Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The View from Outside-In

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

How do you compare with your peers? Are you better? Are you setting the bar higher? Are you complacent and happy with where you are currently? How does your business know if you are performing better than last year? How does the business compare your results with the rest of the world?

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Natural Selection Versus Positive Discrimination – the SME/Diversity Debate (Part 2)

Authored by Steven Low

Following on from the posting in Part 1 of this two part post, unfortunately, many organizations are stuck between two pretty distinct choices. They need the savings generated by their size and scale but also need to tell the world that they are helping small and diverse businesses in a period of continued economic instability. The financial and public sectors in particular are heavily burdened by this conundrum.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Natural Selection Versus Positive Discrimination – the SME/Diversity debate (Part 1)

Authored by Steven Low

As a buyer, it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance the needs of the organization to save money, getting the best value deals for your organization while ensuring you spend money in the local economy or with suppliers who are in the ‘diverse’ sector (typically disabled, LGBT, Women-owned businesses etc).

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Showrooming your way to strategic success...

Authored by Steven Low

Wikipedia define the process of 'showrooming' as visiting a normal basic store with the distinct objective of finding out how a product looks or feels in reality before going online to find it cheaper. This relatively new phenomenon is currently getting a lot of press as stores struggle to compete against the low overheads of an online store.

Monday, 13 January 2014

We're back! The 2014 Real World Sourcing Series

Authored by Soraya Sackey

We're back with the 2014 Real World Sourcing series in partnership with
CIPS MENA and industry experts Guy Allen and Peter Smith.

Over the course of 2014 we'll be hosting 8 free expert briefing sessions, this time 4 in Dubai and 4 in Abu Dhabi. These briefings will be chaired by senior procurement industry experts and are aimed at delivering practical experience based advice to procurement professionals. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

2014 Procurement Predictions (Part 2)

Authored by Mickey North Rizza
In my last post I started off my 2014 procurement predictions with:

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

2014 Procurement Predictions (Part 1)

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions. With it comes the quest for something better, leading to predictions of what the New Year will bring. I am no different than everyone else, so here are my Procurement predictions for 2014.