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  • Beer glasses clinking © Shutterstock Go drink beer with your suppliersFar from being a light-hearted suggestion, this is actually an essential component for securing collaborative working – although not with every supplier, says Jonathan O'Brien.
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  • Beer glasses clinking © Shutterstock Go drink beer with your suppliersFar from being a light-hearted suggestion, this is actually an essential component for securing collaborative working – although not with every supplier, says Jonathan O'Brien.
  • The Queen © iStock Queen approves CIPS Chartered StatusCIPS is now able to offer a new professional status to members, following approval from Her Majesty's Privy Council to recently proposed changes to the CIPS Charter and Bye-Laws.
  • 3D printing © iStock Round-up: September 2014Survival of the fittest; Secrets of prime procurement; Europe reliant on Russian gas; SRM still needed in purchasing teams; Audit tenders rise for FTSE 350; Global firms sign up to prompt pay pledge; Title of CPO 'did damage to profession'.
  • "The balance of power" illustration © Fernando Volkin Togni The balance of powerPost-recession we are entering a world of scarcity that will move the balance of power away from buyers into the hands of suppliers. Organisations that have nurtured customer of 
choice programmes will gain the most, says Rima Evans.
  • Sound bites: September 2014Politicians, executives and actors on matters of business, procurement and supply.
  • "It's time to measure up" graph 1 It's time to measure upThe findings from the inaugural ROSMA Performance Check show procurement 
must clarify its value to the c-suite. Anna Scott reports.
  • Birthday cake with 35 candle © Shutterstock A force to be reckoned withOn the 35th anniversary of 
Michael E Porter's How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy, his five forces continue to energise strategic 
thinking, says Dick Russill.
  • Elephants © iStock CSR Update - September 2014Ivory supply chain identified; New sustainability plans for Kellogg's; Nestlé to improve animal welfare; Palm oil promise from PZ Cussons; Ships to slow to save US whales; Supply Chain School to aid FM.
  • Dick Russill illustration Executive coach - September 2014Dick Russill answers readers' questions on procurement fraud and things leading procurement organisations do differently.
  • Engineers working on Rolls Royce turbine © Rolls Royce Performance principlesPerformance-based contracting emphasises outcomes and results when procuring products, aligning buyer and supplier incentives.
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