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    1. Your president needs you

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 8 2011)

      New CIPS president David Smith explains to 
Rebecca Ellinor how he plans to make procurement and supply management a career of choice for all ages. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   David Smith   CIPS   David Noble

    2. Broadening the supply base

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 8 2011)

      An examination of the changes in purchasing rules in South Africa. Public purchasers in South Africa will have to take account of new rating criteria that measures suppliers’ broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) from 7 December. The government has changed purchasing rules so that vendors will now be ranked on a much wider set of criteria – such as employment, skills development and their own employment – rather than just black ownership. The regulations now also cover those buyers working at the country’s state-owned enterprises, who will have to follow the rules. A vendor’s BBBEE score should be taken into ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   South Africa

    3. First4Skills v Northern Ireland Dept for Employment and Learning

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 8 2011)

      What happens when two bidders challenge a public contract award? The Department applied to the High Court of Northern Ireland seeking an order lifting the automatic suspension from entering into the contract, as a result of the commencement of proceedings by an aggrieved bidder. The judge said it would be inappropriate to lift the suspension when the court had declined to do so in relation to a challenge to the same procurement brought by another bidder. The court found where more than one bidder commences proceedings, the dismissal of the defendant’s application to lift the suspension in any of ... (Read Full Article)

    4. Driving 
down 
the costs

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 8 2011)

      A future of structurally higher fuel prices means managers need to take a firmly proactive approach to controlling fleet finances, says Richard Schooling. (Read Full Article)

    5. Going public

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 8 2011)

      No stranger to criticism, public sector procurement in the UK has come in for a raft of high-profile, negative reports over the years. But is this all about to change? Steve Bagshaw examines the evidence. "Procurement ain’t 
the most sexy thing, but 
look at the numbers – the numbers are sexy”, Professor Marc Day told The Times last month on the launch of the report Why public procurement is central to the UK’s economic performance… and how to transform it. Indeed, £37 billion is a ‘sexy’ sum to everybody. And that’s what the report estimates say could be ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   John Collington   Financial Times   CIPS

    6. SRM leaders reap rewards

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 6 2011)

      Leaders in supplier relationship management (SRM) are reaping all sorts of benefits, according to consultancy State of Flux. The firm’s third annual global survey, out today, quizzed 348 procurement, supply chain and SRM professionals at 274 organisations. It found that mature SRM programmes are getting tangible cost, risk, innovation and other benefits from collaborating more closely with key suppliers. Over 80 per cent of ‘SRM leaders’ (those that place their SRM initiatives in the top half of State of Flux’s maturity scale, comprising just under a quarter of the survey sample) reported cost reduction benefits. The research found ... (Read Full Article)

    7. Consultancy buyers look to cut costs

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 6 2011)

      Cost cutting is back on the agenda for consultancy buyers as a result of the uncertain economic outlook. This is the finding of the latest Sourceforconsulting.com quarterly report, released today, which tracks the buying trends of about 200 organisations with a combined annual consulting spend of around £2.5 billion. It said the threat of sovereign insolvency and a European banking crisis is forcing businesses to look at cost cutting. Ed Haigh at Sourceforconsulting.com said: “What will be interesting is to see the form cost cutting takes. Much of the easy work has probably already been done and ... (Read Full Article)

    8. Mayor's adviser grilled about savings

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 3 2011)

      The London Assembly has questioned whether Greater London Authority bodies are passing off internal efficiency savings as those achieved through shared services. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Unilever

    9. Beware of risk at lower tier suppliers

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 3 2011)

      "A high proportion of disruptions happen further down the supply chain in places many companies don't look," CIPS CEO David Noble. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   India   Unilever   China

    10. Buyers find transition to outsourcing a challenge

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 3 2011)

