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PMI sustains rally for 4th consecutive month

PMI_July.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 48.6 index points in November 2017. This was the fourth consecutive increase and brought the index to its best level since May 2017. However, the PMI remained stuck below the neutral 50-point mark for a sixth straight month, suggesting that the sector still faces headwinds.

The changing face of the procurement office - a digital revolution

SarahGeorge.jpgBound by the challenges of reducing costs, managing supplier risks and ensuring financial and regulatory changes in policies, chief procurement officers (CPOs) have a tall order. Sarah George, ERP/EPM Cloud Applications Business Development and Product Strategy Manager at Oracle, unpacks the changing digital face of the procurement office, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Pushing the "easy button" on self-service sourcing - Q&A with Salesforce and Oracle's former CPO

GregTennyson.jpgGreg Tennyson is the CPO of VSP Global, where he leads transformative change. He is the former VP and CPO (source-to-settle and expense-to-settle) at Salesforce and Oracle.
In part 3 of the conversation with ScoutRFP, Greg talks tech and "self-service sourcing" in the final segment on changing sourcing behaviours.

Is fragmentation in corporate travel playing havoc with your policy?

EuanMcNeil_HS.jpgCorporates, suppliers and travel management companies (TMCs) need to work together to help improve transparency and reduce the impact of fragmentation on costs and efficiencies.

What is fragmentation? It's when staff try to book travel within their travel policy but are forced to access different sites to source that travel other than the company's preferred procurement channels and processes.

October sees 5 major PMI subcomponents increase

PMI_Oct2017.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) continued its upward trend in October 2017, rising by 2.9 points to reach 47.8. This was the third consecutive increase and brought the index to its best level since May 2017. Nonetheless, the PMI remained stuck below the neutral 50-point mark.

September PMI up, but still subdued

 

glass_ceiling.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose by 0.9 index points to 44.9 in September 2017. Despite the second straight improvement, the index remained well below the neutral 50-point mark for a fourth month. Encouragingly, the rise was supported by the key subcomponents, with four out of five increasing compared with August.

Gaining sourcing street cred - Q&A with Salesforce and Oracle's former CPO

 

Balancing_Transformation.jpgGreg Tennyson is the CPO of VSP Global, where he 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. In part 2 of the conversation, Greg unpacks three ways companies can work to change sourcing behaviours – and gain street cred in the process.

Smart Procurement World topic highlight: How cross-functional collaboration in the strategic sourcing process can deliver savings beyond expectation, even in a very mature category. Presented by Mike Machell-Cox, Director Indirect Procurement, Sappi Europe.

Procurement shines brightest on a burning platform

 

GuyStrafford.jpgEconomic woes, political uncertainty and digital disruption might trouble your CEO, but it should delight the CPO. After all, procurement can perform best on a burning platform, says Guy Strafford, Chief Client Officer, Proxima Group.

August PMI improves from July slump

 

ManufacturingProduction.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved to 44 index points in August, after slumping to its lowest level since 2009 in July (42.9 points). The improvement was broad based, with four of the five major subcomponents increasing in August. However, despite ticking higher, the key sub-indices remained below the neutral 50-point mark. This suggests that the manufacturing sector is still under significant pressure and does not bode well for manufacturing output (and overall GDP) in Q3 2017.

MCIPS-qualified professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa earn 38% more

 

SalarySurvey.png• 57% of Sub-Saharan professionals received a salary increase in the last 12 months
• In a change from 2016, when the private sector reported the highest average salaries, last year's top performer was the charity/not-for-profit sector
• Men earn more than women at more senior levels, especially at advanced professional level where the pay gap is 26%
• Unlike the UK and in line with last year, women tend to earn more than men at managerial, operational and tactical levels
• Despite a downturn in the economy, 41% received a bonus in the last 12 months

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.”

PMI - SA's manufacturing sector performance disappoints

 

PMI_down.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) had a tough start to Q3 2017, declining by 3.8 points to 42.9 in July. The headline PMI was last at such a depressed level in the second half of 2009 - a period of very weak underlying economic performance. All five of the major PMI sub-indices declined in July.

9 success factors for implementing a procurement transformation project

 

Implement_procurement_transformation.jpgMore South African organisations are starting to recognise the value that procurement transformation initiatives bring to the bottom line. Successful procurement transformation projects reposition the source-to-pay process for success, across the entire organisation. The entire source-to-pay process is made efficient and highly collaborative, providing organisations with a competitive advantage.

Procurement transformation can be defined as a process - with an element of flexibility - in which an organisation’s capability and procurement behaviour is altered to attain desired results (such as the achievement of maximum value through the procurement function) and attain long-term sustainability.

Supply Chain Partner, a specialist supply chain service provider, discusses 9 critical success factors (or pitfalls if not considered…) that can make or break your procurement transformation success, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Human talent, not technology, still the critical factor in procurement

 

Procurement_Talent.pngAccording to 1st Executive, the human element, rather than technology, is still the critical factor in the procurement process. The specialised procurement and supply chain consultancy argues that the human factor is increasingly overlooked in the procurement process, in favour of automation. 1st Executive has urged firms to review their existing e-systems, to ensure that they are maximising the potential of their suppliers’ specialist knowledge. The firm warns that, failing to do so, could mean that procurement misses out on opportunities to add value.

Procurement models ineffective, say 51% of executives

 

Hands_raised_survey.jpgA survey conducted by the Ayming Consulting Group, found that more than half of the procurement executives (51%) interviewed do not think their current procurement model is effective. The survey involved a number of executives from different size businesses, across a range of sectors.

The survey of 200 executives - including CEOs, CFOs and CPOs - found that only 17% of respondents thought their business's procurement function was "entirely strategically focused". Fewer than one in five, thought the function had driven significant value for their organisation in recent years.

PMI indicator does not bode well for output growth

PMI_July2017.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined from 51.5 index points in May 2017, to 46.6 index points in June 2017. The Bureau of Economic Research (BER) said that “the deterioration was broad-based, with four of the five main subcomponents moving lower, compared with May.” The BER added that “the recent volatility is probably driven – or at least exacerbated – by continued uncertainty about the outlook for the domestic economy.” The uncertainty likely results in more erratic domestic orders, which may filter through to more volatile output patterns on a month-to-month basis.

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