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What to do in your first 100 days as CPO

The first 100 days in a new procurement role should be used to “pull information” from stakeholders, the top buyer at Aspen Group has said. Buyers who are starting as head of procurement in a new organisation should avoid over-selling themselves or the function when first meeting new stakeholders, said Michael Pearson, group head of […]

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eWorld Procurement and Supply – An Overview of the Day

Last Wednesday, a Spend Matters UK and US contingent hit the latest eWorld Procurement and Supply conference and exhibition at the QE2 Centre London. We will have more detailed reporting on a number of the presentations including very good keynotes from risk expert and ex power player Casper Barry and Jim Hemmington, procurement director at […]

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Procurement’s secret weapons to survive automation

The BBC’s head buyer is optimistic the procurement function won’t be replaced by robots if it adapts to become a strategic part of the business. “Don’t be that function that’s the old oil tanker, taking months to change its processes. Be the speedboat, weaving in and out, responding to economic and environmental storms,” said Jim […]

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Can Procurement Make a Difference – Philosophical Discussions at eWorld

At the recent eWorld event, I led a workshop discussion titled “Making a Difference”.   The nature of those sessions at eWorld is “no PowerPoint”, which suited the somewhat last minute decision to do this, and it is a rule that encourages real discussion. So, here is the slightly abbreviated and edited  introduction I gave to […]

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Giles Breault at eWorld – Procurement Must Change Focus

At the recent eWorld event, the keynote speech was delivered by Giles Breault. He was CPO in a number of Pharma firms and ended up at Novartis where his role encompassed both procurement and other “productivity” initiatives. I first met him a few years back at an industry dinner, where he made a brief speech […]

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eWorld Sept 2016 – A Brave New World, Market Dojo

This years eWorld Procurement and Supply Summit was a first time for three members of our team. All of us armed with the prior experience of tradeshows but were surprised by the range of procurement innovations and technologies on show…. To read more from Market Dojo click here.

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YOU WANT TO INNOVATE? SO DON’T ASK – DO, PPN

The newly refurbished QEII exhibition centre in Westminster threw its doors open once more to the 31st eWorld Procurement & Supplyevent on Tuesday. And as I walked, thankfully for once without the need of a brolly (it always rains at eWorld), I reflected on that as quite an achievement…. To read the full blog post […]

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eWorld Procurement and Supply – First Impressions, Peter Smith, Spend Matters

eWorld was back again yesterday at the QEII Centre in Westminster, with a full cast of exhibiting solution providers, a strong conference programme and around 200 delegates from a wide range of public and private sector organisations… To find out more of Peter Smith’s, from Spend Matters, first impressions of eWorld September 2016 click here.

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Emirates Flight Catering is the newest member of the Scanmarket eSourcing family

“Scanmarket is excited to announce that Emirates Flight Catering recently became one of the newest members of the Scanmarket strategic sourcing family. Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) is using Scanmarket to manage sourcing, collaboration and tenders with all their suppliers.   EKFC chose Scanmarket as their eSourcing platform due to Scanmarket’ s proven focus on delivering […]

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B2B Fintech: Payments, Supply Chain Finance & E-invoicing Guide 2016

McKinsey started off its “Global Payments 2015: A Healthy Industry Confronts Disruption” report by outlining the four potential disruptions that will alter the payments industry during the next years…. Read the full report on The Paypers website.

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