      ☛ Want the latest procurement and supply chain news delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for the Supply Management Daily 4 November 2011 | Angeline Albert Buyers are struggling to make the transition to outsourcing a success, according to KPMG’s 3Q11 Sourcing Advisory Pulse survey. The study quizzed shared services and outsourcing advisers from more than 20 companies including KPMG, Accenture and BT Global Services who work for client firms. They reported that buyers are showing renewed interest in shared services as a means to complement or supplant traditional outsourcing.  (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   KPMG

    11. Commonwealth Games seeks 'rare breed' of buyer

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 2 2011)

      Buyers for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will need to be able to sign a £150,000 design contract one week and a £20 million construction deal the next. Head of procurement David Brown said purchasers will need commercial and regulatory expertise in equal measure. With 993 days to go until the event in Glasgow, preparations are on schedule and under budget. So far, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is 63 per cent complete, the domestic broadcasting contract has been awarded to the BBC and 105 out of 134 contracts have been won by local businesses. But in order for the ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   London

    12. Cabinet Office issues open source procurement toolkit

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 2 2011)

      Public sector purchasers can now benefit from an open source toolkit providing guidance and encouraging the use of this software.The Cabinet Office has published an open source procurement toolkit to help public sector buyers. Open source software is distinguished by terms of use that offer certain freedoms in contrast to proprietary (licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder) software, which restricts these rights. It guarantees the right to access and modify source code and to use, reuse and redistribute the software, all with no royalty or other costs. (Read Full Article)

    13. South Africa pushes for 75 per cent local procurement

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 2 2011)

      Billions of rand will be directed to South Africa's manufacturers after public sector buyers and a large number of businesses agreed to support local suppliers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   South Africa   Namibia   Department of Trade and Industry

    14. South Africa pushes for 75 per cent local purchasing

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 2 2011)

      Billions of rand will be directed to South Africa's manufacturers after public sector buyers and a large number of businesses agreed to support local suppliers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   South Africa   Namibia   Southern Africa

    15. UK services sector growth ''sluggish at best''

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 2 2011)

      "The October PMI surveys are signaling a heightened and substantial risk that the UK could slip back into recession," Markit chief economist Chris Williamson. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   CIPS   Markit   David Noble

    16. BBC to internally broadcast cost cutting ideas

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 1 2011)

      While assigning specific savings targets to departments has stimulated competition, collaborative savings are potentially being missed, the NAO has said. (Read Full Article)

    17. BBC departments to share cost cutting ideas

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 1 2011)

      While assigning specific savings targets to departments has stimulated competition, collaborative savings are potentially being missed, the NAO has said. (Read Full Article)

    18. Wolseley steps up ethical timber efforts

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 1 2011)

      The construction materials company is strengthening controls around its timber sourcing ahead of legislative changes. (Read Full Article)

    19. Construction sector growth 'nothing to get excited about'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 1 2011)

      While the purchasing managers' index figure for UK construction reached a five-month high, sustained growth is expected to be some time away. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   CIPS   David Noble

    20. National Express on road to deliver savings

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 1 2011)

      Global positioning systems help National Express Group approach US savings target of $40 million. (Read Full Article)

    21. Complex PQQs remain SMEs' top complaint

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 31 2011)

      Latest results from the UK government's 'mystery shopper' scheme show resource-intensive pre-qualification questionnaires remain the chief grievance. (Read Full Article)

    22. Lotus and Bentley gain from UK government funding

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 31 2011)

      Local sourcing opportunities deemed to be strengthened after UK government invests £950 million in its manufacturing industry (Read Full Article)

    23. UK manufacturing PMI 'drops like a stone'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 31 2011)

      "The manufacturing PMI has now dropped like a stone to a 28-month low and officially into contraction territory," said CIPS CEO David Noble. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Asia   CIPS   David Noble

    24. Travel buying in Namibia '100 per cent clueless'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 31 2011)

      "Too much trust is placed in what travel agents say. The result is they are charging more even doubling prices charged by airlines and hotels," Monique Swart, founder of ABTA. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   South Africa   Angola   Namibia

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