Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) — 26 June 2019 — Myth-Busting

Procurement Myth-Busting – Putting Misconceptions to Rest Article by Kate Vitasek published 26 June on the SIG website. Many companies are on missions to improve their procurement processes… Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2QKbvLZ 

Avoiding the Death Spiral

Many procurement organizations don’t realize they are in a virtual death spiral when it comes to cost-cutting. The concept of a death spiral in business has been associated with insurance and investing, but it… Click To Tweet Procurement organizations that constantly demand lower and lower costs (often having a metric known as Purchase Price Variance) often […]

Carillion Needed a Strong Dose of Vested

Carillion, the large British multinational facilities management and construction services company that went bankrupt early this year, is a textbook example of how not to collaborate, communicate and well, do business. Julie Jackson, managing director at OCS Group, summed up the situation nicely in a recent article for FMWorld. “If we can’t agree on a different way […]

Expert Insights on Procurement’s Role in 2018

According to a recent Zycus report, “Procurement Experts Outlook 2018”, businesses are “more than ever exposed to a myriad of complex issues revolving around cost savings, operational efficiency and obtaining a competitive edge through available data and human resources.”

Forbes — May 2017 — Philly ballot

Philly Voters Back ‘Best Value’ Change To City Procurement System Forbes article published by Kate Vitasek on 18 May 2017. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/m9ck92l

Forbes — 28 April 2017

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said the vision of the State of Georgia is “to become the Silicon Valley of the South.”

Procurement Think Tanks Join Forces to Introduce Palambridge

Palambridge is the brainchild of Philip Ideson, who runs the Art of Procurement website that has produced a series of podcasts over the last year or so that feature interviews with procurement leaders (including one in which I talked about Sourcing Business Models.) His partner in this venture is Kelly Barner, the owner/director of Buyers Meeting Point, also a well-known […]

Forbes — 20 December 2016

Philadelphia Is Modernizing Procurement Regs For Modern Needs Article by Kate Vitasek published by Forbes on 20 December 2016. The City of Philadelphia is on track to comprehensively modernize its “old-school” procurement regulations, which have not changed since 1951… Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/hpafbxp

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

What are professionals with a Vested frame of mind looking for as they place their Christmas stocking on the fireplace mantle this year? Here are some of the items I hope Santa will seriously consider leaving for procurement, outsourcing and supply chain professionals to prepare them for the post-Brexit, new-Globalization, and Trump World eras: A […]

Supply Chain Quarterly — December 2016

Map your way to an effective sourcing strategy Article by Kate Vitasek published 14 December 2016 on Supply Chain Quarterly’s online site. This business-process mapping technique, designed specifically for procurement, can help you identify which relational and economic sourcing models are right for your company… Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/hwnhvmp