How to Run a Purchasing Department


Having grown sufficiently, you may find your SME business now has the need for a dedicated purchasing manager – and perhaps even a purchasing department. So if you’re a business owner who is wondering how to run a purchasing department, then check out our practical guide below.

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit 2015

Supply Chain Movement

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit 2015. The first UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. This unique one-day forum is organised with Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), providing senior executives with a strategic view of the impact of their procurement and supply chain operations on the environment and society as a whole.


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SIG Webinar on Procurement Analytics and Innovative Data Leveraging

Supply Chain View from the Field

The webinar will also include Howard Richman, a colleague I have known for many years, first at Merck, and now working at Citrix as their Chief Procurement Officer. Also joining us will be Michael O’Leary, Director of Procurement Solutions at IBM. I emphasied to Alex that I had seen a similar trend – that purchasing executives seek to drive procurement value transformation, many find themselves struggling to make progress in these three areas of change.

Establishing Procurement as a Competitive Advantage


In my previous posts, I looked at how to successfully launch a digital transformation and progress to best-in-class Procurement. This is where helping organizations innovate, ensuring business agility and even growing revenue comes into play. The same applies to Procurement.

The 10 Procurement Metrics that Matter in 2021


What is procurement? In simple terms business procurement is the process of locating and acquiring goods and services from external sources for the business to use. Procurement activities include planning, sourcing, and negotiation, along with risk management, legal and value analysis.

Reimagining How You Purchase Transportation

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Companies want and expect innovation from their 3PLs, and as one of the world’s largest logistics platforms we’re focused on continuing to deliver new and innovative technology built by and for supply chain experts.

How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

At the event, James Rice, MIT, spoke on innovation, and his reflections on Clayton Christensen’s 1997 classic business book, the Innovators Dilemma. The premise of the Christensen’s book is that when companies focus on current customer needs, they fail to adopt new technologies or business models that will meet the customer’s unstated or future needs. This is disruptive innovation. The spark from Invention to Innovation is slow.

In Search of Procurement’s North Star!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Featuring Our 12 Best Procurement Articles! Procurement’s North Star article and permission to publish here provided by Sam Jenks. What exactly are you and your procurement team working towards? What is Procurement’s North Star Metric? Subscribe Here!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Digital Procurement!

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Digital Procurement article, and permission to publish here, provided by Sam Jenks at It’s important that procurement teams take into account the new risk reality and challenges that face them, their organizations and their value chains. Operational procurement?

How to Create Collaborative Innovation with Suppliers!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The complexity of global supply chains – especially in organizations like GM – require hands-on relationship management of suppliers to ensure that supplier collaboration will lead to added value, and innovation. Traditional notions of innovation are often that innovation is to be driven forward by the internal structure of an organization (Olsson 2017). Resources spent/gains made on the road to innovation are, therefore, sustained exclusively by the internal entity.

Hey Procurement! It’s Time to SELL!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The Procurement, or Purchasing, function is considered by many to be a necessary but non-strategic part of any organization. But there is a profoundly significant Procurement value chain. Procurement is strategic! Now is the time for Procurement to SELL!

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation


In the midst of the seeming chaos many brilliant minds have been working in overdrive to develop innovative solutions to many of obstacles that lie in our way. These are just a few of the countless and amazing innovations we hear about on a daily basis.

Delivering efficiency and performance with digital procurement software


Managing procurement processes and supply chains can be strenuous for many organizations. Resilient supply chains and efficient eProcurement software are what make the recent trends in procurement complete. Why choosing the right digital procurement software is crucial?

Ivalua Now and the Art – or is it the Science – of Procurement?


It’s a question that you can answer for yourself at Ivalua Now – The Art of Procurement , being held, appropriately enough, at The Louvre, Paris 10 th – 12 th April. The event is free to attend and aims to attract hundreds of procurement and supply chain professionals to discuss and learn more about the latest industry trends and processes. In the process, these advances are enabling procurement leaders to look beyond their traditional remit.

Public autonomy: Aurora Innovation reportedly next in line for SPAC

The Supply Chain Journal

Though the frothy excitement of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) is going flat in the face of federal scrutiny, autonomous-vehicle software maker Aurora Innovation is reportedly close to a merger with a blank-check company started by one of its investors.

