Tag Archives: procurement

Dropshipping pros and cons

I’ve frequently blogged about online retailing, but I have not mentioned an operations phenomenon that often underpins this business model – ‘dropshipping‘.   This is the concept of not holding any retail inventory, but shipping goods to customers directly from … Continue reading

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Market intelligence on suppliers

There’s nothing more frustrating than setting up your own operations to run smoothly and efficiently, only to be let down by suppliers.  That’s why it’s the Operations Manager’s responsibility to also manage the supply chain.  This means signing procurement contracts … Continue reading

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How the range of services a manufacturer may offer varies by industry sector

A wide range of different services may be offered by manufacturers and operators. These include: Design and development services Systems and solutions Maintenance and support services Retail and leasing services Installation and implementation services Property and real estate Financial services … Continue reading

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Why and how global procurement goes wrong – and one way to go about fixing it

Great article by Bain & Company on the challenge of efficiently organised global procurement.  International companies should be best positioned to take advantage of buying globally, but often their systems are weak, their organisation structure mitigates against success, and their staff are … Continue reading

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Government spends £2 billion a year on food, but not on UK produced food

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is reported to have pledged that the UK public sector, which spends £2 billion a year on food, will focus more on procuring this from UK producers and manufacturers.

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The Deloitte Global CPO Survey 2013

Deloitte conduct an annual survey of Chief Procurement Officers from around the world.  The full report can be found here (including a video and useful infographics), but the headlines are: cost reduction is still main priority for CPOs, but new … Continue reading

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Procurement and supply over the next twenty years

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) have produced a report – 80:20 Vision – that looks forward over the next twenty years to identify the major challenges and trends facing the profession.  The report identifies five major issues: … Continue reading

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