch into a leading procurement and supply chain industry search practice. A move to London saw him take the helm at Executives Online, the aim? To Transform Executive Recruitment. Andrew will be attending … Continue reading Andrew MacAskill`s Big Ideas on Dinosaurs In The Boardroom

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<![CDATA[The Big Ideas Summit 2015 Is Live!]]> Welcome to the Big Ideas Summit 2015! The Procurious Big Ideas Summit is off to a flying start. The venue is stunning, guests are fed and caffeinated and, as I type this Tania Seary, the founder of Procurious is giving her opening speech. As Tania has just pointed out, while there are only 40 people … Continue reading The Big Ideas Summit 2015 Is Live!

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<![CDATA[Sarah Trota`s Big Ideas on Bringing Your Whole Self to Work]]> Sarah has over 20 years experience in the commercial sector, latterly as Employee Relations Manager for Sainsbury’s. She then joined the Board at a large not for profit Housing Group, where she spent seven successful years, enjoying broadening her areas of responsibility. Today she is sharing her insights on ‘Bringing your whole self to work’ at … Continue reading Sarah Trota`s Big Ideas on Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

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<![CDATA[How can we make progress through the jungle of procurement?]]> In the first of our ‘Big Ideas’ panel discussions Sigi Osagie, Helen MacKenzie, Andrew MacAskill and Sarah Trota took to the stage to provide their perspectives on authentic leadership, and the challenges of trekking through the procurement jungle. The panel are asked: What is the role of the leader in reengaging the humanity? Helen starts things off by … Continue reading How can we make progress through the jungle of procurement?

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<![CDATA[Sigi Osagie’s Big Idea on ‘Unlocking our people’s passion’]]> If there’s a man more enthusiastic and passionate about procurement improvement that Sigi Osagie I’d like to meet him. I’ve just listened to Sigi outline his thoughts around the importance of people in the procurement process at the Procurious Big Ideas Summit. His insights were inspiring to say the least. Sigi spoke passionately about how … Continue reading Sigi Osagie’s Big Idea on ‘Unlocking our people’s passion’

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<![CDATA[What can Procurement learn from UBER?]]> I’ve just been listening to Chris Sawchuk from The Hackett Group give a keynote speech about the need for agility and flexibility within procurement operations. Chris stressed that in a business environment where markets are constantly changing (oil prices, exchange rates etc.) the need for organisations to adapt and move quickly has never been more … Continue reading What can Procurement learn from UBER?

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas – The best procurement panel discussion I’ve heard]]> Wow! How on earth do you write that session up? I’ve just sat through a panel discussion around where the procurement function is headed in the lead up to 2030. This might sound extreme but it was the best procurement panel discussion I’ve ever heard. From redefining business models, removing ourselves from the grasps of the … Continue reading Big Ideas – The best procurement panel discussion I’ve heard

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<![CDATA[Why Procurement Should Flex Its Muscle]]> Tania Seary is the founder of Procurious – she is talking today at the Big Ideas Summit, the world’s first digitally-led procurement event. Join the Big Ideas Group to hear 40 of the most influential thought-leaders air their ‘Big Ideas’ on cost, risk, technology and people management. Late last year, I was fascinated to see … Continue reading Why Procurement Should Flex Its Muscle

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<![CDATA[CIPS David Noble: Big Ideas On How Procurement Will Seize The Day]]> David Noble was appointed Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS for short) on 1 June 2009. He’ll be appearing as one of our 40 thought-leaders at Procurious’ inaugural Big Ideas Summit. Click to get involved and submit your questions to David Procurious asks: How is the new Chartered Procurement and … Continue reading CIPS David Noble: Big Ideas On How Procurement Will Seize The Day

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<![CDATA[What was Twitter saying about Big Ideas?]]> How the Twitterverse reacted to Big Ideas Whether you chose to follow the Big Ideas Summit on Procurious or Facebook we hope you enjoyed the conversation, learnings and interactions throughout the day… But we wanted to especially thank all those that followed along on Twitter – we positioned the Big Ideas Summit as a digitally-led event … Continue reading What was Twitter saying about Big Ideas?

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<![CDATA[What happened at The Big Ideas Summit?]]> While we eagerly await the first videos from the Big Ideas Summit to appear, we recap on a jam-packed day. How much of it did you catch? Our man Jordan Early set the scene for all of our ‘Digital Delegates’ who followed along on Twitter, Facebook, and Procurious. The Big Ideas Summit 2015 is live! Sarah Trota, … Continue reading What happened at The Big Ideas Summit?

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<![CDATA[CIPS Cath Hill’s Big Ideas on bringing professional procurement into the future]]> Ahead of the Procurious Big Ideas Summit that happened on 30 April, we quizzed guest Cath Hill, Group Marketing and Membership Director – CIPS, on the future of the profession and how the Institute is using social media to capture the young procurement professionals of today. Procurious asks: Is the membership different now, than say 2, … Continue reading CIPS Cath Hill’s Big Ideas on bringing professional procurement into the future

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<![CDATA[David Hames: `Big Data?` Organisations should sort out their `Small Data` first]]> One of the overarching themes at our Big Ideas Summit was that of technology. We quizzed Dr David Hames, Executive Chairman of Science Warehouse on e-business, Big Data, and social media. Here’s what he had to impart: Procurious asks: E-procurement and e-business sectors have seen a surge in growth over the last few years, what advances do you … Continue reading David Hames: `Big Data?` Organisations should sort out their `Small Data` first

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<![CDATA[Chris Lynch: Big Ideas on inspiring a new generation of business intrapreneurs]]> Rio Tinto’s CFO, Chris Lynch wants to generate an ongoing conversation that inspires a new generation of business intrapreneurs – people who can think outside the box – to drive innovation and lead change in large organisations. I believe we need to foster a culture of “intrapreneurship” within large organisations. Business is evolving at such a … Continue reading Chris Lynch: Big Ideas on inspiring a new generation of business intrapreneurs

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<![CDATA[Chris Lynch: the BIGGER the idea, the greater resistance you will face]]> Lions are known for their courage – and courage is something that Rio Tinto’s CPO, Chris Lynch wants to share with Procurians today. People whose big ideas become reality are people who have the courage of their convictions. It’s important to persist to see your ideas through. It might take years for your idea to … Continue reading Chris Lynch: the BIGGER the idea, the greater resistance you will face

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<![CDATA[Chris Lynch on why the best Big Ideas might come from our suppliers]]> Rio Tinto’s CFO, Chris Lynch talks partnerships. Given the speed of change in business and procurement trends, no enterprise can afford to be an island. Like the Internet, it is the speed of connection, and new partners bringing new ideas that will help define the pace of change and business reinvention. Our partners, much like … Continue reading Chris Lynch on why the best Big Ideas might come from our suppliers

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<![CDATA[Tania Seary’s Big Ideas on shockproof procurement]]> Tania was talking at the Big Ideas Summit, the world’s first digitally-led procurement event. Join the Big Ideas Group to see how 40 influential thought-leaders aired their ‘Big Ideas’ on cost, risk, technology and people management. If procurement is to “shockproof” the profession, we need to move out of our silos and work together to … Continue reading Tania Seary’s Big Ideas on shockproof procurement

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<![CDATA[World’s brightest procurement minds collaborate at Procurious Big Ideas Summit 2015]]> World-first digital think tank for the procurement profession reaches millions through social media   London, 30th April 2015: Creating a Wikipedia of global suppliers to help manage risk, engaging the millennials to win the war on talent were two of the innovative ideas pitched by 40 thought leaders at the world’s first digitally led think-tank … Continue reading World’s brightest procurement minds collaborate at Procurious Big Ideas Summit 2015

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<![CDATA[ISM2015 Annual Conference: A near-death experience on Camelback Mountain]]> In the first of a series of articles, The Faculty’s Hugo Britt takes us on a journey to the Institute of Supply Management’s annual conference. But first he must contend with Camelback Mountain… Today, in Phoenix Arizona, I climbed the stairwell of the Empire State Building. Well, not the Empire State itself, but rather its … Continue reading ISM2015 Annual Conference: A near-death experience on Camelback Mountain

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<![CDATA[Chris Lynch: `You’ve shown me the money, now show me how we’ll get there`]]> Rio Tinto’s CFO, Chris Lynch offers: when you’ve got a big idea that you believe in, then don’t waste the chances you get to convince others – communication will be key. Remember that people at the top of organisations are time poor, therefore Big Ideas, backed by courage, resonate. So if you get the opportunity … Continue reading Chris Lynch: `You’ve shown me the money, now show me how we’ll get there`

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<![CDATA[Notes from ISM2015: `The future demands us to innovate!`]]> This article is part of a series about Hugo’s visit to ISM2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Here Hugo swaps sweeping desert for expansive conference floor… First impressions? The Phoenix Convention Centre is spectacular, both on the inside and outside. Architecturally stunning like most of downtown Phoenix, the building looks like it could easily absorb ISM2015 three … Continue reading Notes from ISM2015: `The future demands us to innovate!`

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #2 – Revolutionising Procurement Recruitment]]> Andrew MacAskill, Managing Director at Executives Online, wants to revolutionise procurement recruitment. Andrew says: Why don’t we flip the procurement recruitment process on its head? Start with reference checks and psychometric testing to find out if the candidate matches the skills and experience needed for the role before investing in an interview. See more Big Ideas … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #2 – Revolutionising Procurement Recruitment

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-2-revolutionising-procurement-recruitment Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:24:28 +0000
<![CDATA[China services PMI climbs again]]> The HSBC China Services Purchasing Managers’ Index climbed again in March, reaching its highest level for the year. This metric, used to measure the activity of purchasing managers across China, indicates that despite a slow-down in the nation’s factories, China’s services industry is reporting reasonable growth. The details behind the rises, which caused a significant … Continue reading China services PMI climbs again

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<![CDATA[What’s your Big Idea? Film it in 60 seconds or less]]> We’re on the hunt for YOUR Big Ideas – what are the things only you can say?  We believe everyone has a unique vantage point in the industries, communities and businesses they work in. At the Big Ideas Summit we asked our 40 thought-leaders to record their ‘Big Ideas’ live on camera for the world to see. … Continue reading What’s your Big Idea? Film it in 60 seconds or less

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<![CDATA[Robert Gates summarises the state of the world at ISM2015]]> This article is part of a series about Hugo’s visit to ISM2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Today he tells the memoirs of a secretary at war… Robert Gates is undoubtedly the most high-profile speaker I’ve had the chance to listen to in the flesh. Former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defence under two very … Continue reading Robert Gates summarises the state of the world at ISM2015

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #3 – An intelligent ecosystem where collaboration reigns supreme]]> Lance Younger, CEO of Statess believes that procurement isn’t about a transaction anymore. Lance says that the profession must adopt Intelligent Collaborative Ecosystems (ICE).  Procurement is about long term valuable relationships. ICE encourages collaboration to solve shared global problems. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[YOUR Big Ideas: eSourcing For Everyone]]> We’re putting Big Ideas from the Procurious community in the spotlight… Here’s a particularly creative effort from Anya McKenna of Market Dojo. Great job! Market Dojo want to make eSourcing for everyone, following on from a TED lecture about the 4 stages of technology. In Anya’s view, eSourcing is yet to reach a commodity level, but it’s just … Continue reading YOUR Big Ideas: eSourcing For Everyone

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<![CDATA[Sigi Osagie: The Chefs in Your Procurement Kitchen]]> “We are born with the capacity to do extraordinary things.”  Watch our first Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 4) Watch Sigi’s keynote in FULL here Sigi originally arrived in the UK as an African immigrant with holes in his shoes, penniless and no address book. Fourteen years later, he was a global director … Continue reading Sigi Osagie: The Chefs in Your Procurement Kitchen

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2015: what the press said]]> Last week the world’s brightest procurement minds all collaborated at the Big Ideas Summit 2015 – powered by Procurious. Here’s what press and professionals alike have been saying about it… Spend Matters: UK editor Peter Smith reported: “Meeting Goddard was a highlight for me… “Given it was the first Procurious event, and one that tried … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2015: what the press said

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas: What are procurement’s blind spots?]]> One of the most incendiary sessions at the Big Ideas Summit saw us gazing into our crystal ball with a view to identifying procurement’s blind spots. “There are known knowns… There are known unknowns. But there are also unknown unknowns.” – Donald Rumsfeld. This brilliant distillation of what was quite the complex matter can also be attributed to the disruptors likely … Continue reading Big Ideas: What are procurement’s blind spots?

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<![CDATA[ISM2015: Somebody brought jazz to an exhibition hall…]]> This article is part of a series about Hugo’s visit to ISM2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Today Hugo discovers that Talk Radio and Jazz music have found a home on the exhibition floor… So, it turns out that it does rain in Phoenix after all. The storm started while I was trundling through the city on the … Continue reading ISM2015: Somebody brought jazz to an exhibition hall…

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<![CDATA[YOUR Big Ideas: Social Supplier Management]]> James Ferguson founder of Supplibase.com thinks the future lies in Social Supplier Management (or SSM for acronym fans).  James imagines a place where we all manage our supplier relationships through reviews, references and recommendations. London-based professionals may also like to know that James hosts a monthly procurement meetup (don’t worry it’s not in a boardroom, … Continue reading YOUR Big Ideas: Social Supplier Management

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<![CDATA[Correct Pronunciation Matters]]> How often do you meet a new person and have difficulty remembering their name? What do you do when you can’t pronounce a name? How do you ask a person how to pronounce their name without coming across as rude? These questions came to mind as I was working with a mining organisation last week. … Continue reading Correct Pronunciation Matters

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas? I’m sick of hearing about organisational silos]]> If there is one comment at conferences that kills me it’s the old “we work in siloed organisations” argument. How many times have we heard this? Your boss, conference speakers, the pages of the Harvard Business Review and countless business ‘self help’ books have discussed and debated this phrase ad nauseum. To be honest, I’m … Continue reading Big Ideas? I’m sick of hearing about organisational silos

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<![CDATA[ISM2015: The human factor in Total Cost of Ownership]]> This article is part of a series about Hugo’s visit to ISM2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Today Hugo listened to Thomas J. Kull, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management (Arizona State University) discuss behaviour under uncertainty with the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model. I attended this session for two reasons – a) this talk was marked … Continue reading ISM2015: The human factor in Total Cost of Ownership

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<![CDATA[Supply chain transformation: Airbus 3D Prints Aeronautical Parts]]> The new Airbus A350 XWB, an extra wide aircraft first delivered in December of last year, was built using over 1000 parts that were produced with a 3D printer. The airplane manufacturer began a relationship with Stratsys, a 3D printing and additive manufacturing firm, in 2013 in an effort to increase supply chain responsiveness and … Continue reading Supply chain transformation: Airbus 3D Prints Aeronautical Parts

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas: How to Deal with Monopoly Suppliers]]> I feel like I’ve written a lot about Chris Lynch’s speech at the Big Ideas Summit, but the Rio Tinto CFO’s keynote was packed with useful information and provided some great ‘outsiders’ perspectives on what procurement, as a function, is capable of. So… I’m going to bring up one more point he raised (I promise … Continue reading Big Ideas: How to Deal with Monopoly Suppliers

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<![CDATA[9 Killer Questions for Corporate Mega Stars]]> So you’ve found yourself a mentor. Congratulations. They have a glittering CV, impeccable corporate track-record and stirring leadership vision. There’s only one problem:  you’re terrified of creating an awkward ‘tumbleweed moment’ by asking your corporate superstar a stupid question.   Having a mentor can be one of the most valuable assets for career growth. So … Continue reading 9 Killer Questions for Corporate Mega Stars

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<![CDATA[Amazon’s Big Idea: drone deliveries direct to you. What next?!]]> Delivery to your door? That’s all a bit old-fashioned for Amazon it seems, as their plans for delivering customer orders using drones takes shape. The common thought was that Amazon had intended to use their drones to deliver packages straight to the customer’s door, but details of a patent lodged in the USA has opened … Continue reading Amazon’s Big Idea: drone deliveries direct to you. What next?!

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<![CDATA[Behind the scenes of Big Ideas Summit 2015]]> A little insight into the Big work that went into Procurious’ inaugural Big Ideas Summit, as told by the people that made it happen. Gathering 40 of the world’s most influential thought-leaders for a one-day event in London was a potential logistical nightmare in the making… Luckily Team Procurious had an ace up its sleeve … Continue reading Behind the scenes of Big Ideas Summit 2015

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<![CDATA[An action-packed week ahead at The Faculty]]> It’s grand-final week at The Faculty. The team has been working towards this week for months – there are whiteboards all over the office covered in scribbled plans and brainstorming, the printer has been running almost continuously and the atmosphere here is at fever-pitch. It’s the week of the 8th Annual Asia-Pacific CPO Forum, a … Continue reading An action-packed week ahead at The Faculty

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #4 – Getting Procurement From Manual to Automatic]]> Jason Busch, founder of Spend Matters takes inspiration from the automotive industry and a metaphor around transmission. Jason says procurement needs to transition from the clunky old manual transmission that doesn’t know what gear to be in, into a modern automatic that predicts where it needs to be, learns and grows. Watch: See more Big Ideas from … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #4 – Getting Procurement From Manual to Automatic

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<![CDATA[Why design eats discipline for breakfast]]> Dan Gregory shared his views on fostering innovation, lifting team engagement, understanding customer mindsets and exploring what makes you tick as a leader. Driving change is about two things: Discipline and Motivation. Right? Wrong, says Dan Gregory, President and CEO of The Impossible Institute and regular on The ABC’s Gruen Transfer.  Leaders, personal trainers and … Continue reading Why design eats discipline for breakfast

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #5 – Unleashing Your Mojo]]> Sig Osagie, Author and Coach believes that everybody is born with the capacity to do extraordinary things. “Don’t die with your music inside of you”. Sigi says don’t wait for your CPO to manage you, take the initiative to understand what your personal values and drivers are and align them with your career as motivation. … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #5 – Unleashing Your Mojo

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<![CDATA[How the UK General Election will affect digital trade]]> Katie Gallagher, managing director at the North’s leading independent digital trade association comments on the result of the UK General Election and how it is going to effect the digital sector in the North. “The coalition certainly brought in some good initiatives for tech and digital businesses, most of which until recently were focused on … Continue reading How the UK General Election will affect digital trade

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<![CDATA[Electrolux has 6500 people working on Big Ideas today]]> Big Ideas? How’s this for a Big Idea? On 11 May, thousands of Electrolux employees across the world began a 72-hour innovation-fest designed to develop new ideas for the future of fabric care.  The initiative, named iJam, is a crowdsourcing event where employees are encouraged to collaborate with one another online to come up innovative … Continue reading Electrolux has 6500 people working on Big Ideas today

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #6 – Challenging The Notion Of ‘Best Practice’]]> Dr. Jules Goddard, distinguished academic and our facilitator for Big Ideas calls for an end to ‘best practice’. The good Dr. says that the notion of ‘best practice’ has really harmed businesses’ ability to create wealth during the last 10-15 years. It’s a pursuit that needs to stop. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #6 – Challenging The Notion Of ‘Best Practice’

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<![CDATA[ISM2015: 3D Printing and what it means for procurement]]> This article is part of a series about Hugo’s visit to ISM2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. 3D printing has been around for 35 years – that’s a lot longer than I’d realised. I was a bit puzzled by this, as to my knowledge people have only been talking about the technology for five years or so. … Continue reading ISM2015: 3D Printing and what it means for procurement

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<![CDATA[Social influencer Tim Hughes: Big Ideas for the next Industrial Revolution]]> Procurious is gathering 40 of the brightest, most-influential figures across procurement, technology, and social media for the Big Ideas Summit on 30 April. We quizzed Tim Hughes, social media extraordinaire and Go to Market in the UK for Oracle’s Cloud Accounting and Procurement solutions on the future of the sharing economy, procurement, and technology. You can follow Tim @Timothy_Hughes on … Continue reading Social influencer Tim Hughes: Big Ideas for the next Industrial Revolution

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<![CDATA[CIPS David Noble shifts a few paradigms]]> David Noble, Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) took the stage at the Big Ideas Summit to shift a few paradigms. Every organisation relies on buying things to run their business and as buyer you’re in an extremely powerful position. But because buyers often operate behind the scenes, many people … Continue reading CIPS David Noble shifts a few paradigms

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<![CDATA[YOUR Big Ideas: Big Data In Procurement]]> David Hulsen is co-founder of RFP365 – a dynamic software application that makes the entire RFP (request for proposal) process collaborative and streamlined.   David’s Big Idea for procurement is leveraging 21st century technology for vendor selection. Blink and you’ll miss it as David’s video lasts a mere 39 seconds – happily conforming to our 1 … Continue reading YOUR Big Ideas: Big Data In Procurement

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<![CDATA[Walmart cops criticism over sourcing practices]]> Retail giant Walmart has come under fire in the US over claims the firm is sourcing water used for its bottled water products from drought stricken regions in California. A report, compiled by a CBS affiliate in Sacramento, suggests that Walmart is sourcing bottled water stocks from Sacramento’s municipal water supply. The world’s largest retailer … Continue reading Walmart cops criticism over sourcing practices

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<![CDATA[Chris Lynch: Big Ideas In Big Companies]]> “The lemon’s been well and truly squeezed… but how do we break through the next layer of cost paradigms?” Watch our second Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 4) Watch Chris’ keynote in FULL here Keynote speaker Chris Lynch (CFO, Rio Tinto) spoke about fostering a culture of “intrapreneurship” within large organisations and understanding … Continue reading Chris Lynch: Big Ideas In Big Companies

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<![CDATA[Why Do Procurement People Leave Their Jobs?]]> A report released by the Corporate Executive Board in May of this year has highlighted the key reasons procurement professionals leave their roles. Despite a number of great success stories depicting the fantastic opportunities the function presents and positioning a career in procurement as a ‘job for life’, the study revealed that procurement professionals are … Continue reading Why Do Procurement People Leave Their Jobs?

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #7 – The Disappearing Procurement Function]]> Peter Smith, Managing Editor of Spend Matters Europe reckons that procurement is fast disappearing as a function. Peter says that the procurement function might not exist in 20 years. Instead it will become the role of every employee to achieve value from third party suppliers. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Greenpeace report urges improved transparency from Amazon]]> Apple, Facebook, Google progress toward a Green Internet, but coal-heavy utilities stand in the way. A recently published Greenpeace report urges improved transparency from Amazon, and more engagement from all major internet companies to overcome resistance to renewable energy from monopoly utilities. Greenpeace’s research states that major internet companies including Apple, Facebook and Google continue to … Continue reading Greenpeace report urges improved transparency from Amazon

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<![CDATA[Will consumers punish companies involved in supplier-driven scandals?]]> Survey finds that 74 per cent of respondents would be unlikely to buy products or services from a company involved in controversial supplier practices. A newly published survey suggests that companies who are not actively monitoring the business practices of their suppliers, or who are engaged in questionable supplier practices themselves, are placing their reputations … Continue reading Will consumers punish companies involved in supplier-driven scandals?

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<![CDATA[The ISM Mastery Model: what is it and how does it work?]]> A bold move to standardise roles on behalf of the profession. Standardisation. The supply chain profession is crying out for it, but it’s very difficult to achieve. If you’ve ever worked with procurement teams from more than a handful of organisations, you’ll have seen that people don’t speak the same language when it comes role … Continue reading The ISM Mastery Model: what is it and how does it work?

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<![CDATA[Can social accounting change our supply chains?]]> I’ve said this before, but I think we get the supply chains we deserve. As consumers we want the cheapest possible clothes, mangos in the middle of winter, low cost technology products and effective cosmetics. When you couple these consumer preferences with the fact that the major players in our supply chains are ultimately answerable … Continue reading Can social accounting change our supply chains?

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<![CDATA[The challenges holding back true collaborative working in enterprise]]> There is a growing awareness in the enterprise that collaborative working could deliver business benefits such as greater agility and reduced time to market. But there are challenges that first need to be overcome, and the first concerns what we really mean by collaborative working… Facebook inside your business is not the answer. And neither … Continue reading The challenges holding back true collaborative working in enterprise

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<![CDATA[YOUR Big Ideas: Procurement Will Be Dead By 2030]]> Jonathan Betts from Science Warehouse makes a startling statement in his Big Ideas video. Controversial? Jonathan doesn’t think so, as he reminds us that in the past 15 years we’ve seen successive waves of technology disruption. Want to add your voice to the conversation? We want you to share your point of view and ideas … Continue reading YOUR Big Ideas: Procurement Will Be Dead By 2030

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #8 – Frugal Innovation]]> Sue Steel, VP – Jacobs, on the need to bring frugal innovation to procurement. Sue reiterates that although her idea is nothing new, it’s certainly related to where we need be as procurement professionals as we hurtle towards 2030. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[ERP or SAAS – Why Have Two?]]> In an evolving, modern procurement environment, how do you keep up with the pace of new business practices? In recent years we have seen the emergence of Procure To Pay (P2P) and P-Card systems that work in isolation from ERP systems, or as expensive modules as part of an ongoing ERP investment. General dissatisfaction with … Continue reading ERP or SAAS – Why Have Two?

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<![CDATA[Telstra director honoured with prestigious procurement award]]> Richard Allen receives The Faculty’s ‘CPO of the Year’ title. Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) at Telstra, Richard Allen, was last night announced CPO of the Year by leading procurement consultancy The Faculty. Awarded at the Asia-Pacific CPO Forum’s annual gala dinner held at the Eureka89, Melbourne, Mr Allen was chosen from a shortlist of top … Continue reading Telstra director honoured with prestigious procurement award

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #9 – The Procurement Evolution]]> Giles Breault, Founder of The Beyond Group, states that procurement organisations have been over-defined by their own function (and language). Giles believes that procurement organisations are on the cusp of an evolutionary change. He also gives two examples of how they can contribute to the greater value of a business. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #9 – The Procurement Evolution

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<![CDATA[You need a plan: managing risk in the supply chain]]> Increased complexity in supply chains means increased risk, coupled with unprecedented visibility from social media and a lowered public tolerance for disruption – in other words, a perfect storm. For my last session of ISM2015 day two, I’ve come to find out about what supply chain professionals can do to weather the storm and become … Continue reading You need a plan: managing risk in the supply chain

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<![CDATA[Supply Chain Disruption – When Rockets Blow Up]]> Stick a rocket up your supply chain… When we talk about supply chains, we often discuss the ‘critical path’. The term is used to give firms an understanding of the earliest and latest a certain activity can take place without having an impact on a projects overall timeline. It is also used to point out … Continue reading Supply Chain Disruption – When Rockets Blow Up

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #10 – Competitive Differentiation]]> Chris Sawchuk, Principal – The Hackett Group, stresses the importance of adding differentiation in addition to value. Chris says that Procurement needs to add market intelligence as one of its services. We need to create services that are based on our customers and become more of a pull model rather than a push model. Watch: See more … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #10 – Competitive Differentiation

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<![CDATA[Fallout Still Being Felt After Strikes At Port of Los Angeles]]> West Coast Port Strikes Start to Play Out Earlier this year we covered a story about delays caused by industrial action at ports on the US West Coast. This week, the Port of Los Angeles has released some troubling statistics that point to the long-term impact of this action. Despite a significant rise in container … Continue reading Fallout Still Being Felt After Strikes At Port of Los Angeles

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<![CDATA[David Noble: Ethics In The Profession]]> “I do believe the impact of our profession – we underestimate it…” Watch our fourth Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 4) Watch David’s keynote in FULL here David Noble, Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), provides a fascinating insight into the profession from the point of view … Continue reading David Noble: Ethics In The Profession

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<![CDATA[We knew about reshoring manufacturing, but now business processes too?]]> Earlier this year Barack Obama brought reshoring into the media spotlight when, in his state of the union speech he claimed: “More than half of manufacturing executives have said they’re actively looking to bring jobs back from China, so let’s give them a reason to get that done.” The stats add up as well. America … Continue reading We knew about reshoring manufacturing, but now business processes too?

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<![CDATA[Why your CPO is key to the future of the profession]]> As Procurement continues to take steps towards showing its value to organisations, the role of the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) is becoming more and more critical to its success… The future of procurement was a key focus of the Big Ideas Summit on the 30th of April, and continues to be so as more of … Continue reading Why your CPO is key to the future of the profession

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<![CDATA[The logistics of supplying humanitarian aid in the earthquake-ravaged Nepal]]> DHL Disaster Response Team extends stay to aid in the aftermath of the devastation that has rocked Nepal. As earthquakes continue to rock the region and wreck lives for thousands, DHL has pledged to extend the deployment of its Disaster Response Team until the end of May. The group comprises 18 highly-trained volunteers hailing from Singapore, Malaysia, … Continue reading The logistics of supplying humanitarian aid in the earthquake-ravaged Nepal

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #11- Collaborative Learning]]> Max Goonan, Networks Director – The Faculty, talks up the advantages of collaborative learning. Hear Max state his case for “positive independence” – where every person in the profession perceives that they are linked with each other in such a way that one cannot succeed unless everyone succeeds. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #11- Collaborative Learning

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<![CDATA[YOUR Big Ideas: Meet Your Suppliers]]> The Faculty’s Gordon Donovan thinks businesses could win big by investing a small amount of time.  Simple and easy to implement, Gordon’s dictum is: meet with one supplier, for one hour, once a week. Want to add your voice to the conversation? We want you to share your point of view and ideas with the … Continue reading YOUR Big Ideas: Meet Your Suppliers

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<![CDATA[UK Automotive Sector To Leave Other Supply Chains In The Dust]]> New investments, economic recovery, overseas demand and continued technological advances, all point to continued substantial increases in UK vehicle production in the coming years. This means significant opportunities for those domestic suppliers able to respond.  (Currently only 40 per cent of components are sourced from the UK). To ensure the industry is equipped with the right … Continue reading UK Automotive Sector To Leave Other Supply Chains In The Dust

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #12 – Unleashing Public Procurement]]> Helen Mackenzie, Head of Exchequer Services – Scottish Local Government, on unleashing public procurement. We need to unleash the power of public procurement! Helen likens it to a buildup behind a hydroelectric dam. There’s never been a better time for that power to be unleashed. Watch: See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Why is eSourcing adoption and utilization still so low?]]> By Jeff Gilkerson, Manager at The Hackett Group  You would be hard pressed to find a TV viewer that would argue watching a show in standard definition is better than watching in High Definition. Similarly, it would be difficult to find a procurement executive that would argue a manual (excel/word/email) based sourcing process is better … Continue reading Why is eSourcing adoption and utilization still so low?

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<![CDATA[What the hell is an Intrapreneur?]]> You know that anxiety that sets in when you’re in a meeting and someone mutters a new three-letter acronym (TLA) or buzzword you’ve never heard of before? The rest of the room nods and you start to sweat? Well, that happened to me at the Big Ideas Summit. The term that did it this time … Continue reading What the hell is an Intrapreneur?

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<![CDATA[CIPS teams up with Procurious to drive social media knowledge]]> The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has partnered with Procurious, the world’s first online business network for procurement and supply chain professionals, to form a social media knowledge partnership that will deliver enhanced learning and networking opportunities for Procurious and CIPS members in the digital realm. The knowledge partnership will highlight how the … Continue reading CIPS teams up with Procurious to drive social media knowledge

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #13 – Procurement as the ‘Trusted Advisor’]]> Stuart Pemble, Burberry Group Procurement Manager wants us all to think of Procurement as the ‘Trusted Advisor’. Watch his video below to learn how. Stuart says that Procurement professionals need to sell themselves as trusted advisors with unrivalled relationships both internally and with their customers and suppliers. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Leniency for Corrupt Petrobras Suppliers?]]> Earlier this year Petrobras, a Brazilian state owned oil company, became involved in court action over questionable activities within its supply chain. Executives at the company were accused of accepting bribes, rigging bidding processes and facilitating overcharging in return from kickbacks from suppliers. The resultant actions have had a marked effect on Brazil’s economic fortunes. … Continue reading Leniency for Corrupt Petrobras Suppliers?

