Invoicing & Payment,
Spend Analysis & Benchmarking,
Supplier Relationship Management,
B2B Social Media: Online Supply Communities, Open Innovation, SM B2B Marketing, SM Customer Driven Support
Industry Groups: Construction, Defence & Aerospace, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing & Automotive, Public Sector, Resources, Retail & CPG/FMCG, Utilities
Categories / Commodities: Business Travel, Capital Equipment, Construction & Building, Electronic & High Tech, Fuels & Lubricants, Managed Print Services, Marketing & Advertising, Metals & Minerals, Office Suppliers, Services Procurement, Transport & Logistics
Procurement People: Careers, Leadership, People on the move, Talent Management
- Bespoke Sponsors Students - Contract Management Event
- The Changing Role of the CPO | by Elaine Porteous
- Most Direct Way to Improve Procurement Performance | by Paul Radziwill
- Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? | by Sharon King
- Giving SMEs a Foot In the Door | by Gareth Palmer
- Are your priorities up the creek? | by Sharon King
- Supplier Opinion Surveys: How to use them | by Andrew C. Hillman
- Supplier Conditioning - a soft tool for SRM | by Elaine Porteous
- What’s the most important aspect of EQ? | by Sharon King
- Fundamentals of Supplier Opinion Surveys | by Andrew C. Hillman
Cape-based engineering, procurement and construction company Sustainable Power Solutions and its subcontractor Renen Renewable Energy Solutions have completed the installation of a R17-million, 1 MW single-rooftop grid-tied solar plant on the roof of floorcovering manufacturer Belgotex’s factory, in Pietermaritzburg.(Read Full Article)
One of the most interesting phenomena of social science is the power of group decision making. Social science has few well evidenced and proven laws, but the ‘wisdom of crowds’ is one of the few. This relies on the principle that multiple people generally make better decisions collectively than one person. This phenomenon is present throughout societies, with democracy being the obvious example.
Read more… 658 more words
The decision is taken – let’s go for a p2p-system roll-out to ensure control and business agility. There are numerous decisions to make that relates to both suppliers and buyers. And how do you prove an effect? At S2P Summit 2014 Tommy Nielsen, Source 2 Pay Global Programme Director at AstraZeneca invites you to join a discussion about benefit realization. There simply are no quick fixes and no answers that relates to all- At S2P Summit there are no true answers given, but a lot of experiences that together can form a path forward.
Tommy invites you to discuss:
Benefit ...(Read Full Article)
In an unusual move, the eThekwini Municipality intends to extend its contract with a liquidated company that has been operating the city’s parking meter system. This is according to papers before the Durban High Court in an application for extended powers brought by liquidators Johannes Muller and Hussan Goga, who are handling the affairs of Emtateni Logistics.
Judge Gregory Kruger granted an order which extends the liquidators’ powers and enables them to continue the contract with the city.(Read Full Article)
State-owned power utility Eskom’s eta Awards this week unveiled exceptional efforts by South Africa’s individuals, students, companies and other institutions in energy efficiency initiatives to reduce strain on the national grid. The eta Awards, initially established 20 years ago to create awareness and encourage action in the energy efficiency field, sought to recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency.
INNOVATION(Read Full Article)
Welding solutions specialist Shield Technologies was the winner of Innovation category with its weld spatter product – Spatter Guard HT Plus – which reduced the amount of spatter caused when welding. Energy intensive methods, such as manual grinding and needle ...
For years now procurement departments across the world have been facing the challenge to reduce costs, do things quicker, source more locally, support SMEs and become more sustainable. When a much-heralded technology like 3D printers comes along, you might well ask if it can solve some of these challenges. Well potentially yes, but it also brings risk too, raising difficult questions around intellectual property and liability.
According to Google trends 3D printers reached the maximum 100% in interest in May 2013; suddenly the world has woken up to the possibilities of 3D printing and certain industries will have given the ...(Read Full Article)
In its single-largest contract for services or goods to date, freight logistics group Transnet has announced the awarding of a five-year, R15.5-billion fuel supply deal to nine black and women-owned companies.
Following a “rigorous, open and public” bidding process overseen by a committee of the board of directors, Afric Oil, Borutho Gas Supply, Gulfstream Energy, KZN Oils, Mzumbe Oil, NRW Trading & Logistics, Tlhokaina 21, Women Of Africa Fuels & Oils and Yem Yem Petroleum were contracted to service the parastatal’s fuel requirements over the next half-decade.
Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said ...(Read Full Article)
Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has completed its acquisition of Procurian, a leading provider of procurement business process solutions. The acquisition, originally announced on Oct. 3, 2013, further enhances Accenture’s capabilities in procurement business process outsourcing (BPO) across a range of industries including manufacturing, consumer goods, high-tech and financial services, and adds key analytics capabilities and technology assets.
Through the acquisition, Procurian’s approximately 780 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, India, China and Brazil have joined Accenture.
“With the acquisition complete, we look forward to integrating Procurian’s deep strategic sourcing category expertise, advanced analytics capabilities and ...(Read Full Article)
Telecommunications group Telkom has appointed Ian Russell chief procurement officer, with effect from February 1, as it continues to strengthen its top leadership team. This follows the recent appointment of Len de Villiers as chief information officer and Enzo Scarcella as chief marketing officer. Telkom noted that it was still in the process of recruiting a chief technology officer.(Read Full Article)
THE Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which owns and operates Metrorail, has finalised the award of its biggest signalling contract yet to Germany’s Siemens.
