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Editors Notes 2018/19

Bernie van Niekerk, CEO & Editor

Will I be replaced by a robot?

Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution overthrow the procurement function as we know it? Is it perhaps time to chat to suppliers about a job in sales?

Fortunately, the verdict is that digitalisation, artificial intelligence, blockchain and related forms of automation will enable us to add more value to our organisations as well as enable the journey towards strategic procurement.

In this 2018 issue of Smart Procurement Review, we start off with the impact that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is having on the procurement function.

We explore digital procurement strategy development, tools to ignite value creation and how blockchain is transforming procurement interactions. Blockchain provides a whole new universe of trust upon which new platforms for buyer-supplier collaboration and transactions can be built.

This issue of Smart Procurement Review also focuses on useful and interesting
topics, such as:

  • African frontiers: doing business in Africa and what this means from a procurement perspective
  • Fraud and corruption: how to capture a fraudster
  • Removing board members from the procurement process
  • Five rules for highly strategic supplier relationships
  • Where are all the great procurement jobs?

Finally, I would like to extend a sincere word of thanks to our editorial board members, to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) for their incredible support, to our esteemed contributors, to our sponsors and to our excellent production team.

To your continued success!


Editor in Chief: Bernie van Niekerk

Managing Editor: Debbie Tagg

Sub Editors: Davy Ivins and
Liam Morrison


Bernie van Niekerk

Professor Douglas Boateng

Ronald Mlalazi FCIPS

Dr Ernst van Biljon

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