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<![CDATA[Five Tips For Effective Dispute Resolution]]> “If the dispute negotiation fails then we can always litigate, right?” As courts are backlogged there is an increasing trend for matters to be referred to alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’). However, your commercial contract may commit parties to engage in several steps of ADR. Georgia Brandi provides insights to effective application of dispute resolution with … Continue reading Five Tips For Effective Dispute Resolution

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<![CDATA[30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars]]> This year marks a historic tipping point in US demographics. The Baby Boomers will be overtaken by the Millennials (18-32 year-olds) as the largest living generation, and nowhere will this be felt more than in the workforce. In fact, Millennials will comprise about 75 per cent of the workforce within 10 years. Research by ThomasNet … Continue reading 30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars

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<![CDATA[How to Re-Energise Your Procurement Strategy In 100 Days]]> Steen Karstensen, CPO – Maersk, on re-energising your procurement strategy. Steen was speaking at Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress 15 in London. At Maersk there is a vision, and that vision is represented by the following mantra: “Every dollar spent is spent professionally”. Maersk believe that in order to be competitive and stay ahead of your contemporaries you need … Continue reading How to Re-Energise Your Procurement Strategy In 100 Days

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<![CDATA[What will the Enterprise Bill mean for SMEs?]]> Tracy Ewen, managing director of IGF Invoice Finance, has provided Procurious with her comments on the announcement of a new Enterprise Bill in today’s Queen’s Speech. “Measures will also be introduced to reduce regulation on small businesses so they can create jobs.” The purpose of the Bill is to: Cement the UK’s position as the best … Continue reading What will the Enterprise Bill mean for SMEs?

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<![CDATA[5 Megatrends In Technology]]> At Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress 15 David Rowan, Editor of Wired – offered a fascinating insight into the megatrends that are making waves in the technology space.             The emergence of virtual currencies What does a Video Games company, a Travel company and a Cable network all have in common? … Continue reading 5 Megatrends In Technology

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #14 – Open-Sourcing Procurement]]> Want to hear what founder of The Faculty (and Procurious) Tania Seary presented as her Big Idea? The future is all about Open-Source Software! Tania says that she first fell for the magic of open-source software during the planning stages of building Procurious. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Centralization of purchasing in business networks (Part 1)]]> What do we mean by the centralization of the purchasing or purchasing group? A PG (Purchasing Group) can be defined as an entity that groups two or more independent purchasing organisations that join together formally or informally or through a third independent organisation. Doing this combines their individual needs with the volume in the purchasing … Continue reading Centralization of purchasing in business networks (Part 1)

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<![CDATA[Centralization of purchasing in business networks (Part 2)]]> How are the business networks towards the centralization of purchasing operated? Formal consolidation of the relationship with partners who have for years been part of a single supply chain, putting together a greater production, marketing, commercial and sales capacity. Once the primary objective has been consolidated, it is important to look at the secondary objectives, … Continue reading Centralization of purchasing in business networks (Part 2)

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<![CDATA[10 tips for procurement professionals from a brand wizard]]> What Procurement can learn from CPA Australia According to Murray Chenery, Executive Marketing Manager, Brand, CPA Australia, procurement professionals cannot afford to ignore their business’ brand. Speaking at the 8th Asia-Pacific CPO Forum, Chenery who for 12 years was marketing director of Target, one of the country’s most recognisable brands, guiding the retailer through the … Continue reading 10 tips for procurement professionals from a brand wizard

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #15 – Investing In People’s Capability]]> Dapo Ajayi, Chief Procurement Officer – AstraZeneca, believes more must be invested in the capability of people in procurement for the future. Dapo wants us all to build a culture of training and education. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #17 – Licensing The Profession]]> Hear David Noble, Group CEO – CIPS, talking about licensing the procurement profession. David’s Big Idea is actually something that CIPS has come up with as a policy statement. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Transforming Sustainability Strategy Into Action]]> At Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress 15 Shelley Stewart, CPO – DuPont, talked about the challenges of embedding sustainability into procurement processes. Why care about sustainability at all? That was the question posed by Shelley’s thought-provoking opening, before making the observation that although different places in the world feel differently about sustainability – ultimately it is an … Continue reading Transforming Sustainability Strategy Into Action

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/transforming-sustainability-strategy-into-action Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:10:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Petrobras Procurement Scandal Goes CSI]]> After reading yesterday that the Brazilian government is considering offering leniency to the suppliers caught up in the Petrobras bribery scandal, my interest was piqued and I decided to look into the case a little more. And wow, this one is interesting. It reads like the next HBO mini series; intrigue, bribery, political involvement and … Continue reading Petrobras Procurement Scandal Goes CSI

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<![CDATA[Tania Seary: The Business Case For Creating A Procurement Network]]> “But sometimes I worry that large portions of the procurement profession are uncontacted…” Watch our fifth Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 3) Watch Tania’s keynote in FULL here Tania Seary, founder of Procurious, started off with an statistic that there are 27 indigenous tribes in the Amazon region that are entirely disconnected from … Continue reading Tania Seary: The Business Case For Creating A Procurement Network

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #16 – Data As The Driver]]> Dr David Hames, Executive Chairman – Science Warehouse, is tapping spend data analytics and the eMarketplace. Growth in the area has been driven by B2C – and as a result we’re seeing a huge digital revolution. However the technology is only driven by the data behind it, and this is what lies behind the good … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #16 – Data As The Driver

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<![CDATA[If you were offered unlimited leave would you take it?]]> It seems like a stupid question. You would no longer miss friends’ weddings. You could spend more time sailing, skiing, singing or whatever it is that makes you happy. Maybe you could even take that trip to Japan you promised your partner all those years ago… On the surface, unlimited leave sounds a like a … Continue reading If you were offered unlimited leave would you take it?

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<![CDATA[5 critical ways the UK needs to view supply chains differently]]> Jan Godsell on keeping Britain at the heart of global manufacturing with the help of supply chain companies. Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain, WMG at University of Warwick, has provided Procurious with her thoughts on the importance of Britain needing to have a greater understanding of its supply chains across industry. Jan says: “Today, many supply … Continue reading 5 critical ways the UK needs to view supply chains differently

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<![CDATA[ProcureCon Roundtable – Attracting and Retaining Digital Marketing Procurement Talent]]> Procurious is reporting live from ProcureCon Marketing in London. All week, Jordan Early will be tweeting, blogging, listening and sharing his learnings about the challenging world of marketing procurement. It’s day two of the ProcureCon Marketing event in London’s Hotel Russell. Yesterday, I had the chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion, chaired by … Continue reading ProcureCon Roundtable – Attracting and Retaining Digital Marketing Procurement Talent

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<![CDATA[The Devastating Effect of Unsustainable Palm Oil]]> Palm oil is one of the most widely used products in the world, but its increasing demand has led to large-scale, unsustainable plantations, causing devastation to large parts of growing countries. Indonesia is one such place. Earlier this year, Jordan Early wrote an article for Procurious in which he asked whether or not it would … Continue reading The Devastating Effect of Unsustainable Palm Oil

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<![CDATA[ProcureCon Marketing – Adidas and Agency Management]]> Procurious is reporting live from ProcureCon Marketing in London. All week, Jordan Early will be tweeting, blogging, listening and sharing his learnings about the challenging world of marketing procurement. Day one of the ProcureCon Marketing conference focused largely on the marketing side of the procurement-marketing coin, with speakers discussing marketing trends and movements in the … Continue reading ProcureCon Marketing – Adidas and Agency Management

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<![CDATA[5 Things Procurement Organisations Should Start Doing Now]]> By Kay Ree Lee, The Hackett Group  Stop paying lip-service to your internal customers: Here are five things Procurement organisations should start doing now to meet and exceed internal customer requirements. “Procurement needs to be more proactive versus the Business initiating projects” “Procurement needs to be an integral part of the team” “Consult the Business … Continue reading 5 Things Procurement Organisations Should Start Doing Now

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<![CDATA[Technology and Talent: A Match Made in Heaven]]> Procurement teams compete for talent, it’s as simple as that. Thanks to Zycus for granting Procurious permission to republish this article.  We compete with finance, we compete with operations and we compete with other procurement teams. Unfortunately we don’t often win this ‘war for talent’. Ask the graduates of the country’s leading business schools where their … Continue reading Technology and Talent: A Match Made in Heaven

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<![CDATA[Regulation, relationships and waste leave a nasty taste in the mouth]]> All facets of the food supply chain came under scrutiny this week, but all for very different reasons. From relationships with suppliers to a sustainable way of cutting down on food waste, the supply chain that impacts us all is working hard to stay ahead of the game. Conservative estimates put weekly food spend for … Continue reading Regulation, relationships and waste leave a nasty taste in the mouth

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<![CDATA[I’m French, I’m a woman and I’m not an engineer]]> Yulia YasPe/Shutterstock.comOr so said Sophie Barthelemy, the Deputy General Manager in charge of Global Strategy for Indirect Purchasing of the Nissan Renault Alliance during her brilliant address to the ProcureCon Marketing 2015 conference audience. Sophie was addressing some of the challenges she faced in integrating the procurement efforts of two teams, based in very different … Continue reading I’m French, I’m a woman and I’m not an engineer

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<![CDATA[How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts at Lloyds Bank]]> In the latest in the series of articles on the CIPS Supply Chain Management Awards winners from 2014, we look at Lloyds Bank. Lloyds Banking Group is a financial services group with millions of UK customers and with a presence in nearly every community. A household name on the high street, the Group thrives based … Continue reading How to Achieve Award Winning Procurement – Learn from the Experts at Lloyds Bank

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<![CDATA[Google reports progress in removing conflict minerals from supply chain]]> Google has reported on the company’s continued commitment to removing ‘conflict’ minerals from its supply chain. In a report (which makes up part of the level of disclosure required by the US government to eliminate the sale of raw materials from West Africa and Asia to fund violence and terrorism), the tech giant filed significant … Continue reading Google reports progress in removing conflict minerals from supply chain

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #19 – Purity of the Supply Chain]]> Listen to Danielle Stewart, Chartered Accountant (an interloper by her own admission), tell how her Big Idea was borne out of a shopping trip to London’s Westfield Shopping Centre with her daughters… More needs to be done to combat this so-called fast fashion culture, measures need to be put in place to ensure the workers … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #19 – Purity of the Supply Chain

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<![CDATA[Collaborative robots will soon support human workers]]> The ground-breaking humanoid robot will increase safety, efficiency and productivity in the workplace. Development of one of the world’s most advanced collaborative robots begins today as part of an EU-wide initiative involving Ocado Technology and four of Europe’s leading technology research institutions. Under the SecondHands project, Ocado Technology is coordinating a consortium of universities to … Continue reading Collaborative robots will soon support human workers

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<![CDATA[Lenovo expands commitment to supply chain visibility]]> Lenovo has run its supply chain on GT Nexus since 2010. GT Nexus has renewed its cloud supply chain commitment to support business growth on the GT Nexus platform. Supply chain visibility combined with analytics, rooted in deep trading partner connectivity on GT Nexus, enables Lenovo to operate a customer-centric supply chain and drive data … Continue reading Lenovo expands commitment to supply chain visibility

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #20 – Procurement’s Role in Cyber Security]]> The Hackett Group’s Melani Flores on this important trend that is impacting procurement. Melani’s Big Idea revolves around Cyber Security and the need for procurement teams to manage their own data privacy risks. She also recognises that the future of efficient procurement lies in collaboration, but how secure are those flows of information? See more … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #20 – Procurement’s Role in Cyber Security

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<![CDATA[US Pacific-Rim Trade Deal Hanging in the Balance]]> The future of a massive US trade deal looks to be in jeopardy following a US Senate vote on Friday. Democrats voted against a major part of the bill, despite a last-minute personal plea from the President himself. Without this bill being approved, there is a danger for Obama that the deal will fail to … Continue reading US Pacific-Rim Trade Deal Hanging in the Balance

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<![CDATA[Accenture and Fast Retailing are transforming the future of customer service]]> Accenture and Fast Retailing want to innovate customer service – here’s how they plan on doing it. A joint initiative aims to improve the personalised multi-channel experience for Fast Retailing’s customers. Accenture will help Fast Retailing (who own seven major brands, including UNIQLO, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Helmut Lang, et al) to develop new digital business … Continue reading Accenture and Fast Retailing are transforming the future of customer service

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<![CDATA[Airlines to seek legal advice on supplier competition]]> Willie Walsh, the head of International Consolidated Airlines Group (a parent company of British Airways) announced at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) annual meeting earlier this month, that airlines are actively seeking legal advice on the competitive nature of the industry’s supply market. Two suppliers, Boeing and Airbus, dominate the aircraft production market and … Continue reading Airlines to seek legal advice on supplier competition

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #21 – The Changing Role of Sales]]> Tim Hughes, Social Seller and Innovator believes that the way people are buying has changed. Tim says that twenty-five per cent of sales roles won’t exist in 2020 because buyers are now empowered to make informed purchasing decisions on their own through the Internet. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[How to get the most out of Procurious Groups]]> Procurious Groups are where it’s at When we quietly granted Procurious members the power to create their own Groups back in January we didn’t expect the reaction we received… Suffice to say Groups have proved a popular addition to the site, so it’s only appropriate for us to cover them off in more detail. Groups … Continue reading How to get the most out of Procurious Groups

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #22 – Delivering What The Business Wants]]> Tony Jones, CPO – Hovis, believes that procurement should simply do what the business wants. Tony also makes an interesting point that perhaps procurement should take the lead from social media – to become more agile to act upon things instantaneously. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[3 Tips to Get Your Procurement Function Fit for Purpose]]> When making a purchase, consumer law states that the goods you buy must be fit for purpose.. This blog has been developed and published for Procurious by Proxima. In short, this means that any goods that you purchase must be able to perform the tasks or functions that they were designed to be able to complete. … Continue reading 3 Tips to Get Your Procurement Function Fit for Purpose

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<![CDATA[LEGO announces billion Krone Sustainable Materials Centre]]> LEGO, the world’s largest toymaker, has announced it will open a new Sustainable Materials Centre as part of the company’s commitment to sourcing more environmentally friendly materials for its packaging and products. The group’s CEO announced that the commitment of one billion Danish Krone (roughly $150 million USD) marked a significant step in the company’s … Continue reading LEGO announces billion Krone Sustainable Materials Centre

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<![CDATA[How To Spot Supplier Risk During On-Site Evaluations]]> Visiting your suppliers in person provides a great opportunity to identify potentially risky behaviour. In this article, we explore what you should look for to ensure you’re working with safe, knowledgeable, and reliable suppliers. Thanks to Spendrix for granting Procurious permission to republish this article. This article is the second in a series on how to identify various types of … Continue reading How To Spot Supplier Risk During On-Site Evaluations

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<![CDATA[Chris Sawchuk: How Procurement Is Elevating Its Role]]> ‘We have to be more flexible, we have to be more agile, to react to these sorts of things…’ Watch our third Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 3) Watch Chris’ keynote in FULL here Looking to the future, Chris Sawchuk, Principle and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group, spoke about … Continue reading Chris Sawchuk: How Procurement Is Elevating Its Role

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<![CDATA[Sarah Trota: How People Create Alchemy In Organisations]]> ‘The relationship between Human Resources and Procurement is closer than people think…’ Watch our sixth Big Ideas Summit keynote (part 1 of 4) Watch Sarah’s keynote in FULL here Sarah Trota, founder of sarahtrotaalchemy and Personnel Today HR Director of the Year 2013, discusses her own model for how to create ‘alchemy’ within organisations. The … Continue reading Sarah Trota: How People Create Alchemy In Organisations

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<![CDATA[Tuna supplier calls for improved supply chain visibility]]> Ecuadorian tuna supplier, Marbelize, and Frequentz form strategic global partnership to ensure supply chain transparency. Marbelize, one of the world’s largest tuna suppliers, has entered an exclusive partnership with Frequentz Inc., a global leader and champion of end-to-end visibility, in a strategic move that proactively addresses the coming IUU Task Force seafood traceability action plan. … Continue reading Tuna supplier calls for improved supply chain visibility

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #23 – Unlocking Value In Procurement Teams]]> Sarah Trota, CEO – sarahtrotaalchemy, says procurement leaders need to look at unlocking value in their own teams. Sarah urges procurement teams to take a slightly different view of the organisation, taking a slice across the top and looking down. Satisfied staff, engaged people, deliver phenomenal outcomes. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Why are CPO’s scared of Social Media?]]> Noel Gallagher, he of Oasis fame, said earlier this year that musicians are “S**t scared of social media”. I think CPO’s are too. This morning I carried out some rudimental research into the Twitter presence of the CPO’s of the world’s ‘market leading” brands. The results were telling. I searched Twitter for the CPO’s (or … Continue reading Why are CPO’s scared of Social Media?

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<![CDATA[Worrying Number of UK Organisations Lack Supply Chain ‘Plan B’]]> Nearly two and a half years since the oft reported ‘horsemeat scandal’ and many organisations are still lacking a Plan B for a supply chain crisis, according to a survey by CIPS. CIPS quizzed senior supply chain managers from across the globe on a number of topics, with the research throwing up a number of … Continue reading Worrying Number of UK Organisations Lack Supply Chain ‘Plan B’

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<![CDATA[Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day]]> National Women In Engineering Day is hoping to change perceptions and inspire more women engineers. What is it? National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) was launched in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), as an inaugural event to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and encourage more girls to consider engineering as a … Continue reading Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #24 – Building A Procurement & Supply Chain Wiki]]> Gordon Donovan, Principal Consultant at The Faculty, focuses on harnessing the power of the community to build a centralised knowledge base for all. Gordon realises that his Big Idea is quite daunting, but as he points out – it all has to start somewhere! See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Uncovering The Truths Behind Supplying The Supermarket Giants]]> Supplier Rebates to be Discussed at Tesco Shareholders Meeting This Friday, Dave Lewis has the unenviable task of addressing the Tesco shareholders at the firm’s annual meeting. As the firm’s new CEO, the responsibility for explaining the company’s fall from grace over the past 12 months falls at his feet. There is a lot to … Continue reading Uncovering The Truths Behind Supplying The Supermarket Giants

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<![CDATA[We need data to combat slavery in supply chains]]> International news agency Reuters has announced that recent investigations into the Thai fishing industry suggest that fish caught by boats utilising slave labour could be finding their way into the global retail supply chain. It is alleged that operators in the Thai fishing industry (the world’s third largest seafood exporter) are staffing boats with migrant … Continue reading We need data to combat slavery in supply chains

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<![CDATA[Intrigue, money laundering and arrests at the Alhambra]]> World’s collide as procurement fraud comes to my hometown of Granada. This morning, the Director of the Alhambra, an ancient Moorish palace that is now Spain’s most visited tourist attraction, along with some senior staff members were arrested and accused of money laundering. The allegations centre on the dubious circumstances surrounding the award of a … Continue reading Intrigue, money laundering and arrests at the Alhambra

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<![CDATA[Your shameful email sending habits have been revealed in a new survey]]> An independent study into email user habits has revealed that a worrying number of professionals find it hard to drag themselves away from work email. A new study has found that work-related email is disrupting everything from holidays to funerals as employees struggle to cope with volume and culture of ‘always-on’ working. GFI Software (the … Continue reading Your shameful email sending habits have been revealed in a new survey

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<![CDATA[The cost of maintaining a supply of ethically sourced coffee]]> Starbucks contributes $30M to supplier development fund Global coffee chain Starbucks has announced it will contribute a further $30M USD to its Global Farmers Fund, more than doubling the company’s investment in this initiative. The fund, established back in 2008, is designed to provide support for farmers in the company’s supply chain. In the announcement … Continue reading The cost of maintaining a supply of ethically sourced coffee

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<![CDATA[2014 Best Year for Supply Chain and Logistics since Great Recession]]> The revelation comes from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 26th Annual “State of Logistics Report. This year’s State of Logistics Report revealed that the supply chain industry experienced its best year since the Great Recession. The report examined the economic vitality and associated challenges facing each segment of the logistics industry. It … Continue reading 2014 Best Year for Supply Chain and Logistics since Great Recession

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #25 – Collating Procurement Knowledge]]> Procurious’ favourite Italian, Sergio Giordano, explained the benefits of tapping the global procurement community. Sergio, co-founder ProcOut S.r.l, is one of our earliest (and strongest) supporters. He has also set up a haven for Italian Procurement Professionals – go and join his Group on Procurious today! See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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<![CDATA[Greek Debt Crisis: What Impact Will UK Supply Chains Feel From A ‘Grexit’?]]> After months of  fruitless negotiations, Greece stands less than 24 hours away from defaulting on its debt repayment to the IMF. With reports stating that Greece’s government is running out of money, announcements that banks will be closed all week and billions withdrawn from the banks by Greeks in the past few weeks, it seems … Continue reading Greek Debt Crisis: What Impact Will UK Supply Chains Feel From A ‘Grexit’?

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<![CDATA[What Really Happened At The Tesco Shareholders Meeting]]> ‘The Rolls Royce of grocery retail has become Ryanair… The difference is people still want to fly with Ryanair.’ As I reported here last week, UK supermarket chain Tesco, held its first shareholder meeting since the supplier rebate accounting scandal and subsequent profit drop, last Friday. Despite reporting better than expected share values, the mood … Continue reading What Really Happened At The Tesco Shareholders Meeting

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #26 – Attracting The Top Talent]]> Brendan Turner, Managing Consultant at The Source, believes it’s important for professionals to develop their social media profile. Hear Brendan talk about how CPOs can develop their own personal brand and the brand of their team as an employer of choice on social media in order to attract the top talent in procurement. See more … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #26 – Attracting The Top Talent

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<![CDATA[Sourcemap Is Mapping The Supply Chains Of The World]]> Where does stuff really come from? Sourcemap has the answers… Remember the first time someone tried to explain the supply chain to you? You were likely at university or perhaps it was in your first job. The whiteboard markers came out and a rudimentary picture that included farmers, factories, trucks and shops all joined up … Continue reading Sourcemap Is Mapping The Supply Chains Of The World

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<![CDATA[Why Cyber Security Needs To Be On Your Board’s Agenda]]> The Confederation of British Industry has offered-up some tips to help keep your company safe. Like any other large-scale threat to a company, cyber security must be dealt with at board level, the CBI said at its inaugural Cyber Security Conference in London. Cyber security is nothing new, but (as Procurious was told at a … Continue reading Why Cyber Security Needs To Be On Your Board’s Agenda

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<![CDATA[Top Ten Global Supply Chain Risks Infographic]]> Riskmethods have published an infographic that illustrates the Top 10 Global Risks to Supply Chains. The infographic breaks the risks down into two categories, assessing both the likelihood and impact. According to data obtained from the Global Risks Perception Survey 2014 at the World Economic Forum, four of the risks cross into the two categories. The … Continue reading Top Ten Global Supply Chain Risks Infographic

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<![CDATA[Where Are Procurement’s Blind Spots?]]> Watch the Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion on Procurement’s Blind Spots. In the second of the panel discussions from the Big Ideas Summit, Tim Hughes, Olinga Ta’eed, Chris Lynch, Giles Breault, Nic Walden, Jason Busch and Lance Younger commented on the risks the profession will face in the coming years. Watch a sample below With hot topics … Continue reading Where Are Procurement’s Blind Spots?

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<![CDATA[What Does It Mean To Be An Authentic Leader?]]> Watch the Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion on Authentic Leadership In the first of the panel discussions from the Big Ideas Summit, Sigi Osagie, Sarah Trota, Helen Mackenzie and Andrew MacAskill discuss what it means to be an authentic leader in procurement. Watch a sample below From the power of public sector procurement and the … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be An Authentic Leader?

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<![CDATA[El Niño is coming: How it will impact your organisation]]> The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has called it; we’re set for an El Niño year. When I was younger I used to love the words El Niño. Although I knew nothing about this weather event, what I did know was that when we had El Niño conditions, we had great waves to surf. Living in … Continue reading El Niño is coming: How it will impact your organisation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/el-nino-is-coming-how-it-will-impact-your-organisation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Amazon Prime Now Will Shake-Up Logistics Strategies]]> Amazon Prime Now will force retailers to reassess existing delivery strategies. The success of Amazon’s new one-hour delivery service will depend on a number of factors, notably product availability, as well as the customer’s willingness to pay inflated delivery prices to secure a product and have it in their hands within 60 minutes. However, if it proves popular, it … Continue reading Amazon Prime Now Will Shake-Up Logistics Strategies

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<![CDATA[Three-quarters of business leaders think Greece will leave Euro within the year]]> In the heat of the Greek banking crisis, an overwhelming majority predict Greece will leave the Euro behind. In a survey conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD), business leaders were quizzed on Greece’s monetary troubles. Three in four IoD members think it’s likely Greece will be forced to leave the European single currency within … Continue reading Three-quarters of business leaders think Greece will leave Euro within the year

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #27 – Peer To Peer Learning Networks]]> The Faculty’s Networks Director, Max Goonan, speaks about the need for CPOs to stop working in isolation. Max says that CPOs must engage in peer to peer networks such as Procurious and the CPO Forum in order to learn, problem solve and benefit from the experience of others. See more Big Ideas from our 40 … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #27 – Peer To Peer Learning Networks

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #28 – Meeting Suppliers Face-To-Face]]> Marisa Menezes, Managing Director for The Source, believes that there’s a lot to be gained by conducting face-to-face meetings with your suppliers. Here Marisa focuses on the hot topic of Supplier Relationship Management and how spending face-to-face time with suppliers and getting to know each other’s organisations can help to build closer relationships. See more … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #28 – Meeting Suppliers Face-To-Face

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<![CDATA[New Runway Offers Freight Potential, While US Investigates ‘Collusion’]]> The airline industry is a popular news topic, appearing on two fronts this past week. The decision on a new runway for London got people talking about airfreight, while in the US, an investigation was announced by the Department of Justice into alleged collusion. New Runway Plans Last week, a UK Government commission selected Heathrow … Continue reading New Runway Offers Freight Potential, While US Investigates ‘Collusion’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-runway-offers-freight-potential-while-us-investigates-collusion Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:23 +0000
<![CDATA[H&M Struggle with Strong US Dollar]]> Fashion retailer H&M’s profits miss forecasts thanks to might of US dollar. The world’s second largest fashion retailer, H&M, is facing a significant reduction in its profit outlook. The bleak outlook is due largely to changing currency valuations and their impact on the firm’s supply chain. Despite rapidly increasing sales figures, the firm has warned of … Continue reading H&M Struggle with Strong US Dollar

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<![CDATA[IT Spend – Do You Know Who’s Calling The Shots?]]> Do you know who’s responsible for your organisation’s IT spend? As you well know, Procurious is the home of the procurement and supply chain functions on the Internet. We’re not alone in the world of niche social networks however. Spiceworks is a vertical social media site for IT professionals. It functions in much the same … Continue reading IT Spend – Do You Know Who’s Calling The Shots?

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #29 – Buying The Right Expertise]]> Murray Chenery, Executive General Manager of Brand for CPA Australia, highlights the importance of having procurement onside as a partner. Murray, having purchased over $1.8 billion of marketing communication, talks about the importance of procurement as a partner to marketing, but also ensuring that the best marketing expertise is bought, not necessarily the cheapest. See more … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #29 – Buying The Right Expertise

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-29-buying-the-right-expertise Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:22 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Get Ahead: 5 Key Skills For Generation Y]]> Five skills to give you a head-start  in your procurement career If you are one of the Generation Y (born between the mid-1980s and 2000) and have ambitions to get ahead in procurement, you can expect great opportunities ahead due to the retirement of the Baby Boomers. There’s a lot of criticism – much of it unfounded … Continue reading How To Get Ahead: 5 Key Skills For Generation Y

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-get-ahead-5-key-skills-for-generation-y Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:21 +0000
<![CDATA[ISM Reports US Manufacturing Has Risen To Five-Month High]]> The Institute of Supply Management sheds some light on the current state of manufacturing in the United States. The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide In general respondents were upbeat about the economy. Some of the key insights from its June report include: “Avian flu is having a huge … Continue reading ISM Reports US Manufacturing Has Risen To Five-Month High

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ism-reports-us-manufacturing-has-risen-to-five-month-high Mon, 30 Jul 2018 14:09:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Your Organisation’s Sustainability Program As Good As This?]]> The Fruits Of Nespresso’s Sustainability Program Revealed. On the one-year anniversary of The Positive Cup, Nespresso’s 2020 sustainability strategy, Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestlé Nespresso, has announced that significant progress had been made towards improving the lives of thousands of coffee farmers. The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program was developed with the NGO the Rainforest … Continue reading Is Your Organisation’s Sustainability Program As Good As This?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-your-organisations-sustainability-program-as-good-as-this Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:20:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Uber Is One Step Closer To Realising Its Driverless Car Ambitions]]> Did Uber just declare war over your future driverless car service?  We love innovation here at Procurious, and Uber, one of the biggest disruptors of recent times, are never far from our radar… What’s it gone and done now? Microsoft has sold its map-generating technology to the transportation kings in a move that will bolster its … Continue reading Uber Is One Step Closer To Realising Its Driverless Car Ambitions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/uber-is-one-step-closer-to-realising-its-driverless-car-ambitions Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:20:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Supply Chain Risk Should Be On Your Corporate Agenda]]> Contribute to a wider understanding of organisational barriers to supply chain risk management. Over the past decades the world has experienced several major natural and manmade disasters. Events such as the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions in Iceland and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan have a profound impact on companies operating in the … Continue reading Why Supply Chain Risk Should Be On Your Corporate Agenda

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-supply-chain-risk-should-be-on-your-corporate-agenda Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Are Business Costs Too High or Too Low?]]> Watch the Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion on Business Costs. In the third of the panel discussions from the Big Ideas Summit, Dr Jules Goddard chairs a ‘fishbowl’ discussion where participants are asked to argue both sides of the question, ‘Are business costs too high or too low?’. Watch a sample below The panel started with Chris … Continue reading Are Business Costs Too High or Too Low?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-business-costs-too-high-or-too-low Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:58 +0000
<![CDATA[What I Learnt At The Social Enterprise World Forum]]> Last week I attended Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2015 in Milan, Italy. It has been described by some as the “Davos meeting” of the Social Economy. Procurious asked whether I’d like to report on my experience for the community – how could I not accept? It brings me great pleasure to present you with some … Continue reading What I Learnt At The Social Enterprise World Forum

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-i-learnt-at-the-social-enterprise-world-forum-3 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #30 – Involve Procurement In Innovation]]> Eva Wimmers, CPO Deutsche Telekom, wants procurement to understand that it’s a function and not a service. Eva discusses procurement’s position as a function rather than a service, as well as taking on more innovation work as part of their organisations. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-30-involve-procurement-in-innovation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0000
<![CDATA[What Do We Really Mean When We Talk ‘Talent’ In Procurement?]]> Depending with whom you speak, you get very different views on the subject of talent in procurement. When we say talent, we don’t mean the ability to sing, dance or unicycle down the street whilst juggling flaming swords (although that would be a useful skill to have…), but having the skills and knowledge necessary to … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean When We Talk ‘Talent’ In Procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-do-we-really-mean-when-we-talk-talent-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Coupa Software has acquired Australia’s InvoiceSmash]]> To the cloud! Coupa acquires InvoiceSmash to drive B2B commerce transformation. Cloud-based spend management provider Coupa last week acquired InvoiceSmash, an Australian company that manages the accounts payable and invoicing process. The motivation for the acquisition is thought to be the fact that the data extraction capability of InvoiceSmash will facilitate further automation of Coupa’s invoicing … Continue reading Coupa Software has acquired Australia’s InvoiceSmash

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/coupa-software-has-acquired-australias-invoicesmash Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Businesses See Risky Supply Chains As Top Challenge]]> New survey says risky supply chains are a challenge for 77 per cent of businesses across North America and Europe. Xchanging have recently issued the results of the second portion of its Procurement Study. The survey polled 830 procurement decision makers regarding what they view as the top threats in the Procurement space. Procurious covered … Continue reading Businesses See Risky Supply Chains As Top Challenge

