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    1. UK government to introduce common principles for infrastructure procurement to promote best practice

      Explore supplymanagement.com (18 hours, 18 min ago)

      UK government to introduce common principles for infrastructure procurement to promote best practice

      The UK government is introducing new infrastructure procurement principles, for projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, to address industry concerns about inconsistency.

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    2. 'A shocking' R34.9 billion of 'irregular' spending around public works in South Africa

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Sep 30 2014)

      A review has uncovered R34.9 billion (£1.9 billion) of “irregular expenditure” around public works in South Africa.

      Issues that have been uncovered by the review included tenders not being advertised properly, a minimum number of quotations not received, emergency procurement used for non-emergency situations, lowest quotes not being selected, incomplete documentation and incorrect approvals.

      Issues that have been uncovered by the review included tenders not being advertised properly, a minimum number of quotations not received, emergency procurement used for non-emergency situations, lowest quotes not being selected, incomplete documentation and incorrect approvals. - See more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com ...
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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Special Investigating Unit   Jacob Zuma

    3. Unilever Partners To Win

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Sep 30 2014)

      It seems as if this represents a real change from it being a privilege to do business with Unilever to it being a privilege for Unilever to do business with suppliers, especially those who share your values and commitments.

      Read this inspiring interview with CPO Dhaval Buch where he discusses Unilever’s strategic approach to supplier relationship management and it’s Sustainable Living Plan.

       

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      Comment Mentions:   Unilever

    4. Kellogg’s to Improve Productivity of 15,000 Smallholder Farmers Worldwide | Sustainable Brands

      Explore Sustainable Brands (Sep 29 2014)

      Kellogg’s to Improve Productivity of 15,000 Smallholder Farmers Worldwide | Sustainable Brands

      Kellogg’s has announced a new commitment to enable improved productivity of 15,000 smallholder farmers in its agricultural supply chain, with a focus on rice, as well as support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The company made the announcement this week at the UN Climate Summit held in New York. Rice is a staple food for more than half the world's population, and is grown by a number of smallholder farmers in several parts of the world.

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      Comment Mentions:   Washington   New York

    5. Mixed picture emerges of governance standards in Africa

      Explore BDlive (Sep 29 2014)

      Mixed picture emerges of governance standards in Africa

      African governance standards are gradually improving but there are warning signs of backsliding.

      The Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranked Somalia lowest, coming bottom in all four categories: safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

      Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese telecoms tycoon who founded the index, welcomed the fact that 13 of the 52 countries had improved in overall governance as well as political, social and economic governance over the past five years.

      "Africa is rising but it’s rising slowly," he said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Reuters   London   Africa

    6. New nuclear storm as Westinghouse seeks legal review of R4.3bn Koeberg contract

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 29 2014)

      New nuclear storm as Westinghouse seeks legal review of R4.3bn Koeberg contract

      Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday launched an expedited review application in the South Gauteng High Court challenging Eskom’s decision to award a R4.3-billion contract to Areva, of France, for the replacement of steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power station, in Cape Town.

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      Comment Mentions:   Russia   South Africa   France

    7. Did we just buy R111bn worth of nuclear reactors from Russia?

      Explore moneyweb.co.za (Sep 25 2014)

      Did we just buy R111bn worth of nuclear reactors from Russia?

      Much confusion has followed an announcement on Monday afternoon by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom of an “agreement on strategic partnership in nuclear energy” signed between the Russian and South African governments.

      It seems though that the agreement is merely a framework agreement that may or may not lead to the procurement of the reactors from Rosatom.  The agreement provides for the two countries to work together to develop a local nuclear industry.

       

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      Comment Mentions:   Toyota   Africa   Russia

    8. Innovation Procurement ::  Guiding principles for stimulating innovation

      Explore Innovation Procurement (Sep 24 2014)

      Stimulating innovation is not as easy as it sounds. However, these ten guiding principles can help you and your public authority get on the right track.

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  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      Explore MarketSqr (15 hours, 14 min ago)

      MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      In a world where technology rules, simplicity is key. The easier it is to use a piece of technology, the more it will be used.

      We have been working hard to make MarketSqr easier to use and we are really excited to start sharing this information with you.  We will share more detail in the coming days leading to our upgrade next week. 

      The imminent big change to our site also comes with a fresh new look. No more content pages that redirect and confuse you. We hope to bring you a clean cut website that makes navigation and interaction ...

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      Comment Mentions:   MarketSqr

    2. What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 10 2014)

      What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a reported $19 billion (£11.3 billion) shows how procurement can get involved in high-risk high value projects, such as IT systems and major capital expenditure. Here are three points to inform your thinking: • Cost, price and value. The acquisition price of $19 billion has very little to do with cost because WhatsApp employs about 55 people and charges 69p in the UK for an annual service – it’s free for the first year.

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    3. Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      As more and more startups like Airbnb, Etsy and Kickstarter crowd into the space of the collaborative economy, big brands are starting to get in on the action, too.  Staples sells products developed on Quirky; Avis has acquired Zipcar; Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit for delivery.

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      Comment Mentions:   Canada

    4. What Are The Benefits Of Using A Supplier Portal?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Feb 24 2014)

      One of Procurement Leaders’ members is keen to learn more about supplier portals from the community and the scenario he posited gave insight into what can be a tricky area for functions.

       He posed a question asking for advice from members about whether they are using a supplier portal and if so, whether it was custom built. He also wanted to know the best version of xml to use, and any advice about the Global Upstream Supplier Initiative (GUSI).

       Whether the short term pain of introducing a specific new technology is outweighed in the longer term by cost and process ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Oracle

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