Supplier Management

Don't treat your employees like suppliers

KateVitasek_100.jpgThe war for talent is 20 years strong and has changed the way companies recruit and retain talented employees. While great strides have been made in how companies treat employees, many are still in the dark ages when it comes to how they treat their suppliers.

Just how backwards? Well, what would happen if employees were treated like suppliers are every day? This is the question posed by Tennessee University Professor in Supply Chain Management, Kate Vitasek.

Supply chain management can transform the solar sector

OforiBoateng_100.jpgOn the back of heavy electricity load shedding across South Africa in February and March 2019, the potential of solar energy has been widely discussed.

The fact is that Africa receives more hours of bright sunshine than any other continent on Earth.

The Department of Energy reports that South Africa averages more than 2 500 hours of sunshine per year − average solar-radiation levels range between 4.5kWh and 6.5kWh per square metre in a single day.

Interestingly, Ghana receives similar levels of sunshine per year as well as similar levels of solar radiation. Consequently, the country is pushing renewable energy and thus it is a rapidly growing market.

Ghana's ambition is to generate 10% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, which would equate to approximately 500MW, enough to power about 100 000 households.

"It is a big task and supply chain management has a role to play in all of this" says Dr Ofori Boateng, CEO, Strategic Power Solutions (SPS).

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

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.

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.

Vendor database optimisation: Are you doing it right?

Schalk_vdMerwe_100.jpgOne of the primary components of any procurement function's strategy is, or should be, to ensure that the company has an optimised vendor base. This is aimed at achieving a more cost effective and high-quality supply chain.

Most companies therefore go through a vendor rationalisation process at some stage and continually review vendor categories to ensure that the selected set of vendors remains the best fit for the respective services or products they deliver to the business.

Optimising the vendor base is normally done by assessing various elements such as pricing, service delivery, contractual terms, internal stakeholder sentiment etc., which are, of course, all very important elements to consider. However, the important elements most often overlooked are the non-contextual ones, says Schalk van der Merwe, Executive Head: Supply Chain Governance at data powered risk solutions provider Inoxico.

6 steps to maintain a successful vendor selection process

RudiKruger.jpgIt is important to do business with the right vendors if you want you want to stay on the right side of the law while ensuring that the business' needs are met. With hundreds of suppliers offering relevant products and services, the vendor selection process can appear strenuous and time consuming. However, if done the correct way and in line with the business' best interests, the supplier selection process can be achieved with ease and peace of mind.

Rudi Kruger, General Manager at screening solutions provider LexisNexis Data Services, says that vendor selection can be successful if you have a handle on important aspects of the process.

Optimising the procurement process to boost efficiency

OptimisingProcurement_300.jpgThe role of procurement extends far beyond the belief that procurement's primary function is to obtain goods and services in response to internal needs. A world-class procurement process aims to optimise the whole process to create significant business value. Procurement optimisation leads to a number of benefits and adds remarkable value to your organisation as a whole. It ensures efficiency in your procurement process which in turn has a domino effect of positive reactions within your entire organisation.

Since the procurement process touches every organisational department and affects revenue directly, it is essential to keep the process running smoothly by regularly reviewing what's working well and what needs to be optimised for greater efficiency.

Procurement Academy's Marc Wins takes a look.

Harness procurement for socio-economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa

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From left to right: Goodall Gondwe, Minister in Finance, Economic Development & Planning, Malawi; Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister in Finance, Zambia; Mizinga Melu, CEO of Barclays Bank, Zambia.

Delegates at the inaugural Africa Procurement & Enterprise Development Summit (APEDS) threw their weight behind a drive to ensure that the public and private sectors harness procurement for socio-economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

By adopting a resolution and key actions at the summit, delegates acknowledged the urgent need for accelerated leadership and focus on developing sustainable SMMEs through public-procurement reforms and private-sector participation.

The resolution ties in with the summit's goal to bring together seasoned professionals, dedicated to the changing nature of the procurement ecosystem in Africa to discuss how procurement can drive socio-economic growth, sustainable procurement, localisation, SME development and other topics distinctive to procurement in Africa.

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.

Vendor data and risk management: the next big question in the digitalisation of procurement

Schalk_vdMerwe_100.jpgIn order to optimise vendor ecosystems, companies consider various types of vendor-related information to determine which vendors are best suited to their supply chains. Companies, typically, limit this to information that is directly linked to quality, performance and price KPIs.

"However, an often-neglected, yet very important, element in the optimisation 'equation' is vendor company risk", says Schalk van der Merwe, Executive Head: Supply Chain Governance at data powered risk solutions provider Inoxico, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Optimising value with a win-win supply chain

StevenBowen_200.jpgSupply chain partners that collaborate drive continuous improvement and innovation. But getting there takes a new approach, writes Steven Bowen and Kate Vitasek.

6 steps to optimise your procurement workforce

DougLeeby_100.jpgTo become more agile, organisations are re-evaluating their workforce strategies. Although strategists often talk about 'total workforce management', what their business functions - procurement included - need most is something much simpler: total workforce optimisation (TWO).

For most business functions, human capital is the most important asset and its largest single operating expense. It is also a constant concern for executives who fear they do not have, and cannot acquire, the right mix of top-tier talent to compete and succeed, says Doug Leeby, CEO of Beeline, which provides software solutions for sourcing and managing the extended workforce.

Join us at Smart Procurement World's Gauteng Indaba on 18 & 19 September where our panel will discuss how you attract and retain great people to work in a public sector procurement department.

Leveraging effective contract management in procurement departments

EmanAbouzeid.jpgThe key processes and activities involved in contract management are fundamental to making sure you and your suppliers know your responsibilities under an agreement and that everyone meets those obligations.

Eman Abouzeid (CSCP, CIPS), a procurement and supply chain professional with global experience, explores the benefits of having effective contract management in your procurement department, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Supply chain complexity drivers are also profitability drivers

TafaraSvosve.jpgNo one introduces complexity into their supply chains just for the sake of it. Complexity emerges as organisations pursue their profit goals. Within every strategy or action that an organisation pursues to improve profitability, lies a hidden cost of complexity, which supply chain practitioners must be aware of, capture and deal with. This is necessary because complexity drivers are also profitability drivers, explains Tafara Svosve (MSc Supply Chain Management, CMILT), in this month's SmartProcurement.

Skills and characteristics of a successful global procurement manager

EmanAbouzeid.jpgCall it 'purchasing', 'procurement', 'supply management' or 'sourcing', the role of procurement within organisations is changing significantly. Purchasing departments are, at last, moving from reactive to proactive, responding to management's demand that they add value to an enterprise rather than retain their traditional role as cost centre.

Consequently, the procurement manager of today needs to be a far different type of individual than in previous years. The characteristics and skills sets required are much broader in scope and much more detailed in their execution.

Eman Abouzeid (CSCP, CIPS), a procurement and supply chain professional with global experience, unpacks the skills that global sourcing professionals should master.

Join us at Smart Procurement World for a keynote presentation from CIPS on the skill sets required of the future procurement professional: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain are rapidly redefining the traditional role of procurement professionals. Simultaneously, organisations require ever-higher standards of corporate governance and social responsibility.


 

 

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