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/businesses-see-risky-supply-chains-as-top-challenge Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Is a lack of collaboration to blame for procurement perception gap?]]> Is a lack of collaboration between procurement and critical business functions to blame for squandering budgets of UK businesses? Procurement’s true value is held back by restrictive corporate cost saving edicts according to new research published today. The ‘Procurement Perceptions’ study was carried out by Redshift on behalf of Wax Digital. It took into account the … Continue reading Is a lack of collaboration to blame for procurement perception gap?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-report-says-lack-of-collaboration-is-to-blame-for-procurement-perception-gap Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple Pay ushers in a new dawn of payments on the go]]> Apple Pay has launched in the UK amid increased demand for smart wallets and connected services. Apple Pay is now live in the UK – the first country outside of the US to offer the contactless payment service.  For the launch both Visa and MasterCard have announced they will offer cardholders immediate access to the … Continue reading Apple Pay ushers in a new dawn of payments on the go

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/apple-pay-ushers-in-a-new-dawn-of-payments-on-the-go Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #31 – Going Beyond Traditional Metrics]]> Jane Falconer, Executive General Manager Procurement at Fulton Hogan believes that going beyond traditional metrics can help procurement align with company objectives to grow the top line. Jane says that traditional metrics can only take you so far and to create more value, procurement needs to go beyond these. See more Big Ideas from our … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #31 – Going Beyond Traditional Metrics

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-31-going-beyond-traditional-metrics Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious talks to Kylie Towie – ‘Procurement Leader of the Year’ 2015]]> They say that Texas is big. If you’ve been to Western Australia (WA) you’ll know that ‘big’ is a relative term. Western Australia’s size is so vast that Texas would fit within its boundaries three times, with still enough room left over for California and Connecticut to come visit. For the Europeans out there, Western … Continue reading Procurious talks to Kylie Towie – ‘Procurement Leader of the Year’ 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-talks-to-kylie-towie-procurement-leader-of-the-year-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:49 +0000
<![CDATA[What Are We Doing To Create Communities Of Practice?]]> Watch the Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion on working together to elevate procurement. The fourth of the Big Ideas Summit panel discussions built on Tania Seary’s keynote speech and the idea of collaboration across the procurement profession. David Noble, Tania Seary, Diego Barilla and Sue Steele discuss what can be done to bring a dispersed … Continue reading What Are We Doing To Create Communities Of Practice?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-are-we-doing-to-create-communities-of-practice Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Scenario Planning: A Field Guide (Back) To The Future?]]> A flash of light as the time machine lands outside Marty’s house, it crashes into the trashcans and out steps a futuristic looking Doc Brown looking panicked as he reveals part of the future to Marty. “It’s your kids Marty, something has to be done about your kids.” If only we could see the future … Continue reading Scenario Planning: A Field Guide (Back) To The Future?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/scenario-planning-a-field-guide-back-to-the-future Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Could North Sea Cod Be Back On The Menu?]]> A recent assessment of fish stocks indicate that cod might soon lose its ‘fish to avoid’ status as the fish’s population is growing at a near-sustainable rate. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has delivered an overview of the status of a host of fish and shellfish stocks across the Northeast Atlantic. The … Continue reading Could North Sea Cod Be Back On The Menu?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/could-north-sea-cod-be-back-on-the-menu Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:46 +0000
<![CDATA[20 Most Promising Procurement Solution Providers in 2015]]> Which companies have been recognised among CIO Review’s Twenty Most Promising Procurement Solution Providers? CIO Review has published their list of the ‘Twenty Most Promising Procurement Solution Providers in 2015’. The list of best in class providers features supply chain qualification leader, BROWZ along with other industry favourites; Ariba, SciQuest and Zycus to name a … Continue reading 20 Most Promising Procurement Solution Providers in 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/20-most-promising-procurement-solution-providers-in-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #32 – Cognitive Diversification]]> Paul Dobing, Executive Director at NSW Procurement, uses his Big Idea to highlight supply chain diversity. Paul talks about the opportunity to use procurement’s spend to diversify the supply chain, including directing spend to Aboriginal and Indigenous organisations in Australia, as well increasing the percentage of women in the workforce. See more Big Ideas from … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #32 – Cognitive Diversification

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-32-cognitive-diversification Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:44 +0000
<![CDATA[6 things you need to know before taking a procurement job in Singapore]]> The chance to live in Singapore as a CM within an IPO for a MNC (Category Manager in an International Procurement Office for a Multi-National Corporation) is flattering and could be the making of your career, but you need to consider the opportunity with your eyes wide open. Last week, I had the pleasure of … Continue reading 6 things you need to know before taking a procurement job in Singapore

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/6-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-a-procurement-job-in-singapore Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #18 – Having The Courage To Change]]> Listen to Nick Walden, Senior Advisor – The Hackett Group, talk Change Management. Nick’s Big Idea revolves around having the courage to change, and he offers four basic steps for making that happen. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-18-having-the-courage-to-change Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:42 +0000
<![CDATA[3D Printing – The End of Outsourcing?]]> From golf clubs to firearms, pharmaceuticals to trainers, 3D Printing is disrupting the manufacturing process of an increasing number of products. But what are the long-term implications for the supply chain as a whole? It’s a common misconception that 3D printing is something new. Although the processes and thinking for it have been around for a … Continue reading 3D Printing – The End of Outsourcing?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3d-printing-the-end-of-outsourcing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:41 +0000
<![CDATA[The War for Talent – Battleground Asia]]> The Faculty Roundtable lands in Singapore The Faculty was in Singapore this week for the launch of its Asian Roundtable Meetings. This series of events brings together a carefully selected group of elite procurement leaders to share experiences and insights within the specific context of the Asian procurement environment. Wednesday’s inaugural event focused primarily on … Continue reading The War for Talent – Battleground Asia

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-war-for-talent-battleground-asia Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Introducing Procurious Membership Badges]]> It’s time to ‘Show Your Colours’ to the world! At Procurious we’ve long been encouraging you to share a profile picture with your network. Today we’re going one step further by announcing our new ‘Membership’ feature – support your professional membership and demonstrate your qualifications by adding a Badge to your profile. Why? We want … Continue reading Introducing Procurious Membership Badges

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/introducing-procurious-membership-badges Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Your Procurement Technology a Solution or Just an ‘Empty App’?]]> There are hundreds of procurement technology products in the market today – from standalone tools to end-to-end platforms. But are they really ‘solutions’ or just ’empty apps’? Let’s look at an example. Satellite navigation was a technology that had to be developed in order to make commercial sense of GPS. Originally developed to guide cruise missiles … Continue reading Is Your Procurement Technology a Solution or Just an ‘Empty App’?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-your-procurement-technology-a-solution-or-just-an-empty-app-3 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #33 – Specialist Category Working]]> Ryan Kirgan, Portfolio Category Manager at Downer, believes there’s a lot to be said for collaborating in specialist silos. Ryan discusses the creation of global specialist category working groups to introduce collaboration in a number of areas including supply data and market data. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-33-specialist-category-working Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Can Coffee Pods Ever Be Considered Sustainable?]]> Call me cynical, but am I alone in not buying into Nespresso’s sustainability spin? This article posted on Procurious highlights the great work that the coffee pod producer is doing to develop a sustainable supply base by investing in infrastructure and capability in war torn South Sudan. Those efforts are worthy of praise, no question … Continue reading Can Coffee Pods Ever Be Considered Sustainable?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-coffee-pods-ever-be-considered-sustainable Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Suppliers Are Key to Disruptive Innovation]]> A new study shows there is increasing focus on Supplier-Enabled Innovation (SEI) among global sourcing and procurement executives. New research by Procurement Leaders has detailed that procurement is a key enabler of corporate innovation thanks to the connectivity it enjoys with suppliers and key business stakeholders. According to the Chief Procurement Officers polled, procurement is … Continue reading Suppliers Are Key to Disruptive Innovation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/suppliers-are-key-to-disruptive-innovation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Do Fixed Price Contracts Endorse Embezzlement?]]> For many years Buyers have used ‘fixed price’ contracts – a contract that stipulates the final price regardless of the outcome. There are a couple of common reasons why buyers use them. The first is to move the risk of the contract going over budget to the supplier. The second is to encourage the supplier to … Continue reading Do Fixed Price Contracts Endorse Embezzlement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/do-fixed-price-contracts-endorse-embezzlement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:34 +0000
<![CDATA[The Rise And Rise of Amazon Continues – Now Bigger Than Walmart]]> It looks like Amazon’s ballsy initiatives have paid off after all… as the online retailer announces earnings surge. Amazon has announced a whopping 20 per cent uplift in second quarter sales. News outlets are reporting that the jump means Amazon was valued as high as $267bn (£172bn), that eclipses Walmart’s market value by $32bn (£21bn) – making … Continue reading The Rise And Rise of Amazon Continues – Now Bigger Than Walmart

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-rise-and-rise-of-amazon-continues-now-bigger-than-walmart Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:10:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Bottled Water Makes A Splash As Popularity Soars]]> It seems that bottled water is making quite a splash… As summer temperatures invariably rise, keeping effortlessly cool and on top of your hydration game is certainly a challenge. In these health-concious times more and consumers appear to be shunning the carbonated drinks of old, in favour of healthier bottled alternatives.  If researchers are reading … Continue reading Bottled Water Makes A Splash As Popularity Soars

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/bottled-water-makes-a-splash-as-popularity-soars Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Spotlight on Logistics and Transportation – The Unseen Supply Chain]]> Logistics and transportation services can sometimes be overlooked in the supply chain and seen as something that ‘just happens’. However the reality is that they play a vital role in the successful working of all businesses. A greater focus from organisations can be critical for ensuring continuity of supply and saving time and money from … Continue reading Spotlight on Logistics and Transportation – The Unseen Supply Chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/spotlight-on-logistics-and-transportation-the-unseen-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:58 +0000
<![CDATA[ISM CEO Tom Derry on Innovating From Your Supply Base]]> Last week Procurious was fortunate enough to catch up with Tom Derry, the CEO of the Institute for Supply Management. In this, the first-part of our three-part interview, Tom discusses the changes he’s witnessed in the function over recent years and highlights the unique opportunities that make procurement and supply chain such great fields to … Continue reading ISM CEO Tom Derry on Innovating From Your Supply Base

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ism-ceo-tom-derry-on-innovating-from-your-supply-base Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Hold On To Your Glass Balls]]> I used to flake off and daydream in most corporate training programs, but I’ve never forgotten the lesson I learnt from one speaker who likened life to juggling balls. Obviously, the trick is to keep all the balls in the air at one time – work, family, health etc. But the important point he made … Continue reading Hold On To Your Glass Balls

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hold-on-to-your-glass-balls Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:55 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Recommendations To Get The Haulage Industry Back On Track]]> Shortage Of Drivers Puts Transportation Industry At Risk. Comensura has revealed to Procurious that the UK transportation industry could become gridlocked due to a growing driver shortage. Newly-published research claims that a shortage of UK driving staff could bring £74bn transportation industry to a standstill. Half of specialist driver recruiters cite a low candidate availability, coupled with … Continue reading 5 Recommendations To Get The Haulage Industry Back On Track

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-recommendations-to-get-the-haulage-industry-back-on-track Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:54 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Get Ahead: 5 More Key Skills For Generation Y]]> If you are part of Generation Y (born between the mid-1980s and 2000) and have ambitions to get ahead in procurement, you can expect great opportunities ahead. In Part 1 of this article we suggested five critical skills you can acquire through training and experience. This time we look at other important abilities that are … Continue reading How To Get Ahead: 5 More Key Skills For Generation Y

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-get-ahead-5-more-key-skills-for-generation-y Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #34 – The Importance Of Relationships]]> Procurement is a profession focused on relationships, networks and connections that are built, according to Stavros Seremetis, Consultant at The Faculty. Stavros says that Professionals need to build these relationships and networks in order to support themselves throughout their careers. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-34-the-importance-of-relationships Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:51 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Start A Discussion Topic On Procurious]]> Today we’re going back to basics and revisiting one of the most popular areas on Procurious – namely, Discussions. At the time of writing over 400 discussion topics have been started on the site, with a colossal 1700+ answers from the Procurious community. For those yet to dip their toes into the Discussion waters we … Continue reading How To Start A Discussion Topic On Procurious

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-start-a-discussion-topic-on-procurious-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Unilever China and Alibaba are building something big together…]]> Unilever China and Alibaba hope to innovate in Big Data, cross border e-commerce and supply chain management. We’ve been watching Alibaba with increased fascination during the last twelve months: Rakuten, Alibaba and Amazon: the battle of the electronic storefront, and Sourcing things differently: the world of alternative storefronts.   Unilever China and Alibaba Group recently … Continue reading Unilever China and Alibaba are building something big together…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/unilever-china-and-alibaba-are-building-something-big-together Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Logistics, Pricing Wars and a Lack of Innovation…]]> The Logistics industry is lagging far behind in both innovation and price innovation a new report has said. Simon-Kucher & Partners – a global strategy consulting firm, has published its latest Global Pricing Study. In it, it found that logistics firms succeed with only 40 per cent of their planned price increases. And almost 80 per … Continue reading Logistics, Pricing Wars and a Lack of Innovation…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/logistics-pricing-wars-and-a-lack-of-innovation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:47 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Quit Your Job In Style]]> Breakin’ up is hard to do… The crooning Neil Sedaka lyric rings in my ears as I think of the last time someone gave me the news of their resignation. Let’s face it – it’s never a pleasant situation, and it can, in the worst case, literally end in tears for the employee or the … Continue reading How To Quit Your Job In Style

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-quit-your-job-in-style Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:46 +0000
<![CDATA[The Supply Chain Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive and Well]]> When analyzing my connections on Twitter, one of the biggest words in my tag cloud describing my followers, next to business, marketing and supply chain, is “entrepreneur.” I can understand the desire to associate oneself with this word as it is often linked to success-oriented character traits such as tenacity, optimism, passion and creativity. Luckily … Continue reading The Supply Chain Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive and Well

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-supply-chain-entrepreneurial-spirit-is-alive-and-well Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Does Artificial Intelligence Have A Place In Procurement?]]> With the recent innovations in artificial intelligence, will the supply chains of tomorrow be at the mercy of robotic overlords? If so, do we have anything to fear? There’s a change happening on factory floors the world over, as robots and automation increasingly replace the manual (human) workforce of old. We’ll dip into the possible effects artificial … Continue reading Does Artificial Intelligence Have A Place In Procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/does-artificial-intelligence-have-a-place-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Bridging the Procurement Talent Gap with ISM CEO Tom Derry]]> Welcome back to the Second Part of our interview with the CEO of ISM, Tom Derry. In Part One Tom spoke about the changes occurring within our function and outlined the vast opportunities a career in procurement and supply chain presents. Today we’re discussing talent, more precisely, the procurement talent gap. Procurious asks: We hear … Continue reading Bridging the Procurement Talent Gap with ISM CEO Tom Derry

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/bridging-the-procurement-talent-gap-with-ism-ceo-tom-derry Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Supplier Risk Management Is Still The Big Thing]]> “Supplier Risk” is no longer a buzzword or an emerging trend. Nowhere is this more evident than for the food and retail industries, where what started with the horsemeat scandal in 2013 now seems to be haunting Europe as the nuts-for-spices scandal. Yet risk is an issue that cuts across many industries, around the world. The … Continue reading Why Supplier Risk Management Is Still The Big Thing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-supplier-risk-management-is-still-the-big-thing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:42 +0000
<![CDATA[What is ‘keiretsu’ and why does it matter for supply chains?]]> There are numerous Japanese business terms that have made their way into the common English business lexicon. Kaizen and the 5S’s (seiton, seiri, seisou, seiketsu and shitsuke) are just a few. One that you may not be completely familiar with is ‘keiretsu’. While it doesn’t receive the same coverage as Kaizen, this practice carries significant … Continue reading What is ‘keiretsu’ and why does it matter for supply chains?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-is-keiretsu-and-why-does-it-matter-for-supply-chains Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:40 +0000
<![CDATA[6 Sure-Fire Ways To Become A CPO]]> I have worked in Procurement for twenty years now (a scary thought). During that time, I have had the immense pleasure of watching a number of trailblazing procurement professionals ascend through the ranks of their companies to take the coveted position of CPO (Chief Procurement Officer). If your professional goal is to become a CPO, … Continue reading 6 Sure-Fire Ways To Become A CPO

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/6-sure-fire-ways-to-become-a-cpo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Will Millennials Kill The Email?]]> Millennials on the whole are not fans of email and the formal style it dictates – instead they prefer instant communication platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook chat, which they have grown up with. However, the challenge this poses for the workplace is whether the social behaviours and technological preferences of Millennials can be incorporated … Continue reading Will Millennials Kill The Email?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/will-millennials-kill-the-email Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #35 – Delivering For Stakeholders]]> Andrew Ordish‘s Big Idea is borne out of the disruption that many industries have faced in recent times. Andrew – Head of Business Services at AMP,  says that procurement needs to change how it presents itself to stakeholders – increasing the urgency and understanding goals and what success looks like, before delivering on those needs. See … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #35 – Delivering For Stakeholders

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-35-delivering-for-stakeholders Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply Chain Analytics Are ‘Looking In The Rear-View Mirror’]]> Is this what the future of supply chain analytics looks like? A new study that highlights the current and future state of supply chain analytics has confirmed that the future of supply chain analytics is visual, multi-sourced and predictive. According to the study, the majority of today’s supply chain analytics are “looking in the rear-view … Continue reading Supply Chain Analytics Are ‘Looking In The Rear-View Mirror’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-analytics-are-looking-in-the-rear-view-mirror Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:37 +0000
<![CDATA[‘I Look Like An Engineer’… Machismo In The Workplace]]> As the dust settles around the #ilooklikeanengineer outcry, a poll reveals that macho behaviour, patronising colleagues and safety fears are putting women off working in male-dominated industries. If you’ve been on social media within the last 48 hours you may have noticed #ilooklikeanengineer trending. The trending topic is the result of the sexist reaction a female … Continue reading ‘I Look Like An Engineer’… Machismo In The Workplace

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/i-look-like-an-engineer-machismo-in-the-workplace Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:35 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Recommendations for Achieving World-Class Procurement Performance]]> According to newly-published research from The Hackett Group, world-class procurement organisations are now delivering services at 17 per cent less cost than typical companies. The research identified that procurement organisations are able to gain an upper hand thanks to their deep understanding of the needs of their business, and in-turn reacting quickly to changing requirements, driving higher overall … Continue reading 4 Recommendations for Achieving World-Class Procurement Performance

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-recommendations-for-achieving-world-class-procurement-performance Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Trust, Shame and Reputations – Truth & Lies in Accounts Payable]]> It’s comforting to think that if fraud exists, it exists elsewhere – anywhere in fact other than right now – in your organisation and your own department. Thanks to APN for granting Procurious permission to republish this article.  In fact, it’s that assumption which makes life a whole lot easier for those hoping to embark on … Continue reading Trust, Shame and Reputations – Truth & Lies in Accounts Payable

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/trust-shame-and-reputations-truth-lies-in-accounts-payable Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Technology and Procurement Software – Are they Any Different?]]> Often used interchangeably by enterprise clients and vendors alike, are the two concepts really the same? It’s all in the perception and the word. Technology is more current, more relevant, and encompasses the full landscape of neat innovations that are offered to us in increasing numbers. Software, well, it’s a bit old-fashioned really. It’s more … Continue reading Procurement Technology and Procurement Software – Are they Any Different?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-technology-and-procurement-software-are-they-any-different Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Data Will Revolutionise Supply Chains – And Here’s Why…]]> We know what you’re thinking – “Not another article on data”! But stick with us as, like data itself, the information on it keeps evolving. And can you really ever know all there is to know about data for your business? Every individual in an organisation comes into contact with data, and is in some … Continue reading Big Data Will Revolutionise Supply Chains – And Here’s Why…

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-data-will-revolutionise-supply-chains-and-heres-why Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:31 +0000
<![CDATA[CEO of ISM on the Importance of Social Media in Procurement]]> Welcome back to the final instalment of our recent chat with ISM CEO, Tom Derry. To wrap up our chat with Tom, we discussed the important role that social media plays in the development of the procurement and supply chains professions. Procurious asks: At Procurious we’re passionate about how social media and connecting a global … Continue reading CEO of ISM on the Importance of Social Media in Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ceo-of-ism-on-the-importance-of-social-media-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:30 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Spot Supplier Risk During Pickups & Deliveries]]> When your transportation vendor picks up or delivers your cargo, you should take some time to check for risky behaviours. This article reviews what to look for to ensure you’re not working with vendors that will put your business at risk.  Thanks to Spendrix for granting Procurious permission to republish this article. This article is the second … Continue reading How To Spot Supplier Risk During Pickups & Deliveries

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-spot-supplier-risk-during-pickups-deliveries Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply chain and procurement SMEs must act to future-proof pensions]]> If you’re doing business in the UK, you might want to heed this new warning issued by Lighthouse Group… Supply chain and procurement SMEs must act fast to untangle payroll data to meet pensions auto-enrolment. Many of the country’s 1.8 million small employers  approaching their pensions auto-enrolment staging dates are in danger of missing deadlines … Continue reading Supply chain and procurement SMEs must act to future-proof pensions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-and-procurement-smes-must-act-to-future-proof-pensions Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Supplier Collaboration? You Must be Joking]]> There are numerous articles talking about the value that remains untapped within the supply chain, if only buyer and supplier could collaborate. But what does it mean to collaborate? If you were to look up the definition of Collaboration, it is either: To work together To co-operate treasonably with the enemy And for many procurement … Continue reading Supplier Collaboration? You Must be Joking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supplier-collaboration-you-must-be-joking Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement: Is it a young person’s game?]]> We speak to 30 Under 30 Winner Nicholas Ammaturo on attracting Millennials to the profession. Procurious recently quizzed Nicholas Ammaturo on making his mark in the world of supply chain management and procurement. Nicholas is one of procurement’s rising stars, as demonstrated by his entry into ISM’s 30 Under 30 Program. Procurious asks: The challenges … Continue reading Procurement: Is it a young person’s game?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-is-it-a-young-persons-game Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #36 – Relentless Decision Making]]> Greg Hywood, CEO of Fairfax Media, believes organisations need to create a culture of relentless decision making in order to keep pace with the changing environment. Greg says that procurement, as part of the wider business, need to ensure that decisions are made constantly, rather than making excuses to avoid change. See more Big Ideas … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #36 – Relentless Decision Making

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-36-relentless-decision-making Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Premium payments are empowering cocoa farmers in Brazil]]> Under the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the livelihoods of cocoa farmers are being improved. In 2014 a total of $19 million was paid to farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana and Indonesia, bringing the total to $44 million paid to date under the Cargill Cocoa Promise. The premiums, which are achieved by farmers for selling … Continue reading Premium payments are empowering cocoa farmers in Brazil

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/premium-payments-are-empowering-cocoa-farmers-in-brazil Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:24 +0000
<![CDATA[New report raises alarm of modern slavery in supply chains]]> The latest Risk Index Report from BSI identifies China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Myanmar as the five highest risk countries for human rights violations. The report highlights the significant rise in organisations breaching international human rights regulations over the last quarter as key Asian economies adapt to tougher economic conditions. Rising labour costs in China have led … Continue reading New report raises alarm of modern slavery in supply chains

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-report-raises-alarm-of-modern-slavery-in-supply-chains Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply Chain Disruption and Risk Mitigation in Tianjin Explosion]]> Two enormous explosions ripped through the Chinese port city of Tianjin last week, killing 112 people, hospitalising hundreds and leaving thousands of local residents homeless. While nothing can be compared to the tragic loss of human life, businesses look set to have to deal with major disruptions to their supply chains, with logistics issues for … Continue reading Supply Chain Disruption and Risk Mitigation in Tianjin Explosion

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-disruption-and-risk-mitigation-in-tianjin-explosion Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Understanding The Chinese Yuan And The Fluctuating Economy]]> Down, down, up. The revaluation of the Chinese Yuan… About five years ago I stopped ‘doing’ procurement and starting writing about it. One of the very first pieces I ever wrote was for Procurement Leaders. The article focussed on the impact the value of the Chinese currency (the Yuan) has on supply chains and more … Continue reading Understanding The Chinese Yuan And The Fluctuating Economy

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/understanding-the-chinese-yuan-and-the-fluctuating-economy Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious talks to Mark Lamb of CIPS Australasia]]> Procurious interviews the mastermind behind CIPS Australasia – Mark Lamb. Ahead of the CIPS Australasia 2015 Conference on 17 Sept, Procurious posed some brain-teasers to Mark Lamb, General Manager – Australasia. Are you attending? We’ve created a CIPS Australasia Group to gather all the discussion from the day and Awards. This is what Mark had to … Continue reading Procurious talks to Mark Lamb of CIPS Australasia

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-talks-to-mark-lamb-of-cips-australasia Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:20 +0000
<![CDATA[How Can We Better Manage Compliance Across The Supply Chain?]]> New research states that half of global firms have faced supplier non-compliance challenges. 2014 was a year marred by risk… Whether we’re talking about plentiful product recalls, compliance and environmental issues, or devastating data security breaches – it seemed supplier compliance management was never far from the spotlight. Today, companies are increasingly being held responsible … Continue reading How Can We Better Manage Compliance Across The Supply Chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-can-we-better-manage-compliance-across-the-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:19 +0000
<![CDATA[National Coalition for Public Procurement formed in the US]]> A coalition for public procurement has been formed in the US. Volunteers from three of the largest U.S. procurement programs for public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organisations have joined together to establish The National Coalition for Public Procurement (NCPP) The NCPP will serve to drive best practices in public cooperative procurement, focusing on transparency, competition, integrity, auditability … Continue reading National Coalition for Public Procurement formed in the US

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/national-coalition-for-public-procurement-formed-in-the-us Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:18 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s In A Name?]]> If you want to become the top dog you had better change your name to Andrew… As the ONS announces its annual list of most popular baby names for 2015, research from workwear manufacturer Stormline has revealed that when it comes to Britain’s bosses, there’s little variety and originality, as an homogenise collection of traditionally-named boys take up their seats … Continue reading What’s In A Name?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whats-in-a-name Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #37 – Advantaged External Supply Networks]]> In his video Robert Pease, Commercial Director for the Faculty, talks about the shift in procurement terms of the increasing demand for high-quality, innovative suppliers, against the supply of these. Robert goes on to talk about the importance of building relationships with these suppliers. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-37-advantaged-external-supply-networks Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurecon Asia: Evolution from Operational Procurement to Strategic Procurement]]> At this time of year, the events season is well underway and many of us are already starting to think about applying what we’ve learnt to our 2016 activities. I recently attended the ProcureCon Asia Conference 2015 at The Amara Hotel in Singapore. I wanted to share my pre and post event thoughts on Procurious. … Continue reading Procurecon Asia: Evolution from Operational Procurement to Strategic Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurecon-asia-evolution-from-operational-procurement-to-strategic-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:14 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Key Collaboration Takeaways That Will Make Your Job Easier]]> One of the key topics at the Big Ideas Summit 2015 was the concept of innovation in procurement and the supply chain. Many organisations look for innovative solutions from suppliers, but how easy are these to come by? And are suppliers rewarded for this? Saying that innovation is a key pillar for an organisation, and … Continue reading 4 Key Collaboration Takeaways That Will Make Your Job Easier

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-key-collaboration-takeaways-that-will-make-your-job-easier Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Attitude vs. Skill and Being 25 Again – Your Procurious Discussions]]> It’s been a while since we wrapped up some of the discussions on Procurious, but the questions and answers have still been coming in thick and fast. This month, we’ve selected three of our most popular discussions, covering topics including attitudes and skills of procurement professionals, eSourcing and the chance to revisit our career choice. … Continue reading Attitude vs. Skill and Being 25 Again – Your Procurious Discussions

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/attitude-vs-skill-and-being-25-again-your-procurious-discussions Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Automation Can Unlock Savings In Accounts Payable]]> Research shows Accounts Payable Automation is a top trend when it comes to improving the procure-to-Pay cycle. With enterprises realising the continued inefficiency of mostly manual, paper-based Accounts Payable (AP) processes, new research provides insight to the top trends for improving the procure-to-pay cycle. According to “Total Transformation: Trends and Value Drivers for AP and Procurement,” … Continue reading Automation Can Unlock Savings In Accounts Payable

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/automation-can-unlock-savings-in-accounts-payable Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #38 – Bringing Together The Small Ideas]]> Much like pop-punk stalwarts Blink 182, David Henchliffe, CPO at Santos, is preoccupied with ‘All The Small Things’. David thinks that we should also focus on the small ideas, bringing together a number of them to achieve a great result. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-38-bringing-together-the-small-ideas Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:10 +0000
<![CDATA[To Make A Difference CPOs Must Have The X Factor]]> Ahead of the upcoming CIPS Australia event, Procurious caught up with Dr. Karen Morley, one of the event’s distinguished presenters. Karen has extensive experience working with organisations, teams and individuals to increase their leadership effectiveness. Over her career Karen has led a broad range of leadership development, succession and talent management assignments. She emphasises evidence-based … Continue reading To Make A Difference CPOs Must Have The X Factor

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/to-make-a-difference-cpos-must-have-the-x-factor Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:09 +0000
<![CDATA[How Do You Turn A Technical Expert Into A Leader Of The People?]]> Procurious recently caught up with Karen Morley to discuss her upcoming presentation at the CIPS event in Melbourne, Australia. In the first part of our interview we learnt what separates good CPOs from great CPOs and discussed the impact truly great procurement leaders can have on their business. That article can be found <here> Today, … Continue reading How Do You Turn A Technical Expert Into A Leader Of The People?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-do-you-turn-a-technical-expert-into-a-leader-of-the-people Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Which Of These Sixteen Personality Types Are You?]]> Which of these sixteen personality types fits you best? Isabel Briggs Myers created the sixteen personality types with the help of her mother, Katharine Briggs, and the theories of psychologist Carl Jung. Since then, much research has been done into how each type functions at work, at home, and in relationships. A recent post in the … Continue reading Which Of These Sixteen Personality Types Are You?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/which-of-these-sixteen-personality-types-are-you Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Policy And Practice: An Evolving Landscape]]> In a January 2015 report, The Smart Cube discussed key trends in corporate procurement practices, including managing increasing procurement-related risks, establishing alliances with key suppliers, and leveraging data analytics. The report also highlighted specific trends in the market that have the potential to increase or decrease in prominence. This article continues the conversation with a focus … Continue reading Procurement Policy And Practice: An Evolving Landscape

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-policy-and-practice-an-evolving-landscape Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Air Cargo Takes A Dive In Half-Year Industry Report]]> Government meddling in China, the Greek debt crisis, and West Coast Port shutdown all have a role to play in the industry’s downturn. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its report on the state of global air freight markets – and it doesn’t make for happy reading… By delving deep into the data … Continue reading Air Cargo Takes A Dive In Half-Year Industry Report

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/air-cargo-takes-a-dive-in-half-year-industry-report Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:04 +0000
<![CDATA[The Four Topics Procurement Conferences Should be Addressing]]> Last week I wrote a post about my (very positive) experience at the Procurecon Asia 2015 conference. You can read my thoughts here. Attending the conference and indeed, writing up my thoughts, got me thinking about what I would have liked to have heard more about. So with this in mind, I’d like to present … Continue reading The Four Topics Procurement Conferences Should be Addressing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-four-topics-procurement-conferences-should-be-addressing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Threat of extreme weather events could trigger global food shocks]]> The global food industry currently undergoes a production shock every 1 in 100 years. But newly published guidance claims we can expect 1 (or more) in just 30 by 2040. The threat of extreme weather looms large over our global food supplies… With weather records being broken like they’re going out of fashion, it isn’t just the … Continue reading Threat of extreme weather events could trigger global food shocks

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/threat-of-extreme-weather-events-could-trigger-global-food-shocks Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Collaboration May Encourage Corporate Corruption]]> A new scholarly study has looked into the collaborative roots of corruption, and the results may come as a surprise… New research from Nottingham University suggests that collaboration encourages corrupt behaviour. “Collaborative settings, not just greed, can provide fertile ground for corruption, as typified by recent scandals in the football and banking worlds. But while … Continue reading Why Collaboration May Encourage Corporate Corruption

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-collaboration-may-encourage-corporate-corruption Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Technology: To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?]]> At a recent industry procurement technology conference, I heard a presenter state, quite reasonably I thought, that risk doesn’t begin until you select a supplier. As one of those suppliers, I’d naturally argue that the risk in selecting us is lower than our competitors but, still, it is a valid point. It is a given … Continue reading Procurement Technology: To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-technology-to-upgrade-or-not-to-upgrade Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:09:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Half Of Supply Chain Managers Lack The Skills To Do Their Jobs]]> A new poll from CIPS reveals that half of supply chain managers lack the necessary skills. If the results of a new survey undertaken by CIPS are anything to go by, almost half of supply chain managers fear they lack the necessary skills to carry out their jobs. The poll found that 45 per cent of … Continue reading Half Of Supply Chain Managers Lack The Skills To Do Their Jobs

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/half-of-supply-chain-managers-lack-the-skills-to-do-their-jobs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Zero hours contracts represent a small but useful part of flexible labour market]]> Latest figures from the ONS indicate that the number of workers on zero-hours contracts has risen by 6 percent. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces biannual estimates of the number of contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours. These estimates are based on a survey of businesses and the measure complements … Continue reading Zero hours contracts represent a small but useful part of flexible labour market

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/zero-hours-contracts-represent-a-small-but-useful-part-of-flexible-labour-market Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #39 – Creating Awareness At University Level]]> Huey Chan, Analyst at The Faculty, believes a lack of awareness at the university level is harming procurement’s ability to attract the right talent. Huey says this talent drought can be combatted by CPOs spending time getting in front of students and talking about what a job in procurement entails. See more Big Ideas from … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #39 – Creating Awareness At University Level

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-39-creating-awareness-at-university-level Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Does Cost Plus Encourage Lazy Procurement?]]> Many thanks to Market Dojo for giving Procurious permission to republish this article. Cost plus (definition, adjective): “relating to or denoting a method of pricing a service or product in which a fixed profit factor is added to the costs.” You could argue that every item or service sold is cost plus.  In other words you need to make … Continue reading Does Cost Plus Encourage Lazy Procurement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/does-cost-plus-encourage-lazy-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Why CPOs and CIOs are the new #BFF (That’s Best Friend Forever, duh!)]]> Lisa Malone writes from The Smart Procurement World Conference, held this week in Johannesburg, South Africa (On Twitter? Follow @SmartSPW). With the exception of Supplier Development (more on this in a future article), technology, specifically Cloud-based solutions and social media, has been the hot topic of this Smart Procurement World Conference. This should come as … Continue reading Why CPOs and CIOs are the new #BFF (That’s Best Friend Forever, duh!)

