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May 29, 2018

Agile Procurement is the New Normal.

Agile Procurement is the New Normal.

Some common themes from ISM and Procurement Leaders.

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting in on some great presentations at the Procurement Leaders World Procurement Congress 18 in London, as well as attending the Institute for Supply Management ISM2018 in Nashville, TN the week before. They provided the perfect opportunities to reflect on where Procurement currently is, and where it’s going (hint: agile procurement). It is remarkable how much it has evolved – and what the notable changes are – over the last 10 years.

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January 30, 2018

Rethinking SRM as the Dust Begins to Settle on Carillion

Rethinking SRM as the Dust Begins to Settle on Carillion

I recently shared my initial thoughts about the news that Carillion, the 2nd largest construction company in the UK, had gone into liquidation because it could not secure the funding required to stay in operation.

As a reminder, Carillion is a private sector firm that provided a wide array of public services across Britain. They served lunches in public schools and provided maintenance to prisons; They provided cleaning and foodservice in hospitals, and they maintained roads. Perhaps most importantly, they did all of this through a huge network of subcontractors and partners, many of whom are now facing financial difficulties in the wake of the Carillion collapse. By some estimates, up to 30,000 companies could be affected.

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August 3, 2017

How startups grow by going old school.

How startups grow by going old school.

As the Vice President of Sales at Determine, I have the opportunity to visit great organizations in many different industries and countries. Often, they present challenges. I always try to not only understand the problem being presented but, more importantly, pinpoint the core issue at the root of the discussion.

It’s something I find personally rewarding, and am always looking for patterns and relationships between issues in order to create common solutions.

Sometimes I discover a nugget that stops me in my tracks — something I find extremely fascinating. What catches my attention is when it’s really a great example of how new is embracing old. Let me explain….

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February 13, 2017

Bricks to Clicks — the impact on the supply chain

Bricks to Clicks — the impact on the supply chain

Legal, procurement, supply chain—oh my!

Visiting some retail clients during the holidays, I was struck by the impact of the accelerated shift from “bricks to clicks” on procurement, supply chain and legal. It’s no secret that recent holiday shopping sales showed a continuing significant shift to online buying habits. Actual physical toy retailers are nearly nonexistent, mobile phone retailers are all online, booking holidays is a 100% online pursuit, banking, grocery and now urgent purchases are easily accessible for online same-day delivery.

This is not a new phenomenon, but I was surprised by how unprepared indirect procurement or GNFR (goods not for resale) is for this change.

So what is the impact on GNFR, supply chain and legal?

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