Public Sector – Is it right to be wary of The Cloud?

Public Sector – Is it right to be wary of The Cloud?

Daniel Bone and Dominic Rocha Blog, IT, Procurement

In recent years, procurement functions within the private sector have recognised the value of cloud technology and solutions, to the extent that procurement can play an integral role in the organisations move to digitalisation. This involves utilising cloud Procure to Pay (P2P) and Source to Pay (S2P) solutions to drive value for money. Despite the benefits reaped within the private …

Negotiation Strategies

What makes a good negotiation? Reflection on key characteristics

Adam Strauchold Blog, Procurement, Strategy

As procurement professionals, we frequently come across a view that negotiation is the core of our job – at times it’s even the only thing we are asked to do! Our stakeholders (managers of finance, operations, engineering, marketing, and other departments for whom we buy) see us as expert negotiators. Just picture a typical situation: a fleet director agrees with …

A new discounter for the UK market

A new discounter for the UK market

Pro Ganguly Blog, FMCG

Rumour is rife that Tesco is about to launch a stand-alone chain of discount shops, likely to be named “Jack’s”, after one of its founders, Jack Cohen. So why are Tesco doing this? What’s in it for them, their customers, competitors and suppliers? Why? Between Aldi and Lidl, they now command a combined 13% market share of the UK grocery …

Procure-to-Pay software: how can virtual assistants help with user adoption?

Procure-to-Pay software: how can virtual assistants help with user adoption?

Joe Temple Blog, IT, Procurement

Take a look around a business that has implemented a new Procure-to-Pay system in the last few years and you will likely come across some user adoption challenges. Perhaps requisitioners have stopped using catalogues because they can’t find the items they are looking for, or don’t trust the pricing. Maybe line managers have overdue approvals in their queue because they …

2018 – The End of Retail?

2018 – The End of Retail?

Pro Ganguly Blog, Retail

2018. A year like no other for the retail industry and for those who work in the industry. So far, this year: • Maplin and Toys R Us have disappeared from our high streets • Poundworld is in administration with the search for a buyer not looking promising and 5,100 jobs at risk • M&S, Mothercare, House of Fraser, Carphone …

How the increasing sales of Hybrid and Electric cars might affect Oil and Gas companies

How the increasing sales of Hybrid and Electric cars might affect Oil and Gas companies

Laura Schmidt and Victoria Proctor Blog, Oil&Gas

Tesla, BMW, Toyota, Nissan; anywhere we look on the street, hybrid and electric cars seem to be appearing more and more, aimed at varied demographics, with increased media focus around customer incentives to move to electric. While for the consumer, they target hearts with a zero-carbon footprint message, and purse strings with city driving exemptions, the following questions arise: What …

Mental Health Awareness Week at 4C

Mental Health Awareness Week at 4C

Hannah Prince Blog, Life at 4C

The 14th – 20th May 2018 was Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom, a week organised by the Mental Health Foundation, to highlight the subject of mental health and raise awareness of the issues and how they can affect us all. The focus of the 2018 week was stress, a key subject specifically for the workplace. The Mental …

Stepping out of the shadow to drive business value  

Stepping out of the shadow to drive business value  

Mark Ellis Blog, Procurement

I was fortunate enough to attend the recent Procurement Leaders Dinner, which was an excellent event to showcase procurement at the ‘top of its game’.  It leads me to wonder why our leading lights of the function have been successful in their enterprises, especially as most of the winners were truly focussed on transformation and creating business value. The attendees …