Thursday, 30 October 2014

Managing your Purchasing Activities – Is eTendering the Answer?

Authored by Azhar Makarim & Nesmah Al Sharafi

At times being part of a large organization with a smaller procurement department often results in buyers taking on multiple tasks with very little manpower and very little time to complete them. If we think of these tasks as a shopping list, how do we usually tackle our shopping when going to the store? Personally, whenever I have long shopping list to attend to, the most efficient and time effective way of working my way through it would be to go to a store where I can find the most amount of things on my list; or even better, to stay in the luxury of my home and opt for the online shopping route!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Maximizing Sourcing Value

So, to recap – this is the 3rd briefing in the 2014 series of industry briefings. Previously we were walked through ‘Discovering Opportunities through Spend Analysis' by Majda Belghar and then Henry Shepperd discussed 'Managing your Supplier Community'.

The common category discussed in the briefings to date is Facilities Management and in this briefing we attempt to retain that link as we move on to the tendering phase and beyond.

This briefing will go into detail around what value is and the various tools available and when it's appropriate to use them.

Look out for the final briefings in the series on Managing Supplier Risk coming up in November! 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Impact of Women in Procurement

Women are still banging their heads on the glass ceiling, but is this the case for those in procurement? A widely discussed topic in the industry and now CIPS will be hosting a live panel discussion on 'The Impact of Women in Procurement’ with distinguished members of the Procurement and Supply Chain profession offering their views on the topic.

This session will be open to all and will allow attendees to pose questions to the panel.

The Impact of Women in Procurement

Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi 
Time: 18.00 - 20.30pm
No fee included, open to CIPS & Non-CIPS members


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

South African Police in Keystone Cops Style Procurement Practices

Authored by Ben Turner

As procurement professionals, we’re constantly exhorted to ensure we follow a proper, robust process in our tenders; to ensure that the contracts are ultimately awarded to the best placed supplier to deliver the service. It’s a time consuming exercise: building a robust specification, developing and signing off on an evaluation model and managing a tender process through supplier queries and site visits. However, it’s good every now and then to remind ourselves of why we do this.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

TLC - TENDER, Loving Care

Authored by Fayaz Haq

GITEX Shopper, the region’s biggest and best consumer electronics event wrapped up last week. Many power retailers and global brands took the opportunity to launch their latest and greatest products; the iPhone 6 being no exception.

Coming back to work this week, discussions around the office were clearly focused on technology…probably post-GITEX fever, as they say. A couple of colleagues were proudly showing off their iPhone 6’s which gave me the opportunity to probe them on their reasons for willingly dishing out over $1,000 to purchase one. The first person raved about how the iPhone 6 was so much bigger (yet thinner), so much more powerful (yet having a better battery life) with the most stunning HD display than ever before…and then repeated himself by mentioning everything in an almost perfectly reverse sequence. And that was it! “Reaaaaally?,” I thought to myself. It almost felt like one of Sir Jony Ive’s videos. I remember thinking, “well, isn’t the basic premise of a brand introducing a new model to be better than its predecessor?” So some product upgrades and marketing gimmicks were sufficient for this person to happily spend their money.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Get On the Same Page with External Stakeholders - Part 2

Authored by Mickey North Rizza

This is the second blog in our new series called “Get on the Same Page” where we discuss tips, techniques and benefits of better aligning with the groups of people that procurement comes into contact with every single day. Stay tuned and let us know what challenges you’re facing!

Procurement teams are stressed – this isn’t news to anyone. Budgets and employees are stretched thin, and procurement can barely look up from their to-do list without something else being added on. With all of this commotion, relationships and communication with external stakeholders, such as customers and investors, often get cast to the wayside, causing a vicious cycle of even more stress and chaos.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Connecting the Dots- Managing your spend

Authored by Varun Pandey


Combining different procurement process together to visualize and realize savings has proven to have higher ROI both in terms of revenue and procurement department performance.