Vendor data and risk management: the next big question in the digitalisation of procurement

Schalk_vdMerwe_100.jpgIn order to optimise vendor ecosystems, companies consider various types of vendor-related information to determine which vendors are best suited to their supply chains. Companies, typically, limit this to information that is directly linked to quality, performance and price KPIs.

"However, an often-neglected, yet very important, element in the optimisation 'equation' is vendor company risk", says Schalk van der Merwe, Executive Head: Supply Chain Governance at data powered risk solutions provider Inoxico, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Getting and keeping supply chain's seat at the table

LauraFaulkner_100.jpgIf supply chain professionals can secure a seat at the table, it becomes easier to share insights, challenge processes, support the business and be part of strategy creation - ultimately it becomes easier to deliver value.

"Supply chain functions act as an extension of the organisation as a whole", says Laura Faulkner, CPO and Director: Supply Chain Management of financial institution Nationwide Building Society.

Professionalising the procurement profession: panel discussion at 2018 Smart Procurement World

SPW_Panel_prof_300.jpg'Professionalisation!' has long been the war cry of procurement practitioners across the globe, and not less so in South Africa, where corruption is rife and procurement is often seen as the root of all evil - the home of the so-called 'tenderpreneur'.

But what does this mean?

Optimising value with a win-win supply chain

StevenBowen_200.jpgSupply chain partners that collaborate drive continuous improvement and innovation. But getting there takes a new approach, writes Steven Bowen and Kate Vitasek.

Procurement's role in making progress on society's biggest problems

StephenWills_100.jpgMaking progress on society's biggest problems requires governments to make better use of data, involve citizens and collaborate with other sectors.

Procurement is constantly under threat. We always fight for recognition and access to full business spend. And, at the very time when we achieve acknowledgement for our contribution and procurement is widely understood, our function becomes a target.

For decades we have provided supply chain transformation projects, led group-wide savings programmes as well as developed risk and budget control policies and governance.

Yet, unlike other shared-service functions who are accepted as core business functions, we are tolerated as long as we deliver new benefits, yet challenged on our business results and KPIs. Our budgets become leaner with never-enough resources to achieve our goals. Once our skills are understood by the business, it wants to commoditise and outsource them to a systems-led provider or an inexperienced team of 'worker bees'.

Therefore, with this background of change and uncertainty, it is good to reflect upon and be upbeat about where strategic procurement leaders can contribute to society and to business, writes Stephen Wills (FCIPS, MBA), international senior procurement and supply chain expert, and former CPO in public and private business sectors (UK), in this month's SmartProcurement.

Why is the difference between direct and indirect procurement important?

EmanAbouzeid.jpgThe distinction between direct and indirect procurement was traditionally made in the context of manufacturing businesses. However, procurement disciplines have evolved more widely into the non-manufacturing sector and, accordingly, the distinction between direct and indirect procurement has broadened.

In this month's SmartProcurement, Eman Abouzeid (CSCP, CIPS), a procurement and supply chain professional with global experience, explores some of the supply chain practicalities that arise from the distinction between direct and indirect procurement.

Rising to the procurement challenge: a story of talent and technology

KumeshneeWest_100.jpgProcurement has a key role to play in driving business efficiency in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To maximise its impact, research points to the fact that investing in the skills of people, especially leadership skills, will be just as important as keeping up with advances in technology. Kumeshnee West, Director: Executive Education at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and a panellist at the recent Smart Procurement World Indaba, unpacks this topic in this month's SmartProcurement.

Prof Douglas Boateng honoured with first-ever HP SCM achievement award

DBoateng_HP_SCM.jpgDouglas Boateng, Professor of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and a member of SmartProcurement's editorial board, was presented with the first-ever Hewlett Packard (HP) lifetime SCM leadership achievement award in September.

The award recognises Boateng's role in educating policy makers, public officials and private-sector executives in Ghana about the powerful link between SCM and the United Nation's sustainable development goals.

Unchanged PMI dashes hopes that August decline was temporary

Manufacturing_150.jpgThe Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September 2018. "The latest figure dashes any hope that the sharp PMI decline in August was a once-off occurrence", said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in its monthly PMI report.

The average level of the PMI in Q3 of 2018 was 46 index points, which is the lowest average since Q3 of 2017 and 3.5 points below the average recorded in Q2 of 2018.

6 steps to optimise your procurement workforce

DougLeeby_100.jpgTo become more agile, organisations are re-evaluating their workforce strategies. Although strategists often talk about 'total workforce management', what their business functions - procurement included - need most is something much simpler: total workforce optimisation (TWO).

For most business functions, human capital is the most important asset and its largest single operating expense. It is also a constant concern for executives who fear they do not have, and cannot acquire, the right mix of top-tier talent to compete and succeed, says Doug Leeby, CEO of Beeline, which provides software solutions for sourcing and managing the extended workforce.

Join us at Smart Procurement World's Gauteng Indaba on 18 & 19 September where our panel will discuss how you attract and retain great people to work in a public sector procurement department.

Show your worth: demonstrating procurement ROI

MichaelMitchell_100.jpgBring sustainable value to the bottom line

Increasingly, procurement is being looked to for the added value it can bring to the organisational table. Furthermore, expectations are on the rise, with big data and advanced analytics driving decision making to new levels by enabling teams to generate new insights and achieve unprecedented proactive capabilities.

Demonstrating procurement's value can include many components depending on the priorities of any particular company. But, with increased reliance on cloud platform P2P solutions, showing procurement's return on investment (ROI) is a great place to start, says Michael Mitchell, Senior Content Manager at Determine, a source-to-pay enterprise contract lifecycle management solutions provider.


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