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    1. Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      Explore Engineering News (21 hours, 6 min ago)

      Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      In support of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s vision of a “radical transformation” of the provincial public sector, Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy announced on Thursday that Provincial Treasury and the provincial Department of Transport (DoT) have agreed to pilot an open, transparent tender application process in the current financial year.

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      Comment Mentions:   Johannesburg

    2. Mining project studies on the up

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Jul 24 2014)

      The awarding of studies for potential mining projects is on the increase, says DRA CEO Paul Thomson, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the eve of his company’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations.

      The head of the 3 000-employee project house, which began in Johannesburg in 1984 in tough economic conditions not dissimilar to those prevailing now, says that DRA is currently in a recruitment phase to meet the increasing tempo of demand for its engineering and project management services.

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      Comment Mentions:   Australia   Africa   Canada

    3. Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 23 2014)

      Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation of products for government procurement. These included steel, conveyance pipes, transformers, building and construction materials and rail signalling and components.

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      Comment Mentions:   Asian   India   Brazil

    4. Top tips on procuring hotel accommodation

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jul 23 2014)

      This is the perfect time of year to review sourcing strategies and remember what an important role they play when procuring hotel accommodation. The hotel market is fragmented and highly complex which means that many companies often lack the necessary analysis tools and benchmark information needed to obtain and negotiate an efficient hotel programme.

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    5. Palladium poised for record annual high

      Explore BDlive (Jul 22 2014)

      Palladium poised for record annual high

      Palladium will reach its highest yearly price on record this year and could top that in 2015 as the expectation for lower South African output combines with a recovery in demand and doubts over Russian supply, a Reuters poll showed.

      Palladium, which has averaged $777/oz in the first half, is expected to average $805.50/oz in the full year, up more than 10% from 2013 and its highest since Reuters data began in 1984, a survey of 31 analysts and traders showed.

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      Comment Mentions:   Reuters   London   Russia

    6. Top 20 Supply Chain Management Software Suppliers

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jul 22 2014)

      The market for supply chain management (SCM) software, maintenance and services posted another year of solid growth, generating $8.944 billion in 2013, including applications for procurement software. That represented a nearly 7.4% increase over 2012 revenues, according to Chad Eschinger, vice president of supply chain with research firm Gartner (gartner.com).

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    7. How Do Leading Procurement Professionals Allocate Their Time?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jul 22 2014)

      How Do Leading Procurement Professionals Allocate Their Time?

      Alongside our usual analysis on key category and organisational plans, we are taking a concerted look at the time management of CPOs. Recent interviews with CPOs reveals, if you read between the lines, that there are many different approaches and concerns that pull CPOs in different directions, but also that, like most of us, procurement executives and managers would be more effective if they could focus their resources on key activities.

      We have seen from other surveys, most noticeably from McKinsey, how CEOs spend their time. Generally, it seems, their responsibilities are divided between many disparate activities, from strategy-setting, to ...

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    8. Minister hints at legislation review for small business

      Explore SA News (Jul 21 2014)

      Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has hinted at reviewing legislation and regulations that make it difficult for small businesses to survive.

      The minister says her department will, over the next few months, put a microscope over these regulations to see how they can be improved.

      She said this when she briefed journalists in Pretoria ahead of delivering her department’s budget vote tomorrow.

      “We will do this in consultation with all stakeholders. We will focus on creating an enabling environment for small business to grow and thrive,” she said.

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Cape Town   Jacob Zuma

  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. 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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    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      Explore MarketSqr Blog (Jan 29 2014)

      Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      We all want to be at the top of our industry. To achieve that we are today just as dependent on exceptional supplier relationships as we were fifteen years ago.  It as become a lot easier yet still only a few organisations get this right.  Consider the example of how Honda and Toyota started dominating the US auto market in the nineties.  Applying these principles are just as valid now but more achievable through the communication habits and tools at our disposal today.

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      Comment Mentions:   Toyota   Honda   Ford

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