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Formerly CPO Agenda


Autumn 2010

'When do we get to SRM?'
By Rima Evans
For all of the potential benefits, many organisations have struggled to make it further along the road to supplier relationship management than the contract monitoring stage. What are the success stories doing differently?

Christina de Luca - Procurement explorer

By Richard Brass

As one of the leading supply chain professionals at BP, Christina De Luca has spent the past few years coping with extreme volatility of sales and purchases. She talks about the ongoing challenges of working in the oil industry and turning 10 per cent savings into 30 per cent.

The return of make or buy

By Nick Martindale

In the recession and its aftermath, companies are re-examining the business cases for keeping processes in-house or outsourcing them

Bridging the gap

By Rima Evans
The UK is only the latest government to announce massive spending cuts to reduce its huge budget deficit. Will procurement be able to play its part in delivering on the efficiency agenda?

Assimilate to accumulate

CPO Agenda’s inaugural Shanghai executive debate attracted an international group of senior executives to tackle the big questions about sourcing in China

Up close and personalised

By Rima Evans
A growing number of CPOs are employing executive coaches to help develop leadership and relationship skills that can be the difference between career success and mediocrity

Let them off the strings

By Paul Vincent
A lack of support, resourcing or adequate training can prevent buyers of professional services from doing their job. CPOs can help them deliver value by providing scope to develop greater expertise

Staying close to shore

By Jan-Fokke van den Bosch and Simon Rycraft
Three years ago, expectations were high for a massive expansion in the outsourcing of indirect procurement. So what happened?

Three into one will go

By David Meikle
The relationship between procurement, marketing and advertising agencies has historically been one of mutual suspicion and conflict. But it can be improved – and procurement may well be the best-placed function to take the lead on this

An escape from the tyranny of savings

By Bill Young

CPOs need to find a better way to give an account of themselves to the organisation. One new tool they could use to do so is the ‘procurement control index’

The green dividend in supply chains

By Marc Engel

Green procurement and building sustainable supply chains are hot topics and businesses have to reduce their environmental impact?

Do your procurement policies stand up to the demands of the new Bribery Act?

By Michelle Edwards

It’s no secret that the UK has lagged behind other countries in adopting the recommendations of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. But that is about to change.

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