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What’s the Future of Procurement? How the Rogues Will Become the Heroes

In another of eWorld’s 30-minute briefings, Jon Vass, Account Executive at Tradeshift, the business commerce flexible platform, talked to us about Procurement’s future. By that he meant Procurement’s move away from being looked upon traditionally to manage costs, improve operational efficiencies, and manage supplier relationships, towards facilitating innovation and agility across the business, and adapting […]

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Jim Hemmington at eWorld – “More Money For BBC Programmes”

We’re going back to the recent eWorld Procurement and Supply event for more highlights this week, starting with the keynote from BBC procurement supremo, Jim Hemmington, titled Will Technology Kill the Procurement Star? Hemmington started by reminding us that Buggles were wrong in their 1977 hit Video Killed the Radio Star. Radio 2 has a […]

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The Future is already here – But don’t let it give you Butterflies

The first eWorld of the year always marks the start of “time to get serious.” After the fog of early January and the planning and strategising of February, for many organisations, March is the time to ramp up a gear and put those plans into action. Still, I’m sure the event organisers have little time […]

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University of Bristol buyer transforms procurement

The University of Bristol’s head buyer has told of how she turned around procurement to make savings. Anj Cooke arrived at the university in August 2014 to head up a new procurement department, responsible for the purchase of goods and services. She said the department was in need of a “refresh, realignment and rejig” around […]

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Caspar Berry at eWorld – Unreliable Experts, Risk and Butterflies

At last week’s eWorld conference, the morning keynote speaker was Caspar Berry, ex actor and scriptwriter, professional poker player and now an expert on risk and related issues. He got the balance right in terms of some jokes, lots of fast-paced and often humorous slides, but also some serious content. He drew parallels between the […]

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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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