Yesterday we attended eWorld in London, although we had been wondering whether anyone would turn up for this global, procurement and supply industry event given current concerns about travelling and bans on large gatherings in some countries. But the venue was far from deserted, as it turned out, the troopers returned and The Grand Connaught Rooms near Covent Garden were once again (almost) full with procurement practitioners, solution providers, heads of supply chain, finance, academia and third sector organisations from many industries.
While numbers were good there were maybe not so many from other countries as is usually the case, and attendees were probably down to 75% capacity – which was good under the circumstances.
It was another full-on day starting with the keynote, Cate Warman-Powell, Head of Procurement Consumer Technology & Supply Chain at BT, who was a 2019 winner of Procurement Leaders Future Leader Award, talking about how she achieved procurement transformation at BT, as she runs procurement for a major chunk of BT’s business.
She spoke about “creating value beyond savings,” but really focused on one interesting procurement initiative, related to buying Smart Hub broadband devices…