How Cloud ERP can assist manufacturers with their procurement function


As supply chain disruptions continue the procurement function should adapt to improve transparency, build collaborative relationships, and ensure sustainable sourcing practices, resulting in a stronger, more resilient supply chain with Cloud ERP for manufacturing.

5 Innovative Brands Helping Other Businesses!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Innovative brands article and permission to publish here provided by Nikki Gabriel. Many innovative brands love to make names for themselves by helping other businesses grow and become successful. There is no shortage of innovative brands helping other businesses in 2021.

Logistics, Innovation, and the Future

Enterra Insights

Daniel Gagnon, Vice President of Marketing, Global Logistics and Distribution, at UPS, writes, “This fast-paced, new world of change in logistics is happening because businesses and consumers are demanding better (faster) service at a lower-cost-to-serve.”[1] ”[1] He believes all of these innovations are good things. “More than any other time in history,” he concludes, “technology and innovation are here to make it happen.”

An Introduction to QAD’s Purchasing Capabilities


Every company desires to make their purchasing process more efficient. For those individuals that have been involved with procurement , we know that this is often a lofty goal as days can easily spiral into a constant mode of “ fighting fires.” QAD’s Purchasing Capabilities.

Innovation in Digitalisation and Technology: Insights from the Ecosystem

HICX Solutions

During a three-day conference ‘Innovation in Digitalisation and Technology’, Costas Xyloyiannis, CEO at HICX, joined Steve Hall of Procurement Leaders for a session on ‘Insights from the ecosystem’, broadcast live on Thursday 27 th May.

Retail Recovery: 4 Ways Procurement Can Unlock Savings and Add Value


During the pandemic, Procurement flexed its muscle, helping to mitigate supply chain disruptions and enable new channels for engaging with customers and fulfilling orders. Here are four ways leading Procurement organizations can influence retail recovery in 2021 and beyond: 1.

Procurement Report Card: Most Executives Think Procurement Isn’t Strategic Enough!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Argentus is a boutique recruitment firm focused on Supply Chain and Procurement. Check out What Exactly Is Procurement? And What is Purchasing? As we’ve chronicled on the Argentus Blog, it’s no secret that the world of Procurement is changing and fast. They’re expecting their Procurement functions to deliver not just bottom-line cost-savings, but other sorts of value, adding to organizations’ overall competitiveness. Procurement Report Card.

The expanding scope of procurement analytics: Some initial thoughts


Procurement analytics, which supports decision making in procurement management, typically handles problems and decisions that are related to cost reduction, supplier management, cost modeling, procurement-led innovation, market strategies, supply chain risk, and stakeholder value improvement (Handfield, Jeong, and Choi 2019). While this role of procurement analytics improves the efficiency of internal operations (e.g.,

Hey Procurement! It’s Time to SELL!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The Procurement, or Purchasing, function is considered by many to be a necessary but non-strategic part of any organization. This is not to say that they believe Procurement doesn’t play a role, but rather that they don’t view Procurement as playing a critical role beyond cutting costs and finding suppliers. Procurement is strategic! Now is the time for Procurement to SELL! The Procurement Value Chain Continuum. Procurement 101.

The procurement Summit 2016

Supply Chain Movement

The procurement Summit 2016. Launched in 2014 and brought to you by the eWorld Procurement & Supply team, The Procurement Summit will provide senior purchasing, sourcing and supply chain executives across the North of England with an unmissable opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest industry innovations, best practice and new technology solutions. The Procurement Summit will provide: Educational seminars on the latest industry issues.

Direct Material Woes: Seven Steps to Take to Improve Value

Supply Chain Shaman

With this in mind, in this blog, I make an argument that we, as supply chain leaders, have screwed up direct material procurement. My goal is to have supply chain leaders consider a procurement redesign for 2017. As shown in Figure 1, roughly one in two supply chain organizations have responsibility for procurement. Most of the focus in the last decade was on indirect procurement. The opportunity is in the management of direct procurement. It is fall.

Procurement and supply chain executives are struggling in the current environment of high inflation and missed deliveries.


The report was published in the last month, and reflects some of the increasing challenges and disparities that exist between procurement and supply chain executives. We surveyed 53 procurement and supply chain executives and managers about their organizations’ strategic priorities.

