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Our Weekly Blog where nothing is off limits

26th Feb 2014
Our Weekly Blog where nothing is off limits

Welcome back to our weekly blog – last week we touched on government procurement activity, the sad news that Linde-HTD will be closing their doors in Merthyr and a surge in procurement optimism. This week I will discuss the challenge faced by contingency recruiters and ... more...

Renfrewshire Council saves £21 million through procurement overhaul

17th Feb 2014
Renfrewshire Council saves £21 million through procurement overhaul

A council buying department has raised itself from a capability score of 21 per cent to the highest scoring local authority in Scotland in the space of four years.

Renfrewshire Council received its low score in 2009 under a Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA) car... more...

Our Weekly Blog where nothing is off limits

5th Feb 2014
Our Weekly Blog where nothing is off limits

Welcome to our weekly blog, it was our only New Year’s resolution to blog weekly (despite the fact our first one of the year is in February) so here it is! 

I have always got loads to talk about, could talk the hind leg of a donkey until it comes to writing a blog bu... more...

Have you considered a career in Supply Chain Management

5th Feb 2014
Have you considered a career in Supply Chain Management

In the 1980s, the term supply chain management (SCM) was developed to express the need to integrate the key business processes, from end user through original suppliers. Original suppliers are those that provide products, services, and information that add value for cus... more...

Food prices to rise 20 per cent by 2018

12th Dec 2013
Food prices to rise 20 per cent by 2018

Food prices are predicted to increase by 20 per cent over the next four years, according to a report.

Prestige Purchasing predicted average prices will be forced upwards by a combination of forces, including higher production costs, poor weather and commodity markets... more...

Avoiding the Christmas rush

12th Dec 2013
Avoiding the Christmas rush

This will be the “most under-stocked Christmas in recent years”, according to KPMG, as retailers cut inventories to avoid heavy discounting. KPMG says retailers don’t want to be left “holding the baby”, as in the past when over-ordering and a drop in consumer demand mea... more...

Bernard Matthews saves 21 per cent through e-sourcing

20th Nov 2013
Bernard Matthews saves 21 per cent through e-sourcing

Turkey farmer Bernard Matthews has created business savings of 21 per cent by using e-sourcing across a range of its spend categories.

The move is part of the company’s category management plan set up two years ago. It began using the platform in January last year.

... more...

‘Step change needed to maximise benefits of North Sea oil and gas’

20th Nov 2013
‘Step change needed to maximise benefits of North Sea oil and gas’

A review of the UK’s oil and gas industry warns of the need to “strengthen the capacity and capability of our stewardship regime” of the North Sea in order to maximise future economic benefits.

In an interim report Sir Ian Wood calls for a “cohesive tripartite accord... more...

Risk management key to successful supply chains

20th Nov 2013
Risk management key to successful supply chains

Each step of the supply chain must take risk into consideration if procurement is to run successfully, according to Professor Richard Wilding of the Cranfield School of Management.

Speaking at the ‘Resilience, Sustainability, Integrity and Emerging Trends – Managing ... more...

Procurement ‘too narrow a term’ in globalised world

20th Nov 2013
Procurement ‘too narrow a term’ in globalised world

Procurement is ‘too narrow a term’ to describe the role of buyers in a globalised world.

Peter Kraljic, director emeritus at McKinsey and Company, told purchasers that supply chain management would be the “core function” of the future.

Speaking during a discussion... more...

CIPS president urges members to ‘do one good turn, and do one in return’

1st Nov 2013
CIPS president urges members to ‘do one good turn, and do one in return’

CIPS president Craig Lardner is urging buyers to ‘do one good thing and do one in return’ during his year-long tenure, which begins today.

The Australian, an experienced professional who has held senior procurement roles at organisations including the BOC Group and G... more...

World facing wine shortage

1st Nov 2013
World facing wine shortage

A global wine shortage could be approaching as worldwide production last year plummeted to its lowest level in 40 years.

Researchers at Morgan Stanley said demand for wine exceeded supply by 300 million cases in 2012 and “data suggests there may be insufficient suppl... more...

UK manufacturing expands for seventh consecutive month

1st Nov 2013
UK manufacturing expands for seventh consecutive month

The UK manufacturing industry carried its strong performance into the final quarter of the year, with improving overseas demand and a rapid increase in exports.

The seasonally-adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slowed marginally to 56.0 in October,... more...

Scottish Government pilots scheme to improve supply chain cash flow

23rd Oct 2013
Scottish Government pilots scheme to improve supply chain cash flow

The Scottish Government is to trial a new system to improve cash flow in the supply chain to help small businesses.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move at the Scottish Government’s ninth National Public Procurement Conference in Glasgow yesterday... more...

Tesco to work with suppliers to cut waste

23rd Oct 2013
Tesco to work with suppliers to cut waste

Tesco is to work with its suppliers to cut waste in its supply chain, after the supermarket discovered it generated 28,500 tonnes of food waste in its stores and distribution centres in the first six months of the year.

The food waste figures for the supermarket’s op... more...

The five major issues facing supply chain leaders

2nd Oct 2013
The five major issues facing supply chain leaders

Supply chain leaders must invest in developing their team’s skills to meet growing expectations about how procurement can support the business.

A survey of 750 senior supply chain professionals by SCM World, found they are facing five major issues.

Kevin O’Marah, ... more...

Manufacturing growth slows from August’s 19-year high

2nd Oct 2013
Manufacturing growth slows from August’s 19-year high

UK manufacturing continued to expand during September, rounding off the strongest quarterly performance for the sector since the first quarter of 2011.

The seasonally-adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index slowed to 56.7 in September – against a baseline of ... more...

HP sets emission reduction target for first tier suppliers

2nd Oct 2013
HP sets emission reduction target for first tier suppliers

HP has announced plans to drive down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions among its suppliers.

The technology business has set a goal for its first tier manufacturing and product transportation supply chain partners to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, compared to 2... more...

Unilever named best supply chain in Europe

27th Sep 2013
Unilever named best supply chain in Europe

Unilever has been named again as the best supply chain in Europe in the latest Gartner ranking.

In the Supply Chain Top 25 Europe the food and personal care company maintained its number one position from 2012 after “demonstrating supply chain excellence and leadersh... more...

Fashion industry must rethink supply chains

27th Sep 2013
Fashion industry must rethink supply chains

Fashion retailers and manufacturers are being urged to rethink their supply chains to adequately respond to the unpredictable 24/7 nature of consumer shopping and make them “fit for purpose”.

The recommendation was made in Fashion Unleashed: Supply Chain Innovation i... more...

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Our Weekly Blog where nothing is off limits

26th February 2014

Welcome back to our weekly blog – last week we touched on government procurement activity, the sad news that Linde-HTD will be closing their doors in Merthyr and a surge in procurement optimism. This week I will discuss the challenge faced by cont...