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    1. Five Principles to Improve Maturity of IT Procurement

      Explore Future of CIO (Jan 24 2015)

      Five Principles to Improve Maturity of IT Procurement

      Nowadays IT procurement is not simply managing the vendor relationship, but it includes the pursuit of the business value behind any investment. Ensure that any service agreement and goods is properly attached to the right business value, If it is only the fact of procuring, you might have a partial view of the problem. In weaker organizations, there isn't much of a tight alignment between the cross-functional groups (IT typically does their own procurement without much involvement from a central group).

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    2. Act Now: The Real Costs of Delaying Supply Chain Audits

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jan 23 2015)

      Act Now: The Real Costs of Delaying Supply Chain Audits

      A common question: will auditing the supply chain reveal issues that will prove costly and damaging? Is it best to leave as is until an issue manifests? If the last question sounds familiar then it’s definitely time to re-evaluate your approach.

      In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Asia Pulp and Paper’s Ian Lifshitz to discuss why supplier audits can tend to fall short and where improvements can prove a huge game-changer.

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      Comment Mentions:   Unilever   United Nations

    3. Why Is Big Business Missing Out On Innovation From Smaller Suppliers?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jan 23 2015)

      Why Is Big Business Missing Out On Innovation From Smaller Suppliers?

      Procurement should consider, for a moment, how much innovation is created among smaller businesses, regardless of whether they are a supplier to your business or not. Innovation is just as likely to be found in the basement of a PhD graduate’s apartment, or the laboratory of a university, or within a micro start up which is struggling to stay afloat as it is in the labs of a multinational.

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      Comment Mentions:   Unilever   European Union

    4. Gauteng govt reveals bidders for Cedar road upgrade

      Explore Engineering News (Jan 22 2015)

      Gauteng govt reveals bidders for Cedar road upgrade

      The Gauteng Provincial Treasury and the Department of Roads and Transport on Wednesday revealed the names of the 12 bidders for the Cedar road upgrade tender, which formed part of the province’s open tender pilot project.

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    5. President Zuma: SA open to business, investment

      Explore SA News (Jan 22 2015)

      South Africa remains open for business and is an attractive destination for investments despite the current energy challenges, says President Jacob Zuma.

      Addressing a business delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland, the President said some areas of the South African economy require more effort especially with regards to the energy sector.      

      “Our electricity infrastructure, for example, was never designed to serve an expanded citizenry. Last year we celebrated the expansion of electricity to 11 million households. In the past six months of the year we reached more than 100 000 homes.

      “This extension of electricity to ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Southern Africa

    6. Bring procurement early into your marketing planning

      Explore Marketing (Jan 22 2015)

      Bring procurement early into your marketing planning

      It is clear that procurement will be playing an increasing role in the marketing process.

      A World Federation of Advertisers survey done amongst marketers last year showed that in 2014, 51% of respondents said that procurement led the agency remuneration process as opposed to 2011 – where only 43% said so.

      While this initially did not sit well with agencies, who tended to oppose the cost-cutting tendencies of procurement, the trend is slowly gaining favour with marketers.

      Madhav Nayak, the marketing director for fabric conditioners – Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand – at Unilever, said that he sees procurement getting involved in ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Australia   Unilever   New Zealand

    7. Building A Culture To Support Supplier-Leveraged Innovation

      Explore Sustainable Supply Views (Jan 21 2015)

      Do you believe that your suppliers think it is worth the time and effort to bring you the innovations you are looking for to grow your business in a sustainable way? Procurement can be a key driver if the right resources, processes, incentives and metrics are established. Are you ready to engage your suppliers to unlock the value from them?

      Closer Relationship With Suppliers
      Increased competition, higher consumer expectations and shifting attitudes towards the environmental and social impact of products and services means that today, the development time is compressed, and the expected lifetime of a product is becoming ever ...

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    8. SA top renewable-energy investment destination, says global firm

      Explore Polity.org.za (Jan 20 2015)

      SA top renewable-energy investment destination, says global firm

      Despite an array of challenges ranging from labour volatility, a weakened currency and unpredictable policy, South Africa continues to lure international investment to its various renewable-energy projects, global solar group Talesun Energy VP Arthur Chien has asserted.

      “Foreign investment has helped the country achieve top status [with] renewable-energy investors [from] countries such as China, the US, Germany and Japan.

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      Comment Mentions:   Japan   South Africa   Germany

  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. 5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Oct 17 2014)

      5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      The security of the internet is an on-going concern. Whether you're online for fun, or you're conducting business, there are all manner of pitfalls you may encounter. Issues such as viruses and malware are now widely known about, but these are far from being the only security issues to concern yourself with.

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    2. MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      Explore MarketSqr (Oct 1 2014)

      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

    3. 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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    4. 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

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