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-cpos-and-cios-are-the-new-bff-thats-best-friend-forever-duh Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:55 +0000
<![CDATA[What is causing Aussie CPOs to lose sleep?]]> What’s causing Aussie CPOs to be sleep-deprived? Talking-points from The Faculty Roundtable’s latest round of discussions reveal all… Following on from the success of Tania Seary’s recent article ‘The Five Disruptive Forces that will Keep CPOs Awake at night in 2015,’ The Faculty Roundtable (a series of CPO meetings held in Australian capital cities and … Continue reading What is causing Aussie CPOs to lose sleep?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-is-causing-aussie-cpos-to-lose-sleep Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:54 +0000
<![CDATA[The Imminent Impact of 3D Printing on Manufacturing]]> A triple-whammy of recently published reports highlight current and impending trends in 3D printing. The global market for 3D printing is set to grow from $4.5 billion today to $17.2 billion by 2020, finds research by A.T. Kearney. According to the analysis titled ‘3D Printing: A Manufacturing Revolution’, the 3D printing market – defined as the market for … Continue reading The Imminent Impact of 3D Printing on Manufacturing

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-imminent-impact-of-3d-printing-on-manufacturing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Why It Makes Sense To Do Business In Africa]]> Sitting amidst the buzz of 300+ SME exhibitors in the Enterprise Development Hall in Johannesburg, it’s not hard to see why Harvard Business Review (HBR) believes Africa’s time is now. Here to attend and speak at the Smart Procurement Conference, this has been my first trip to South Africa and I’ll leave tonight with an … Continue reading Why It Makes Sense To Do Business In Africa

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-it-makes-sense-to-do-business-in-africa Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Why the threat from avian influenza isn’t just a load of hogwash]]> Pigs might fly, but when it comes to avian flu… it’s no laughing matter. Pigs and poultry might be more closely linked than you realised… discover how they are impacting supply chains on a global level. China’s incredible shrinking hog herd The astonishing drop of the Chinese hog and sow herd is expected to impact … Continue reading Why the threat from avian influenza isn’t just a load of hogwash

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-the-threat-from-avian-influenza-isnt-just-a-load-of-hogwash Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:51 +0000
<![CDATA[IT departments revealed as ‘maverick spenders’]]> New research suggests IT decision makers like to go it alone when making purchasing decisions. According to a recently-published survey, billions of pounds of business IT spend is being put at risk annually by IT teams that skirt corporate procurement rules and processes. The survey reveals that (crucially) most IT leaders dismiss the value of … Continue reading IT departments revealed as ‘maverick spenders’

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/it-departments-revealed-as-maverick-spenders Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #40 – Helping CPOs With Change]]> Jade Campbell, Senior Consultant with The Faculty says CPOs are working in a constantly changing environment and need to be able to lead their teams through it. Jade believes all procurement professionals have a role to play in supporting the CPOs in dealing with these changes. See more Big Ideas from our 40 influencers Like this? … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #40 – Helping CPOs With Change

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-40-helping-cpos-with-change Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Smart Supply Chains – Gazing Into The Not-So Distant Future]]> The term ‘Smart Supply Chain’ might not be that familiar to you, but most people will have heard of, and understand, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. With the supply chain, and the processes within it, evolving, what are the key trends you need to be aware of? The topics of Big Data, … Continue reading Smart Supply Chains – Gazing Into The Not-So Distant Future

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/smart-supply-chains-gazing-into-the-not-so-distant-future Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:48 +0000
<![CDATA[2015 FLiP Ambassador Talks Future Of The Procurement Function]]> Procurious interviews 2015 FLiP Ambassador – Ryan Kirgan. Ryan Kirgan is a Portfolio Category Manager at Downer, a leading provider of services to customers in markets including Transportation, Mining, Energy and Industrial Engineering, Utilities, Communications and Facilities. At the recent Future Leaders in Procurement (FLiP) event, Ryan was awarded the position of FLiP Ambassador for … Continue reading 2015 FLiP Ambassador Talks Future Of The Procurement Function

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2015-flip-ambassador-talks-future-of-the-procurement-function Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:47 +0000
<![CDATA[What Can Olympians Teach CPOs About Leadership?]]> CPOs and Olympians gather to discuss leadership. During the month of August, The Faculty Roundtable once again took to the road. Sessions were held with leading Australian CPO’s in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. What stood out from this series of events was the changing role of the CPO. As we highlighted in this article, … Continue reading What Can Olympians Teach CPOs About Leadership?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-can-olympians-teach-cpos-about-leadership Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Inside China’s Red Supply Chain]]> Does China’s emerging ‘red supply chain’ pose a threat to the wider tech industry? The emergence of a ‘red supply chain’ in China is exerting increasing pressure on existing suppliers in the fiercely-competitive technology sector. The move to cultivate a domestic supply chain is the brainchild of Chinese authorities and is looked upon as providing a much-needed shot in … Continue reading Inside China’s Red Supply Chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/inside-chinas-red-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Member Exclusive – Make Your Savings Stick]]> The Faculty’s Research Consultant, Hugo Britt, announces the release of ground-breaking procurement research exclusively to Procurious members.   Astoundingly, more than 50 per cent of contracted savings are not making their way to the bottom line of Australia’s leading organisations. This troubling disconnect between contracted and realised savings has the potential to undermine the very … Continue reading Member Exclusive – Make Your Savings Stick

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/member-exclusive-make-your-savings-stick Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:08:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Market Intelligence: How to Find Information to Supercharge Your Sourcing]]> By Connor Cantrell, The Hackett Group Strategy & Operations Consultant. Gaining market intelligence is a recognised way to both develop and support strategic sourcing decisions that will ultimately pay dividends for an organisation. However, the ability to gather market, supplier and industry information that is both accurate and timely is a challenge many organisations face. … Continue reading Market Intelligence: How to Find Information to Supercharge Your Sourcing

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<![CDATA[2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Results Revealed]]> 24 companies have been named as Industry Group Leaders – but who made the cut? The first Dow Jones Sustainability indices (DJSI) date back to 1999, and have been compiled annually by S&P Dow Jones and RobecoSAM (a sustainable investment specialty firm) ever since. The three largest additions and deletions to the DJSI World this … Continue reading 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Results Revealed

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<![CDATA[Are You Sick Of Your CFO Asking ‘Where’s The Money?’]]> Where’s the money? – Marisa Menezes launches The Faculty’s Making it Stick research at the 2015 CIPS Australasia Conference.   Consider this – you’re a successful CPO with a world-class Procurement team that’s brilliant at negotiating great savings and other value. Six months ago you successfully identified and negotiated contractual benefits worth millions with a … Continue reading Are You Sick Of Your CFO Asking ‘Where’s The Money?’

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<![CDATA[Dr Karen Morley Asks What’s YOUR Leadership Narrative?]]> Dr Karen Morley – Executive Coach, Associate Dean at Mt Eliza Education, expert on gender-balanced leadership and registered psychologist, took the stage at this week’s CIPS Australasia Conference to give a brilliant presentation on setting the bar for world-class leadership.  Procurement professionals love hard facts and figures. That’s why it was so satisfying for the … Continue reading Dr Karen Morley Asks What’s YOUR Leadership Narrative?

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<![CDATA[Predictions For The Next Decade Of Payment Innovation]]> Industry experts predict how we will pay (and be paid) in 2025. A UK payment infrastructure provider has published a collaborative whitepaper – titled Moving Money 2025 – which has gathered the leading voices in the payments industry together to predict how payments could change by 2025.  Contributors who gave their views to this report included … Continue reading Predictions For The Next Decade Of Payment Innovation

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #41 – Leveraging Enterprise Architecture]]> Manu Khurana, Senior Consultant at The Faculty, believes that procurement organisations need to leverage the enterprise architecture, as all processes used in procurement are inextricably linked with the IT structure. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and meet like-minded procurement professionals from across the world.

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<![CDATA[Tackling the Supply Chain – Rugby World Cup 2015]]> On Friday night, the eighth Rugby World Cup kicked off with a hard fought win for tournament hosts England over Fiji at Twickenham. With over £1bn expected to be added to the UK economy over the next 6 weeks, how will supply chains cope with, and ultimately benefit from, increased demand? Over the course of 44 … Continue reading Tackling the Supply Chain – Rugby World Cup 2015

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<![CDATA[What Can Art History Teach Procurement Pros About Executive Presence?]]> Power poses and swagger portraits… After Karen Morley’s great presentation at last week’s CIPS Australasia conference, I was inspired by her words on how “power poses” can be used to increase your executive presence. Investigation into the topic led me to the authority on this topic, social psychologist Amy Cuddy, whose 2012 Ted Talk entitled “Your … Continue reading What Can Art History Teach Procurement Pros About Executive Presence?

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<![CDATA[WHY And HOW Procurement Must Change]]> ‘Innovation’ – the action or process of innovating. “Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organisation” – it’s a new method, idea, product, etc. We’re here at eWorld Procurement & Supply in London and Alex Saric – Global Vice President, Marketing, Ariba, wants to talk about innovation… While ‘The Innovation Imperative’ sounds like an episode … Continue reading WHY And HOW Procurement Must Change

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<![CDATA[How Can Agility Unlock Success In Procurement?]]> When it comes to procurement – don’t underestimate the value of agility. As a startup we’re always banging on about agility… we believe that by their very nature startup companies need to be nimble, be willing to adapt to changing market conditions, and fail fast (if something isn’t working). That’s why Procurious was particularly enamoured by … Continue reading How Can Agility Unlock Success In Procurement?

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<![CDATA[Five Reasons Why Procurement Savings Don’t Stick]]> The latest research from The Faculty, which is now available for download exclusively through the Procurious community feed, has highlighted that more than 50 per cent of savings negotiated by Australian procurement teams do not make their way to company’s financial bottom line. This raises a very simple question. Why can’t we get our savings … Continue reading Five Reasons Why Procurement Savings Don’t Stick

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<![CDATA[The Secret To Unbelievable Engagement]]> Earlier this week at eWorld Procurement & Supply we were lucky enough to sit in (and participate) in Christopher Barrat’s thought-provoking workshop on communication tactics. Christopher benefits from real life experience in the procurement world, having been a procurement director for a major blue chip organisation. For the last 12 years he has spoken and … Continue reading The Secret To Unbelievable Engagement

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<![CDATA[10 Sleep Tips for Supply Chain Managers]]> Reduce your daily work pains by getting to know your bed better…! It’s 7.46 am and you’re sitting at your desk, your daily planner is chockers and your admin support have already started doubling-up your “must do today… or else” meetings. Your phone is constantly vibrating like it’s having an epic seizure… because people want … Continue reading 10 Sleep Tips for Supply Chain Managers

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<![CDATA[Paul Dobing of NSW Procurement – Moving The Profession Into A Complex Future]]> One of the highlights of last week’s CIPS Australasia conference was, without doubt, Paul Dobing. The Executive Director of NSW Procurement at the Office of Finance & Services is a familiar figure to those of us involved with The Faculty Roundtable Program, of which he’s a very active member. Paul’s bursting with energy, and strides … Continue reading Paul Dobing of NSW Procurement – Moving The Profession Into A Complex Future

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<![CDATA[Making It Stick #1: Tarkan Koman on Benefits Realisation]]> The Faculty Roundtable Members speak about benefits realisation and how to Make it Stick. Hear Tarkan Koman talk about Benefits Realisation in the first of four videos from The Faculty. The Faculty Roundtable is pleased to release its new research report, “Making it Stick”, on benefits realisation for your Procurement team. Five reasons why procurement … Continue reading Making It Stick #1: Tarkan Koman on Benefits Realisation

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<![CDATA[Construction & Transport Industry Facing Effects Of On-Demand Economy]]> The construction and transport industries are beginning to feel the effects of an on-demand economy. According to popular jobsite Indeed.com, employer demand is now outpacing jobseeker interest in the construction and transport sectors. While job growth in the construction industry has increased 10 per cent in the last quarter, jobseeker interest in these positions has … Continue reading Construction & Transport Industry Facing Effects Of On-Demand Economy

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<![CDATA[Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: A Lesson In Awareness & Accountability]]> With Volkswagen caught cheating on emissions tests and its CEO quitting over the scandal, what can it teach us about awareness and accountability? The past few days have seen the great and good of the automotive industry waxing lyrical in the broadsheets and providing their take on events. As the Volkswagen board gathered to appoint … Continue reading Volkswagen Emissions Scandal: A Lesson In Awareness & Accountability

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/volkswagen-emissions-scandal-a-lesson-in-awareness-accountability Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Talking S&OP with Patrick Vialle of Parmalat]]> Based on a recommendation I got from Julie Egonidis of The Faculty off the back of its recent procurement roundtable series. I caught up with Patrick Vialle of Parmalat Australia to discuss an interesting S&OP (supply and operations planning) project the company has been working on. Patrick has had a truly international supply chain career, … Continue reading Talking S&OP with Patrick Vialle of Parmalat

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<![CDATA[6 Tips To Ensure You Make The Most Of Your First Procurement Job]]> It was 9 years ago (almost to the day) that I applied for a job in the finance department of Alcoa (a mining company). Not long after that application, I was contacted by someone in the HR team and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for a role in procurement. I didn’t know … Continue reading 6 Tips To Ensure You Make The Most Of Your First Procurement Job

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<![CDATA[Temporary Worker Costs: Top Tips For Boosting Value For Money]]> This is a guest post from Jamie Eaton – Head of Marketing & Insight at Comensura. It might come as a surprise to some, but the cost of temporary workers goes beyond their salary or hourly rate. From ensuring that you have acceptable pay rates and costs in place to standardising expenses, there are a … Continue reading Temporary Worker Costs: Top Tips For Boosting Value For Money

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<![CDATA[Watch Your Step! Pitfalls In Social Media To Avoid]]> Career bear-traps to avoid…  It’s a major crisis for the company – the phones are ringing off the hook as the comms team is bombarded with furious questions from journalists, customers, shareholders, regulators. Announcements, FAQs, press briefings need preparing at lightning speed, and frustratingly every single one has to be approved by the lawyers before … Continue reading Watch Your Step! Pitfalls In Social Media To Avoid

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<![CDATA[Social Sourcing, Talent Gaps And The Future Of Online Networks]]> A record of our Twitter chat with Xchanging Procurement #Procuretalk. Last week Procurious took part in a live Twitter interview with Xchanging Procurement (@xchprocurement). During the half hour we talked about everything from social selling to the future of social networks. We present the dialog in its entirety below, just in case you missed it… … Continue reading Social Sourcing, Talent Gaps And The Future Of Online Networks

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<![CDATA[You’re invited to come and join 14k+ others…]]> Did you know that Procurious is also on Facebook? Come and join our 14k+ fans! There are many other ways to stay connected to Procurious – this post will highlight but one of them. Today we’re talking Facebook. Like Procurious on Facebook It doesn’t matter whether you’re a social media maestro, or tentatively dipping your … Continue reading You’re invited to come and join 14k+ others…

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<![CDATA[Being At The Table – A CPO’s Tale Of Woe]]> This article was originally published on LinkedIn. You can find it here. Some days ago while having a business lunch the topic of “being at the table” arose. It was our client’s fervent hope that as a newly appointed CPO, (a move that presumably underlined the importance of procurement) he one day would sit as … Continue reading Being At The Table – A CPO’s Tale Of Woe

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #42 – Getting Involved With Risk Management]]> Matthias Fuchs, CPO at Boral thinks the procurement function needs to broaden its horizons. Matthias talks about procurement broadening its horizons by getting involved with risk management and insurance management, adding the procurement rigour to the process. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and meet like-minded procurement … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #42 – Getting Involved With Risk Management

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<![CDATA[Will ‘Unicorns’ Deliver a Horn of Plenty in the Future?]]> Traditionally a Unicorn is a mythical creature, much wished for but seldom seen outside the bounds of the Harry Potter universe and the pictures doodled on children’s notebooks and stencilled on their bedroom walls. However, a new type of Unicorn has been coming to the fore in recent years and is multiplying fast. For those who aren’t aware … Continue reading Will ‘Unicorns’ Deliver a Horn of Plenty in the Future?

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<![CDATA[A New DNA for Public Sector Commercial Activity]]> DNA is the material that identifies a living thing and determines how it looks or functions. But can it ever be altered? Thanks to the East of England Local Government Association for permission to republish this article. Procurement lead for the East of England Local Government Association Eddie Gibson talks through plans for “a complete reversal … Continue reading A New DNA for Public Sector Commercial Activity

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<![CDATA[4 Key Strategies for Tackling Today’s Most Prevalent Supply Chain Risks]]> What is the biggest single risk facing your supply chain? Chances are, it’s impossible to name just one. Global supply chains are inherently complex, making the task of identifying, let alone addressing, marketplace and operational risks akin to aiming at a moving target. If you’re like many of today’s supply chain and procurement professionals, you’re … Continue reading 4 Key Strategies for Tackling Today’s Most Prevalent Supply Chain Risks

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<![CDATA[86% of UK Sales & Marketing Teams Say Procurement Hinders Progress]]> Sales and marketing fails to see importance of negotiating deals with suppliers. According to new research from eProcurement software company – Wax Digital, sales and marketing is the department least likely to get the best deal from its suppliers, with a massive 86 per cent saying procurement hinders their progress. The CPO Viewpoint research, surveyed … Continue reading 86% of UK Sales & Marketing Teams Say Procurement Hinders Progress

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<![CDATA[5 Key Findings From The ‘Making It Stick’ Research Literature Review]]> Have you read The Faculty’s Making it Stick report yet? As part of the investigation into the challenges and opportunities presented by benefits realisation, our researchers undertook a literature review to understand the present state of play for CPOs worldwide. There’s some excellent material out there on benefits realisation, predominantly in the IT space where … Continue reading 5 Key Findings From The ‘Making It Stick’ Research Literature Review

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<![CDATA[Future Technology That May Change The World]]> As Artificial Intelligence and Digital Currencies (like Bitcoin) seek to transform our lives, what effects will these new advances have on commerce and the world’s supply chains? There’s a change happening on factory floors the world over, as robots and automation increasingly replace the manual (human) workforce of old. With the recent innovations in artificial intelligence, will the supply chains … Continue reading Future Technology That May Change The World

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<![CDATA[Let Me Entertain You (Or Not… Depending On The Party Line)]]> Customer entertainment, gifts, and freebies are becoming a bigger issue for buyers these days. Increased ‘professionalism’, new company guidelines and a general pressure on how you spend your time is making it harder for this traditional form of relationship building to be effective. Despite this It can still be a very potent force to improve … Continue reading Let Me Entertain You (Or Not… Depending On The Party Line)

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<![CDATA[Rethinking Suppliers: Spotting Future Crises]]> 81 per cent of procurement execs fail to include key insights from global suppliers into wider business reporting. The latest survey from Proxima reveals that businesses need a rethink on how to better engage suppliers to spot future market crises and opportunities. The research highlights that many businesses are potentially limiting their capability to gauge market … Continue reading Rethinking Suppliers: Spotting Future Crises

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<![CDATA[How Can Procurement Increase Health And Happiness?]]> By delivering social good, procurement has the ability to increase health and happiness. Procurious has been attending the CIPS Annual Conference in London. Professor Olinga Ta’eed, Director – The Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance, who spoke at our own Big Ideas Summit back in April 2015, said that although financial value is still wonderful and … Continue reading How Can Procurement Increase Health And Happiness?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-can-procurement-increase-health-and-happiness Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:51 +0000
<![CDATA[How Will Technology Transform Procurement Operations?]]> New research claims Automation and Internet of Things (IoT) will have biggest technological impact on the function. In its third set of results from its 2015 Global Procurement Study, Xchanging assesses the impact new advances in technology will have on procurement. Technology Adoption Savings tracking (77 per cent) and spend analytics (76 per cent) technologies are … Continue reading How Will Technology Transform Procurement Operations?

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<![CDATA[“Because In A Split Second, It’s Gone”: Lessons Learnt From Formula 1]]> Can you remember where you were on 1 May 1994? I know I was at home, my parents’ house, and I was sat in the front room watching, the San Marino Grand prix. The reason that I remember, is that this was the day that Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest racing drivers ever, died … Continue reading “Because In A Split Second, It’s Gone”: Lessons Learnt From Formula 1

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<![CDATA[Making It Stick #2: Michael Rose on Benefits Realisation]]> The Faculty Roundtable Members speak about benefits realisation and how to Make it Stick. Hear Michael Rose talk about Benefits Realisation in the second of four videos from The Faculty. The Faculty Roundtable is pleased to release its new research report, “Making it Stick”, on benefits realisation for your Procurement team. Five reasons why procurement … Continue reading Making It Stick #2: Michael Rose on Benefits Realisation

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<![CDATA[Making It Stick #3: David MacDonald on Benefits Realisation]]> The Faculty Roundtable Members speak about benefits realisation and how to Make it Stick. Hear David MacDonald talk about Benefits Realisation in the third of four videos from The Faculty. The Faculty Roundtable is pleased to release its new research report, “Making it Stick”, on benefits realisation for your Procurement team. Five reasons why procurement … Continue reading Making It Stick #3: David MacDonald on Benefits Realisation

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<![CDATA[Making It Stick #4: Harry Drakos on Benefits Realisation]]> The Faculty Roundtable Members speak about benefits realisation and how to Make it Stick. Hear Harry Drakos talk about Benefits Realisation in the last of four videos from The Faculty. The Faculty Roundtable is pleased to release its new research report, “Making it Stick”, on benefits realisation for your Procurement team. Five reasons why procurement … Continue reading Making It Stick #4: Harry Drakos on Benefits Realisation

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #43 – Keeping Procurement Relevant]]> Ian Holcroft, Head of Procurement at Laing O’Rourke Australia, talks about his big challenges. Ian sees his Big Idea as keeping procurement relevant in the organisation and going beyond cost savings to capture innovation in the supply chain. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and meet like-minded … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #43 – Keeping Procurement Relevant

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #44 – Start Less, Finish More]]> Richard Allen, CPO of Telstra and The Faculty CPO of the Year 2015, thinks that procurement needs to focus on fewer, sound strategies and take ideas through to completion. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and meet like-minded procurement professionals from across the world.

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<![CDATA[Procurement Hero Reaches For The Skies In Aid Of Cystic Fibrosis]]> Every two years Matthias Fuchs has been undertaking a flying marathon challenge. The challenge is supported by Qantas and raises funds for terminally-ill children at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. This time around Matthias will take on a record 12 days flying in economy class without ever leaving a plane or airport terminal. Qantas has already … Continue reading Procurement Hero Reaches For The Skies In Aid Of Cystic Fibrosis

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-hero-reaches-for-the-skies-in-aid-of-cystic-fibrosis Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:47 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Uberization’ – Is Any Profession or Industry Safe?]]> The phenomenal global success of Uber boiled down to a simple premise – that consumers wanted a way to source a traditional service more easily and cheaper than before. Its success has given rise to the so-called ‘Uberized’ economy. But what product or service is next?  Taxis were first, along with hotels (Airbnb), retail (Alibaba), … Continue reading ‘Uberization’ – Is Any Profession or Industry Safe?

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<![CDATA[Travelling for Business – A Rookie’s Guide]]> Travelling for business is one of the things I most looked forward to when I embarked on my professional career (excuse the pun). This article was originally published on LinkedIn. Growing up with a father who was forever jetting off around the world, I saw business trips as a great opportunity to see new places, … Continue reading Travelling for Business – A Rookie’s Guide

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<![CDATA[Driving Procurement Power: Strategies in Purchasing]]> This article was originally published on Tradogram. Your eyes are locked on the road directly in front of you. White-knuckled, you jerk the steering wheel into obedience to keep the tires away from massive potholes. One wrong move or missed sign, a bad assessment of the immediate situation, and your car goes over a cliff. The likelihood … Continue reading Driving Procurement Power: Strategies in Purchasing

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<![CDATA[Future Proofing Procurement: Leveraging Innovation in Supply Networks]]> Eva Wimmers the Former CPO at Deutsche Telekom, is currently in Australia running a series of procurement innovation workshops. This ground breaking project is being delivered in conjunction with The Faculty and brings together Australia’s top procurement teams, with the goal of unlocking and leveraging the untapped potential that lies within our supply networks. In … Continue reading Future Proofing Procurement: Leveraging Innovation in Supply Networks

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<![CDATA[The Role of Social Media in Supply Chain Intelligence]]> The value of the social economy is estimated to be $1.3 trillion U.S. dollars annually.  This article was originally published on the Fronetics website. Social media is more than a collection of personal commentary, photos, and inspirational quotes. Increasingly, social media creates an opportunity to gather information, and social media is becoming a useful tool for businesses … Continue reading The Role of Social Media in Supply Chain Intelligence

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<![CDATA[Procurement Makeovers – Tales from the CIPS UK Conference]]> We all need a makeover from time to time, and I am sure that we’re all in agreement that procurement’s image (like anyone’s!) can always do with some fine-tuning. ‘Procurement Makeovers’ sounds more like the name of a cheesy TV documentary you would watch on a Sunday afternoon while the roast dinner is bubbling away … Continue reading Procurement Makeovers – Tales from the CIPS UK Conference

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<![CDATA[The Collaborative Economy – The New Globalisation?]]> New organisations, new social media platforms, great connectivity – all of these are expanding the wealth of knowledge and skills that individuals have access to. As this continues, are we looking at a shift in the nature of global trade? Ten years ago, I sat in a business lecture debating why globalisation was a good … Continue reading The Collaborative Economy – The New Globalisation?

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<![CDATA[Is there a crisis on the horizon for Asian economies?]]> The old saying used to be “If America sneezes, the world catches a cold”. Times are changing and now it seems that China has caught a cold, and the rest of the Asian economies may be coming down with something worse. In 1997, Asia was hit by an economic crisis, sparked by, amongst other things, a series of … Continue reading Is there a crisis on the horizon for Asian economies?

