Sourcing Strategy

What can board games teach us about procurement?

GordonDonovan_100.jpgThere are several parallels between games and business strategy. Gordon Donovan (FCIPS), Group Director: Procurement and Supply, Epworth Healthcare, wonders what we could learn about procurement from games and, as such, takes a look around the world wide web to find out more.

Join us at Smart Procurement World Western Cape on 9 & 10 April to understand "procurement board games". Ian Russell (founder of Disrupting Consultancy, ex-CEO of BCX and a former CPO of Telkom, SABMiller and Absa) will discuss what procurement leaders should grasp now to become board-ready

10 procurement value creation ideas

DavidMillington_100.jpgHow can procurement create value beyond cost savings?

David Millington, Certified Supply Chain Professional, Next Level Purchasing Association, offers ten procurement value creation ideas in this month's SmartProcurement.

Join us at Smart Procurement World Western Cape on 9 & 10 April for a discussion on reaching true partnerships with strategic suppliers. Sanet Shepperson (Executive Head: Property and Procurement, Cell C) will facilitate a session on innovation and value creation in key supplier partnerships

Is not spending, a saving?

MiraRistovich_100.jpgBy Mira Ristovich, Founder of MRC, a consulting firm that assists with various end-to-end projects, and Senior Associate at Bespoke Group Africa, an organisation dedicated to the strategic procurement outsourcing of projects.

Two decades after I began my work in procurement (I was involved in business performance management and measurement prior to joining the procurement family), I can still remember how surprised I was to find that many business owners believed that not using an allocated budget meant that they were saving money.

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking still exists.

Stakeholders are your customers: ignore them at your peril

ElainePorteous_100.jpgStakeholders can and will influence the outcome of a project, especially if they are likely to be directly affected by it. If you thus fail to meet the expectations of key influencers, projects will be delayed, will only be partially workable or, at worst, doomed. Elaine Porteous unpacks the process of winning stakeholder support in this month's SmartProcurement.

Free State welcomes Smart Procurement World

SPW_FS_100.jpgSmart Procurement World is bringing its regional conference to the Free State.

Partnering with the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) has enabled Smart Procurement World to take its procurement and supply chain indaba into its fourth South African province.

Since beginning in Gauteng in 2009, Smart Procurement World has extended into the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and, on 19 March 2019, into the Free State.

The five rights of procurement

EmanAbouzeid_2_100.jpgThe primary task of procurement is to provide the 'right' inputs for an organisation's processes.

The 'right' inputs are traditionally described as follows:
- Inputs of the 'right quality'
- Delivered in the 'right quantity'
- To the 'right place'
- At the 'right time'
- For the 'right price'

These are often called the 'five rights' of procurement and supply.

Eman Abouzeid (CSCP, CIPS), a procurement and supply chain professional with global experience, unpacks why it is important to achieve the five rights.

The management of procurement value

SergiiDovgalenko_100.jpgIt is now apparent that procurement can deliver an extensive value proposition in addition to traditional savings and compliance. Procurement has the potential to be a revenue centre, empower suppliers' product innovation, manage risks, contribute to customer satisfaction and so much more.

Traditional procurement strategy that pragmatically concentrates on return on investment (ROI) and the enablers of ROI does not sufficiently elaborate on the variety of value elements that can be unlocked.

A step towards introducing this new dimension of value elements is to develop a classification of different values.

A group of authors from Bain & Company, in their article The Elements of Value, has undertaken such an approach and built the Value Pyramid, which can be customised for procurement.

Sergii Dovgalenko (FCIPS), Head of Procurement, Etihad Airways, takes us through the process at a high level:

Procurement perspectives: exploring a more efficient procurement process

StephenBauld_100.jpgIf a municipality intends to explore the possibilities around effective and efficient procurement by adopting a more strategic approach, then it must place emphasis on taking proactive measures to improve the purchasing function.

"It is not sufficient to rely on only those measures that would prevent things from going wrong; it would be time well spent to concentrate, initially, on conceptualising an overall proactive approach to the procurement function", says Stephen Bauld, a government procurement expert.

Your procurement resolution: don't settle for best-in-class

AlexSaric_100.jpgWhat better time to set and start tackling key objectives for 2019? Your New Year's resolution should be to be better than best-in-class...

"Achieving best-in-class performance won't result in procurement becoming truly strategic and may actually hinder progress in the long term. So, don't settle for best-in-class", says Alex Saric, from source-to-pay suite provider Ivalua.

