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    1. Bill proposes social considerations for public buyers

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 29 2011)

      Contract award decision would have to take account of "social value", under a legislative proposal. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Parliament

    2. Procurement hub illuminates savings for Manchester authorities

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 28 2011)

      A framework agreement for street lighting services is expected to save £600,000 a year for public bodies in Greater Manchester. (Read Full Article)

    3. Good data the key to effective spend analysis

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Consistency and quality of information is vital to reap the benefits of spend management. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   CPO Agenda

    4. Supplier collaboration boosts NHS Supply Chain sustainability

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Efforts to reduce packaging on examination gloves cuts carbon emissions and waste. NHS Supply Chain has cut carbon emissions and waste by working with suppliers to reduce the packaging on examination gloves. The organisation, which provides purchasing and logistics services to the NHS, said it had asked suppliers to review their packaging to take advantage of new EU standards for gloves. Changes to the EN standard for gloves means suppliers can now manufacture thinner gloves that allow more to be included in a pack and cut packaging, while still offering protection to clinical users. This has enabled NHS Supply Chain ... (Read Full Article)

    5. Government cuts procurement card spend by £45 million

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Guidelines and tougher controls on card use credited for reduction in purchases. Details of purchases of more than £500 were published yesterday, and the department said the lower spending was a result of fewer purchases being made, rather than purchases being made by other means. “The reduction in the use of the GPC is following on from the fact that new guidance has been introduced on how and where to use the card,” a Cabinet Office spokeswoman told SM. “We've limited first class travel for example and we've put in more stringent controls.” She added the guidance was ... (Read Full Article)

    6. Ariba and Hubwoo report revenue rises

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 27 2011)

      New contract wins boost rival e-procurement providers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Ariba   Quadrem

    7. Glasgow 2014 procurement chief: early talks key to local business benefits

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 26 2011)

      With 1,000 days to go until the start of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, SM speaks to its head of procurement, David Brown. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   London   Scotland   Adam Leach

    8. Peugeot Citroën asks suppliers to dual source

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 26 2011)

      The strategy is in response to disruptions experienced after the Fukushima earthquake earlier this year. (Read Full Article)

    9. Police investigate purchasing with private sector

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 26 2011)

      Forces in Surrey and the West Midlands are exploring the possibility of purchasing non-frontline goods and services with business. (Read Full Article)

    10. Big business 'can learn respect' from micro firms

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 26 2011)

      Campaigners argue micro business owners appreciate the critical impact of cash flow and aim to source locally - two practices that should be copied on a larger scale. (Read Full Article)

    11. Scottish government calls for EU procurement reform

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 25 2011)

      The government wants freedom to use procurement 'more intelligently'. The news comes as MEPs vote in favour of the principle of changing public purchasing regulations. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   European Union   Scotland

    12. MEPs vote to simplify public procurement rules

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 25 2011)

      The European Parliament has adopted a report on modernising public procurement and has voted for simplified and flexible public procurement rules to be adopted across Europe. The European Parliament has adopted a report on modernising public procurement, which sets out proposals for revising EU rules on contracts. Green MEP Heide Rühle, who drafted the report, wants public procurement rules to be revised to ensure greater legal certainty because many EU member states have faced legal disputes over tendering processes, which has led to increased costs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Parliament

    13. BAT on track for £800m savings

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 25 2011)

      Tobacco firm says it is well on way to deliver savings three years into a five-year plan. In a statement to shareholders, released today, the company said: “The group continues to improve its operating margin by addressing the cost base through factory rationalisation, systems standardisation and productivity savings.” A spokeswoman for the company said that the cost efficiency drive is part of a five-year plan to make savings of £800 million. She explained that the company is currently three years into the initiative and on track to deliver the savings. (Read Full Article)

    14. Best Buy Europe tackles suppliers' criticisms

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 25 2011)

      Electronics retailer takes steps after SRM conference highlights supplier concerns. Best Buy Europe (BBE) is working to collaborate with its suppliers and engage with them more. This was one of three chief areas of improvement raised at a supplier conference organised by the electronics retailer’s newly created supplier relationship management (SRM) team. The other areas were that BBE could share information more and work with suppliers to find value-for-money solutions. (Read Full Article)

    15. Best Buy Europe tackles suppliers' feedback

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 25 2011)

      Best Buy Europe (BBE) is working to collaborate with its suppliers and engage with them more. This was one of three chief areas of improvement raised at a supplier conference organised by the electronics retailer’s newly created supplier relationship management (SRM) team. The other areas were that BBE could share information more and work with suppliers to find value-for-money solutions. Hannah Gough, supplier relationship manager for corporate services, said BBE – which includes the Best Buy UK and Carphone Warehouse brands – is meeting strategic suppliers next month to see “what the next steps for SRM should be within the next ... (Read Full Article)

    16. Buyers 100 per cent in favour of helping each other

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 24 2011)

      All those who responded to the latest SM poll said they would be willing to help a peer at another organisation. Those surveyed said the benefits of helping one another include making better use of resources, learning from past experiences, exploring potential collaborative opportunities and identifying new ways of working. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   CIPS   Ellis Watson

    17. Funding of NHS Supply Chain ''at odds'' with efficiency

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 24 2011)

      "The contract allows it [NHS Supply Chain] to charge trusts a percentage of the equipment purchase price, providing little incentive to negotiate lower prices," PAC report. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Margaret Hodge   Committee of Public Accounts   Department of Health

    18. Purchasers sought for green buying award

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 24 2011)

      Sustainable City Awards seek contenders in the procurement category to demonstrate what they have done to consider the social, economic or environmental impacts of purchasing and supply chain decisions. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   London

    19. Wal-Mart: 'more buying conditions would breach WTO rules'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 24 2011)

      The US retailer has said South Africa's courts have no right to impose further conditions of local procurement upon it followings its merger with Massmart. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Walmart   South Africa   World Trade Organisation

    20. SCM moves up manufacturers' agenda

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 23 2011)

      ...but less than a third are on their way to being world-class at it, according to a study. However, the study, which surveyed 824 manufacturers, found that despite its increasing importance just 29.4 per cent believe they are at or progressing towards world-class SCM status. Referring to the disparity, the report said: “The execution gap represents a substantial barrier to long-term success for US manufacturing.” (Read Full Article)

    21. LOCOG to create 30,000 new jobs through its supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 22 2011)

      Contracts for 2012 Olympic Games services will boost employment in London, say organisers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   London   Brazil   CIPS

    22. UK Government expects £1.4 billion savings from IT strategy

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 21 2011)

      The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), published yesterday by the Cabinet Office, explained how the government’s IT Strategy, launched in March 2011, will be achieved and contains specific delivery dates. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “In August we announced that we had already saved the public purse £300 million by applying greater scrutiny to our ICT expenditure. And now we are going even further and [saving] even more money.” (Read Full Article)

    23. Debenhams chief wants supply chain flexibility

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 21 2011)

      "We will continue to run the business with tight management of costs and stocks, retaining as much flexibility as possible in the supply chain," CEO Michael Sharp. (Read Full Article)

    24. Procurement is about instilling a ''cost conscious culture''

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 20 2011)

      That was the view of Patrick Dunne, group procurement and property director at Alliance Boots, at last nights CPO Agenda Question Time-style debate. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   SAP   CPO Agenda

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