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<![CDATA[10 Steps To Achieve Networking Success]]> ‘It’s not what you know but who you know’ – never has this been a truer saying. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have made it easier than ever to target those in the know and the people who make the important decisions. But, many people just don’t know how to do it right. Are you the … Continue reading 10 Steps To Achieve Networking Success

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<![CDATA[Injecting Social Media into Local Government’s New Commercial DNA]]> A good dose of social media activity could help local government make the most of the sweeping EU Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR2015). Local authorities have been advised by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) that these new regulations would require “a complete reversal of the commercial DNA in the public sector”. While attending the East England … Continue reading Injecting Social Media into Local Government’s New Commercial DNA

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/injecting-social-media-into-local-governments-new-commercial-dna Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Halloween – A (Trick or) Treat for Supply Chains]]> It’s that time of year again. No, not Christmas (yet…), but Halloween. The ghoulish ‘holiday’ has, in the past, only truly been embraced by our compatriots across the Atlantic. However, in recent years it has gained a strong foothold in the hearts, minds and, importantly for retailers, wallets of the Brits. In America, an estimated … Continue reading Halloween – A (Trick or) Treat for Supply Chains

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/halloween-a-trick-or-treat-for-supply-chains Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:39 +0000
<![CDATA[What You Can Expect from a Procurement Job in Australia]]> After three weeks, eight flights, a wedding and some workshops, I’m finally back from my trip to Australia. It was a great trip – as well as spending time with my friends and family, I had the chance to reconnect with the procurement community ‘down under’. Australia is where I started my procurement career and … Continue reading What You Can Expect from a Procurement Job in Australia

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-you-can-expect-from-a-procurement-job-in-australia Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:38 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Key Findings from the ‘Making It Stick’ Research Literature Review – Part 2]]> Have you read The Faculty’s Making it Stick report yet? Our researchers undertook a literature review to understand the present state of play for CPOs worldwide. This is the second part of The Faculty’s article on the key findings from the literature review. In the previous article, we discussed: How benefits realisation levels are poor and remain an … Continue reading 5 Key Findings from the ‘Making It Stick’ Research Literature Review – Part 2

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-key-findings-from-the-making-it-stick-research-literature-review-part-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Disruptors and Global Networks in Procurement]]> Last week, Procurious founder Tania Seary was the special guest on a webinar hosted by Procurify, speaking on the subject of ‘Disruptors and Global Networks in Procurement’. If you weren’t able to join the webinar on the day, then worry not. Catch up with the full webinar below. During the discussion, Tania highlighted some of … Continue reading Disruptors and Global Networks in Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/disruptors-and-global-networks-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #45 – Procurement Raising Its Voice]]> Cath Hill, Group Marketing and Membership Director for CIPS, talks about her idea to get procurement to raise its voice as a profession. Procurement has long been the unsung hero in the organisation, but now it’s time to make both internal and external people aware of the great work the profession does. See more Big Ideas … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #45 – Procurement Raising Its Voice

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-45-procurement-raising-its-voice Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Is the UK’s position as a global innovation leader at risk?]]> New research shows that a majority of UK organisations suffer from “innovation inertia” or a lack of consensus in where to invest their resources. Does the UK need to re-focus its efforts so as not to be left behind? The research from Hitachi Data Systems found that 75 per cent of organisations are being hampered … Continue reading Is the UK’s position as a global innovation leader at risk?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-the-uks-position-as-a-global-innovation-leader-at-risk Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #46 – Shift Perceptions Of Contractors]]> Samantha Coombs, Consultant at Procuri, talks about why procurement managers should change their perceptions of contractors. Samantha argues that by communicating better with these workers, managers can stop them being a transient workforce and start to benefit from their knowledge. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #46 – Shift Perceptions Of Contractors

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-46-shift-perceptions-of-contractors Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #47 – Measuring Social Values in Procurement]]> Olinga Ta’eed, Director at the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance (CCEG), talks about how businesses need to measure themselves on their social values driven by procurement. While previously intangible, social values can now be measured through big data, sentiment analysis and social media. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #47 – Measuring Social Values in Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-44-measuring-social-values-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #48 – Leverage Real-Time Supplier Feedback]]> Paul Rakovich, Global Market Sector Manager at BP, thinks procurement needs to stop supplier performance management being a transactional activity and create value by speaking to suppliers directly. By leveraging real-time supplier feedback and data from sources like social media, procurement can use it to analyse and predict supply chain issues and crises before they … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #48 – Leverage Real-Time Supplier Feedback

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-48-leverage-real-time-supplier-feedback Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Idea #49 – Be a CIPS Fellow]]> Shirley Cooper, Director of Client Development at Lorien Resourcing, talks about why more procurement professionals should be considering a Fellowship with CIPS. With a new outlook on Fellows, CIPS is now driving people to get involved. See more Big Ideas from our 40+ influencers Like this? Join Procurious for FREE and meet like-minded procurement professionals … Continue reading Procurious Big Idea #49 – Be a CIPS Fellow

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-idea-49-be-a-cips-fellow Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Can Good Procurement Lead to a Successful IPO?]]> IndiGo, a budget Indian airline, may well have procurement to thank for a successful IPO launch today. It has been suggested that a frugal business strategy, including a strict focus on reducing costs has primed the airline for success in the hugely competitive Indian aviation market. India’s aviation market is growing at roughly 18% a … Continue reading Can Good Procurement Lead to a Successful IPO?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-good-procurement-lead-to-a-successful-ipo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Do Manners Matter for Motivating your Staff?]]> Manners maketh the Manager? Can you remember the last time someone genuinely said to you “thanks for doing that, good job!’? I bet it felt good. Even though you had to do whatever that task was, it was great getting that feedback. I’ll double the wager and say that you thought something positive about that … Continue reading Do Manners Matter for Motivating your Staff?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/do-manners-matter-for-motivating-your-staff Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:30 +0000
<![CDATA[6 Ways to Make Savings Stick]]> The last article I wrote on The Faculty’s latest research paper ‘Making it Stick’ was very well received by you all, in fact, its one of my most read posts on Procurious. This strong response has encouraged me to dive back into the report to look for more gold. As the report clearly states, more … Continue reading 6 Ways to Make Savings Stick

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/six-ways-to-make-savings-stick Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:29 +0000
<![CDATA[How Productive Are Your Teleconferences?]]> A recent project has prompted me to focus this month on the efficiencies of teleconferences.  Lack of agendas, side conversations, inaudible background noises, late attendees, accent and language difficulties, alongside poorly facilitated calls that seem to go in circles, are just some of the everyday teleconference challenges. Although teleconferences are not a new phenomenon, somehow … Continue reading How Productive Are Your Teleconferences?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-productive-are-your-teleconferences Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:29 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Ways to Beat the Procurement Blues]]> “In a ditch calling for a shovel” is a favourite saying from my husband’s long repertoire of business expressions. In my recent blog 6 sure-fire ways to become a CPO, I talked about the high levels of frustration people feel when roadblocks get in the way of their ambitions and career progression. It started me … Continue reading 5 Ways to Beat the Procurement Blues

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-ways-to-beat-the-procurement-blues Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Sharp announce Dave Dwyer as New Supply Chain Head]]> Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) has announced that Dave Dwyer will be promoted to the role of Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations.  Mr Dwyer brings more than 20 years of logistics and supply chain experience to his new role, having previously held management … Continue reading Sharp announce Dave Dwyer as New Supply Chain Head

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sharp-announce-dave-dwyer-as-new-supply-chain-head Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Austrian Wastewater Solution Wins Procurement Innovation Award]]> This year’s Public Procurement of Innovation Award has been won by the Austrian Federal Procurement Agency for its work in delivering a ground breaking wastewater solution. The award, which was presented to the Austrian delegation at a ceremony in Paris, aims to recognise successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and … Continue reading Austrian Wastewater Solution Wins Procurement Innovation Award

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/austrian-wastewater-solution-wins-procurement-innovation-award Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:27 +0000
<![CDATA[“And the winner is…”: Supplier Award Schemes]]> Award schemes come in a considerable variety of shapes and sizes. Likewise the concept of ‘developing’ your suppliers leaves a wide spectrum of potential, with a carrot at one end and a large stick at the other. The Set Up Start with defining the effect you want the scheme to have on your suppliers. Are … Continue reading “And the winner is…”: Supplier Award Schemes

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/and-the-winner-is-supplier-award-schemes Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:26 +0000
<![CDATA[How to change the world…like a procurement pro!]]> If you’re bored of cutting deals and meeting with the same old suppliers you might be starting to wonder, “what’s next?”  This article was originally published on LinkedIn. The good news is, as you’ll see in a moment, there’s a simple way to re-energise your procurement career. The even better news is, your boss will love it because … Continue reading How to change the world…like a procurement pro!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-to-change-the-world-like-a-procurement-pro Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Are Supply Chains Taking IT Security Seriously Enough?]]> The IRS, the CIA, Sony Pictures, TalkTalk, Kaspersky – what do all of these organisations have in common? If you said that they have all been victims of cyber attacks during 2015, you would be right. With each high-profile incident, the profile of IT security and cyber crime is raised further. For procurement and supply … Continue reading Are Supply Chains Taking IT Security Seriously Enough?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-supply-chains-taking-it-security-seriously-enough Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:24 +0000
<![CDATA[All for One, Innovation for None]]> Another public procurement price analysis article has made national headlines recently, found here on BBC News. Many thanks to Market Dojo for giving Procurious permission to republish this article. The Home Office conducted a study into police procurement trends across 20 common items including batons, uniforms and helmets. I haven’t read the Home Office study in detail, but … Continue reading All for One, Innovation for None

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/all-for-one-innovation-for-none Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Jamaica Invests in Procurement Capability]]> 400 procurement professionals from the Jamaican public sector have undergone extensive training in procurement practices. Some of those involved in the initiative were sent as far away as Canada and the United Kingdom to receive their education. The move comes as part of a concerted effort from the Jamaican government to transform its procurement operations and … Continue reading Jamaica Invests in Procurement Capability

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/jamaica-invests-in-procurement-capability Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Twitter losing its ‘Star’ Quality?]]> Twitter’s latest change to its user interface, replacing its ‘Favourite’ star with a ‘Like’ heart has raised the ire of its community. Has the social media giant made a huge misstep in the battle to remain relevant? To the casual user, this might not seem like a big deal, but to seasoned users of the … Continue reading Is Twitter losing its ‘Star’ Quality?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-twitter-losing-its-star-quality Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Supplier Competition Unwinds Japanese Business Culture]]> Increasing competition in the global automotive market looks to be forcing an end to traditional working relationships in Japan. A few months ago Procurious published a piece on keiretsu, a Japanese business practice involving very close links between suppliers and buying organisations. These practices are back in the news this week, as Toyota looks set to further … Continue reading Supplier Competition Unwinds Japanese Business Culture

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supplier-competition-unwinds-japanese-business-culture Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:22 +0000
<![CDATA[From Novice to Master – Upping Your Social Media Game]]> Social media is disrupting the world of communications. It’s now just as easy to speak to someone on the other side of the world, as it is to speak to someone on the other side of the room. Social media is no longer just for your personal life. From marketers who can reach consumers quickly … Continue reading From Novice to Master – Upping Your Social Media Game

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/from-novice-to-master-upping-your-social-media-game Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:21 +0000
<![CDATA[10 Career Influencing Women in Procurement – Part 1]]> As a woman in procurement – what would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you ask for more from yourself, your partner, your boss, your colleagues, your suppliers? Probably. So, why don’t you? Is it down to a lack of confidence? Confidence is “in alarmingly short supply” for women. According to the book ‘The … Continue reading 10 Career Influencing Women in Procurement – Part 1

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/10-career-influencing-women-in-procurement-part-1 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Are Price Wars Impacting The UK Food Supply Chain?]]> The price war between supermarkets in the UK is frequently referred to as a ‘race to the bottom’ . But as the major retailers fight for market share, suppliers with already wafer-thin margins are the ones feeling the price war’s impact hardest. A report released last week by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in the … Continue reading Are Price Wars Impacting The UK Food Supply Chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-price-wars-impacting-the-uk-food-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:20 +0000
<![CDATA[The Song Remains The Same]]> What can John Lewis’ Christmas campaign teach us about Procurement? The well-orchestrated PR ‘rumours’ were confirmed when John Lewis’ Christmas campaign was launched, sound-tracked by a cover of a classic song – “Half The World Away”, written by Noel Gallagher of Oasis. On cue, industry pundits considered if the brand’s longstanding music strategy still works, … Continue reading The Song Remains The Same

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-song-remains-the-same Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:19 +0000
<![CDATA[‘Rethink Supply Chains’ – The Innovation Challenge to Fight Labour Trafficking]]> The Partnership for Freedom launched its ‘Rethink Supply Chains‘ competition last week, aimed at providing a technological solution to help fight labour trafficking in global supply chains. In International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are 14.2 million people around the world who are victims of forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction and … Continue reading ‘Rethink Supply Chains’ – The Innovation Challenge to Fight Labour Trafficking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/rethink-supply-chains-the-innovation-challenge-to-fight-labour-trafficking Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Stopping Redlining in its Tracks]]> How the new wave of contract management software is reducing time spent negotiating. Is it possible to use data analytics and clause standards to make the contract negotiation process more efficient? Certainly there are situations where standard contracts are routinely used, and it’s undeniable that this saves time and money.  For example, imagine how much … Continue reading Stopping Redlining in its Tracks

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/stopping-redlining-in-its-tracks Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:18 +0000
<![CDATA[From the Backroom to the Boardroom]]> The rise of the Chief Supply Chain Management Officer Global directional level corporate and policy decision making corridors are going through unprecedented changes. These dramatic shifts have been largely influenced by the increasing importance boardroom executives attach to supply chain management. Today, the skills and knowledge of supply chain management professionals are increasingly being utilised, … Continue reading From the Backroom to the Boardroom

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/from-the-backroom-to-the-boardroom Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Are Drone Deliveries a Good Idea?]]> There has been a lot of talk about drones delivering ordered good in the media recently. Both Google and Amazon seem to be progressing towards a ‘Jetsons’-like logistics chain faster than was thought possible. It’s not hard to see the drawbacks to drone-led deliveries. Most people are happy to walk to the store to buy batteries and bread. … Continue reading Are Drone Deliveries a Good Idea?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-drone-deliveries-a-good-idea Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Mergers on the Horizon for Shipping Industry]]> A crippling slowdown in the international shipping sector is causing many industry leaders to rethink their strategy, and it appears that mergers are on the agenda. Last weekend the Singapore based Neptune Orient Lines announced that it was in ‘preliminary’ talks with both A.P. Moller Maersk of Denmark, and CMA CGM SA, based in Marseille, … Continue reading Mergers on the Horizon for Shipping Industry

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/mergers-on-the-horizon-for-shipping-industry Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:16 +0000
<![CDATA[The Real Value of Ethical Procurement]]> The issue of ethics in supply chains and procurement is a rapidly trending topic. However, much of what is written about this topic is based more around compliance activities, such as auditing suppliers or creating policies to monitor potential issues or breaches. This implies that improving ethics within supply chains is more of an afterthought than a priority. … Continue reading The Real Value of Ethical Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-real-value-of-ethical-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #1 – The Chefs in your Procurement Kitchen]]> The Big Ideas Summit’s first keynote was delivered by Sigi Osagie, coach and author of Procurement Mojo. Sigi’s focus was on the people side of procurement, and he spoke passionately about how, while processes and technology are critical enablers for procurement success, ultimately it’s people that make the real difference. Watch the full keynote here. See … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #1 – The Chefs in your Procurement Kitchen

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-ideas-keynote-1-the-chefs-in-your-procurement-kitchen Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #2 – Big Ideas in Big Companies]]> The second keynote from the Big Ideas Summit was delivered by Chris Lynch, CFO at Rio Tinto, who picked out the key theme of risks and blind spots in procurement. Chris spoke about fostering a culture of “intrapreneurship” within large organisations and understanding that the bigger your idea is, the more resistance it will face. … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #2 – Big Ideas in Big Companies

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-ideas-keynote-2-big-ideas-in-big-companies Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #3 – How Procurement is Elevating its role]]> Looking to the future in the Big Ideas Summit third keynote was Chris Sawchuk, Principle and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group. Chris spoke about organisational agility and the need for organisations to adapt and move quickly in a constantly-changing business environment. From a procurement standpoint, Chris argued that it means learning … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #3 – How Procurement is Elevating its role

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-ideas-keynote-3-how-procurement-is-elevating-its-role Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:13 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #4 – Ethics in the Profession]]> The growing influence of the procurement function in organisations has both positive and negative potential consequences. David Noble, Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), provides a fascinating insight into the profession from the point of view of the chartered body. Addressing and shifting some paradigms about procurement first, David … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #4 – Ethics in the Profession

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-ideas-keynote-4-ethics-in-the-profession Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Why More Women in Senior Roles Makes Sense]]> Should supply chains, and organisations as a whole, be working harder to bring more women into senior roles?Recent headlines, research and reports have firmly placed the spotlight on the subject of gender equality. The hack of Sony communications earlier this year very publicly lifted the lid on the lack of equality in salaries for world-famous actors and … Continue reading Why More Women in Senior Roles Makes Sense

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-more-women-in-senior-roles-just-makes-sense Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:11 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Tips for Using Data in Procurement]]> This is the century of data and every purchasing professional should be a data person to some degree. How you use data can enhance your career? Here are five top tips to improve how you use data. 1. Source – Most organisations have spend data to analyse. Think about other sources of data – 80 per … Continue reading 5 Tips for Using Data in Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-tips-for-using-data-in-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Social Media – Breaking News and Misinformation]]> Social media was awash this weekend with information, news and an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy in the wake of the atrocities in Paris on Friday night. The Procurious team would like to take this opportunity to offer our most sincere condolences and sympathies to people of Paris, and all those affected by this horrendous act … Continue reading Social Media – Breaking News and Misinformation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/social-media-breaking-news-and-misinformation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Have you got what it takes to join Procurious HQ? Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist Opportunity Available]]> Procurious has an exciting opening in our small but exceptional team for a Digital Marketing and Social Media rising star! This is a new role supporting the General Manager and the Content & Social Media Manager to cleverly propagate and amplify our niche content to build global awareness about our brand and attract new members. … Continue reading Have you got what it takes to join Procurious HQ? Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist Opportunity Available

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/have-you-got-what-it-takes-to-join-procurious-hq-digital-marketing-social-media-specialist-opportunity-available Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Five Gems from Eva Wimmers’ Innovation Workshop – Part 1]]> The Faculty’s Hugo Britt recently attended a one-day workshop with Eva Wimmers, former CPO of Deutsche Telekom, on innovation in Procurement. How many of the CPOs you know would you describe as ‘glamourous’? Not many, I bet. That’s because Procurement still isn’t seen as a particularly glamorous career, despite having all the ingredients that should … Continue reading Five Gems from Eva Wimmers’ Innovation Workshop – Part 1

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/five-gems-from-eva-wimmers-innovation-workshop-part-1 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:08 +0000
<![CDATA[Is Trouble Brewing for Apple Following Supply Chain Order Reduction?]]> A recent report from Credit Suisse has suggested that Apple’s Asian supply chain is weakening following a reduction in orders. Is the tech giant struggling? Or is it just standard market forces at work? According to the report, Apple has reduced orders by up to 10 per cent, with this figure expected to grow to … Continue reading Is Trouble Brewing for Apple Following Supply Chain Order Reduction?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/is-trouble-brewing-for-apples-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:07 +0000
<![CDATA[10 Career Influencing Women in Procurement – Part 2]]> A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the ProcureCon Europe ‘Women in Procurement’ Breakfast in Berlin. The conversation over breakfast got me thinking about the women who have supported and influenced my career. In my previous article, I talked about the first half of my career, pre-children. This week, I’m focusing … Continue reading 10 Career Influencing Women in Procurement – Part 2

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/10-career-influencing-women-in-procurement-part-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Five Gems from Eva Wimmers’ Innovation Workshop – Part 2]]> The Faculty’s Hugo Britt recently attended a one-day workshop with Eva Wimmers, former CPO of Deutsche Telekom, on innovation in Procurement. Last week I shared the first two of five ‘gems’ I took away from Eva Wimmers’ thought-provoking working on Innovation in Procurement. Read on for the remaining three insights from this world-class CPO: Make … Continue reading Five Gems from Eva Wimmers’ Innovation Workshop – Part 2

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/five-gems-from-eva-wimmers-innovation-workshop-part-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Making Your Department Sexy]]> Every functional department needs to find its rightful place in the business hierarchy. So what can you do to help it achieve the sexy status it deserves? And before you even think of saying, “we’re doing a really good job – that is what people will notice!” – forget it. Of course you are doing … Continue reading Making Your Department Sexy

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/making-your-department-sexy Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Can Re-Shoring Explain China’s Faltering Economy?]]> China’s economic slowdown is starting to send reverberations across global markets. While it’s too soon to panic about Chinese growth figures, the engine behind the world’s economic growth for the last decade or so does seem to be spluttering a little, and this is a worrying sign for some market sectors. Just what is causing … Continue reading Can Re-Shoring Explain China’s Faltering Economy?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-re-shoring-explain-chinas-faltering-economy Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:04 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Reasons Why L’Oréal is Winning the War for Talent on Social Media]]> Because you’re worth it… We talk a lot on Procurious about using social media to ‘win’ the war for talent. More frequently, organisations are using social media in this respect, but some are using it more effectively than others. The Role of Social Media So how can procurement organisations ensure that they are attracting the … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why L’Oréal is Winning the War for Talent on Social Media

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/4-reasons-why-loreal-is-winning-the-war-for-talent-on-social-media-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Want to Know Where Your Clothes Came From? There’s an App for That!]]> A new app, developed in Australia, hopes to give consumers the information they want on the supply chains producing their clothing. We’ve covered ethical fashion in great detail on Procurious in the past. Most of our coverage has focussed on the public’s desire for cheap, rapidly produced garments or ‘fast fashion’ as its been dubbed. … Continue reading Want to Know Where Your Clothes Came From? There’s an App for That!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/want-to-know-where-your-clothes-came-from-theres-an-app-for-that Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Agility – Making Flexibility Look Like the Plan]]> As usual, I take the topics for my blogs directly from my past experience as CPO or, more recently, the work we do with our clients and partner companies. This blog is no different. Lately, it seems to me that in virtually every meeting, every executive development seminar we host, and every conference I attend, … Continue reading Agility – Making Flexibility Look Like the Plan

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/agility-making-flexibility-look-like-the-plan Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:02 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Tips for Managing Your Supply Chain Career]]> My first hands-on experience serving as a link within the supply chain came very early in my career. This article was first published on Beet Fusion. After flipping burgers for a year at age 15, I decided to take an afternoon job at a garden centre chain in California. When school was dismissed, I would … Continue reading 4 Tips for Managing Your Supply Chain Career

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<![CDATA[US Government Faces Criticism Over IT Outsourcing Spend]]> A recent report has highlighted a lack of management on US Government IT spend. IT services outsourcing cost the US government $30 billion USD in 2013. However according to a recent report released by the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the lion’s share of this spend was not adequately managed. The GAO’s report highlights that while … Continue reading US Government Faces Criticism Over IT Outsourcing Spend

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<![CDATA[Disruption, Scandal and Upheaval – A Week in Procurement]]> The past week in procurement and supply chain has been a busy one, and so it’s been hard to pin down just one story to kick the new week off.  Over the past seven days, a marketing procurement function for a major global brand has been scrapped, Nigeria has been gripped by a massive procurement … Continue reading Disruption, Scandal and Upheaval – A Week in Procurement

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<![CDATA[Buyers Under the Duvet]]> In this first of a series of five articles, I consider the bedrock skill of our profession and consider whether we rely on it too much.  Firstly, some readers may be CPOs, Senior Category Managers, Global Vendor Managers or other similar title, for the purposes of this series of articles I’m simply referring to us … Continue reading Buyers Under the Duvet

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/buyers-under-the-duvet Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:44:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Thanksgiving is a Happy Holiday for Business]]> Just in case you didn’t know, today is Thanksgiving! In honour of this holiday, we take a look at the numbers behind the day. It’s getting towards the end of the year, the real crunch time for businesses and supply chains as they head towards the festive period. For supply chains in America (plus all … Continue reading Why Thanksgiving is a Happy Holiday for Business

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<![CDATA[IQ, EQ, DQ or SMQ – Which Quotient Leads to Success at Work?]]> We’ve all sat tests at school, whether exams to achieve qualifications, or internal tests to determine which classes we should be in. These tests, although we didn’t know it at the time, were a way of testing our IQ. However, this is a hugely simplified way of assessing a concept that is inherently complex in nature. Some people excel … Continue reading IQ, EQ, DQ or SMQ – Which Quotient Leads to Success at Work?

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<![CDATA[How to Build a Network of Procurement Evangelists]]> Procurious were lucky enough to attend and present at The Procurement Summit in Manchester last week. While we were there, we sat in on an interesting (and very funny) keynote from Chris Barrat. Chris was talking on the subject of how procurement can build a network of “evangelists”, people who champion the function and help … Continue reading How to Build a Network of Procurement Evangelists

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<![CDATA[Can we Expect Company Loyalty to Motivate People These Days?]]> There are many different ideas on how to motivate staff, but the one thing that everyone can agree on is that if you are able to motivate them, then the results can be amazing. If you look at any high performing company, in any sector, then you will find they have a very motivated workforce. … Continue reading Can we Expect Company Loyalty to Motivate People These Days?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-we-expect-company-loyalty-to-motivate-people-these-days Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:57 +0000
<![CDATA[David Bowie and Procurement – Dealing with Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes]]> Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, (Turn and face the strange), Ch-ch-changes, Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it, Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes, Where’s your shame, You’ve left us up to our necks in it, Time may change me, But you can’t trace time. I recently sat through a presentation on dealing with change and being resilient. Sadly most … Continue reading David Bowie and Procurement – Dealing with Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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<![CDATA[What Does the Board Want From its CPO?]]> In the first part of a two-part series, we look at what organisational boards are expecting from CPOs and the procurement function. Purchasing, Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, Category Management, Spend Management, Supplier Relationship Management…the list goes on. The Procurement profession has created a myriad of titles over the last decade, which can be confusing to those … Continue reading What Does the Board Want From its CPO?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-does-the-board-want-from-its-cpo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:56 +0000
<![CDATA[A Better Way to Manage Road Warriors, and Their Costs]]> You road warriors are a hardy bunch, aren’t you? This article was originally published on WordPress. You spend over a hundred hours a year on planes, take trips on short notice, cross too many time zones, lose sleep, gain weight, get up way early and come home late, and give up more than your share … Continue reading A Better Way to Manage Road Warriors, and Their Costs

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/a-better-way-to-manage-road-warriors-and-their-costs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Why TMCs Need a Dramatically Different Sales Approach]]> Ever notice how Travel Management Companies (TMCs) have a hard time selling their value? This article was first published on WordPress. It’s not a complicated value proposition.  “We’ll help you book travel at low prices and help your travellers on the road, so you’ll save money and sleep better.” That’s a pretty easy benefit statement … Continue reading Why TMCs Need a Dramatically Different Sales Approach

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-tmcs-need-a-dramatically-different-sales-approach Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Supplier Relationship Management – Cavalry or Surgery]]> In my first article I consider whether buyers resort to blunt negotiation too much, arguing that a significant amount of value is ignored by not appropriately committing resources to the early and later stages in the procurement cycle. In this, my second article in a series of five, I address the issue of SRM and … Continue reading Supplier Relationship Management – Cavalry or Surgery

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supplier-relationship-management-cavalry-or-surgery Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:54 +0000
<![CDATA[What if Savings Didn’t Matter in Procurement]]> There are countless articles and blogs on the value procurement brings to an organisation. This article was originally published on LinkedIn. Most say that savings are just one component of this value proposition and that we need to look outside of savings into other areas of value like stimulating innovation, supporting the organisation’s corporate social responsibility goals … Continue reading What if Savings Didn’t Matter in Procurement

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<![CDATA[Automating Procurement Management Is A Way to Drive Efficiency]]> Procurement management is a critical process and technology has been playing a major role in driving its efficiency. The procure-to-pay cycle, which involves everything from requests-to-suppliers to final payments, requires solid control and faster turnaround. It helps improve organisational efficiency by a big margin. According to FSN, an independent research and publishing organisation, “Automating the … Continue reading Automating Procurement Management Is A Way to Drive Efficiency

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/automating-procurement-management-is-a-way-to-drive-efficiency Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:53 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Procurement Career]]> Post your way to success! A while ago I posted about the career-limiting bear traps to avoid when using social media for business. It’s good to be conscious of those, but they shouldn’t scare anyone away from making the most of these great communication tools: the one bear trap I forgot to mention last time … Continue reading 5 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Procurement Career

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-ways-social-media-can-help-your-procurement-career Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Small Firms Plan Grand Designs on Overseas Markets]]> 58 per cent of UK small to medium-sized firms are planning to enter new markets in the next two years. In a further sign of economic optimism, well over half of UK small to medium-sized firms (SMEs) plan to enter new markets in the next two years with the manufacturing sector leading the way, according … Continue reading Small Firms Plan Grand Designs on Overseas Markets

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/small-firms-plan-grand-designs-on-overseas-markets Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Are We Still in Love with Black Friday?]]> With Thanksgiving over, consumers and businesses now turn their attention to the start of the festive shopping period – beginning with Black Friday. But are people falling out of love with this shopping day?  Originally an American phenomenon, Black Friday is the semi-official start of the festive retail period. There’s no consensus as to why … Continue reading Are We Still in Love with Black Friday?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-we-still-in-love-with-black-friday Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Getting it Right on Social Media – 10 Do’s and Don’ts]]> Even for a seasoned pro, or ‘Master’ as we like to say at Procurious, social media can be a minefield to negotiate. One wrong word, one misplaced link, or even something as small as a spelling mistake, can have you people clicking “Unfollow” in droves. Like with reputation or trust, a social media following takes … Continue reading Getting it Right on Social Media – 10 Do’s and Don’ts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/getting-it-right-on-social-media-10-dos-and-donts Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Queen Bee Syndrome debunked: the sting isn’t where you think it is]]> Historically, successful women have run the risk of being characterized as the “quintessential ‘bitch’ who is concerned not at all about others but only about herself”. Women regarded as successful attract negative reactions that focus primarily on their interpersonal capabilities. Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada is often used to illustrate the point. … Continue reading Queen Bee Syndrome debunked: the sting isn’t where you think it is

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<![CDATA[Black Friday over as Nestle reveals darkest of supply chain disclosures]]> Another week, another procurement scandal. It came as quite a shock when Nestlé self-vilified and admitted to slave labour within their supply chain. Whether you’ve heralded them for their honesty or condemned them for not doing enough, we can at least be glad that the issue of slavery within supply chains is once again at … Continue reading Black Friday over as Nestle reveals darkest of supply chain disclosures

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/black-friday-over-as-nestle-reveals-darkest-of-supply-chain-disclosures Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Paris Climate Conference Emits Cautious Optimism]]> As the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) rolls into its second week, there is a sense of cautious optimism that the meeting in Paris may produce a global agreement on climate change. The meeting kicked off last week with 190 countries in attendance, with the aim of coming to a universal agreement on … Continue reading Paris Climate Conference Emits Cautious Optimism

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/paris-climate-conference-emits-cautious-optimism Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Future Proofing Procurement – Social Sourcing and Supplier Networks]]> Traditional procurement processes and methods are being overtaken and replaced. While they still have a role to play, how can you make sure your procurement organisation is ready to meet the future head-on? A few weeks ago, I was involved in a Twitter chat on behalf of Procurious on the subject of social media, supplier networks … Continue reading Future Proofing Procurement – Social Sourcing and Supplier Networks

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/future-proofing-procurement-social-sourcing-and-supplier-networks Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:48 +0000
<![CDATA[New FSB Service Could Help SMEs Cut Energy Bills]]> Small businesses can reduce average energy bills by almost a quarter with the new FSB Energy service. FSB launches new service where members could reduce the cost of gas and electricity bills by 23 per cent, shaving nearly £1,000 per year off the average company bill 70 per cent of businesses experience difficulty comparing energy … Continue reading New FSB Service Could Help SMEs Cut Energy Bills

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/new-fsb-service-could-help-smes-cut-energy-bills Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Procurement’s Time is Now: An Interview with Tony Megally]]> The Source’s new Managing Director, Tony Megally, shares his views on the state of Australian procurement talent and what it takes to set up an effective retention scheme.            It seems that Australian businesses have begun to realise the value that a highly functioning procurement team can bring to an organisation. … Continue reading Why Procurement’s Time is Now: An Interview with Tony Megally

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-procurements-time-is-now-an-interview-with-tony-megally Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:47 +0000
<![CDATA[What are the 7 Challenges Keeping PSCM Managers Up at Night?]]> As the modern procurement division advances to become a part of the whole organisation innovation process, so does the expectations around supply chain and procurement professionals’ performance. Having a deep understanding of the challenges facing executives who are ascending the procurement ladder is the first step to find strategies and inspiration to overcome them. Research … Continue reading What are the 7 Challenges Keeping PSCM Managers Up at Night?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-are-the-7-challenges-keeping-pscm-managers-up-at-night Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:46 +0000
<![CDATA[A Game Changer is Born]]> Digital disruption is inevitable, it’s happening everywhere. But who are the disruptors and how do we ensure they are working for our organisations, changing our landscape and transforming the way we work? Leaders are crying out for people who have the ability to change their organisation’s landscape. These individuals are the people who have the … Continue reading A Game Changer is Born

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<![CDATA[Behavioural Traits Boards are Demanding from Procurement Leaders]]> Uncovering the surprising truth about the behavioural traits Boards are demanding from Procurement Leaders. It’s a well-known fact that individuals with certain behaviours are better matched to certain jobs. For example, senior Sales Executives tend to be driven and goal orientated, whereas, in contrast, Chief Analysts have a high process orientation, like direction, and have … Continue reading Behavioural Traits Boards are Demanding from Procurement Leaders

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/behavioural-traits-boards-are-demanding-from-procurement-leaders Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Adding Value to Procurement Through Change Management]]> Rio Tinto’s procurement function is globally known for its high standards and principles. When it comes down to building a world class global procurement department, change management plays a key role. Ahead of Women in Procurement 2016, Renae Rutherford, Director – Optimisation Delivery, Global Business Services from Rio Tinto, has shared some key insights with … Continue reading Adding Value to Procurement Through Change Management

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/adding-value-to-procurement-through-change-management Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Top Tech Gifts For Christmas]]> Tech trends are changing… A recent uSwitch survey suggests that the must-have tech from yesteryear is quickly falling out of fashion, with only 8 per cent of responders lusting after e-readers, and 9 per cent focused on digital cameras. With that in mind we’ve rounded-up what we deem to be the must-have gadgets for Christmas … Continue reading Top Tech Gifts For Christmas

