Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Kaizen – A Purchasing Mantra for 2014 (Part 2)

Authored by Marwa Aburahma

In my last post i introduced you to the Japanese term 'Kaizen' meaning “change for the better” and as promised, I'm sharing with you a story of mine from 2013 that stood out for me as a great example of Kaizen in the workplace

Monday, 24 February 2014

Kaizen – A Purchasing Mantra for 2014 (Part 1)

Authored by Marwa Aburahma

‘Kaizen’ is Japanese term meaning “change for the better”, a philosophy that sees improvement in productivity as a gradual and methodological process. Kaizen when applied to procurement encompasses both internal and external worlds of an organization or company, opening up great realms of collaboration. 


Thursday, 20 February 2014

How to Make a Bigger Impact in 2014, Part 3: Sharing Your Successes (the right way)

Authored by Mickey North Rizza
 

In our last two blog posts we outlined the changes that procurement needs to make in 2014 to make a bigger business impact. So now that you’ve followed all of our instructions and you’re seeing amazing results, what’s next?

Monday, 17 February 2014

How to Make a Bigger Impact in 2014, Part 2: The New Necessities for Procurement

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

In my previous blog post, I talked about the challenges of delivering impactful cost savings these days. In this post I’d like to explore two areas of procurement that deserve more attention in 2014, and have been proven to reap enormous benefits.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

How to Make a Bigger Impact in 2014 – Part 1: Why Procurement Needs to do More than Cost Savings

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

What is your procurement team capable of? When I ask this to my clients many of them find it surprisingly hard to answer. The truth is that we all get so caught up in our day-to-day responsibilities, that we don’t take the time to think about room for improvement or new responsibilities that we could take on.

Here are a few things that I’ve seen are often areas of improvement for procurement teams.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Risk Management in the Supply Chain & Making Spend Analysis Work

Authored by Soraya Sackey

Last week we held the first Real World Sourcing series briefings of 2014, Risk Management in the Supply Chain in Dubai and Making Spend Analysis Work in Abu Dhabi.

In many organizations, Procurement is beginning to see risk as part of their responsibilities, second only to savings. In the Dubai session we looked at identifying risk and considered how it might be treated to arrive at the best risk solution for an organization. A full room of over 60 procurement professionals joined us as industry expert Guy Allen covered the following areas: