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    1. Procurement planning for 2013: what will set the agenda for next year?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Aug 28 2012)

      Procurement planning for 2013: what will set the agenda for next year?

      The PIU are launching our newest survey. We are looking into procurement planning for 2013. In perhaps our most ambitious survey yet, we are seeking to assess planning on two levels:  For CPOs/directors and functional strategy; For category managers and sourcing strategy.

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    2. Social media and procurement – what's wrong with sourcing in public?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jul 25 2012)

      Social media and procurement – what's wrong with sourcing in public?

      Purchasing professionals are notoriously slow on the up-take on social media. Perhaps understandably for a function that is a risk advice back-office. Buyers do not require the publicity that Twitter brings, and conducting confidential commercial discussions in the public arena is considered inappropriate at best.

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      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    3. Management consulting: Ways to increase client satisfaction

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jul 2 2012)

      Management consulting: Ways to increase client satisfaction

      70% of clients who engaged consultants (including management consultants) were not fully satisfied with their project results, according to a global consulting client satisfaction study, undertaken by the RFP Company in 2011.

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      Mentions:   Germany

    4. How rare is category expertise? Do category managers have the talent?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jul 2 2012)

      How rare is category expertise? Do category managers have the talent?

      Many of our past studies indicate that category managers are one of the most important roles in procurement. But do they have the right skills and knowledge?   Our research shows that category managers have demanding jobs – occasionally even more challenging than the role of the CPO.

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      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    5. Don't be blind to your telecoms spend

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jun 26 2012)

      Don't be blind to your telecoms spend Managing telecoms spend used to be easier. The increasing diversity of services used by organisations means that they are losing track of potential savings. Companies must maintain visibility to keep costs under control. (Read Full Article)

    6. 2013 – What flavour will the future be?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jun 20 2012)

      2013 – What flavour will the future be?

      The PIU is starting its research into the future. We are asking leading procurement organisations about their 2013 plans.

      Although the extent to which companies have finalised their plans for next year varies, procurement executives seem to share a uniform gloomy outlook. But they believe that they may be able to beat the market.

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      Mentions:   Greece

    7. Public sector e-procurement; no cure for bad business

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Jun 6 2012)

      Public sector e-procurement; no cure for bad business

      On the 1 June, a UK parliamentary body published a report on a government e-procurement initiative. It argues that poor controls are increasing the risk of inappropriate or fraudulent spend. So how can organisations get the benefits of e-procurement without incurring risk?

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    8. Buyers baffled by airline charges

      Explore procurement-iu.com (May 30 2012)

      Buyers baffled by airline charges

      Managing business travel spend is becoming increasingly challenging due to the multiplication in fare types on top of new airline ancillary fees and credit card booking charges. This means that buying business travel, whether as a business traveller, in-house travel manager or external travel agent is becoming more complex.

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    9. SAP deepens it dominance: is this procurement’s fault?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (May 28 2012)

      The Procurement Intelligence Unit is in the midst of its research into Requisition-to-Pay processes, and the the findings show weaknesses of current providers. As has been reported all throughout last week, the recent takeover move by SAP of Ariba has caused considerable excitement in the procurement community. Oracle has recently moved into cloud-based applications, and this acquisition by SAP is partly a response to widen offerings.

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      Mentions:   Oracle   Ariba

    10. How can you measure value?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (May 22 2012)

      How can you measure value?

      Value creation is the next stage in procurement’s journey. The function has matured from its previous preoccupations with price and cost, and it’s now looking to make a bigger impact in business.

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      Mentions:   London   American Express

    11. R2P: Whose budget line is it anyway?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (May 14 2012)

      R2P: Whose budget line is it anyway?

      The PIU has recently closed a survey focused on the Requisition-to-Pay (R2P) process. The most interesting aspect is not what is said by respondents, but what is not said.

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      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    12. The Bribery Act and procurement – are we taking it seriously?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (May 8 2012)

      The Bribery Act and procurement – are we taking it seriously?

      It’s coming to the first anniversary of the UK Bribery Act’s introduction. The Act caused a frison of fear throughout the business industry when it was introduced. Some were frightened into introducing elaborate risk management systems, others were shocked at their company’s own exposure.