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/top-tech-gifts-for-christmas Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:44 +0000
<![CDATA[What Does the Board Look for When Hiring a CPO?]]> In the second part of this series on CPOs, we look at what Boards look for in their CPOs. Read the first article on expectations of CPOs here. The successful procurement leader today is expected to establish credibility by embedding the basics. Good financial data consistent with the reporting model of their business, robust controls … Continue reading What Does the Board Look for When Hiring a CPO?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-does-the-board-look-for-when-hiring-a-cpo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Catalytics – The Next Generation of Procurement]]> Catalytics® is a business concept that powers Proxima’s new suite of procurement services, delivering triple bottom line outcomes: people, profit and planet. 45 per cent of consumers have revealed that they would stop spending with a company whose supplier practices are called into question. With so much at stake, Proxima the procurement services provider, today announces the … Continue reading Catalytics – The Next Generation of Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/catalytics-the-next-generation-of-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Can Procurement Set an Example on KPIs?]]> Metrics, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Performance Management – whatever your organisation calls them, it’s almost certain that your procurement team are both measuring and being measured on performance. But are organisations measuring the right areas? Every week in the procurement and supply chain news, we read reports and headlines focusing on savings and supply chain … Continue reading Can Procurement Set an Example on KPIs?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/can-procurement-set-an-example-on-kpis Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Marketing Procurement – The Most Popular Concepts]]> Darren Woolley, CEO and founder of marketing consultancy TrinityP3, freely admits that 15 years ago he had no idea what marketing procurement was. Now, curator of a renowned blog on the subject, he is here with a great offer for Procurious members. When I started TrinityP3 Marketing Management Consultants in January 2000 I had never heard of marketing … Continue reading Marketing Procurement – The Most Popular Concepts

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/marketing-procurement-the-most-popular-concepts Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Working Capital: The Role of Procurement]]> Procurement has a central role to play in the effective management of working capital, enabling investment, growth and supply chain efficiency. This article has been written by Neil Ross, Regional Manager, EMEA Trade Credit. Working capital is the fuel behind any successful mid-market organisation, representing the amount of cash available at any one time. If managed … Continue reading Working Capital: The Role of Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/working-capital-the-role-of-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Your Procurement Christmas Booklist]]> The Christmas holidays are great – plenty of time to relax, see family and relax in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a good book… If you’re like the team at Procurious HQ, you can’t get enough of procurement, supply chain and leadership related literature, then we’ve compiled a short list … Continue reading Your Procurement Christmas Booklist

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-procurement-christmas-booklist Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:41 +0000
<![CDATA[C3PO Teaches Us About Proper Communication]]> Uncle Owen: “What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.” C-3PO: “Vaporators? Sir, my first job was programming binary load lifters very similar to your vaporators in most respects.” Uncle Owen: “Can you speak Bocce?” C-3PO: “Of course I can, sir. It’s like a second language to me. … Continue reading C3PO Teaches Us About Proper Communication

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/c3po-teaches-us-about-proper-communication Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Skills Shortage and Access to Finance Top Concerns for UK Entrepreneurs]]> Difficulty obtaining finance and a general skills shortage risk undermining Britain’s start-up revolution, the Institute of Directors has warned this week. The first ever survey of the IoD 99 network – a group of more than 650 entrepreneurs under the age of 35, running businesses in every part of the country and every sector of … Continue reading Skills Shortage and Access to Finance Top Concerns for UK Entrepreneurs

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<![CDATA[Best of the Procurious Blog 2015]]> At Procurious, we pride ourselves on publishing high quality, original and interesting content on our blog. In 2015, we have produced, hosted and provided over 600 articles for our community to read. We were honoured this year to receive a “Highly Commended Company” award in the UK Blog Awards 2015 for PR, Marketing, Media and Comms (we’re … Continue reading Best of the Procurious Blog 2015

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<![CDATA[Why Social Media Will Play a Role in the War on Terror]]> Social media can help to facilitate global communication and information gathering, but it can also be used for illegal means such as terrorism. With Twitter being fined for non-removal of “terrorist propaganda”, we investigate what countries are doing to stem this particular use of social media.  As we reported last week, Twitter was fined in Turkey for … Continue reading Why Social Media Will Play a Role in the War on Terror

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-social-media-will-play-a-role-in-the-war-on-terror Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:39 +0000
<![CDATA[What Tinder Can Tell Us About Job Hunting – Part 1: First Impressions]]> In the first part of this series, we look at how to make a good first impression. This series of articles was co-authored with Andy Storrar, Digital Marketing Specialist. My friend Anna was a little surprised last month when the 6′ fighter pilot she’d arranged a first date with turned out to be 5’2″ and … Continue reading What Tinder Can Tell Us About Job Hunting – Part 1: First Impressions

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<![CDATA[Best of the Procurious Discussion Forum 2015]]> In 2015, Procurious members started over 400 discussions, and provided an amazing 2000+ answers for these burning questions. These discussions covered a vast range of topics, from Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and professional qualifications, to eSourcing and if there is a typical Myers Briggs profile for procurement professionals. We’ve picked out the most popular Discussions of 2015 to … Continue reading Best of the Procurious Discussion Forum 2015

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/best-of-the-procurious-discussion-forum-2015 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Systems – a Panacea or Pancake?]]> In a far off world, our intergalactic cousins may have a procurement systems panacea, but in my world I’ve yet to see it. Of course they can help manage the process flow, speed up the approvals, assist contract management and supplier performance. Some even claim to manage relationships. (Really? Systems manage relationships? – that’s news to … Continue reading Procurement Systems – a Panacea or Pancake?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-systems-a-panacea-or-pancake Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:38 +0000
<![CDATA[The Procurement Professional Twelve Days of Christmas]]> What do you want from your suppliers for Christmas?   In the spirit of the season, here’s a Procurement professional’s Twelve Days of Christmas: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my suppliers gave to me: Twelve new-signed contracts Eleven costs avoided Ten tenders pending Nine on-time deliveries Eight service improvements Seven ways of working Six … Continue reading The Procurement Professional Twelve Days of Christmas

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #5 – The Business Case for Creating a Procurement Network]]> Procurious’ founder Tania Seary rounded the day off at the Big Ideas Summit with a keynote focusing on why procurement networks are an incredibly valuable tool for the profession. Tania started off with a statistic that there are 27 indigenous tribes in the Amazon region that are entirely disconnected from the rest of the world, comparing … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #5 – The Business Case for Creating a Procurement Network

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<![CDATA[Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck…and What You Can Do About It!]]> You’re on the way to the big New Year’s Eve event at your friend’s place or public gathering and the anticipation is giving you those little jolts of pleasure and pre-party nerves…all good of course! Catching up with friends, family, work colleagues or even meeting someone new and interesting, is all part of the New Year’s … Continue reading Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck…and What You Can Do About It!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-new-years-resolutions-suckand-what-you-can-do-about-it Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:36 +0000
<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: 6 Sure-Fire Ways to Become a CPO]]> Our first blast from the past from the blog in 2015 is to revisit our most popular article this year. Our founder Tania Seary talks through her top tips for becoming a CPO. I have worked in Procurement for twenty years now (a scary thought). During that time, I have had the immense pleasure of … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: 6 Sure-Fire Ways to Become a CPO

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<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: 3D Printing – The End of Outsourcing?]]> Our second blog rewind looks at the idea that 3D Printing will have a major impact on the way organisations manufacture their products and ultimately how their supply chains are set up for outsourcing. From golf clubs to firearms, pharmaceuticals to trainers, 3D Printing is disrupting the manufacturing process of an increasing number of products. … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: 3D Printing – The End of Outsourcing?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2015-rewind-best-of-the-blog-3d-printing-the-end-of-outsourcing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:35 +0000
<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: Social Media – Breaking News and Misinformation]]> Our third revisit comes from later in the year, in the wake of the terrible events in Paris in November. Social media played a huge role in the development of the story, and we looked at the power of these platforms for good and bad reasons. Social media was awash this weekend with information, news and an overwhelming … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: Social Media – Breaking News and Misinformation

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #6 – How People Create Alchemy in Organisations]]> Sarah Trota, founder of sarahtrotaalchemy and Personnel Today HR Director of the Year 2013, provided a different viewpoint in her keynote, that of procurement’s relationship with HR. Sarah discussed her own model for how to create ‘alchemy’ within organisations – the focus of the idea is on properly engaging with employees, ensuring they are satisfied … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Keynote #6 – How People Create Alchemy in Organisations

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurious-big-ideas-keynote-6-how-people-create-alchemy-in-organisations Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Merry Christmas from all at Procurious HQ!]]> We’d like to wish all members of the Procurious community a very Merry Christmas!   Thanks to everyone for their work in helping us build the community this year, for all your posts, pictures and stories, questions and answers and connections! – Procurious HQ  

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<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of Learning: How to Use Social Media to Win the War for Talent]]> We’re looking back at 2015 and the eLearning content that was added to the site during the year.  In our second rewind, we take a look at the role of social media in the war for procurement talent. The ‘War for Talent’ has been a major topic in 2015, with organisations looking at the ways … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of Learning: How to Use Social Media to Win the War for Talent

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<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of Learning: Where are Procurement’s Blind Spots?]]> We’re looking back at 2015 and the best of the eLearning videos, podcasts and interviews new to the site during the year.  In our first revisited video, we take you back to the Big Ideas Summit, where we hosted a fantastic panel discussion on the subject of risk, and where procurement’s blind spots are. The panel … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of Learning: Where are Procurement’s Blind Spots?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/best-of-learning-2015-where-are-procurements-blind-spots Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply Chain Best Practice – What We Can Learn from Santa]]> With just over a day to go before Father Christmas needs to leave the North Pole to start his annual delivery run, we look at why Santa’s Supply Chain is the best of the lot. Frequently overlooked when it comes to the annual awards, Santa has been running his supply chain with precision and incredible … Continue reading Supply Chain Best Practice – What We Can Learn from Santa

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-best-practice-what-we-can-learn-from-santa Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Be Social to Perform]]> Marc Zuckerberg, the father of the most well-known social network recently stated: “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress”. We probably all believe in the use of social media and social networking pages, however up until … Continue reading Be Social to Perform

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/be-social-to-perform Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:32 +0000
<![CDATA[The Great Procurement Social Value Bake-Off]]> How promoting social value in public contracts should be the icing on the procurement cake. Well, what a task! I’ve just finished commenting on the draft statutory guidance to implement the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act, perhaps one of the most ambitious pieces of public procurement legislation that the world has ever seen! Worryingly, in amongst … Continue reading The Great Procurement Social Value Bake-Off

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-great-procurement-social-value-bake-off Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Stories from The Source – Part one: Tony Megally]]> The Source General Manager Tony Megally speaks with Hugo Britt about how to get yourself noticed by a top recruitment firm. As with most 21st-century offices, we have an open-plan layout here at The Faculty. The team is spread across the first floor of a sun-filled, goldrush-era building in the heart of Melbourne. We have … Continue reading Stories from The Source – Part one: Tony Megally

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<![CDATA[2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: Being at the Table – A CPO’s Tale of Woe]]> Our final rewind comes courtesy of one of our guest writers and friends of Procurious, Giles Breault. The article, originally shared on LinkedIn discusses what procurement needs to do to take its seat at the table.   Some days ago while having a business lunch the topic of “being at the table” arose. It was our client’s … Continue reading 2015 Rewind – Best of the Blog: Being at the Table – A CPO’s Tale of Woe

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<![CDATA[Getting the Most out of Procurious in 2016]]> A very Happy New Year from everyone at Procurious HQ. We hope you enjoyed the festive break, survived the family Christmas and dodgy TV scheduling, managed to relax and have come back to work ready to continue the good work we kicked off in 2015. Procurious has gone from strength-to-strength over the past 12 months, … Continue reading Getting the Most out of Procurious in 2016

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<![CDATA[What Tinder Can Tell Us About Job Hunting – Part 2: “My mother warned me about people like you”]]> In the second part of this series, we look at how to make sure a recruiter sees you as the right person for the job. You can read Part 1 of the series here. This series of articles was co-authored with Andy Storrar, Digital Marketing Specialist. The worlds of romance and recruitment have this fundamentally … Continue reading What Tinder Can Tell Us About Job Hunting – Part 2: “My mother warned me about people like you”

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-tinder-can-tell-us-about-job-hunting-part-2-my-mother-warned-me-about-people-like-you Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Zero savings? Thanks, that’s perfect!]]> In this article, the fourth in a series of five, I consider the level of credit granted to projects which deliver substantial savings, and whether, from the perspective of the business, this is appropriate. As procurement professionals our time is often consumed by savings targets. Delivering, seeking approval and recording savings. Big savings are good … Continue reading Zero savings? Thanks, that’s perfect!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/zero-savings-thanks-thats-perfect Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:29 +0000
<![CDATA[The Benefits of Balance in 2016]]> Balance is a hard act if you’re trying to survive and thrive in the corporate world. But balance is key to getting through your busy day – and out the other side.  Work impacts on the lives of corporate citizens more than ever before, making it difficult to find time to achieve balance. But don’t … Continue reading The Benefits of Balance in 2016

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-benefits-of-balance-in-2016 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #1 – What Does it Mean to Be An Authentic Leader?]]> What does it mean to be an authentic leader in procurement? In the first of the panel discussions from the Big Ideas Summit 2015, Sigi Osagie, Sarah Trota, Helen Mackenzie and Andrew MacAskill discussed this question, and helped to provide a diverse view on the best answer. From the power of public sector procurement and … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #1 – What Does it Mean to Be An Authentic Leader?

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #2 – Where Are Procurement’s Blind Spots?]]> What risks does procurement face in the coming years? And what are the profession’s major blind-spots? This was the question for the second panel discussion at the Big Ideas Summit 2015. There was plenty of passion on display, and at some points the conversation got a little heated, but there were also some fantastic points … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #2 – Where Are Procurement’s Blind Spots?

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #3 – Are Business Costs Too High or Too Low?]]> Are business costs too high? Or too low? And where does procurement sit in this matter? The third discussion panel at the Big Ideas Summit 2015 took place in the innovative format of a ‘fishbowl’ discussion, where participants argue both sides of the lead question, but where the audience can also get involved. The panel … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #3 – Are Business Costs Too High or Too Low?

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<![CDATA[Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #4 – What Are We Doing to Create Communities of Practice?]]> What is the procurement profession doing to create communities of practice? Building on Tania Seary’s keynote speech and the idea of collaboration across the procurement profession, David Noble, Tania Seary, Diego Barilla and Sue Steele discuss what can be done to bring a dispersed community together. From spend entrepreneurship to professional accreditation and certification, the … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #4 – What Are We Doing to Create Communities of Practice?

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<![CDATA[Vote for Procurious in the UK Blog Awards 2016]]> How often do you find yourself coming to the end of another smashing Procurious blog article and think, “Gosh, that was great! I wish there was a way for me to acknowledge just how great that was.”? If this sounds like you (and we wish everyone did think this!), today is your lucky day! Throughout … Continue reading Vote for Procurious in the UK Blog Awards 2016

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<![CDATA[Is Brand Paranoia Stifling Debate on Social Media?]]> More and more people enter the world of social media every day, each with their own thoughts, opinions and values. Surely this is a recipe for open debate? Perhaps not. True, you see plenty of heated conversations on social media – people airing their views on a host of subjects, from television programmes to films, … Continue reading Is Brand Paranoia Stifling Debate on Social Media?

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<![CDATA[Extreme Procurement]]> With growing focus on emerging markets, ‘extreme procurement’ will become more common. I was at an airbase in the desert when the call came in on my satellite phone: my regular security detail was stranded in Northern Iraq and wouldn’t be able to meet me when I arrived in Baghdad. My firm had won a … Continue reading Extreme Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/extreme-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:43:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas in Technology: 2016 and Beyond]]> We’ve rounded up some of the biggest disruptive technology trends we expect to see in workplaces the world over in the next twelve months. Drones and drone lanes What: As drones have begun to take over our skies in 2015 concerns have grown over the fight for airspace. Currently the FAA only prohibits drones from … Continue reading Big Ideas in Technology: 2016 and Beyond

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<![CDATA[Lessons in Accounts Payable Fraud]]> In these days of greater reliance on technology to save us from the perils of fraudulent activity, it’s interesting to consider that tip-offs and accidental discovery remain the two most pertinent methods of detection. This article was originally published on APN. So what does this tell us about the way AP departments are run?  Overall, … Continue reading Lessons in Accounts Payable Fraud

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<![CDATA[Are Supply Chain Audits Bad for Good Business?]]> The line, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”, first appeared in Satires by the Roman poet Juvenal, and literally means “Who will guard the guards themselves?”. The question now being asked is, “Who audits the auditors?”, and the answers don’t look good. Research from the University of Sheffield released last week claims that supply chain auditors are … Continue reading Are Supply Chain Audits Bad for Good Business?

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<![CDATA[How an Agile Supply Chain Can Enhance New Product Development]]> Is your Supply Chain bolstering or hampering the success of your company’s new products? Josh Nelson, a Director in The Hackett Group’s Strategy and Business Transformation Practice, discusses Supply Chain and New Product Development. An agile supply chain can deliver value to the new product development (NPD) process (outlined in Figure #1) by quickly and … Continue reading How an Agile Supply Chain Can Enhance New Product Development

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<![CDATA[Smart Cities – Revolutionising Public Procurement in Barcelona]]> Barcelona – a city of churches, tapas and endless Gaudi landmarks – boasts an intriguing procurement initiative that is fundamentally changing public procurement methodology.  The concept is new and the way changes are being made is a stroke of genius. Traditionally, public procurement initiatives have looked something like this: Determine the problem Determine a solution Develop a scope of work … Continue reading Smart Cities – Revolutionising Public Procurement in Barcelona

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<![CDATA[Passion from the Podium – 7 Speaking Tips for Procurement Pros]]> Apparently, the old underwear trick doesn’t work anymore. Last year my son confided in me his nervousness about making a speech at his school assembly. I shared the old tip “pretend they’re all wearing just their underwear”. He replied, “Mum, that’s even scarier!” And he’s probably right! Public speaking is one of the most terrifying … Continue reading Passion from the Podium – 7 Speaking Tips for Procurement Pros

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<![CDATA[The Power of Networking]]> Networking is a breeze thanks to the proliferation of social media platforms out there, but when it comes to networking in the flesh, some of us freeze. Here’s how to handle it like a pro and make the most out of the opportunity.  Depending on your point of view, networking events can either be viewed … Continue reading The Power of Networking

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<![CDATA[10,000 Reasons to Join Procurious]]> Procurious is celebrating its 10,000th member months ahead of its second birthday in a milestone that has surpassed all expectations. We’re delighted to make this announcement and want to take the opportunity to thank all of our members for helping us to build and grow such a fantastic community. When we launched in May 2014, we … Continue reading 10,000 Reasons to Join Procurious

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<![CDATA[Cost Breakdowns – As Much About What’s Important As About Price]]> “As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” John Glenn, NASA Time was that the old-school view of procurement, as illustrated above, prevailed. Of course, since then, times have changed, and procurement has emerged after the Lopez era to prioritise quality … Continue reading Cost Breakdowns – As Much About What’s Important As About Price

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<![CDATA[Celebrating 10,000 Members – Procurious Power Profiles – Part 1]]> All the team at Procurious HQ would like to thank each and every one of our members for helping us grow our network and reach the milestone of 10,000 members. We’re so excited about reaching the milestone as it represents a landmark number for us that we have reached less than two years after we launched … Continue reading Celebrating 10,000 Members – Procurious Power Profiles – Part 1

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<![CDATA[Going to Negotiation Training? No, I Learned Last Week]]> In the final article in this series, I consider how our stakeholders outside of the procurement function consider negotiation. After all, everyone can negotiate, right…? As seasoned buyers many of us will have been asked the question; “Can I join your next negotiation?” Nearly always the request is well meaning and indicative of a willingness … Continue reading Going to Negotiation Training? No, I Learned Last Week

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<![CDATA[The Cost of Breaking Health and Safety Laws Just Went Up]]> It might seem like a fairly obvious objective for organisations, but ensuring the health and safety of employees pays off. As of the 1st of February, Crown and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales are bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing offenders who have been convicted of breaking health and safety law. For the first … Continue reading The Cost of Breaking Health and Safety Laws Just Went Up

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<![CDATA[Celebrating 10,000 Members – Procurious Power Profiles – Part 2]]> We’re continuing our series of articles celebrating reaching the milestone of 10,000 members on Procurious.  In case you missed it, you can catch up with Part 1 of our Procurious Power Profiles here. We want to recognise some members of our community who are using Procurious to its fullest and hope to inspire the community to … Continue reading Celebrating 10,000 Members – Procurious Power Profiles – Part 2

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<![CDATA[Make 2016 Your Year for Personal Development]]> Are you someone who always needs to be learning something new? Or do you need to find the right personal development topic before your motivation kicks in? Whichever group you fall into, you should always be on the look out for new opportunities for personal development. Whether it’s a course on bike maintenance, learning how to … Continue reading Make 2016 Your Year for Personal Development

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<![CDATA[How e-Learning Is Changing the Face of Professional Development]]> From online video, to communities of learning and peer to peer networking, you’ll find a learning method most comfortable to you. Learning is no longer something reserved for the young, With career progression never far from our minds and competition for roles at an all-time high, now is the time to suss out the tools … Continue reading How e-Learning Is Changing the Face of Professional Development

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<![CDATA[Building Capabilities to Do Business in Diverse Cultures]]> How an Australian Procurement and Supply Chain Management specialist has built the qualities and capabilities to do business in diverse cultures. With incredible business opportunities offered to Australia by a growing regional supplier base, developing the capabilities required to drive personal and business conversation with traders from diverse cultures is key in enabling successful negotiations. … Continue reading Building Capabilities to Do Business in Diverse Cultures

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<![CDATA[How is Big Data Relevant to Procurement?]]> Or perhaps better still – what on earth is big data? Open up any industry magazine and you’ll inevitably find a story referencing Big Data or the ‘Internet of Things’. Consultants use the terms in their sales pitches and product offerings, but there’s frequently a lack of understanding of exactly what Big Data is, and … Continue reading How is Big Data Relevant to Procurement?

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<![CDATA[3 Key Steps to Effectively Improve Manufacturing Operations]]> As the name suggests, reducing manufacturing complexity is no simple task. Success in this area requires careful planning, analysis and implementation. Simplifying manufacturing operations should always be done in a way that doesn’t adversely impact product performance or customer preferences. Top performing organisations typically take the following three key steps to identify opportunities to reduce complexity: Analyse … Continue reading 3 Key Steps to Effectively Improve Manufacturing Operations

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<![CDATA[How Do You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Ask Amazon]]> Amazon has been keeping us on our toes throughout the last fortnight. There have been rumours about their intention to open hundreds of bookstores, not to mention the white bald eagles that are being trained to keep control of the company’s drone deliveries. However, I’m not sure any of us could have predicted that the … Continue reading How Do You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Ask Amazon

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<![CDATA[Is Procurement Ready for the Mobile Revolution?]]> The Mobile Revolution is firmly upon us, but procurement seems to be behind the curve when it comes to adapting. Why is this? Download GEP’s white paper on the role of procurement in the mobile revolution here. “In all my time in procurement I have never seen a procurement person using an app.” This was … Continue reading Is Procurement Ready for the Mobile Revolution?

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<![CDATA[Stories from The Source – Part Two: Sanne Gruter]]> The Source Recruitment Consultant Sanne Gruter gives Hugo Britt her top tips for procurement professionals to excel in their next interview.   Read Part 1 of this series here. In more ways than one, Sanne Gruter is the international face of The Source. As part of her portfolio she looks after the fast-growing international sourcing part of … Continue reading Stories from The Source – Part Two: Sanne Gruter

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<![CDATA[Is It All About The Money?]]> Money has been at the heart of business since the beginning. But as more start-up businesses take shape, we have to ask, “Is it all about the money?”. This article was originally published on LinkedIn. Being at JP Morgan, the annual conference where the worlds of biotech and investment collide, gave me the opportunity to catch … Continue reading Is It All About The Money?

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<![CDATA[Social Media Fever Is The New Man Flu]]> Fret Not! Doctor Procurious is here to cure your social media fever! Social media has become a vital tool in both our personal and business lives. Conquering social media platforms can be difficult without the right knowledge and help.  Procurious is running a social media clinic at the eWorld Procurement & Supply conference in London on 2 … Continue reading Social Media Fever Is The New Man Flu

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<![CDATA[It Takes a Perfect Procurement Programme to Cut Costs]]> How would you define perfect procurement? We’ve spoken a great deal recently about how saving money or getting the best deal is no longer the be all and end all in procurement. Customers demand and expect a more transparent, more ethical, and more sustainable supply chain. This ultimately means that procurement priorities vary globally, and … Continue reading It Takes a Perfect Procurement Programme to Cut Costs

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<![CDATA[Is Your Company’s Product Responsible Enough to Buy?]]> Is your company’s procurement ‘responsible’ enough? Which pressures and stakeholders are the most powerful ones for your company? According to a 2012 study by Procurement Leaders, 61 per cent of organisations are driven by end-customers. Governments and regulations represent the second-most influential pressure that organisations face, followed by 48 per cent of organisations that embed CSR principles in order … Continue reading Is Your Company’s Product Responsible Enough to Buy?

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<![CDATA[Is Your Personal Brand Picture Perfect?]]> Employers are increasingly using social media to hunt down their next employee. So what’s your personal brand saying about you? Today, a staggering 90 per cent of UK employers use social media to find employees. As we all know, a large proportion of roles are never formally advertised, with employers preferring to rely on references and people … Continue reading Is Your Personal Brand Picture Perfect?

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<![CDATA[The Best Companies to Work for 2016]]> The Sunday Times released its “100 Best Companies to Work for 2016” last week, and there was a new name at the top of the list. London-based online insurance retailer, Simply Business, beat the competition to top the main list this year. Not only has the business never been in the top spot before, it was … Continue reading The Best Companies to Work for 2016

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<![CDATA[International Women’s Day 2016 – Pledging Parity]]> As the world gets ready to celebrate International Women’s Day, there is an ominous warning that progress towards gender parity has slowed. According to a report produced by the World Economic Forum at Davos earlier this year, gender parity is now unlikely to be achieved until 2133. This represents even slower progress for parity than had been predicted just 12 … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2016 – Pledging Parity

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Innovation Without Boundaries]]> The global conversation begins now! Register for the Big Ideas Summit on April 21st on Procurious and join procurement leaders as they share their insights. From drones to social networking, what new technologies and trends will transform procurement/supply management, and how can today’s leaders harness them to drive innovation? Virtual Think-Tank On April 21st 2016, 50 of … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Innovation Without Boundaries

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<![CDATA[30 Under 30 – Recognising Supply Chain Rising Stars]]> ThomasNet and the Institute for Supply Management have announced their annual 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars for 2015. Delivering more than $10 million in cost savings, spearheading a new global distribution model, and driving a startup’s exponential growth are among the outstanding personal achievements of young professionals today named winners in the ThomasNet and … Continue reading 30 Under 30 – Recognising Supply Chain Rising Stars

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<![CDATA[What’s Your Big Idea? Tell Us in 60 Seconds or Less]]> Once again, we’re on the hunt for YOUR Big Idea – what are the things only you can say? We believe everyone has a unique vantage point in the industries, communities and businesses they work in. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, which takes place on 21st April,  we will be asking our speakers and … Continue reading What’s Your Big Idea? Tell Us in 60 Seconds or Less

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<![CDATA[Crowdsourcing Big Ideas on the Future of Procurement]]> Through an unequalled think-tank event powered by social media, Procurious will enable the global procurement community to crowdsource their thinking on the future of procurement during the second annual Big Ideas Summit on April 21, 2016. As the leading free online business network for procurement and supply chain management professionals, Procurious will connect 50 top … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Big Ideas on the Future of Procurement

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<![CDATA[Social Media Clinic – You Asked, We Answered]]> Our Social Media Clinic gathered some common issues from attendees about social media. We aim to set your minds at rest with these answers. Procurious were lucky enough to attend the eWorld Procurement and Supply Conference in London at the beginning of March, where we ran a social media clinic. Despite looking like we were just having … Continue reading Social Media Clinic – You Asked, We Answered

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: Building a Supply Chain Wiki]]> We’re looking back at some of the most popular ideas from Big Ideas 2015. Gordon Donovan examines the concept of a Supply Chain Wiki. Gordon Donovan, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager at Metro Trains in Melbourne, shared his Big Idea last year around the concept of creating a Procurement and Supply Chain Wiki. Gordon believes … Continue reading Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: Building a Supply Chain Wiki

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-flashback-supply-chain-wiki Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:48 +0000
<![CDATA[One of Australia’s top procurement job goes to…]]> Today marks a big day. Procurious member, and reigning Asia-Pacific CPO of the Year, Visna Lampasi has been announced as Head of Group Procurement at Australia’s largest retailer, Woolworths Limited. In what was no doubt a hotly contested role, Visna will lead the procurement of all goods not for resale across the Woolworths Limited brands … Continue reading One of Australia’s top procurement job goes to…

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<![CDATA[24 of the most influential people in procurement]]> Whether you’re new to Procurious, or you’ve been one of our #firstmovers, chances are you are looking to grow your network and connect with likeminded professionals. As we’re the helpful sort, we’ve compiled a list of the people we think you should be connecting with. Many are already frequent visitors to Procurious; some will be … Continue reading 24 of the most influential people in procurement

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: The Disappearing Procurement Function]]> We’re looking back at some of the most popular ideas from Big Ideas 2015. Peter Smith talks about the disappearing procurement function. Peter Smith, Owner and Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe, shared a more controversial view than other delegates for his Big Idea, that the procurement function would cease to exist in its own … Continue reading Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: The Disappearing Procurement Function

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: Investing in People]]> We’re looking back at some of the most popular ideas from Big Ideas 2015. Dapo Ajayi talks about the benefits of investing in people’s capabilities. Dapo Ajayi, Chief Procurement Officer at AstraZeneca, a delegate in 2015, and returning again as a panel speaker in 2016, discusses her idea that procurement organisations need to invest in … Continue reading Big Ideas 2015 Flashback: Investing in People

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2015-investing-in-people Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:47 +0000
<![CDATA[The Procurious Big Ideas Summit is Back!]]> The Procurious Big Ideas Summit is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before! We had a fantastic experience, and great fun, last year at the Big Ideas Summit, the world’s first digitally-led conference for the procurement profession. And it’s almost time to do it all over again at the Procurious Big Ideas Summit … Continue reading The Procurious Big Ideas Summit is Back!

