Latest News / February 2015

‘Get stakeholders on board to introduce e-procurement’

Getting cross-functional internal support was key to Cardiff City Council’s successful introduction of an award-winning dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for school transport, one of the council’s procurement bosses has said. The DPS and e-auction programme for school transport was implemented through e-procurement provider Proactis, which named the council winners of their best public sector procurement project for 2014. […]

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Cyber Essentials: What buyers need to know

In an attempt to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain, the UK government has developed the Cyber Essentials scheme. This set of controls provides organisations with protection from the most prevalent forms of online threat and covers the basics of cyber security in an organisation’s IT system. Read the full […]

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Xchanging and Optimum Procurement announce outsourcing contract wins

Outsourcers Xchanging Procurement and Optimum Procurement Group have signed new deals to provide purchasing services to a logistics company and a facilities management provider respectively. Xchanging Procurement has won a three-and-a-half year contract with Brambles to strengthen its procurement capabilities and drive spend efficiencies. Read the full article on Supply Management, by Anna Scott

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Xchanging targets tail spend to provide ‘market differentiation’

 Xchanging’s procurement division has had its most successful year ever by focusing on tail spend. Chirag Shah, executive director of Xchanging Procurement, said the firm had combined its e-auction technology product MarketMaker4 (MM4), acquired in 2013, with pricing and supplier data to create a “massive uplift” in business. Read the full article on Supply Management, […]

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Capita buys Constructionline for £35 million

The government has sold the Constructionline supplier database to Capita for £35 million. Business minister Matthew Hancock said the sale would “cut red tape” to allow the service to “achieve its full potential”. The database of 23,000 pre-qualified suppliers, which had revenues of £9.3 million and profits of £4.1 million in 2014, is used by […]

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Capita awarded interim electronic tagging contract

Outsourcing firm Capita is to take over the contract for electronic tags for criminals from G4S and Serco on an interim basis by April 2014. G4S and Serco are currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after an audit found instances where the companies were overcharging for tagging but none was taking place, leading […]

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It’s Event Time with eWorld Purchasing – sorry, PROCUREMENT and Supply in London Again

It’s about time we mentioned a couple of the best procurement industry and technology events that are coming around again (doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun)?  March 3rd sees eWorld Procurement & Supply taking place at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, London again. Read the full article at Spend Matters, by Peter Smith

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