Procurement Transformation Delays – The Role of Personality!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Pain Points – An Opportunity to Innovate and Expand! Article provided to Supply Chain Game Changer by Katalin Brennan at Eyvo E-Procurement. We’ve all heard of the need for Procurement to embrace the Digital Transformation for many years. There are few procurement-specific personality surveys available. However, I am aware of one from Pierre Mitchell that found the Myers-Briggs ESTJ type is the dominant one in procurement with over 20% of survey takers.

5 ways to improve your procurement processes

Skill Dynamics

Ensuring efficiency in your procurement process has a positive chain reaction within your entire organization. In fact, a successful procurement process aims to optimize the whole process to create significant business value. The key is to think carefully before making a purchase.

Category-based Procurement


Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Typical Steps Associated with Category Purchasing. Project and Category Procurement Differences. Category-based Procurement Examples. The Inherent Challenges of Category-based Procurement. Project Procurement.

Time to Look into the Future of Procurement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What Exactly Is Procurement? And What is Purchasing? There has been transformation in the Procurement function over the past decade. From the starting point of the traditional buy-sell, transaction-based purchasing, the practice has moved through stages of change that redefines most aspect of the business. A Paradigm Shift in the Procurement Function. The fundamental objective of any organisation is lowering the cost of goods manufactured.

Procurement Experiences, Trends and the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out What is Virtual Procurement and Why Should You Care? Where is procurement, outsourcing, sourcing, supply chain, and purchasing going? Secondarily, we will include information from other procurement professionals and procurement firms about their experiences, what they forecast, and what they are seeing. We have worked in hundreds of different industries and spend areas over many years in thousands of procurement projects. because of the cost.

The 3 Pillars of Digital Procurement!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Procurement professionals have the same question looming over their head on a daily basis: “How do you plan on dealing with digitalization?”. Recently I had the pleasure of attending EBG Network’s 8th Annual Source to Pay Summit, which gathered some of the Nordic’s largest organizations and procurement profiles. Regardless of the sheer amount of content one could chose to consume, the theme for the day was apparent and held strong: Digital Procurement. Subscribe Here!

7 Tips: A Guide to Mastering Procurement

Material Handling and Logistics

With the digitization of the source-to-pay process being a key initiative for many chief procurement officers, to the inherent automation which promises to accelerate innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), digitization is growing. However, it is fundamental to empowering procurement success in the modern age. Automation is focusing on risk management, driving innovation, improving cash and increasing revenue. Master Innovation.

How Modern Software Empowers Procurement with Agility and Resilience in Times of Crisis


In a recent webinar, “ How to Leverage S2P Platforms to Enable Supply Chain Resilience ,” procurement experts from Forrester, Ivalua and Procurement Leaders discussed how digital transformation and the technologies that enable it can help companies mitigate risk and be more agile and resilient.

The future of manufacturing: trends and innovation for growth


Shift to a service-oriented business model. As I explained in a previous blog , this is a business model where manufacturers have ongoing responsibility for the equipment after it is sold.

Procurement Strategy. How to Get it Right? [Guide + Template]


Strategic Procurement Helps a Business Unleash its Potential. As The Hackett Group discovered, approaching procurement strategically with specific business goals in mind helps achieve a significantly higher ROI. In this article, we are covering the basics of strategic procurement.

CAPS Procurement Analytics Study Highlighted in Inside Supply Management


This month’s Inside Supply Management published by the Institute for Supply Management features an article announcing the launch of a study being undertaken by the Center for Advanced Purchasing on the evolution of procurement analytics. innovation, strategic cost management, risk mitigation, etc.). What forms of cognitive solutions are emerging to drive real-time decision-making and predictive sourcing capabilities?

Market Beat. Four Thumbs Down and One Thumb Up.

Supply Chain Shaman

One of my favorite supply chain leaders has a stack of Palantir reports in black binders on his desk. Kinaxis Purchase of Rubikloud. The purchase of Rubikloud by Kinaxis shows just how little the Kinaxis team knows about demand management. Elemica Purchase by Eurazeo.

Climate Change will Drive Manufacturing Innovation


Regardless of what laws politicians enact, customers want their purchasing dollars to go to those who behave responsibly. Want to lower energy costs? So, what does this have to do with innovation? Climate-driven Manufacturing Innovation. The world is getting warmer.