The R2.7bn contract to upgrade signalling systems on Gauteng’s passenger rail network was signed on Wednesday, according to a statement from Prasa, and is expected to improve train punctuality and safety, and help provide better controls and capacity management.(Read Full Article)
The number of countries deemed to be an “extreme risk” for human rights abuses has increased by 70 per cent since 2008. According to Maplecroft’s Human Rights Risk Atlas, the number of countries in the category has risen from 20 to 34.
Countries that have seen the worst deterioration in their human rights since 2008 include war-torn Syria, which is ranked at number one out of 197 nations, Egypt, Libya, Mali and Guinea-Bissau.
The key emerging economies of Nigeria, India, the Philippines and Indonesia have also dropped into the worst category. MENA and other African countries account for the ...(Read Full Article)
A campaign has been launched in South Africa to encourage consumers and firms to buy locally produced goods and services. Buy Back SA, backed by the South African government’s Department of Trade and Industry and including a TV ad fronted by the actor John Kani (see below), calls on purchasing departments to “reconsider procurement channels”.
Francois Boshoff, creative director at marketing agency The Volcano Group that developed the campaign with The Manufacturing Circle, said: “If people could stop and consider even for a moment the impact of that single imported goods purchase, then the first phase of this campaign ...(Read Full Article)
Perceived levels of corruption in South Africa remain high, according to the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), released on Tuesday. Published by the global organisation Transparency International (TI), it ranks South Africa 72nd out of 177 countries, with a score of 42. The CPI measures perceived levels of public sector corruption, ranking countries on a scale from nought to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Last year, South Africa scored 43.(Read Full Article)
A methodology for properly classifying information risk is the first rule of designing an effective supplier assurance programme. It may sound obvious but in practice not many organisations do it. Fewer still do it well. But unless your programme is based on a clear understanding of the value of the information you have stored, along with your regulatory obligations, it is very easy to end up with a one-size-fits-all approach that treats every supplier the same.(Read Full Article)
Procurement has been faced with fundamental changes of the business environment over the last few years and from my point of view there is one decisive factor to turn trends into opportunities: people.
The transformation from a traditional purchasing department to a modern service unit requires a radical change of style and mindset. Experienced managers charged with the restructuring of a company’s procurement operations are aware of that hurdle and start their job by determining who of the staff is able and willing to support the endeavor and who is not.(Read Full Article)
South Africa's Purchasing Managers Index rose to 52.4 in November from 50.7 in October as producers recovered from strikes in the car-manufacturing sector, a survey showed on Monday. Survey sponsor Kagiso Tiso Holdings said the outlook for the manufacturing sector was positive with most of the components of the index rising in November.
The employment category hit its highest level so far this year, highlighting producers' optimistic outlook for the next few months.(Read Full Article)
Japanese motor giant Toyota is set to make a major investment in its Durban manufacturing plant in Prospecton as it gets ready to start production of its new generation Corolla for the South African and export markets.
The head of Toyota South Africa Motors, Johan van Zyl, hinted about the investment this week on the company’s production of its millionth locally manufactured Corolla which rolled off the Prospecton production line last week.
But, Toyota South Africa officials were tight lipped yesterday about the investment plan, which they said would be announced only in January.
CELL C has entered into a deal that will result in the launch of a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) to create a platform for new entrants in the cellphone industry. MVNE provides business infrastructure solutions and services to mobile virtual network operators (MVNO).
MVNOs piggyback on other operator’s networks to provide mobile services. The deal with Comverse and Mirage Telecom will enable companies such as banks or retailers to sell their own branded mobile data and voice products and services to customers. This will further stimulate competition, investment and provide further choice for consumers. As part of the ...(Read Full Article)
Corruption and bribery is costing developing countries up to $40 billion (£24.5 billion) each year and is the “thief of economic and social development”.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) believes corruption is the “single greatest obstacle” to development globally and firms must take a “zero tolerance attitude”. UNODC said: “Companies need to take a zero tolerance attitude towards corruption and put policies in place covering issues such as gifts, supply chains and whistleblowers.”
Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UNODC, told a conference of the UN Convention against Corruption in Panama City a “robust and ...(Read Full Article)
"I’ve seen few companies that would invest the time and trust in developing such strategic relationships with their suppliers but the ones that do, realise long-term sustainable business benefits.” Given the last statement from Santosh Nair of GEP regarding an organisation’s ability to identify, cultivate and then ultimately sustain the strategic relationship developed between a buying organisation and a supplier, is one for close scrutiny and consideration.
In order to reach its maximum effectiveness and benefits between two companies, innovation must be rooted in agreed executive working principles, shared responsibilities, open transparency, shared risk/reward and finally commitment ...(Read Full Article)
Britain has suspended direct aid to Malawi over a multi-million pound corruption scandal which has seen ministers close to President Joyce Banda implicated in fraud and the attempted murder of a whistleblower(Read Full Article)
Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .(Read Full Article)
More than eight out of 10 firms say category management is a top priority for procurement, a survey has revealed. Future Purchasing’s Category Management Study found 85 per cent of companies thought category management was a top-three priority.
However, just 2 per cent rated their use of category management as excellent, with a quarter of respondents describing themselves as “leaders” and the rest as “followers”.
The study revealed that a fifth of followers, defined as those who described the level of category management in their organisation as basic or improving, had no measure of savings. This compared with leaders ...(Read Full Article)