6 October 2010

A difficult time for the construction industry – Enter Procurement

“Contest for tenders (in the construction industry) has become exceptionally fierce since the middle of last year” says Cees Bruggemans, Chief Economist at FNB, in his weekly economic comment column. He notes that “never before have so many civil contractors experienced lower volumes of work as in 2010. Although construction activity contracted at a somewhat […]

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Print procurement – Centralising a decentralised function

Ideas abound about the benefits of centralised procurement. So why do so many corporates struggle to achieve these benefits in the tough environment that has prevailed since 2008? Christian Bell of POINT SA, exhibiting at SmartProcurement World 2010, says that centralising a print procurement function is a good plan, not a day dream, in this

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Is global warming good for the travel business?

The planning and procurement of travel, like with any other commodity, needs to take into account many factors to optimise the buying decision. A simple starting point is to determine the sustainability of your organisation’s present travel habits, Roderick Ross, head of TravelLinck International, a travel e-sourcing support service, suggested to delegates at this year’s

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Verifying suppliers’ capabilities: Managing expenditure and service delivery within local government

With all the economic pressures facing South Africa, local municipalities are becoming increasingly focused on managing procurement expenditure. This focus has resulted in some interesting findings within procurement departments. The assumption that a supplier that quotes for a product or service is competent to supply is not always accurate, Dawn Smith, a Senior Procurement Specialist

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Strategic Sourcing: Stretching a limited financial kitty – Part 3

Dr. Douglas Boateng, SmartProcurement Editorial Board member and President of the Institute of Operations Management Africa discusses the needed shift in thinking, and subsequent adjustment in hierarchical structure, needed for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing to receive due organisation-wide recognition. In part one of this series, the concept of strategic sourcing and how

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Turning the cost of an employee into an asset to the organisation

Procurement leadership can enhance employees’ performance, who can then add value by improving supply chain performance in their organisations, leading to an improved bottom-line and sustainable profitability, Ronald Mlalazi (MCIPS), Edcation Manager at Commerce Edge Academy, tells SmartProcurement. In his 9th article for SmartProcurement’s World-Class Procurement Practice series, Mlalazi discusses how the potential for an

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Electric vehicle could spell the end of large portions of the auto supply chain

Aside from the ‘obviously disrupted’, namely the oil industry, when you analyse the effect that electric vehicles (EVs) will have on the extended automotive supply chain, it is probably in the interest of 50% of these suppliers that electric cars do not become widely adopted, writes Bernie van Niekerk, Publishing Editor of SmartProcurement and CEO

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Estimated $415-billion overspend for 2010

Manufacturers, distributors and retailers will waste some $415 billion (R2 905-billion) this year overspending on transportation, technology & telecommunications and energy, US expenditure management consultancy NPI revealed in September. NPI’s research found that poor visibility in benchmarks for pricing, terms and cost-to-serve will contribute to overspending in 2010. The research is based on trends in

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