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Gender Bias in Procurement]]> Jackie Aggett, Regional Commercial Manager at Laing O’Rourke, discusses the gender bias she has come up against in procurement, and how she has overcome it to get to where she is today. Jackie Aggett hadn’t been in procurement long when she needed to spend weeks preparing a major annual report about the procurement of earth moving … Continue reading Overcoming Gender Bias in Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/overcoming-gender-bias-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Procurement-as-a-Service]]> Ahead of the Big Ideas Summit 2016 on April 21st, we’re on the hunt for your Big Ideas. Philip Ideson discusses his Big Idea of procurement-as-a-service models. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, which takes place on 21st April,  we will be asking our speakers and attendees to record their ‘Big Ideas’ live on camera … Continue reading Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Procurement-as-a-Service

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-procurement-as-a-service Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Planning Procurement’s Response To The Millennial Generation]]> Understanding how procurement can cope with, and ultimately benefit from, the disruption brought into talent management by the Millennial Generation. Hackett’s 2016 Procurement Key Issues Study shows that talent management remains one of the top 3 of objectives as a critical or major area of focus for virtually all procurement organisations. Looking deeper, organisations are … Continue reading Planning Procurement’s Response To The Millennial Generation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-response-millennial-generation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2016: Meet Our Speakers – Paul Markillie]]> The Big Ideas Summit is just a few weeks away! We caught up with Paul Markillie, Innovation Editor at the Economist, to talk about the megatrends transforming manufacturing. Paul Markillie is Innovation Editor at The Economist. He has covered the automotive and aerospace industries globally and was the magazine’s first Asian-based business correspondent, writing about the … Continue reading Big Ideas 2016: Meet Our Speakers – Paul Markillie

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<![CDATA[Why Big Ideas 2016? There’s an Infographic for That]]> Not sure why you should register for Big Ideas 2016? We’ve pulled all the information you need into one easy to share infographic! Need more convincing? Check out the high calibre list of thought leaders and keynote speakers, including: Tom Derry, CEO, Institute for Supply Management Christopher Sawchuk, Principal & Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader, The Hackett … Continue reading Why Big Ideas 2016? There’s an Infographic for That

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-infographic Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas 2016 – Meet Our Speakers: Peter Holbrook]]> The Big Ideas Summit is just a couple of weeks away! We caught up with Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, to discuss the rising prominence of the social enterprise agenda. Peter Holbrook is the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK, the UK’s national trade body for social enterprise. The organisation works with its members to raise … Continue reading Big Ideas 2016 – Meet Our Speakers: Peter Holbrook

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-speakers-peter-holbrook Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Supplier Enabled Innovation]]> Ahead of the Big Ideas Summit 2016 on April 21st, we’re on the hunt for your Big Ideas. Keith Bird talks about how procurement can “crack the code” on supplier enabled innovation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, which takes place on 21st April,  we will be asking our speakers and attendees to record their ‘Big … Continue reading Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Supplier Enabled Innovation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-big-ideas-supplier-enabled-innovation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:44 +0000
<![CDATA[The True Cost…Of Everything]]> Do you know what the true cost of your supply chain is? In an age of ethics and transparency, ignorance and apathy are no longer acceptable, says Lucy Siegle. When it was first released, viewers of the True Cost movie, the award-winning feature length documentary, were shocked and appalled as they learned the true cost … Continue reading The True Cost…Of Everything

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/true-cost-of-everything Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Addressing Supplier Compliance]]> Ahead of the Big Ideas Summit 2016 on April 21st, we’re on the hunt for your Big Ideas. Market Dojo discuss why they think 2016 will see an increased focus on supplier compliance. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, which takes place on 21st April,  we will be asking our speakers and attendees to record … Continue reading Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Addressing Supplier Compliance

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-big-ideas-supplier-compliance Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Who Are Procurement’s Most Influential Thinkers?]]> The Big Ideas Summit 2016 brings together some of procurement’s most influential thinkers to discuss the future of the profession. The Big Ideas Summit 2016 will take place in London on the 21st of April. Procurious have invited around 50 the most influential thinkers from the world of procurement, supply chain, media and technology to … Continue reading Who Are Procurement’s Most Influential Thinkers?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurements-influential-thinkers Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Tackling Maverick Spend]]> Ahead of the Big Ideas Summit 2016 on April 21st, we’re on the hunt for your Big Ideas. Stuart Brocklehurst discusses how procurement can elevate its role by tackling maverick spend. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, which takes place on 21st April,  we will be asking our speakers and attendees to record their ‘Big Ideas’ … Continue reading Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Tackling Maverick Spend

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-big-ideas-tackling-maverick-spend Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Future CPOs Need to Walk the Talk]]> Procurement is changing and its leaders need to change to in order to succeed. Lucy Harding tells Procurious why it’s behaviours, more than technical skills, that will define future CPOs. Lucy Harding, Partner at global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, is considered to be the UK’s leading CPO headhunter. She believes that for future CPOs, behaviours and … Continue reading Why Future CPOs Need to Walk the Talk

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/future-cpos-walk-the-talk Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:42 +0000
<![CDATA[ISM: One CEO, $1 Trillion in Procurement Power]]> The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) represents 50,000 supply managers responsible for US$1 trillion in procurement power. Procurious talks to the man in charge, CEO Tom Derry. ISM has been the hand at the tiller of the US procurement and supply chain profession since 1915, setting the standards as the responsibilities and expectations of procurement professionals … Continue reading ISM: One CEO, $1 Trillion in Procurement Power

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<![CDATA[Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success]]> Burritos and ice cream – the contrasting fortunes of two organisations and the difference between supply chain failure and success. Burritos and ice cream. Who doesn’t love them? Carne asada and guacamole. Chocolate and cherries. The combinations are endless, and so are the places that offer these tasty treats. So what can a burrito chain … Continue reading Burritos and Ice Cream – Supply Chain Failure and Success

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-failure-and-success Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Tea Farmers Text Their Way to Supply Chain Collaboration]]> From tea growing to real-time supply chain transparency, collaboration and online networks are creating tangible value and benefits for organisations. How do you get 50,000 tea farmers and distributors in regional India working together to build collaboration and supply chain transparency? Through a digital platform, of course.  Collaboration for the “common good” is reaping real benefits. … Continue reading Tea Farmers Text Their Way to Supply Chain Collaboration

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/tea-farmers-supply-chain-collaboration Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Volatility as an Opportunity]]> Kicking off the day of the Big Ideas Summit, we’re looking at another of your Big Ideas. Mike Robertson shares his thoughts on why volatility represents an opportunity to procurement. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016 today, we will be asking our speakers and attendees to record their ‘Big Ideas’ live on camera for the whole of our Procurious … Continue reading Showcasing Your Big Ideas – Volatility as an Opportunity

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/your-big-ideas-volatility-opportunity Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Don’t Get Left Out of the Global Digital Brainstorm]]> It’s just days away now! Join the global digital brainstorm at the Procurious Big Ideas Summit on April 21, and make your ideas heard. Attention, procurement and supply management innovators – stake your claim in the future of your profession! Time is running out to add your voice to the Procurious Big Ideas Summit, an unprecedented global … Continue reading Don’t Get Left Out of the Global Digital Brainstorm

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dont-get-left-global-digital-brainstorm Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Autism Works for Johnson & Johnson]]> Big Ideas can help provide greater benefits than cost savings. Timo Worrall tells Procurious how Johnson & Johnson are working with organisations like Autism Works to help a wider community find work. For people with autism, finding a job can be a near-impossible task, with recruitment processes stacked against them from the very beginning. However, Johnson & Johnson, one … Continue reading Autism Works for Johnson & Johnson

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/autism-works-johnson-johnson Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:40 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Ideas Summit 2016 Is Underway!]]> We’re off and running here in London but there are still ample opportunities to get involved in Big Ideas Summit as a Digital Delegate! It feels like revisiting an old friend – familiar faces in the room, influencers and keynote speakers, a fabulous location at the Soho Hotel, and a buzz of excitement for things to … Continue reading The Big Ideas Summit 2016 Is Underway!

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<![CDATA[Harness the Power of Unstructured Data]]> Do we still need the smartest guys in the room if we have the smartest machine? IBM paint a vision for the future of procurement and the power of unstructured data. “Are you going to be relevant in 3-5 years’ time?” What a start to the day! Barry Ward, Senior Procurement Brand Manager at IBM … Continue reading Harness the Power of Unstructured Data

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/harness-unstructured-data Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Procurement Agility is Key to Avoiding Obsolescence]]> Organisations that don’t increase their procurement agility and harness the power of new technologies face obsolescence in the next few years. Chris Sawchuk, fresh from Hackett’s own Best Practice Conference, took a look at what agility means, and why procurement needs to be more agile. The Hackett Group believes agility is the defining trait of the … Continue reading Why Procurement Agility is Key to Avoiding Obsolescence

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-agility-obsolescence Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Australian Shines Spotlight on Unethical Supply Chains]]> Australian fashion brands are bearing the brunt of increasing unwanted attention for unethical supply chains. No-one wants to talk about it. But if you’re working in procurement for the fashion industry, you’re in the hot seat. Fuelled by consumers’ love affair for fast fashion, the fashion industry is finding ways to produce faster and cheaper apparel … Continue reading Australian Shines Spotlight on Unethical Supply Chains

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/spotlight-unethical-supply-chains Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Good News-Bad News Week for Global Tech Giants]]> The good news is that one of your favourite social networks is booming, the bad news is that one of your favourite tech companies is not. It’s been something of a good news, bad news kind of week for a number of major global organisations this week. On one hand, alongside the success of the … Continue reading Good News-Bad News Week for Global Tech Giants

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/good-news-bad-news-tech-giants Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Challenges Ahead for Buyers Making Late Payments]]> Few buyers are aware of changes to late payment regulations, as well as the potential penalties for making late payments to suppliers.  In the modern procurement world, there are many hurdles to timely payment that exist on both sides of buyer-supplier relationship. Overcoming these, and ensuring that organisations are not making late payments, is a … Continue reading Challenges Ahead for Buyers Making Late Payments

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/challenges-buyers-late-payments Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:38 +0000
<![CDATA[How Walmart, Hanesbrands and Mattel Reduced Supply Chain Risk]]> It’s the million dollar question. How can corporates minimise supply chain risk, without significant disruption to their core business? Global retail giants, headquartered in the US, have had to address their supply chain risk in a bid to forge ahead in the new world of corporate social responsibility. It hasn’t been an easy exercise, that’s … Continue reading How Walmart, Hanesbrands and Mattel Reduced Supply Chain Risk

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/walmart-mattel-supply-chain-risk Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:37 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Keys to Unlocking Successful Integrated Business Planning]]> Many companies still struggle with executing a strategic integrated business planning (IBP) process that effectively integrates demand planning, supply planning, and financial planning. Most simply put, the process should drive decisions on how to best meet demand (customer/consumer sales for existing and new products) within supply constraints in order to optimise financial return. Yet answers to … Continue reading 5 Keys to Unlocking Successful Integrated Business Planning

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/successful-integrated-business-planning Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Leading Australian Political Journalist Unravels Political Landscape]]> Australia’s political landscape is a complex beast. We ask senior Fairfax political editor Laura Tingle to unravel these complexities for procurement professionals. No matter which political party you back, there’s no doubt that the political landscape can have major ramifications on the procurement function within your business. So, we asked Fairfax Media‘s Political Editor, Laura … Continue reading Leading Australian Political Journalist Unravels Political Landscape

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/unravels-australian-political-landscape Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Why the Entire Procurement Profession Needs to Get Social]]> Tania Seary tells delegates at the Asia-Pacific CPO Forum that procurement needs to get social to drive the profession forward.  Procurement professionals need to claim their rightful place on the Internet, and get social, by actively participating in social media and blogs for the benefit of the broader industry, the founder of Procurious told a … Continue reading Why the Entire Procurement Profession Needs to Get Social

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-needs-get-social Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:36 +0000
<![CDATA[Risk Mitigation – Hope Like Hell It Doesn’t Happen to You]]> Organisations can plan and strategise for risk mitigation in their supply chain, but ultimately a lot of it comes down to luck. In the words of one member of The Faculty’s Melbourne Roundtable, “There’s a lot of risk out there – you can mitigate all you like but in the end, you just hope like … Continue reading Risk Mitigation – Hope Like Hell It Doesn’t Happen to You

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<![CDATA[Alan Mulally – The Secret to Success in One Slide]]> “This is everything I know, folks” – Former President and CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally, shares the sum of his knowledge in one slide at ISM2016. ISM’s keynote speaker Alan Mulally has one of those CVs that’s exhausting just to listen to. Alongside his nine-year stint as President and CEO of Ford, he served as Executive … Continue reading Alan Mulally – The Secret to Success in One Slide

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/alan-mulally-secret-success Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:35 +0000
<![CDATA[The Double Edged Sword for Fast Fashion Brands]]> The impact of fast fashion can be seen on the high street and in the newspapers. But the trend may be about to take down one of the world’s most recognisable brands. There are few people in the world who wouldn’t recognise Gap’s brands on the high street, in shopping malls, or on the Internet. … Continue reading The Double Edged Sword for Fast Fashion Brands

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/fast-fashion-brands Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Coupa R15 – delivering agility and measurable value]]> David Hearn, former CPO Indirect Procurement at Kaiser Permanente, Sun Microsystems and Juniper Networks, talks to Procurious about how Coupa’s latest product releases (Coupa R15) deliver more value to businesses. One of the benefits of being a leader in cloud-based spend management solutions is that you can push innovative enhancements to customers rapidly and efficiently. … Continue reading Coupa R15 – delivering agility and measurable value

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<![CDATA[ISM’s Jim Barnes: three major L&D challenges for procurement]]> Are you clear about the capabilities your role requires? Do you regard yourself as financially acute? Does your organisation have processes in place to capture vital knowledge from departing professionals as they retire? Jim Barnes is a busy man. He’s the managing director for ISM Services, the Institute for Supply Management’s team learning and development arm, … Continue reading ISM’s Jim Barnes: three major L&D challenges for procurement

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<![CDATA[Have you met the Chief Procurement Officer of the Year?]]> It’s taken less than two years for Johanne Rossi to implement and lead a major transformation at fuel and oil giant Caltex Australia. Her goal is to transform the company to become the customer of choice for suppliers. What this means is Caltex gets higher quality, a lower total cost of doing business, priority supplier support … Continue reading Have you met the Chief Procurement Officer of the Year?

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<![CDATA[Meet the Procurement Young Gun Making Her Mark Globally]]> It’s a big deal to be charged with the task of managing a significant spend portfolio that covers the Asia-Pacific region. But this BP strategic sourcing manager takes it all in her stride. Meet Joanna Graham, winner of the 2016 Future Leader in Procurement Award. Graham looks after procurement for the retail networks of one of the … Continue reading Meet the Procurement Young Gun Making Her Mark Globally

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/future-procurement-leader Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Data Success Stories in Procurement?]]> At the end of our last Big Data article, we indicated that we were going to track down some Big Data success stories from the procurement function. What we found, or rather what we didn’t find, was a cause for concern. A criticism of Big Data has always been that it is nothing more than the … Continue reading Big Data Success Stories in Procurement?

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #2 – Procurement Owns Talent]]> Mark Roberts, Global Procurement Capabilities Director at AB InBev, believes that procurement should be the gateway for new talent coming into the organisation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #2 – Procurement Owns Talent

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #1 – Share, Share, Share]]> Tania Seary, founder of Procurious, believes that procurement needs to share – share learnings, stories, experiences, and questions – in order to change the face of the profession. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #1 – Share, Share, Share

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #3 – Harnessing Cognitive Technology]]> Barry Ward says that the procurement technology landscape is fundamentally changing and moving towards the use of cognitive technology, impacting the skills required in procurement in the future. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #3 – Harnessing Cognitive Technology

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/harnessing-cognitive-technology Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:32 +0000
<![CDATA[The Key Role of Procurement in Risk Mitigation]]> As average spend with suppliers increases, procurement must be more active with the management of risk mitigation in the supply chain. Increasingly companies have a higher percentage of their cost base with suppliers, frequently as much as 50-70 per cent. Typically half of this is indirect spend on functions such as Marketing and Human Resources. … Continue reading The Key Role of Procurement in Risk Mitigation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/key-role-procurement-risk-mitigation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:32 +0000
<![CDATA[How the Leave Vote Will Impact Procurement and Supply Chain]]> It was an unlikely event just a week ago, but the Brexit has come to pass. Procurious looks to unpack initial thoughts on how the ‘Leave’ vote will impact both procurement and organisations as a whole. Last week, Procurious’ weekly news article reported on the potential impact of the UK Referendum on UK and European supply chains. Now, with a … Continue reading How the Leave Vote Will Impact Procurement and Supply Chain

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/leave-procurement-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #4 – Effective Technology Utilisation]]> Justin Sadler-Smith believes that procurement must improve its technology utilisation, or risk being left behind by the organisation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #4 – Effective Technology Utilisation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/effective-technology-utilisation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #5 – Eliminating Supplier Enablement]]> Gabe Perez believes that procurement needs to move towards real-time services, and eliminate traditional supplier enablement processes. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to ones … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #5 – Eliminating Supplier Enablement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/eliminating-supplier-enablement-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #6 – Strategic Brand Value]]> Tom Derry believes procurement needs to move away from a traditional cost focus, and create a more strategic brand value for the profession. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #6 – Strategic Brand Value

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/strategic-brand-value Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #7 – Disrupting Linear Thinking]]> Alex Kleiner says that procurement organisations need to throw off their linear thinking to increase flexibility and collaboration. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #7 – Disrupting Linear Thinking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/disrupting-linear-thinking Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Throwback Thursday – 4 Challenges Procurement Faces & How to Overcome Them]]> Ask the question, “What are the challenges procurement faces?” and you’ll get the same responses time and again. So how do we overcome the key challenges and move on? We’re looking back at some of Procurious’ most popular content from the past 12 months. First up, we revisit an article on the 4 challenges procurement faces, … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – 4 Challenges Procurement Faces & How to Overcome Them

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<![CDATA[Throwback Thursday – 3 Easy Steps to Become a Procurement Networking Guru]]> Are you a procurement networking guru? If you need some tips to help up your networking game, this is the place for you. We’re looking back at some of Procurious’ most popular content from the past 12 months. This week, we revisit an article that speaks to the fundamental core of Procurious – effective networking. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – 3 Easy Steps to Become a Procurement Networking Guru

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/throwback-thursday-networking-guru Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #8 – Manufacturing’s Next Generation]]> Paul Markillie believes a change of image is necessary for manufacturing in order to attract the next generation of talent. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #8 – Manufacturing’s Next Generation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-next-generation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:29 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #9 – Help Inspire Millennials]]> Lucy Harding has called on procurement leaders to help inspire Millennials by inviting them to thought leadership events. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #9 – Help Inspire Millennials

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #10 – Procurement as a Change Catalyst]]> Dirk Van De Putte argues that procurement should embrace its role as a change catalyst in organisations, helping to break down organisational silos. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #10 – Procurement as a Change Catalyst

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-procurement-change-catalyst Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Corruption & Slavery Threaten to Overshadow Olympics]]> As the 2016 Olympics kick off in Rio, ongoing corruption and slavery scandals threaten to overshadow the event. The 2016 Rio Olympics opened on Friday evening with a lavish opening ceremony, watched by a global audience of billions. Over the next two and a half weeks, 10,500 athletes from 207 countries will compete for medals in 28 … Continue reading Corruption & Slavery Threaten to Overshadow Olympics

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/corruption-slavery-overshadow-olympics Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Professionals Going Mobile with Procurious App]]> Procurement isn’t 9-5 any more. Stay connected with all the major issues on the go with the new Procurious App. In today’s modern, and highly connected, world, big issues like Brexit and supply chain disasters don’t neatly end at 5pm with the working day. Whether at their desks or on the road, procurement and supply … Continue reading Procurement Professionals Going Mobile with Procurious App

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-going-mobile-procurious-app Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:27 +0000
<![CDATA[How Procurement Will Get Its Mojo Back At Next Level]]> Today’s procurement space is rapidly changing, yet something is amiss. Join us as Next Level keynote speaker Sigi Osagie describes how Procurement will get its mojo back. Procurement is rapidly evolving from what was once a manual laden process, to one where technology is enabling practitioners to deliver enhanced value contribution to overall business success. … Continue reading How Procurement Will Get Its Mojo Back At Next Level

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-mojo-next-level Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Taxi! Have Google & Uber Been Pipped to Self-Driving Cabs?]]> A number of major companies are developing self-driving taxis. But have they been pipped to the post by a Singaporean start-up? Over the past few years, a number of organisations have been in a race to develop, and launch, self-driving vehicles. Google and Ford have both entered the market for self-driving cars, while Uber has … Continue reading Taxi! Have Google & Uber Been Pipped to Self-Driving Cabs?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/google-uber-self-driving-cabs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:34:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #11 – Making Agility Core]]> Chris Sawchuk states that procurement needs to make agility core to all of its activities in order to survive. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #11 – Making Agility Core

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-making-agility-core Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #12 – Millennial Talent Response]]> The Millennial generation has greater expectations in relation to job roles. Only by changing the way they engage Millennials can organisations meet these expectations. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #12 – Millennial Talent Response

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-2016-millennial-talent Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #13 – Maximise Social Impact]]> Procurement is no longer just about cost. Professionals should be looking put their organisation’s social impact at the heart of purchasing decisions. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #13 – Maximise Social Impact

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-maximise-social-impact Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:59 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Realise and Unlock the Benefits of Supplier Diversity]]> New research has revealed the benefits organisations can realise by having a top-performing supplier diversity programme. Full Benefits of Supplier Diversity Not Yet Achieved Historically, supplier diversity programs have focused on a narrow combination of meeting government spend requirements, and participating in corporate social responsibility initiatives with under-represented communities. For example, survey respondents in The Hackett … Continue reading How to Realise and Unlock the Benefits of Supplier Diversity

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supplier-diversity-new-markets Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Give Your Career a Cardio Boost With Procurious’ Boot Camp]]> Do you want to add more value to your organisation? Do you dream of being a CPO? Then Procurious’ Career Boot Camp is for you! Calling all procurement and supply chain professionals! Are you impatient to add more value to your organisation? Do you dream of becoming a Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) in the future? With globalisation … Continue reading Give Your Career a Cardio Boost With Procurious’ Boot Camp

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/career-cardio-boost-procurious-boot-camp Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Have You Got The X-Factor To Be A World-Class CPO?]]> Are you part of the herd, or are you leading the pack? Have you got the X-Factor to be a world-class CPO of the future? Getting to the top of the procurement profession is not about just about doing your job really well. It’s also about having a very specific set of competencies that set you … Continue reading Have You Got The X-Factor To Be A World-Class CPO?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/x-factor-world-class-cpo Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #14 – Procurement Must Evolve]]> Procurement must evolve if it’s going to survive. It needs to leave its comfort zone and showcase real value for the organisation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #14 – Procurement Must Evolve

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<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #15 – Thinking the Unthinkable]]> Modern leaders, in the C-suite and in Government, aren’t equipped to deal with unthinkable events due to a lack of skills, or sense of denial. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #15 – Thinking the Unthinkable

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-thinking-unthinkable Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Get in the Best Career Shape of Your Life – Here’s How]]> Are you stuck in a career rut? Need to give your procurement skills a boost to grab your dream job? Then pay attention! The research is in, and the procurement leaders and CPOs have spoken. Nearly 80 per cent of supply chain executives believe it is critical for new hires to have leadership and professional competencies. But … Continue reading Get in the Best Career Shape of Your Life – Here’s How

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/best-career-shape Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:53 +0000
<![CDATA[The Struggle Was Real For Social Media – Let’s Not Swipe Left]]> As social media has evolved, it has permeated all aspects of day to day life. However, during this evolution, a number of fears have arisen around the use of these platforms. Computers in the early 20th century were the size of a room and the Internet was just a set of protocols for internet working. Fast … Continue reading The Struggle Was Real For Social Media – Let’s Not Swipe Left

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/struggle-real-social-media Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #17 – Harness the Crowd]]> Stuck for innovation ideas? Need help with your next project? Maybe it’s time for you to harness the power of the crowd. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #17 – Harness the Crowd

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-harness-crowd Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #16 – Everyone Can Contribute]]> You might not be a “Game Changer”, but you, and everyone else, can contribute to the success of an organisation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #16 – Everyone Can Contribute

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-everyone-contribute Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:51 +0000
<![CDATA[When Worlds Collide: Becoming More Valuable Online]]> Have you got a split personality online? One for personal life, and one for professional life? Then you’re doing it wrong! You’ve been invited to a huge, can’t-miss networking event, and everyone is going to be there – your friends, your colleagues, your clients, and even people from that awesome company you want to work … Continue reading When Worlds Collide: Becoming More Valuable Online

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/worlds-collide-becoming-valuable-online Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:50 +0000
<![CDATA[Innovate & Create Your Way To A Better Procurement Future]]> Why should the ability to create novel solutions for issues be second nature to procurement teams in the coming years? Donna Trowbridge is an accomplished Sourcing Manager with more than seventeen years of international experience. She has been the Group Head of Procurement at DBS bank for the past three years. In our sixty-second-interview she explains why … Continue reading Innovate & Create Your Way To A Better Procurement Future

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/innovate-create-procurement-future Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Perfect Your Elevator Pitch: 60 Seconds For Success]]> You’ve got 60 seconds to sell your personal brand – go! Not ready? Then you need to perfect your Elevator Pitch. Apple, Coca-Cola, Amazon, Nike. These are some of the most valuable and recognisable brands of 2016 – and they get that value from how they are perceived by their customers. Just as a well-defined … Continue reading Perfect Your Elevator Pitch: 60 Seconds For Success

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/elevator-pitch-60-seconds-success Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:48 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Squeeze – 5 lessons From My #first7jobs]]> Having to squeeze into a tight uniform for one of my first jobs taught me an important life-long business lesson. We live in an age where people want to get to the top as quickly as possible, so they can share their career successes on their Facebook, LinkedIn, and of course if you’re in procurement, … Continue reading The Big Squeeze – 5 lessons From My #first7jobs

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-squeeze-5-lessons-first7jobs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #18 – Integrated Procurement Operations]]> Could integrated procurement operations help break down silos and instil good practices? Isn’t it time to find out? At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to ones … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #18 – Integrated Procurement Operations

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-integrated-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Setting KPIs for Beginners: Why Bother?]]> An introductory overview of the role and relevance of KPIs to support Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). In this three-part article, we discuss some of the different KPIs that are used specifically for SRM. This list is by no means exhaustive; it can’t be, as performance indicators must be relevant to your own organisation, customers, and … Continue reading Setting KPIs for Beginners: Why Bother?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/setting-kpis-beginners-goals-align Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #19 – Challenging Traditional Recruitment]]> One procurement recruiter says the onus is on them to change traditional recruitment practice to uncover new talent. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #19 – Challenging Traditional Recruitment

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-challenge-traditional-recruitment Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Setting KPIs for Beginners: Types of KPI]]> We know the why in the role of KPIs in Supplier Relationship Management. But we also need to be able to identify which type of KPI will bring the best results. Catch up with the first part of this introductory overview of the role and relevance of KPIs to support Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). So now … Continue reading Setting KPIs for Beginners: Types of KPI

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/kpis-beginners-type-kpi Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #20 – Transforming Sustainability Collaboration]]> Sustainability is the new frontier for businesses. And procurement will play a key role in the collaborative management of resources. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #20 – Transforming Sustainability Collaboration

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-transforming-sustainability Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #21 – Creating Global Practices]]> Social media has opened up a global audience to procurement. Now the profession needs to leverage this to expand its role further. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #21 – Creating Global Practices

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-creating-global-practices Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:42 +0000
<![CDATA[Uber: The Great, Untold Procurement Story]]> Addressing 800+ delegates at SciQuest Next Level 2016, Stephen Wiehe’s enthusiasm for design, disruption and innovation is infectious. Stephen Wiehe, CEO at SciQuest, is clearly a man who likes to ‘make stuff’. A tinkerer, a designer, an ideas-man, maybe a little bit of a tech-head. Opening Next Level 2016 with a take on ‘Procurement’s Future … Continue reading Uber: The Great, Untold Procurement Story

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/disruption-uber-untold-procurement-story Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Innovation Personas Revealed: Which Are You?]]> Are you an ‘innovation visionary’? Or one of the other innovation ‘personas’ in procurement? Well now you can find out! By Daniel Ball, Director, Wax Digital. Recent research Wax Digital has conducted has revealed that 80 per cent of procurement professionals are seeking to challenge the status quo. However, for many their use of innovation is evolving. … Continue reading Procurement Innovation Personas Revealed: Which Are You?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-innovation-personas-revealed Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:41 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #22 – Revolutionising Financial Services]]> Crowdsourcing and mobile technology will change the face of Financial Services and how new businesses source funding. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to ones that got … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #22 – Revolutionising Financial Services

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-financial-services Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #23 – Engaging Social Innovation]]> Are enough procurement professionals taking account of social impact in their work? Are they risking missing out on innovation? At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #23 – Engaging Social Innovation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-engaging-social-innovation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Organisation]]> But what your organisation can do for you. And these tips should point you in the direction of a great employer. For a decade or more, the economy has very much been a hiring manager’s market. A number of economic events culminating in the GFC made it increasingly difficult for even the most qualified candidates to … Continue reading Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Organisation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ask-not-can-organisation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:38 +0000
<![CDATA[Roll Out the Red Carpet – David Cameron to Deliver ISM2017 Keynote]]> The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announces its most impressive keynote to date as registrations for ISM2017 open. Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron will deliver the opening keynote at ISM2017, it has been announced today. Cameron will speak about the geopolitical impact of policy and current events on global business. Over 2,500 assembled procurement … Continue reading Roll Out the Red Carpet – David Cameron to Deliver ISM2017 Keynote

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/david-cameron-ism2017 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:38 +0000
<![CDATA[What Can Procurement Learn From 2016?]]> From politics to procurement – 2016 has changed our outlooks. But what can the profession learn as we head towards the new year? I’m not a political person, never have been, but maybe 2016 has put paid to that. It could be my advancing years or the direct relevance the events of 2016 have created, … Continue reading What Can Procurement Learn From 2016?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/politics-procurement-learn-2016 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #24 – Sharing Procurement Expertise]]> Procurement professionals have a great opportunity to develop themselves, and helps others, by sharing expertise in the charity sector. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #24 – Sharing Procurement Expertise

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-sharing-procurement-expertise Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:36 +0000
<![CDATA[So You Want to Be a Content Writer, Do You?]]> We’re always encouraging our community members to get involved. Here’s your chance to become one of our content writers. At Procurious HQ, we pride ourselves on the quality of content we produce. Over the past two and a half years, we have carefully crafted a selection of high-quality content for you to peruse, digest and enjoy. … Continue reading So You Want to Be a Content Writer, Do You?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/get-involved-community-blog-content Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #25 – Collaboration is King]]> Collaboration is king, particularly when it comes to procurement. And it can also help drive huge benefits across the board. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #25 – Collaboration is King

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-25-collaboration-king Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #26 – Changing Talent Management]]> Procurement needs to change its approach to talent management or risk losing out with the Millennial Generation. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to ones … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #26 – Changing Talent Management

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-26-changing-talent-management Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Are We Witnessing the End of the Fairtrade Movement?]]> Mondelēz International have chosen to pull the Fairtrade label from all Cadbury branded products. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the movement? In 1997, the formation of FLO International brought ‘Fair Trade’ labelling to shops for the first time. Later rebranded as Fairtrade International, it was recognised as the global leader in … Continue reading Are We Witnessing the End of the Fairtrade Movement?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/witnessing-end-fairtrade-movement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #27 – Mastering Digital Information]]> The wealth of digital information available to procurement is a game changer. But only if it can make sense of it in the first place. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #27 – Mastering Digital Information

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-27-digital-information Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:32 +0000
<![CDATA[Gender Balanced Leadership – Token Representation to Critical Mass]]> For gender balanced leadership, moving from 10 per cent to 30 per cent representation doesn’t happen ‘naturally’. In a couple of recent posts on LinkedIn, I’ve explored the areas of women’s representation in politics and on boards, and have been pondering why achieving a critical mass of women seems so challenging. Here’s a summary of the … Continue reading Gender Balanced Leadership – Token Representation to Critical Mass

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/gender-balanced-leadership-critical-mass Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:31 +0000
<![CDATA[Gender Balanced Leadership – Affirmative Action]]> Affirmative Action, and the use of quotas and targets in business, creates stigma and erodes merit. Fact or fiction? Read the first part of my update here. Affirmative action measures such as quotas and targets are seen to be problematic for many reasons. Perhaps the biggest concern is that women will be selected for roles based … Continue reading Gender Balanced Leadership – Affirmative Action

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/gender-leadership-affirmative-action Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:30 +0000
<![CDATA[2016 Rewind – Best of eLearning – The True Cost of Supply Chains]]> For our final 2016 rewind, we’re looking at the year’s top eLearning modules. How can sustainability help limit the true cost of supply chains? Fast fashion is the embodiment of unsustainable supply chains and consumerism. Why then does it still have such a following? And what can we as consumers do to change this. Well, … Continue reading 2016 Rewind – Best of eLearning – The True Cost of Supply Chains

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2016-rewind-elearning-true-cost Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:29 +0000
<![CDATA[2016 Rewind – Top Discussions – You Asked, You Answered!]]> The Discussions page is one of the most popular on the site. We take a look back at the questions that got you sharing in 2016. We’re continuously blown away by the generous nature of our community. Not only do you all connect so well, but you also are willing to share all your expertise. And … Continue reading 2016 Rewind – Top Discussions – You Asked, You Answered!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/2016-rewind-discussions-asked-answered Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #28 – Outcome Focused Engagements]]> Procurement needs to focus on the outcome, the why, of every conversation it has with suppliers and stakeholders. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #28 – Outcome Focused Engagements