      However, two recent stories have suggested that the Act, and its effect on business, is not as great as feared.

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    13. It’s indeed a man’s world in procurement – latest salary survey results

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Apr 18 2012)

      It’s indeed a man’s world in procurement – latest salary survey results

      A recent PIU study shows that women’s salaries still very much lag behind men’s. Following from Sanna Pearson's blog, it seems as though the careers of female procurement officers cannot breach the glass ceiling.

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      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    14. Does third-party auditing have a role to play in improving working conditions in low-cost countries?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Apr 5 2012)

      Does third-party auditing have a role to play in improving working conditions in low-cost countries?

      Those of you who have been following the scandals surrounding Apple’s supply chain are probably aware of its recent decision to allow the largest investigation ever into a US company’s operations abroad.

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      Mentions:   Apple   Dell   Sony

    15. When it comes to innovation, deconstruction is the ‘new black’

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Apr 2 2012)

      When it comes to innovation, deconstruction is the ‘new black’

      Innovation: everyone is talking about it, everybody wants it. In the Procurement Intelligence Unit’s recent CPO Strategy 2012 survey “Innovation is seen as the most valuable asset procurement can deliver to the organisation [...] but there is some debate as to the best method with which to facilitate this”.

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    16. Global leaders’ latest hot topic: procurement

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 28 2012)

      Global leaders’ latest hot topic: procurement

      Procurement rarely has its moment of glory. Arguably, it never has. But international politicians are currently abuzz with the prosaic world of tenders and contracts.  The rise of procurement coincided with a recent spate of free trade agreements.

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      Mentions:   India   Pacific   South Korea

    17. Is CSR worth ditching during an economic downturn?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 16 2012)

      I recently contemplated the idea of whether it makes sense to maintain CSR initiatives throughout an economic downturn.

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      Mentions:   Apple   New York

    18. The Five Forces Driving the Green Agenda

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 12 2012)

      Taking action on environmental issues is becoming an increasingly active responsibility, as most organisations have come to realise today. Nonetheless, knowing where to start and what approaches to take remains a major challenge.

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    19. Procurement and the glass ceiling: salary survey shows anti-female bias

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 7 2012)

      Procurement and the glass ceiling: salary survey shows anti-female bias

      It is perhaps an assumed fact of purchasing life that the profession is male dominated. But is this true of senior management levels?

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    20. A Kraljic for all seasons? Relationship management tools in a crisis

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 6 2012)

      A Kraljic for all seasons? Relationship management tools in a crisis

      Is the Kraljic Matrix a panacea for all procurement ills? Is it still relevant in a crisis – or should we use other tools?  I have recently had a discussion on Twitter whether the Kraljic Matrix was still useful in a financial crisis. Fellow members of the procurement commented................

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      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    21. Looking at your interaction models for maximizing value creation

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Mar 1 2012)

      Looking at your interaction models for maximizing value creation

      At its core, business is all about people and interactions between them. However, very few organisations put interaction models at the centre of their strategic thinking or their organisational design. They should, because it is a very simple and efficient way to streamline an organisation and develop its interactions both with customers and suppliers so as to maximise value creation.

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    22. CPO Strategy 2012: In Search Of a New Role For Procurement?

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Feb 29 2012)

      CPO Strategy 2012: In Search Of a New Role For Procurement? We are now well in to 2012, and given a turbulent 2011, many are wondering what might be ahead of them. The PIU addresses some of these uncertainties in the CPO Strategy 2012 report that was recently published. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Procurement Intelligence Unit

    23. The stewardship of productive knowledge

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Feb 28 2012)

      The stewardship of productive knowledge

      Companies pay a heavy price in lost capabilities when outsourcing a function. Is this out-weighed by the savings?

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      Mentions:   IBM   Apple

    24. Nothing wrong with executives going personal on Twitter

      Explore procurement-iu.com (Feb 21 2012)

      Nothing wrong with executives going personal on Twitter

      What makes a good and reliable data source for procurement? According to our latest research, CPO Strategy 2012, one-fifth (20%) of senior procurement executives believe it is social media.

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