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    1. Risk alignment with outsourcing suppliers is essential

      Explore (Nov 9 2011)

      Firms should talk openly to suppliers about risks in different locations. Procurement professionals and their outsourcing suppliers are unclear as to where the responsibility for risk management and due diligence lies between them, leaving both parties exposed. (Read Full Article)

    2. South Africa public works buyers blocked after improper contracts

      Explore (Nov 9 2011)

      Procurement staff in the SA public works department must have their tenders signed off by acting director-general Mandla Mabuza. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   South Africa   Department of Public Works   Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde

    3. Financial advice to SMEs is welcome but more is needed

      Explore (Nov 9 2011)

      Taking action against late payments to small-to-medium-sized enterprises would provide more assistance, said the Forum of Private Business. It has welcomed a UK government campaign promoting financial fitness among SMEs but said taking action against late payment would be more helpful. The campaign, launched today, will provide advice and support on financial management to small-to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). While the FPB said that any such assistance is “welcome news”, it pledged to increase pressure on businesses to pay on time. Alex Jackman, a senior policy adviser at the FPB, said: “It’s high-time the government put the spotlight on the ... (Read Full Article)

    4. Procurement fraud identified by local councils quadruples

      Explore (Nov 9 2011)

      While the number of cases identified has dropped, the amount of money obtained by fraudsters has greatly increased. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   China

    5. Procurement propelled to new heights

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      "Its not just business as usual, it's business as unbelievable," says AT Kearney report. The urgent need for companies in all sectors across the globe to cut costs has propelled procurement to new heights. According to the AT Kearney 2011 Assessment of Excellence in Procurement Study, published this week, 90 per cent of the 185 global companies surveyed believe the procurement function has taken on a more strategic role, actively participating in developing business strategy. The report said: “It’s not just business as usual, it's business as unbelievable.” (Read Full Article)

    6. UK Health department frees data for NHS IT buying

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      Joint initiative gives NHS trusts access to info for better IT buying: The UK Department of Health (DH) plans to make its data more transparent and available to help NHS trusts buy IT more effectively. As part of initiatives announced yesterday, DH will make more information, such as a supplier database, available to NHS commissioners and trusts to ensure their local IT buying decisions deliver greater value for money. A joint initiative with eHealth Insider (EHI) will give local commissioners and trusts access to data about IT systems and suppliers used across the NHS. Accessible via the EHI website, it ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Department of Health

    7. Classic court report: Hedley Byrne & Co Ltd v Heller & Partners Ltd (1964)

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      Is there a duty of care to prevent economic loss? Hedley Byrne was an advertising company that asked its banker for a report on the financial position of one of its clients, whom it was doing work on credit for. Hedley’s banker asked the client’s banker (Heller) for a report. Crucially, there was no contractual relationship between Hedley Byrne and Heller. Heller provided a report that was stated to be given “without responsibility” to Hedley’s bankers and showed the client to be in a strong financial position. Hedley’s bankers sent the report to Hedley, which relied ... (Read Full Article)

    8. CIPS Update - November 2011

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      Birmingham to host ceremony; Valuable rewards for Microsoft UK and Ireland; CIPS and AUPO launch new development initiative; Q&A Osborne Chidzanga, logistics officer, Save the Children; Roundup; CIPS spreads the word in Zimbabwe; Supplier awareness strong in UK nuclear industry; FCIPS event attracts record numbers for launch initiative (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   London   John Collington   David Smith

    9. Cooking up a new deal

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      What are the key criteria to consider when 
carrying out a catering contract tender? Have a clear view of the following factors to determine the most appropriate route to market: (Read Full Article)

    10. Out in the open

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      The 2008 case of Letting International v LB Newham marked a watershed in disclosure and transparency in UK public procurement practice. Several European cases emphasised the need for disclosure of criteria and weightings used to award public contracts, but Letting was the first time a UK court fully addressed the issue. In Letting, EU principles of transparency and equal treatment were held to take precedence over the commercial justifications put by Newham for non-disclosure of parts of its evaluation methodology. The court adopted a broad definition of “criterion” and held that there must be sufficient publication of what matters are ... (Read Full Article)

    11. Crossing the divides

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      Africa has a population of one billion potential new consumers set to more than double by 2050, and consumer spending is expected to hit 
US$1.4 trillion (£872 billion) by 2020. However, Africa attracts only 5 per cent of the world’s foreign direct investment. Companies are attracted by the potential lower costs in areas such as land, equipment and labour, and many international brands are already established in southern Africa, with some using these operations as springboards. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   India   European Union   Africa

    12. 5 Tips on awarding deals to SMEs

      Explore (Nov 8 2011)

      Several aspects of UK public procurement rules can be criticised for encouraging contracting authorities to award large contracts rather than smaller deals that are generally ‘SME friendly’. The rules only apply in full when the contract value is above the specified threshold. There may be a temptation to unbundle the requirement into a number of smaller contracts, each of which would be under the threshold, but the general rule on valuing public contracts states that where a contracting authority “has a single requirement for goods or services … and a number of contracts …are to be entered into to fulfill that ... (Read Full Article)

    13. Your president needs you

      Explore (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

    14. Broadening the supply base

      Explore (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

    15. First4Skills v Northern Ireland Dept for Employment and Learning

      Explore (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)

    16. Driving 
the costs

      Explore (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)

    17. Going public

      Explore (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

    18. SRM leaders reap rewards

      Explore (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)

    19. Consultancy buyers look to cut costs

      Explore (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 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 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)

    20. Mayor's adviser grilled about savings

      Explore (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

    21. Beware of risk at lower tier suppliers

      Explore (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

    22. Buyers find transition to outsourcing a challenge

      Explore (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

    23. Commonwealth Games seeks 'rare breed' of buyer

      Explore (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

    24. Cabinet Office issues open source procurement toolkit

      Explore (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)

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