Perfecting the art of procurement? Learn from the masters

KevinDoran_100.jpgTo move your procurement organisation to the next level, it pays to learn from the masters...

New research conducted by Accenture Strategy shows that a small group of procurement masters - defined as the top 10% of procurement organisations in terms of performance - are delivering a 15:1 return on investment (ROI) to their organisations. This tangibly impacts the bottom line in a way that makes CEOs take note.

"Other companies can learn a lot from these masters", says Accenture Strategy's Kevin Doran, Managing Director: Global Procurement Practice Lead.

How can procurement help drive organisation strategies in the face of turbulence and vulnerability?

Mediacy_.jpgCountless studies have established that the C-suite and boards of directors want their supply chains to become fully-fledged business functions and with the ability to influence organisational objectives or in the case of private sector, profitability. We have been here before, but what has been tangible proof of "from backroom to boardroom, procurement goes strategic"? How do you measure the true value of procurement's influence on organisation strategy? The answer is a function of the level of influence supply chain teams have on overall organisation strategy, says Medacy Mudekwa, Head of Content for Smart Procurement World.

Smart Procurement Review will soon hit the shelves. To get insights into procurement developments over the last 12 months, email us for your copy.

Love procurement - because it can impact society and the environment

Join us at Smart Procurement World 2019, where one of our conference themes will be "Walk the talk: High-impact procurement"

RobertFreeman_100.jpgProcurement work is much more than just securing the right products, in the right quantity and quality at the right place... Let's think wider, more holistically, writes Robert Freeman, a procurement and supply chain expert at Future Procurement, a procurement coaching and consultancy organisation.

Getting and keeping supply chain's seat at the table

LauraFaulkner_100.jpgIf supply chain professionals can secure a seat at the table, it becomes easier to share insights, challenge processes, support the business and be part of strategy creation - ultimately it becomes easier to deliver value.

"Supply chain functions act as an extension of the organisation as a whole", says Laura Faulkner, CPO and Director: Supply Chain Management of financial institution Nationwide Building Society.

Procurement's role in making progress on society's biggest problems

StephenWills_100.jpgMaking progress on society's biggest problems requires governments to make better use of data, involve citizens and collaborate with other sectors.

Procurement is constantly under threat. We always fight for recognition and access to full business spend. And, at the very time when we achieve acknowledgement for our contribution and procurement is widely understood, our function becomes a target.

For decades we have provided supply chain transformation projects, led group-wide savings programmes as well as developed risk and budget control policies and governance.

Yet, unlike other shared-service functions who are accepted as core business functions, we are tolerated as long as we deliver new benefits, yet challenged on our business results and KPIs. Our budgets become leaner with never-enough resources to achieve our goals. Once our skills are understood by the business, it wants to commoditise and outsource them to a systems-led provider or an inexperienced team of 'worker bees'.

Therefore, with this background of change and uncertainty, it is good to reflect upon and be upbeat about where strategic procurement leaders can contribute to society and to business, writes Stephen Wills (FCIPS, MBA), international senior procurement and supply chain expert, and former CPO in public and private business sectors (UK), in this month's SmartProcurement.

Show your worth: demonstrating procurement ROI

MichaelMitchell_100.jpgBring sustainable value to the bottom line

Increasingly, procurement is being looked to for the added value it can bring to the organisational table. Furthermore, expectations are on the rise, with big data and advanced analytics driving decision making to new levels by enabling teams to generate new insights and achieve unprecedented proactive capabilities.

Demonstrating procurement's value can include many components depending on the priorities of any particular company. But, with increased reliance on cloud platform P2P solutions, showing procurement's return on investment (ROI) is a great place to start, says Michael Mitchell, Senior Content Manager at Determine, a source-to-pay enterprise contract lifecycle management solutions provider.

Municipal materials management may require a counter-intuitive purchasing approach

StephenBauld_100.jpgEnsuring that the right quality of an item is ordered and delivered may seem like a fairly obvious responsibility. However, doing so in practice requires a fairly sophisticated understanding of market conditions and user requirements, which, like many organisations, municipal departments do not possess.

"There is a higher probability of generating measurable savings if municipal purchasing departments play a pro-active role to assist client departments to identify needs before they arise", says government procurement expert Stephen Bauld, in this month's SmartProcurement. Bauld argues that successful municipal materials management may require a counter-intuitive approach towards purchasing.


 

 

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