Procurement will find its value-add by grasping burning platforms

 

Trump labels it protectionism. The UK calls it Brexit. Other countries talk about local economic and manufacturing support. But whatever you call it, how do we continue to source effectively when traditional procurement is being disrupted along with almost every other industry or profession?

By grasping procurement’s burning platforms and taking them as opportunities, said Duncan Brock, CIPS Director, at this morning’s launch of the Smart Procurement World Gauteng Conference.

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.

Small suppliers for big impact: optimising your supply chain in a turbulent economy

 

StuartTownshend.jpgIn our third consecutive quarter of negative growth, it’s becoming all too clear that South Africa is well and truly facing some tough economic times ahead, and businesses are already beginning to suffer.

According to Statistics South Africa, weak manufacturing and trade sectors led the recession, with falls of 3.7% and 5.9% respectively in the period of Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. More worrying is that over the last quarter, the tertiary sector (comprising government, trade, transport, personal services and finance) recorded its first quarter of decline since 2009.

Times are tough and money is tight. And while it can be tempting to put your big plans on hold until the worst has passed, you might be missing a golden opportunity to recession-proof your business by shaking things up in your supply chain and adding more SME suppliers to your database, says Stuart Townshend, Edge Growth Director, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Set suppliers up for success and mitigate preferential procurement risks

 

Even if organisations are not doing business with organs of state, they may well form part of the supply chain of organisations to which the PPPFA directly applies. Therefore, they need to be aware of its scope and provisions.

Corporate businesses are actively seeking and supporting black-owned and black woman-owned Exempted Micro Enterprises (EMEs) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) as suppliers to meet the stringent Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations.

If successfully implemented, this approach could stimulate the desired growth and economic transformation as the B-BBEE Act intended from the start, by providing greater opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), particularly those owned by historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs).

“However, while this is positive, merely complying with the PPPFA is not going to guarantee the success of SMMEs: there are factors outside the control of regulations and policies that need out-of-the-box solution,” Terence Gregory, CEO of Ecsponent Limited, told SmartProcurement.

Turning supplier information into procurement insight

 

RudiKruger_2017.jpgDecisions and consequences go hand-in-hand. This is why having adequate, relevant information at your fingertips is a critical aspect of any decision-making process - more so when these decisions affect the operation of business and company reputation.

In procurement, the optimal goal is to manage risks and costs within a company, making it an imperative department of business. Businesses spend a significant amount of time vetting potential suppliers before embarking on a partnership, and pertinent data provides them with the right tools to make informed decisions with information that is easily interpreted by management.

However, the vetting system should not end when an agreement is reached between a business and its supplier. Intensive research and vetting on future and current suppliers should be a continual safety requirement to ensure all procurement legislation is adhered to, says Rudi Kruger, General Manager of Risk Solutions at LexisNexis Data Services, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Do SA business travellers toe the travel-policy line?

 

TravelPolicy.jpgTraveller non-compliance is an increasing area of concern among travel buyers and managers internationally, with great efforts made to persuade travellers of the benefits of compliance that extend beyond “because the company said so”.

A recent study conducted by FCM Travel Solutions and the African Business Travel Association (ABTA) revealed that the level of non-compliance among South African travellers is limited, however. At least 42% said that their travellers rarely or never booked out of policy, with a further 39% indicating that it didn’t happen often.

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.

How can procurement drive down the cost of processing transactions?

 

IanHendry2.jpgWhat is the cost to your business to process one purchase order (PO)? How many POs do you process with a value below that amount? Are you spending a lot of money processing invoices of a low value?

If you need to simplify your procurement of low-value items, then you are in the company of most South African organisations. The average cost of processing a PO in South Africa is more than R700.

Implementing a P-Card programme is one solution. The average cost of processing procurement card (P-Card) transactions is typically less than R200, says Ian Hendry of Nedbank Commercial Card.

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

Integrity and competence a must in government procurement


Integrity in government procurement must be held to the highest standards on every RFP and tender issued

Stephen_Bauld.jpgStephen Bauld deals with so many issues related to the integrity of the request for proposal (RFP) process every week. As a government procurement expert, he is concerned about the way municipal procurement staff understand the policies and procedures they need to follow to issue documents to suppliers and contractors.

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