8 August 2018

Using big-data analytics to drive forward business value in procurement – Part 1

A conversation with Walter Charles, Chief Procurement Officer, Biogen. Walter Charles’ global procurement teams support billions of dollars in annual purchases. Having spent decades at Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson, and now Biogen, Charles provides keen insight into the state of procurement today as well as how big data analytics is disrupting the landscape […]

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Ronald Mlalazi (FCIPS) appointed MD of Commerce Edge

Commerce Edge South Africa has announced the appointment of Ronald Mlalazi (FCIPS) as their new Managing Director. He succeeds Bernie van Niekerk, who, after 18 years leading the business, will now focus on Commerce Edge’s international business expansion. Mlalazi joins Commerce Edge‘s team of country heads from Australia, Africa outside of SA, and soon-to-be-established USA.

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Municipal materials management may require a counter-intuitive purchasing approach

Ensuring that the right quality of an item is ordered and delivered may seem like a fairly obvious responsibility. However, doing so in practice requires a fairly sophisticated understanding of market conditions and user requirements, which, like many organisations, municipal departments do not possess. “There is a higher probability of generating measurable savings if municipal

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Good governance + accountability = long-term socio-economic development

Local government procurement practitioners need to recognise the inextricable link between good governance, accountability and long-term socio-economic development, says Prof. Douglas Boateng. Many people on the entire African continent are frustrated and angry. High unemployment, almost stagnant economic growth, poor quality service delivery, a decreasing standard of living, and limited resources for infrastructure upgrades, are

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Can corporate procurement help create the next generation of entrepreneurs?

Nearly half of the 10 million students that graduate across Africa each year, are unable to get jobs. One of the only ways to bring down those numbers in a sustainable way is to create an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs to not only start businesses, but to continue to run and maintain them. As

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Skills and characteristics of a successful global procurement manager

Call it ‘purchasing’, ‘procurement’, ‘supply management’ or ‘sourcing’, the role of procurement within organisations is changing significantly. Purchasing departments are, at last, moving from reactive to proactive, responding to management’s demand that they add value to an enterprise rather than retain their traditional role as cost centre. Consequently, the procurement manager of today needs to

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July PMI reaches 51.5 − manufacturing “off to a good start” in Q3

The seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 51.5 index points in July, up from 47.9 in June. The current level is comfortably above the neutral 50-point mark and is supported by four out of five key sub-components being in positive terrain. “This suggests that the manufacturing sector got off to a good start

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