Smart Sourcing

Changing behaviours in sourcing - Q&A with Salesforce and Oracle's former CPO

 

GregTennyson.jpgCPO of VSP Global Greg Tennyson leads transformative change. He is the former VP and CPO (source-to-settle and expense-to-settle) at Salesforce and Oracle.

Greg sat down with ScoutRFP to discuss sourcing’s ever-evolving relationship with business - he talks culture, Moolah (the spend-it-like-its-yours monster) and how CPOs can work with the pace of change at an organisation to reach sourcing-stakeholder “utopia.”

Understanding policies underpinning the creation of black industrialists

 

MsMaisela.jpgBlack industrialists have a responsibility to maintain black ownership of their businesses. Failure to do so can set back government’s transformation efforts.

As a black industrialist it means that one has to be involved in the running of the business on daily basis and according to the BEE act, a black industrialist cannot sell/resell shares to a white counterpart as that would be diluting those [black ownership] shares,” said Nomumelelo Maisela, Deputy Director: Black industrialist, Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

“That particular act regresses government and takes it back in terms of transformation,” said Maisela who was speaking at the Smart Procurement World conference in KwaZulu Natal in June.

Expectations high for 3rd Annual Smart Procurement World Western Cape

IMG_6530.jpgWhat can can delegates expect from th  from 3rd Annual Smart Procurement World Western Cape conference being held from March 1-3 2016? Mediacy Mudekwa, SmartProcurementWorld Content Manager, tells us that:  "The summit will deliver big ideas regarding the function of procurement as a strategic partner to the organisation, what is the value that procurement can add? How can one actually quantify the value? Understanding these issues is critical in order to adapt newer models of operations and deliver finer procurement and supply chain innovations compactible with organisational goals and policies. 

 

Pod Cast - Too much focus on buying local may hinder Africa's growth

 

DBoateng.JPGBuying local may have unintended consequences to Pan African trade, said Prof Douglas Boateng at a round table sponsored by consultants KPMG and professional body CIPS.


“Buying local is a good policy. But if South Africa has ‘Buy SA’ and Kenya has ‘Buy Kenya’ and Ghana has ‘Buy Ghana’, then who is going to buy from whom? A heavy local focus may have disastrous consequences in the future,” said Prof Boateng, a member of SmartProcurement’s Editorial Board and Africa’s’ first extraordinary Professor for supply and value chain management.

In 5 Days 2000 Procurement Professionals will meet to network, learn and do business!

 

LoyioGola.jpgWith only a few days to go, 3000 attendees have confirmed – Smart Procurement World, Africa’s largest supply chain indaba, kicks off on Tuesday, 9 September.


More than 110 speakers will share their procurement and supply chain insights with delegates in 6 different conference streams.


Hear from supply chain heads from Absa, Coca-Cola, Anglo American Platinum, Sasol and Transnet. Technology enablers from SAP and Oracle will inform the technology panel discussion.

Why do some cross-functional teams fail? 5 critical success factors

 

TooManyCooks.jpgUsing a cross-functional team in a strategic sourcing exercise for a key commodity is the accepted and preferred way to go, many teams having delivered successful outcomes. However, it is no assurance of improved performance. But what causes a less than successful outcome? Elaine Porteous asks in this month’s SmartProcurement.

A checklist when commencing a new CPO Position

 

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Jeremy Kirsten, a MCIPS Procurement and Supply professional, Project Manager, Consultant and Change Manager, shares a few fundamentals that a newly appointed senior procurement leader must endeavour to stick to, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Current procurement methods do not support mini budget's austere measures

 

TraceyShaw.jpgMany of the key items subject to austere measures under Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s mini budget fall under the Travel and Expense (T&E) portfolio.


While these cost-cutting measures are a step in the right direction to curb excessive spending, Tracey Shaw, of travel technology company TraveluXion, wonders how they will be implemented in practice if procurement methodologies are still outdated and dependent upon fragmented processes across various suppliers, without any supporting technology?

Reducing Costs through Collaboration in Supply Chains - Martin Christopher

 

Martin_Christopher.jpgThe need to contain costs in all aspects of business is now more crucial than ever for most companies. Many challenges lie ahead in these uncertain economic times; input costs, particularly raw materials, are on the rise again, and the search for greater cost reduction in business is intensifying. But after years of significant cost-cutting programmes, there is very little low-hanging fruit left, says visionary supply chain thinker Martin Christopher .

Enough innovation in South African Supply Chains?

 

Innovate.jpgToday, a high-performance supply chain is a strategic asset, the complexity of which is increased by numerous factors, making constant innovation a necessity, Tech-Pro Personnel tells SmartProcurement.

Transport's contribution to logistics costs reaches 9-year high

OilBarrels.jpgThe vulnerability of South Africa’s transport costs to a volatile cost driver - the price of crude oil - and South Africa’s entrenched dependence on road transport does not bode well for the economy, according to the 9th State of Logistics survey for South Africa 2012.

 

The contribution of transport costs to overall logistics costs in 2012 is pinned at 61%, the highest it has been in the past nine years and far higher than the global average, said Nadia Viljoen, scientific editor of the survey, at the survey launch in June.

Is the commodity price environment today different from the past?

commodities.jpgIn short, Yes.

A new higher cost profile has been placed under many commodities, says John Mothersole of economic analysis and forecasting organisation IHS.

SA risks losing role as world's 'supply chain gateway to Africa'

Gateway to Africamap.jpgSouth Africa risks losing its role as the world’s ‘gateway to Africa’ if it does not respond to rising competition from other African countries, indicates research released last week.

In its 2012 publication of SupplyChainForesight, Barloworld Logistics said that Nigeria was seen as the most likely to overtake South Africa as the leading economy and gateway to Africa.

Ethics ignorance is not bliss

Ignorance_of_ethics.jpgIn a world of immediacy, it is imperative for the procurement and compliance functions to work closely with suppliers to ensure that conduct throughout the supply chain does not overstep ethical boundaries. Abrie de Swardt, IMPERIAL Logistics Marketing Director tackles this tough topic for SmartProcurement.

Open road tolling - logistics costs to rise by up to 15%

Toll_gantry.jpgWhile there may be some uncertainty over the dates on which the tolling of Gauteng highways will begin under the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan (GFIP), the cost of refurbishing the roads makes it a certainty that the tolling will go ahead.

Quick wins to boost this year's savings

quick wins.jpgWe’re into September, which leaves you only four months to meet your savings targets for the year.

Where can you deliver savings in the remnants of 2011? There are still cards in your hand, in this month’s SmartProcurement.


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