Thursday, 27 June 2013

Food Service Directors Rally for Common Supply Chain Data Management

Authored by Fayaz Haq

The Food Service Directors’ Group (FSDC), a new group of leading food manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and operators, is calling for trading partners to adopt a unique set of ID numbers in an attempt to clean up the industry's supply chain data.

The FSDC says there are three drivers for this initiative:

Monday, 24 June 2013

Supply Chain Transparency in the Land Down Under: “Track my MACCA”

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

In a revolutionary move, McDonald’s in Australia has introduced an iPhone app that allows consumers to track to the source of their purchased burgers, chicken, fish or buns. The “Track My Macca’s” app (“Macca” being Australia’s moniker for McDonald’s) gives the consumer the ability to learn more about ingredient sources and their suppliers by simply scanning a QR code located on the product packaging.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Procurement Looks to Service Professionals for Help with Negotiations

Authored by Mike Roberts

Recently, at the Procurecon Marketing Conference, Steve Lightfoot - communications procurement manager for the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), spoke about the importance of procurement teams learning about the marketing and advertising business.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Launch of the Tejari Industry Briefings - Running Successful eAuctions

Authored by Soraya Sackey

Tejari is delighted to be hosting a series of free web based briefings over the next three months. The briefings will be streamed from a virtual briefing room, so there's no need to venture out into the hot summer sun as you can access these briefings from the comfort of your office!

So what can you expect?

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3 Online Briefings 
Procurement and Supply Management Professionals
The first briefing, Running Successful eAuctions, will go live on the 1st July 2013 and will cover: What is an eAuction, how you go about planning an eAuction, how to execute an eAuction, and what results you can expect from running an eAuction. 
The next briefing, Best Practices in Programme and Process Management for procurement opens in August, and the season ends in September with The True Picture: Visibility through Contract Management. 

Pre-register to join the briefings here

Once you've registered, you'll immediately enter the virtual briefing room and the first briefing will go live on 1st July 2013. We'll make sure we let all registered attendees know as soon as the briefing is live.

We hope you can join the briefings and please do let us know if you'd like to see any further briefing topics covered in 2013.


Monday, 17 June 2013

Top Discipline for Procurement to Achieve Value Contribution Excellence

We have noted the top 16 disciplines in alphabetical order that must be embedded in the business for Procurement to achieve value contribution excellence. We want your vote as to what you consider the top 4 disciplines and finally your top discipline for Procurement to achieve value contribution excellence.

The top 4 choices will be on the blog in a weeks time. We will then ask for a vote on the Number 1 discipline for Procurement to achieve value contribution excellence.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Hoping for a Crystal Ball

Authored by Steve Balding

In my career I’ve been lucky enough to meet many really good procurement practitioners. Just like any profession, their experiences informs their opinions.

Ask them the question, “What’s the one thing you’d change in your job” and you’ll hear a common response: “Gain earlier engagement from the Business, they leave it too late to ask for our support, then we can’t deliver it to their timescale”.

I agree, it doesn’t matter how good the Procurement process is, if the Business areas don’t engage with the team, it becomes impossible to deliver the best commercial arrangement, and this is always the procurement team's fault!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Critical Players for Supply Chain Success

Authored by Pete Hodgkinson 

A recent survey conducted by CIPS and Supply Management reports that 86.2% of purchasers think regulators don’t have a sufficient understanding of the supply chain industry, and even worse, only 13.8% have confidence in them. These are numbers that we hear all too often in this industry.

Without a practitioner-based deep understanding of the issues affecting supply management, regulators cannot provide the necessary oversight and guidance to avoid and resolve supply-chain crises, like the horse meat scandal, that can then impact the entire business - especially marketing and sales. However, 35.8% of the survey respondents said that they felt their CEO and/or board, does not engage with the procurement function on risk management strategy. An even scarier statistic; 46.8% of respondents did not have a risk strategy along the whole supply chain.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Supplier Challenges

Authored by Claire Sexton

Reluctantly I am writing a short post which is actually a bit of a moan....however it is a moan that I am sure plenty in the procurement world will identify with; the subject being - supplier challenges.

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Real World Sourcing Scholarship – We’re Fully Funded!

After the success of the first briefing in the series on Making Spend Analysis Work & Taking on a New Category, with over 50 of the industry’s top procurement professionals attending, we are very excited to see what the next briefing has in store for us. Now we’re in the lead up to the next briefing we have more great news as we are pleased to announce that the Real World Sourcing Scholarship had now been entirely funded for the remainder of 2013, which means we can now offer free places to attend for our procurement community.
We’re very passionate about learning and education for procurement professionals in the industry which is why we’ve set up the scholarship, which is available to delegates attending the briefings; they simply complete the online quiz at the end of each briefing to have the opportunity to win the Real World Sourcing Scholarship - 10,000 AED to be used towards any procurement specific training.