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- Is category management delivering sustainable savings? | by Mark Webb
- Procurement’s night of celebration | by Kate Ferreira
- Skip these tender traps | by Kate Ferreira
- 7 scary moments when building e-sourcing projects | by IASTA blog
- Can we have more understanding workplaces? | by Dr Gerhard van Rensburg
- Getting fired as a customer
- New ideas for improving contract management | by Wessel Pieters
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- Crafting Performance-Based Contracts | by Tim Cummins
- Get to grips with Contract Management | by Kate Ferreira
Despite the virtues of the global economy, production has now outstripped planetary boundaries and the environment is now contending with mass-scale pollution. Decades of effort focused on sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives have struggled to make a difference. One area that could have a significant impact on our sustainability is how we think about “goods” and what constitutes a modern supply chain.(Read Full Article)
THE importance of public-private partnerships is a prevalent theme of the National Development Plan. Such a partnership is already taking place at the very highest level between business and government with dedicated task teams working behind the scenes to tackle difficult issues of the NDP, says Leslie Maasdorp, CEO of education group Advtech who is extensively involved in the process.
Progress is slow, concedes Cas Cavoodia in a presentation in August. Cavoodia, as acting head of Business Unity SA (Busa), is co-ordinating business’ engagement with government.(Read Full Article)
EACH year Pick n Pay procures about R40bn of fresh-food products from South African suppliers, David North, the group executive of strategy and corporate affairs at the retailer, said on Wednesday.
Retailers are constantly striving for balance between having world-class global offerings without compromising local procurement responsibilities. Like consumers elsewhere in the world, South African customers prefer to buy a food product if it is produced locally.(Read Full Article)
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reiterated on Tuesday that the procurement of goods that conform to local content requirements was not just a recommendation for State entities but a legal requirement.
During a Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry briefing, he noted that all organs of State were obligated to procure goods that were on the designated list and that conformed to local content requirements.(Read Full Article)
When it comes to driving compliance and adoption of your new P2P system by your supplier base, you really don’t have any control at all. Suppliers are usually overlooked in this process, but the supplier represents half the transaction, and can easily say no to your new system.(Read Full Article)
There is no denying the value that small and minority-owned suppliers offer to businesses but securing that value has proved to be trickier for procurement.(Read Full Article)
New platforms are evolving that allow companies to verify and monitor their suppliers for conflict minerals and human rights abuses. Source Intelligence’s CEO explains how his platform works and is evolving.(Read Full Article)
Supply chain and logistics software and technology provider JDA Software Group Inc. and technology bellwether IBM announced last week they are collaborating to provide shippers with an integrated omni-channel supply chain that will enable shippers to make smart real time sourcing decisions and provide customers with the best buying experience possible(Read Full Article)
South Africa plans to spend $2.2-billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising.
Speaking at a manufacturing plant of drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the government aims to buy three quarters of the drugs from local manufacturers.(Read Full Article)
Does your procurement/supply management department have a truly strategic role in your company? Does it get invited EARLY on new initiatives, new projects, acquisition evaluations, new plant sites, etc.? Or, is your department generally involved at the stage when some paperwork needs to be taken care of?(Read Full Article)
The modern workplace is characterised by all sorts of conflict. The extent of operational demands on the employer and employee is ever increasing. Traditionally competitors were confined to a limited and easily identifiable group. However, as it is often mentioned by very important persons, ‘The world has become a global village’, or words to that effect.
Writer’s limited grasp of ‘the global village’ argument, which apparently has its roots in scientific research and findings by renowned economists, is that companies compete internationally for a slice of the ever shrinking proverbial cake.
As a consequence and in order to remain ...(Read Full Article)
Want to know how to make stakeholder management a lot easier? Develop some stakeholder empathy.
Yes, I know what you’re saying to yourself: "There’s no place in business for something as mushy as empathy. And besides, it’s hard to identify with other functions with outlooks so different from mine." Well, maybe they’re not so different.
I thought of that recently when I stumbled across a research study from 2013. Its title is "The Mind of the Engineer," and it blows away some common misconceptions about the folks who design the products that bring revenue to companies ...(Read Full Article)
If you're in some parts of South Africa, power outages will no longer prevent you from accessing your much needed cash. BusinessTech has reported that ATM Solutions, a company that provides and operates retail ATMs, has installed what it believes to be the first solar powered ATMs in South Africa at a number of sites in Mpumalanga.(Read Full Article)
ONE of the country’s most experienced corporate leaders, Mark Lamberti, says South Africa’s problems are structural, not cyclical — and turning things around will take time.
The CEO of Imperial Holdings, the R100bn-a-year logistics and industrial services company, is determined to be optimistic about South Africa’s chances no matter what — and walks out of dinner parties if the talk is too downbeat.
But, he says, urgent action is required. If the government does not “hammer away” at the National Development Plan(Read Full Article)
Software Advice recently posted the results of its Key Priorities for Ethical Supply Chains Industry View 2014 that discussed the results of two surveys distributed to over 1,100 consumers. The findings are interesting, generally indicative of the current state of affairs, but, as far as SI is concerned, specifically off, though not due to any fault of Software Advice or the methodology employed by the researcher. What do we mean? Read on.(Read Full Article)
Supply chain professionals are "masters of the universe" because of the growing importance of their role in firms, says Huw Waters, supply chain director at Procter & Gamble.(Read Full Article)
UK-based Future Purchasing is a specialist procurement consultancy. This month they published the results of their 2014 global survey in Category Management, which shows that there are massive improvements still to be made in this area.(Read Full Article)
The who’s who of African procurement descended on the Premier Hotel OR Tambo on 30 October for the CIPS Pan African Procurement Awards 2014. The prestigious annual event is run by The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and in association with State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF).(Read Full Article)
Thandi Marah has worked at Eskom for 18 years and been in supply chain for over a decade, but she fell into procurement by default, she jokes. “Sometimes(Read Full Article)
organisations struggle with succession planning. My boss at the time left and they didn’t know what to do, and I was there and able to step in..."
Your working life might not be a bed of roses but it shouldn’t be a waking nightmare either. Thankfully, we can learn from our own mistakes and those of others, as the sourcing function and its practioners continue to professionalise. Avoid the following pitfalls to keep e-sourcing project nightmares at bay.
Take a moment to consider your own behaviour and what drives it: Do you sometimes behave at work in ways that you later regret, thinking ‘where did that come from’? Isn’t it more common to hear unsympathetic remarks about others than forgiving ones?(Read Full Article)
A procurement boss’ time is at a premium but by placing themselves at arms-length of day-to-day procurement negotiations they stand a chance to focus on more strategic issues, give their team a confidence boost and help work through any impasses.
It may sound like sacrilege to a weathered procurement professional but perhaps one of the most effective things you can do as a CPO during supplier negotiations is to remove yourself from the day-to-day process of it.
The challenge of generating high-quality leads looms large in front of business-to-business marketers today. 78% of B2B marketers say lead generation is their biggest challenge. Just like any other large problem, the best way to address this is to break the process down into bite-size pieces rather than trying to digest it all at once. You need to develop a lead generation process, and support it with robust systems and the right people in the right places.(Read Full Article)
Think of the exorcist: I bet what you come up with is a far cry from the corporate world of suits and boardrooms. But when we talk of a function undergoing somewhat of a transformation, the strange parallels become clear.
80% of banks now partner with current suppliers for innovation, according to the latest Innovation in Retail Banking study, put together by Efma and Infosys, and the growing presence of start-up partnerships in the supply chain is now well documented.