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-28-outcome-focus Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:28 +0000
<![CDATA[10 Must-Read Articles to Kick-Start Your New Year]]> Happy New Year! Looking for a way to ease yourself into 2017? Then check out our 10 must-read articles to help kick-start your brain. The bells are barely over, and the new year party is still fresh in your mind. But it’s time to get back to work, and we want to help you start … Continue reading 10 Must-Read Articles to Kick-Start Your New Year

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/10-must-read-articles-new-year Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:27 +0000
<![CDATA[Looking Back: 3 Top Supply Chain Tech Trends In 2016]]> To look forward, we first need to look back and learn. What are the key supply chain trends from 2016 procurement needs to take account of in 2017? As we look ahead to the New Year, this is also an opportune time to take a look back at the trends and innovations that began reshaping … Continue reading Looking Back: 3 Top Supply Chain Tech Trends In 2016

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3-top-supply-chain-tech-trends-2016 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Throwback Thursday – Who Gives a Tweet? Social Media for Procurement Executives]]> Still not sure about giving a tweet? Procurement professionals and executives need to be on the social media front line – and here’s why. This article was first published on taniaseary.com. Will I ever get on top of social media? Slack is the latest team collaboration tool that my 25-year-old whiz kids are pushing me … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Who Gives a Tweet? Social Media for Procurement Executives

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/social-media-procurement-professionals Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Following the eISM Yellow Brick Road – A Guide to Guided Learning]]> We’re at the beginning of the yellow brick road, folks. This course is the foundation of all ISM’s educational offerings. Time zones can make things difficult. When I first signed up for ISM’s Fundamentals of Purchasing Guided Learning, I was resigned to the fact that I’d probably need to get up in the middle of … Continue reading Following the eISM Yellow Brick Road – A Guide to Guided Learning

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/following-eism-yellow-brick-road Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:25 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Leverage Procurious to Boost Your Career in 2017]]> 2017 is already a few days old – how are your resolutions coming along? Make Procurious one of yours this year, and boost your career! Halfway through the first week of 2017, and already the Procurious team are struggling with resolutions. But perseverance is the key, as is creating new habits to stay on track. We’re … Continue reading How to Leverage Procurious to Boost Your Career in 2017

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/leverage-procurious-boost-career-2017 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #29 – Hug a Maverick]]> Need a different solution to help stop maverick spend in your procurement organisation? Why not hug a maverick? At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #29 – Hug a Maverick

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-29-hug-maverick Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #30 – Buy Social Challenge]]> Supply chains need to be transparent, and also more socially and environmentally sustainable. That’s why we’re challenging professionals to ‘Buy Social’. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #30 – Buy Social Challenge

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-30-buy-social-challenge Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:22 +0000
<![CDATA[What Does Your Ideal Company Look Like?]]> Many graduates embarking on the world of work think their ideal company is a large, corporate company, with great offices. But is this the best route to fast track success? Many of us have experienced working for large organisations and been given the opportunity to change positions multiple times within that same business. Larger organisations tend … Continue reading What Does Your Ideal Company Look Like?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/ideal-company-look-like Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:22 +0000
<![CDATA[Trade War Against China? A Supply Chain Perspective]]> Comments made by President-elect Trump last year sparked talk of a trade war with China. But what impact will this have on supply chains? his article was originally published on My Purchasing Center. The Chinese government recently raised a “tit for tat” challenge to new U.S. President-Elect Donald J. Trump over a potential trade war … Continue reading Trade War Against China? A Supply Chain Perspective

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/trade-war-china-supply-chain-perspective Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:21 +0000
<![CDATA[Flying Warehouses & Fashion Buyouts – Amazon Dominates Headlines]]> No sooner had 2017 started than Amazon appeared in the news in a big way. From flying warehouses, to buyouts of fashion chains, no-one dominates the headlines quite like the online giant. Disruption. It was a buzzword of 2016, and even if the word is falling out of favour, the activity looks set to continue this … Continue reading Flying Warehouses & Fashion Buyouts – Amazon Dominates Headlines

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/flying-warehouses-amazon-dominates Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:20 +0000
<![CDATA[Throwback Thursday – #suckit – The Art of Speechmaking]]> There’s an art to great speech making, and we can all take note how to improve. But could it also be the key to finding great talent? I’ve just woken up in Los Angeles and am still in awe of Cate Blanchett’s amazing acceptance speech at last night’s Oscars. No – I wasn’t in the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – #suckit – The Art of Speechmaking

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/throwback-thursday-art-speechmaking Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Top Tips For Using Procurious]]> Looking to make more of an impact on the Procurious network? Eyes down for a handy set of tips to help you make the most out of our community. So if you’ve ever caught yourself asking “How do I…?” Read on for our top Procurious tips. How to join using Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn We’ve now … Continue reading Top Tips For Using Procurious

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/top-tips-using-procurious Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:19 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Hit a Target 10 Years Away – An Olympic Effort]]> How do you sustain your focus on a goal that’s 10 years away? One Olympic legend shares her story – how will you apply it to your career? Australian Olympic legend Chloe Esposito trained 45 weeks a year for an incredible 10 years before the day she won gold in the Modern Pentathlon in Brazil. Chloe … Continue reading How to Hit a Target 10 Years Away – An Olympic Effort

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hit-target-10-years-away-olympic-effort Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:18 +0000
<![CDATA[Are you a superhero hiding your real identity?]]> We’re happy to report that there are over 500 members already signed-up to the site! *As of January 2017 we are 18000+ strong Here at Procurious.com we believe that procurement has a new face. It’s younger, smarter, more ambitious, more global and more mobile than ever before. This is a place to share your knowledge, grow … Continue reading Are you a superhero hiding your real identity?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/are-you-a-superhero-hiding-your-real-identity Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #31 – Successful Supportive Relationships]]> Is procurement too focused on risk in contracts? And is this view point harming its ability to build good relationships? At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #31 – Successful Supportive Relationships

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-31-successful-relationships Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #32 – Agility and Flexibility]]> It’s time for procurement to stretch their muscles and build greater agility. And procurement’s business model can help with that. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #32 – Agility and Flexibility

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-32-agility-flexibility Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:16 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #33 – Sharing Knowledge Openly]]> Collaborative working and knowledge sharing benefits everyone in procurement. It’s time to learn from one another. At the Big Ideas Summit 2016, we challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. From ideas that have the potential to change the very nature of the procurement profession, to ones that got … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2016: Big Idea #33 – Sharing Knowledge Openly

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-idea-33-sharing-knowledge-openly Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:15 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Hot Topics on Social Media for Procurement Professionals]]> Social media makes it even easier to keep you finger on the pulse. But what topics are global procurement professionals discussing right now? Procurement colleagues around the world are increasingly embracing social media to share their views, concerns, and (most importantly) their success stories. This sharing has the positive effect of broadcasting the value our function … Continue reading 5 Hot Topics on Social Media for Procurement Professionals

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/hot-topics-social-media-procurement Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Colin Powell To Complete Stellar Keynote Line-Up At ISM2017]]> The fact that the Institute for Supply Management can attract keynote speakers of this calibre offers proof that the profession truly has come of age.   ISM has announced that the former U.S. Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, will join former UK Prime Minister David Cameron to deliver a keynote at the year’s biggest … Continue reading Colin Powell To Complete Stellar Keynote Line-Up At ISM2017

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/colin-powell-complete-stellar-keynote-line-ism2017 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Supply Chain Risk Management: Not a Procurement Priority]]> This article was first published on My Purchasing Center. Procurement teams struggle with supply chain risk management. They are aware of  the consequences of not managing it, but often they don’t have the resources to focus on it as much as they’d like. Even when they do, managing supplier risk poses a challenge: Most often … Continue reading Supply Chain Risk Management: Not a Procurement Priority

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/supply-chain-risk-management-not-procurement-priority Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:13 +0000
<![CDATA[What Would You Do If The President-Elect Criticised Your Supply Chain?]]> Major US organisations are starting to rethink their manufacturing strategies for fear of being labelled “un-American” by the President-Elect.  Every US-based supply manager with outsourced supply chains should follow Donald Trump on Twitter. Why? Because for major companies with overseas manufacturing operations, there’s every chance that the President-Elect will label your organisation “un-American”. Since November … Continue reading What Would You Do If The President-Elect Criticised Your Supply Chain?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/president-elect-criticised-supply-chain Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Nobody Said Procurement Was Easy]]> Are you ever tempted to give up on your career aspirations at the first hurdle? Tania Seary explains why you’ll thank yourself in the long run for sticking it out! What is the hardest job in the world? This newspaper job advert has, in fact, awarded the title to motherhood!  We recently launched Bravo – a Procurious … Continue reading Nobody Said Procurement Was Easy

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/nobody-said-procurement-easy Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Meet The New General Secretary of Globalisation]]> Chinese President Xi Jinping claims world leadership for globalisation while the U.S. moves towards protectionism. Chinese President Xi Jinping used his address at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week to defend globalisation and criticise the rise of protectionism in Western economies. The speech is the latest in a series of appearances on the … Continue reading Meet The New General Secretary of Globalisation

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/meet-new-general-secretary-globalisation Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Why “Free Help” With Buying Decisions Costs More]]> As consumers, we’re wary of so-called “free” products and services as there’s always a hidden cost. Why, then, are procurement teams willing to accept free help with supplier selection? Businesses often seek help with their buying decisions, especially in complicated categories such as telco or energy. Preparing an RFP requires a willingness to trudge through … Continue reading Why “Free Help” With Buying Decisions Costs More

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/free-help-buying-decisions-costs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:09 +0000
<![CDATA[Should Procurement Pros Be Concerned About Global Trade?]]> Renowned economist and Big Ideas Speaker Dr Linda Yueh explains why CPOs needn’t panic about the President Trump administration but there are causes of concern.  Register as an online delegate for the London Big Ideas Summit 2017 here. Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise on the first day of his presidency by signing an … Continue reading Should Procurement Pros Be Concerned About Global Trade?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3-reasons-donald-trump-cant-harm-global-trade Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:08 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Ideas Summit 2017: Welcome to the Party]]> They say there ain’t no party like a Procurious party. Thank goodness you’re all invited to The Big Ideas Summit! Want to follow all of the action today? Register as an online delegate for the London Big Ideas Summit 2017 here. It’s not every day you invite more than 50,000 people to join you online for … Continue reading The Big Ideas Summit 2017: Welcome to the Party

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-summit-welcome-to-the-party Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Indirect Procurement: Leading By Taking Responsibiity]]> Authentic leadership is especially important in indirect procurement. Pauline King discusses why taking responsibility is a key aspect of this. Join The Big Ideas Summit 2017 group to access all of yesterday’s discussions and exclusive video content. I was recently at a lunch with a former member of our indirect transformation program. I wanted her view … Continue reading Indirect Procurement: Leading By Taking Responsibiity

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/great-power-comes-great-responsibility Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:06 +0000
<![CDATA[The Big Ideas Summit 2017: The After-Party]]> No one likes to reach the end of a great procurement  party. Luckily there’s still a whole lot more Big Ideas Summit content to come… Join The Big Ideas Summit 2017 group to access all of yesterday’s discussions and exclusive video content. Yesterday Procurious gathered 50 of procurement’s top thought leaders in London for the Big Ideas … Continue reading The Big Ideas Summit 2017: The After-Party

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-summit-after-party Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:06 +0000
<![CDATA[Global Procurement Profession Mourns Passing of CIPS CEO: David Noble]]> Tributes are pouring in from procurement professionals around the globe in response to today’s news that David Noble FCIPS, Group Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and one of the profession’s strongest advocates, passed away late last week. CIPS have announced that  David Noble has unexpectedly passed away on Friday after … Continue reading Global Procurement Profession Mourns Passing of CIPS CEO: David Noble

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-mourns-david-noble Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:05 +0000
<![CDATA[Tributes Continue To Pour In As Global Procurement Community Mourns David Noble]]> As procurement leaders from around the world send in their personal tributes to mark the sudden and untimely passing of CIPS CEO David Noble, the common theme is one of sadness and shock. Through these moving tributes, a picture is beginning to emerge of the significant legacy that Mr. Noble has left behind for the … Continue reading Tributes Continue To Pour In As Global Procurement Community Mourns David Noble

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-community-mourns-david-noble Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:04 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2017: Understand Your World]]> Every procurement pro needs somebody to tell them the world weather forecast so they can figure out when they’re going to need an umbrella!  At the Big Ideas Summit 2017, we once again challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. Our attendees spoke about everything from creativity to … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2017: Understand Your World

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-summit-2017-understand-world Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:03 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2017: Pay Your Bills]]> It’s not about the money, money, money… except that it kinda is. Barclays Chairman, John McFarlane, reminds us that we need to pay our supplier bills on time! At the Big Ideas Summit 2017, we once again challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. Our attendees spoke about … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2017: Pay Your Bills

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-summit-2017-pay-bills Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:02 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit 2017: Be Bold But Nice]]> The role of procurement is changing and evolving. Professionals have more influence than ever before and Deb Stanton wants them to use their position to be bold but nice! At the Big Ideas Summit 2017, we once again challenged our thought leaders to share their Big Ideas for the future of procurement. Our attendees spoke … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit 2017: Be Bold But Nice

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/big-ideas-summit-2017-bold-nice Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Want That Job? 7 Pitfalls To Avoid On Your CV]]> This seasoned recruiter skim-reads CVs for an average of two to three seconds before deciding whether to read them in their entirety. How can you make sure your CV doesn’t end up in the bin?  Even with the digital revolution changing the world, CVs are still the Number 1 way to showcase your skills and achievements … Continue reading Want That Job? 7 Pitfalls To Avoid On Your CV

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/7-pitfalls-avoid-cv Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:29:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Forget the Bus, I’ll Travel To My Meeting By Drone!]]> What will business travel look like in 2017?  We’re not going to see people riding around in personal drones (yet) but it’s starting to look more like The Jetsons all the time. Technology is having a big impact both on the way employees travel and how managers help them move around the world with ease. … Continue reading Forget the Bus, I’ll Travel To My Meeting By Drone!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/11412-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Duty of Care Law: You Got The Green Light In France!]]> France’s new legislation, The Duty Of Care Law will prevent serious human rights risks and threats to fundamental freedoms. Will other countries follow suit?  It would be wise for procurement professionals to pay close attention to France’s new sustainable procurement legislation.   The Duty of Care law, which affects organisations with over 5,000 employees, is likely … Continue reading Duty of Care Law: You Got The Green Light In France!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/duty-of-care-law-you-got-the-green-light-france Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:59 +0000
<![CDATA[Procurement Pay Gap Shock]]> The gender pay gap in procurement and supply management has INCREASED, according to US and UK survey results released this week. Have you sponsored your own internal gender salary gap analysis? Ever considered how procurement salaries measure up with the rest of the working world? Are you suspicious that your  procurement colleagues might be getting a … Continue reading Procurement Pay Gap Shock

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/how-much-procurement-paid Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:58 +0000
<![CDATA[Don’t Argue With Footballer Daisy Pearce]]> The “Don’t Argue” is a classic move in the often-brutal game of Australian Rules Football. While we wouldn’t recommend shoving your colleagues in the office, there are plenty of lessons to be drawn from the world of elite sport.    It’s always interesting interviewing sportspeople for a business-related publication. Before the interview, I usually have my doubts … Continue reading Don’t Argue With Footballer Daisy Pearce

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/dont-argue-with-footballer-daisy-pearce Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:57 +0000
<![CDATA[Apple To Finally Get Into Bed With Amazon]]> Will Apple and Amazon put aside their differences and unite in time for the launch of Apple TV?  The professional relationship between tech giants Apple and Amazon has been rocky to say the very least. Firstly, In 2014 Amazon removed  in-app payments from the iOS versions of several of its services  in response to Apple demanding a … Continue reading Apple To Finally Get Into Bed With Amazon

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/apple-to-finally-get-into-bed-with-amazon Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Trailblazing CPO Commercialises Procurement]]> Broadspectrum CPO Crowned Asia-Pacific’s CPO of The Year Flipping the old perception of Procurement as a back-room entity on its head, Broadspectrum CPO Kevin McCafferty has been recognised for introducing a value-based approach to procurement and dramatically transforming the function into a customer-oriented, bottom-line focused team. McCafferty’s achievements in consistently achieving both financial and operational … Continue reading Trailblazing CPO Commercialises Procurement

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cpo-of-the-year-award Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Five Ways Procurement Can Change the World for Entrepreneurs]]> “Behind every growth story like ours, there’s always a procurement person who has provided an opportunity.” Procurious caught up with inspirational dynamo Nina Vaca at ISM2017 to discover why procurement needs to give entrepreneurs every chance.    “The unsung heroes of my stories are always in procurement and supply,” says Nina Vaca. The Chairman and … Continue reading Five Ways Procurement Can Change the World for Entrepreneurs

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/five-ways-procurement-can-change-world-entrepreneurs Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:55 +0000
<![CDATA[Colin Powell Talks Security, Trade and Trump at #ISM2017]]> While many attendees at #ISM2017 were waiting to hear what General Colin Powell would say about President Trump, the former Secretary of State also provided some valuable insights into supply management. “An army marches on its stomach,” says Powell to a packed ballroom at #ISM2017. “It’s the logistics that allows you to face an enemy.” … Continue reading Colin Powell Talks Security, Trade and Trump at #ISM2017

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/colin-powell-talks-security-trade-trump-ism2017 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Best Of The Blog – Neurodiversity – Your Secret HR Weapon]]> A lack  of understanding about neurodiversity has meant those with a neurodiverse profile have historically endured stigmatisation and struggled in the workplace. John Floyd explains why, and how, this is changing and what we can do to accommodate and embrace differences.  Everyone loves a good throwback article, which is why we’re hopping in our time machine to … Continue reading Best Of The Blog – Neurodiversity – Your Secret HR Weapon

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/neurodiversity-secret-hr-weapon Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Think Big, Think Business, Think People]]> “I’d rather regret the things I did, than the things I didn’t do.” Insights and wisdom from the career of Hans Melotte, Starbucks EVP Supply Chain and ISM Chair.  Hans Melotte is less than one year into his “wonderful new adventure” leading Starbucks’ global supply chain. At the same time, he is nearing the end … Continue reading Think Big, Think Business, Think People

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/think-big-think-business-think-people Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:52 +0000
<![CDATA[From Pittsburgh to Paris – Let’s Clear the Air]]> It’s all very well putting Pittsburgh before Paris, but did you know that modern anti-pollution laws first started in Pennsylvania? Tania Seary gives the run-down on steel cities, “death-fogs” and Pittsburgh’s incredible transformation into an innovation hub.       It’s not every day Pittsburgh hits the news, but it certainly did last week with the … Continue reading From Pittsburgh to Paris – Let’s Clear the Air

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/pittsburgh-paris-lets-clear-air Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Cladding Purchase in the Spotlight After Grenfell Tower Fire]]> After the tragic death of at least 58 people in the Grenfell Tower fire, confusion remains over whether the decision to use combustible panels in its construction was in accordance with British building regulations.   The Guardian and the BBC have both reported that Reynobond panels with a combustible polyethylene (PE) core were used in … Continue reading Cladding Purchase in the Spotlight After Grenfell Tower Fire

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cladding-purchase-spotlight-grenfell-tower-fire Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:51 +0000
<![CDATA[24 Series 9: India Plants 66 Million Trees]]> The following events occur in real time: India takes on the monumental challenge of planting 66 million trees in just 24 hours. And they didn’t even need Jack Bauer’s help… The world reeled when, last month, President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Many regarded this as the most devastating decision of his … Continue reading 24 Series 9: India Plants 66 Million Trees

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/24-series-9-india-plants-66-million-trees Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:51 +0000
<![CDATA[The Brexit Horror Show: It’s Going To Be Rocky!]]> We all like to watch a good horror show.. but UK customs trying to manually process our imports? Entertainment it is not! Are you ready to watch the Brexit horror show unfold? The National Audit Office (NAO) pubilished a report last Thursday reviewing HM Revenue & Customs’ development of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).  The … Continue reading The Brexit Horror Show: It’s Going To Be Rocky!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/brexit-horror-show-going-rocky Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:50 +0000
<![CDATA[What’s Wrong With This Picture?]]> Procurious’ Hugo Britt shares his experience of what happens when you truly disconnect – whether it’s on an extended career break, or just a short trip away. Our webinar, Out of Office: Your Career Break (Through), takes place at 1pm on 10th August 2017. Register your attendence for FREE here.  It’s 2009. I’m sitting alone … Continue reading What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/heres-happens-completely-disconnect Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Want to win a XK-X300 Quadcopter Drone? Take our survey!]]> With world-class talent and unlimited potential, a career in procurement can be brilliant … but you’ll need a plan to make it happen. That’s why we’ve launched our “My (Brilliant) Procurement Career” survey to understand how YOU will manage your own career into the future.  Ten minutes is all it will take to put yourself in the running to win this … Continue reading Want to win a XK-X300 Quadcopter Drone? Take our survey!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/want-win-xk-x300-quadcopter-drone-take-survey Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:49 +0000
<![CDATA[Personal Development: You Da Brand!]]> So you’ve decided you need to take your procurement career to hand by proactively managing your personal development? Here’s how to set yourself up for success.                     Career Boot Camp 2017 launches on 4th September, featuring podcasts  with 5 global CPOs. Sign up here (It’s FREE!) … Continue reading Personal Development: You Da Brand!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/personal-development-da-brand Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Cognitive Process Automation Is So Much More Than Robots]]> With 45 per cent of business processes having the potential to be automated, it’s of little surprise that organisations are embracing the opportunity presented by technology. On 30th October, we’re bringing The Big Ideas Summit to Melbourne! Want to join us? Grab a ticket here to secure you seat!  Shifting business landscapes, a relentless focus … Continue reading Cognitive Process Automation Is So Much More Than Robots

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cognitive-process-automation-much-robots Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Sprinting Outside Your Comfort Zone]]> When ultra-athlete, World Vision Ambassador and Melbourne Big Ideas Summit speaker Samantha Gash ran 3253 kilometres across India in scorching heat and punishing humidity, she discovered that even best-laid plans will always go awry. But, as she tells Procurious, any challenge can be overcome by adapting your plan, recalibrating and moving forward.    Hear Samantha Gash LIVE … Continue reading Sprinting Outside Your Comfort Zone

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/sprinting-outside-comfort-zone Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Big Ideas Summit Lands In Marvellous Melbourne!]]> Toot tooooot! After wowing audiences in London and Chicago, Procurious is steaming into Melbourne to bring the first ever Big Ideas Summit to Australia! With only one week to go, now is your chance to buy a ticket or join the Digital Delegate Group to follow the action online.  If you’re interested in getting involved but … Continue reading Big Ideas Summit Lands In Marvellous Melbourne!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/marvellous-melbourne-big-ideas-australia Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Renegotiating Mindsets From Competitive To Collaborative]]> When you change from seeing your top suppliers as competitors to enablers, and take a collaborative approach, how you negotiate with them will change dramatically. This article was written by Sarovar Agarwal, Partner, Communications Media and Technology Practice at A.T. Kearney.  Procurement leaders are facing more pressure than ever in the current business environment. In the … Continue reading Renegotiating Mindsets From Competitive To Collaborative

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/renegotiating-mindsets-competitive-collaborative Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:46 +0000
<![CDATA[The CPO’s Guide To Persuasion]]> What’s the number one skill required by the CPO of the future? According to award-winning Australian CPO Kevin McCafferty, you won’t get far without mastering the art of persuasion. Broadspectrum Executive General Manager and 2017 Asia-Pacific CPO of the Year Kevin McCafferty will deliver a keynote session at the upcoming GovProcure2017 conference, running from 5th-7th … Continue reading The CPO’s Guide To Persuasion

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/cpos-guide-persuasion Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Whose Services Are You Really Procuring?]]> The workforce is fundamentally changing and it’s increasingly important that you can access the skills you need when, where and how you need them. But with the increase in corporate usage of external workers comes additional challenges and risks. Driven by the digital age, we’re seeing a shift in the way work gets done. Globalisation … Continue reading Whose Services Are You Really Procuring?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/whose-services-really-procuring Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Why Public Sector Procurement Consolidation Won’t Take Forever]]> Driving change within the public sector takes forever… and ever! Right? Tim Hamper begs to differ as he explains why procurement consolidation will only accelerate in coming years, if not months! A few weeks ago another UK public sector body, Fastershire (a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council, backed by the Department of Culture, … Continue reading Why Public Sector Procurement Consolidation Won’t Take Forever

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/why-public-sector-procurement-consolidation-wont-take-forever Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Breaking the Groundhog Day Mentality: Enabling A True Category Management Mindset]]> Does your category management journey ever remind you of the movie Groundhog Day?  Our latest webinar will advise you on how to break that repetitive cycle!Our webinar, Breaking the Groundhog Day Mentality: Enabling A True Category Management Mindset takes, takes place at 1pm GMT on 29th November 2017. Register your attendence for FREE here.  The … Continue reading Breaking the Groundhog Day Mentality: Enabling A True Category Management Mindset

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/embracing-category-management-mindset Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:44 +0000
<![CDATA[Deal Or No Deal? The Brexit Effect]]> What are the implications of Brexit on Procurement? And how should the function be preparing for the various possible outcomes?  Zycus’ webinar The Brexit Effect Understanding Brexit and Its Impact On Procurement takes place on Tuesday, 21st November 2017. Register for free here. On June 23 2016, the world woke up to some very unexpected news. … Continue reading Deal Or No Deal? The Brexit Effect

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/brexit Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:44 +0000
<![CDATA[International Supply Chain Risks: How U.S. Sanctions Can Kill Your Deal]]> U.S. sanctions are being applied more vigorously than ever to perceived foreign foes.  What risks do these sanctions pose to our supply chains and  what Mitigation Strategies Can be Used? The United States (U.S.) had $2.21 trillion Dollars in exports in 2016 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce (D.O.C)i, and an estimated 10.7 million … Continue reading International Supply Chain Risks: How U.S. Sanctions Can Kill Your Deal

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/international-supply-chain-risks-sanctions-us Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Sourcing, But Not As We Know It!]]> How many procurement pros do you need to manage $1 billion of spend? We examine the stats revealing the state of today’s sourcing landscape… How many staff does it take to make a success of strategic sourcing? We might not have a definitive answer to that question, but we do have access to some figures … Continue reading Sourcing, But Not As We Know It!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/strategic-sourcing-new-approach Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:43 +0000
<![CDATA[That’s The Sound Of Your Procurement Career Taking Off….]]> This pup is taking control of their procurement career by listening (for FREE!) to our Gen NEXT podcast series. Why don’t you join us…? The Procurement Gen NEXT podcast series, sponsored by Telstra, begins on the 11th December. Sign up to Procurious (It’s FREE!) to access the full series.  The new generation of procurement professionals … Continue reading That’s The Sound Of Your Procurement Career Taking Off….

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/thats-sound-taking-control-procurement-career Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:42 +0000
<![CDATA[What To Do When Your Procurement Employees Are Leaving You]]> Do your procurement employees seem to be fleeing the business left, right and centre? Trust us: it’s not you, it’s them! But in these circumstances, should you even bother developing them?  When Procurious put out a call for procurement survey participants, we were delighted that 500+ professionals across more than 50 countries shared their insights … Continue reading What To Do When Your Procurement Employees Are Leaving You

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/procurement-staff-leaving Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:41 +0000
<![CDATA[The Jaggaer Juggernaught Rolls On]]> With the recent acquisition of BravoSolution, Jaggaer continues its trajectory of rapid, aggressive growth to contend for the title of the world’s largest spend management solutions company.  The Jaggaer growth story has been interesting to watch. Formerly known as SciQuest, the company’s announcement about BravoSolution needs to be understood in a long line of acquisitions … Continue reading The Jaggaer Juggernaught Rolls On

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/the-jaggaer-juggernaught Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:40 +0000
<![CDATA[3 Reasons Why You Should Multisource Your Procurement Software]]> Choosing new procurement software should be exactly that, a choice! Duncan Jones on why organisations should follow an eclectic, multi-sourcing strategy for their key business applications. While doing my research for The Forrester Wave™: eProcurement, Q2 2017, I was surprised and disappointed by how many companies I interviewed had bought an incumbent vendor’s eProcurement product … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why You Should Multisource Your Procurement Software

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/3-reasons-multisource-procurement-software Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:40 +0000
<![CDATA[The ‘Why’ Behind the Drive for Retail Process Efficiency]]> Process efficiency is good. In fact, it’s one of the most frequently cited objectives for the procurement profession. But it can’t have a real impact unless we understand the bigger picture… As we expand the impact of procurement beyond savings, one of the most frequently cited objectives is process efficiency. In theory, if procurement can … Continue reading The ‘Why’ Behind the Drive for Retail Process Efficiency

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/behind-drive-retail-process-efficiency Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:39 +0000
<![CDATA[My 5 Networking Goals For 2018]]> Given that she’s always “banging on” about #networking, it’s no surprise that Tania Seary’s 5 New Years Resolutions are all about growing – and nurturing – her professional network.   This year I am going to: Find my fabulous five Dine (not eat) Keep watering the seeds of possibility Connect the dots, and Take more photos! … Continue reading My 5 Networking Goals For 2018

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/5-networking-goals-2018 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:38 +0000
<![CDATA[What can bitcoin do to support supply chain transparency?]]> Most people have heard of bitcoin as a digital currency, used by individuals and organisations to pay for goods, services and other items online. What you might not have heard of is how bitcoin technology could aid supply chain transparency. Ethics and sustainability in the supply chain have been talked about at length, with organisations … Continue reading What can bitcoin do to support supply chain transparency?

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/what-can-bitcoin-do-to-support-supply-chain-transparency Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:37 +0000
<![CDATA[8 Reasons You Won’t Want To Miss Basware Connect]]> Basware Connect is just around the corner, and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the 2017 procurement event calendar. Procurious has the inside word from our knowledge partner Basware on the top eight things to watch out for on Wednesday 18th October. The very latest on Industry 4.0 Whether you’re from … Continue reading 8 Reasons You Won’t Want To Miss Basware Connect

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/8-reasons-not-miss-basware-connect Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:36 +0000
<![CDATA[PLEASE FIRE ME: I JUST CAN’T QUIT!]]> Stuck in a miserable, but well-paid, job you can’t afford to quit? Don’t get yourself into that position in the first place! Philip H. “hates his life”. Those are his exact words. Specifically, he hates his all-consuming job. The work bores him and he no longer believes in his firm’s mission. The gruelling hours he puts … Continue reading PLEASE FIRE ME: I JUST CAN’T QUIT!

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/please-fire-me-i-just-cant-quit-2 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:36 +0000
<![CDATA[“Wat the?” 5 things I learnt about Watson Supply Chain in Vegas]]> Rather than adopting the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” mantra, I wanted to share some new insights into Watson that I gleaned at IBM’s mega thought leadership event – Think 2018. 1. Watson needs education – but it’s a fast learner! When you think of Watson, you probably think of a computer that … Continue reading “Wat the?” 5 things I learnt about Watson Supply Chain in Vegas

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/wat-the-5-things-i-learnt-about-watson-supply-chain-in-vegas Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:35 +0000
<![CDATA[30 Under 30 Stars Prove This Enduring Stigma Is Disappearing From the Profession]]> Procurious uncovers the five factors in common across this year’s inspirational group of 30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars. Delivering over $20 million in cost savings, building a new procurement function from scratch and creating a cutting-edge suite of analytical tools are among the outstanding personal achievements of 30 young professionals named winners in the … Continue reading 30 Under 30 Stars Prove This Enduring Stigma Is Disappearing From the Profession

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https://www.procurious.com/procurement-news/30-under-30-stars-prove-this-enduring-stigma-is-disappearing-from-the-profession Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:28:35 +0000