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4C Webinar: Is this the end of marketing procurement?

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Recent developments have seen procurement functions turfed out of certain marketing departments, but does that mean the function no longer has a role to play? Join our upcoming webinar `Is this the end of marketing procurement?` on Thursday 5th May at 12.30pm BST to hear Milan Panchmatia, Managing Partner at 4C Associates and Peter Smith, Managing Editor at Spend Matters …

ANA marketing procurement conference Phoenix 2015

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Is the U.S. Five years (at least) behind the UK in terms of how it manages its agencies. Today in Pheonix. AZ was the first session at this years ANA financial management conference (marketing procurement), the opening topic was around transparency in agency relationships. I have to say that it was with a degree of incredulity that it really became …

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ProcureCon Indirect 2015 21st – 23rd April 2015, Amsterdam

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ProcureCon Indirect 21st – 23rd April, 2015 NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam ProcureCon Indirect is the annual international meeting for Indirect Spend Leaders and their senior teams to identify new operating models, benchmark and network in one place at one time. Now in its 8th year, ProcureCon Indirect conference combines strategic experiences from CPOs and Global Heads of Indirect on …

Retail Industry Forum Amsterdam

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4C Associates is delighted to invite you to attend the inagural Retail Industry Procurement Forum meeting on Friday 15th May, 2015. Who should attend:  European Retail Chief Procurement Officers, Heads of Procurement and Procurement professionals and associated industry association and federation members. Sponsors: The Retail Industry Procurement Forums are co-hosted and organised by 4C Associates and the Retail Forum Council. Registration: Please register below or contact Henna at henna.tirkkonen@4cassociates.com Fees: …

Retail Industry Forum London

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4C Associates are delighted to invite you to the Inaugural Retail Industry Procurement Forum Wine Tasting event in central London on Thursday 21st May. Time: 6pm-9pm Date: 21st May, 2015 Venue: Vinoteca Marylebone, 15 Seymour Pl, London W1H 5BD Who should attend:  Chief Procurement Officers, Heads of Procurement, Procurement professionals and associated industry federation members. Sponsors: The Retail Industry Procurement Forums are co-hosted and organised by 4C Associates and the Retail Forum …

ProcureCon Marketing 2nd – 4th, 2015 in London, UK

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  4C Associates will be sponsoring and leading a specialist marketing procurement workshop at the ProcureCon Marketing 2015 conference. If you would like to attend the session or meet us at the seminar, please contacthenna.tirkkonen@4cassociates.com or register below.

5th Food & Drink Industry Procurement Forum

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4C Associates is delighted to invite you to attend an exclusive champagne tasting at the 5th Food & Drink Industry Procurement Forum 2015 taking place on Thursday 17th September, 2015.   Date: 17th September, 2015 Time: 6pm-9pm Venue: Aveqia, 2 St. Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD Who should attend:  UK’s Food & Drink manufacturing CPOs and Procurement professionals and associated industry association and federation members. …

2nd Retail Industry Forum Amsterdam

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4C Associates is delighted to invite you to attend the 2nd Retail Industry Procurement Forum meeting on Thursday 15th October, 2015. Who should attend:  European Retail Chief Procurement Officers, Heads of Procurement and Procurement professionals and associated industry association and federation members. Sponsors: The Retail Industry Procurement Forums are co-hosted and organised by 4C Associates and the Retail Forum Council. Registration: Please register below or contact Henna at henna.tirkkonen@4cassociates.com Fees: This …

2nd Retail Industry Forum London

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4C Associates is delighted to invite you to attend an evening of drinks and culinary cooking at the 2nd Retail Industry Procurement Forum 2015 taking place on Thursday 19th November, from 6pm to 9pm.   Date: 19th November, 2015 Time: 6pm-9pm Venue: Aveqia, 2 St. Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD Who should attend:  Chief Procurement Officers, Heads of Procurement, Procurement professionals and associated industry …

The Second Food & Drink Procurement Industry Forum – Discussion Roundup

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The food and drink sector is facing a number of imposing challenges. Supermarkets continue to wage price wars, which in turn heap further cost pressure on their already stretched suppliers. As a result, some suppliers have cut corners and scandals such as “horse-gate” have erupted. Subsequent reforms aimed at improving the sector’s supply chains are likely to create further complications. …

The only worthwhile measure of marketing performance is revenue growth

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4C Associates’ sixth breakfast debate of 2013 focused on different methods of measuring marketing performance. Topics discussed included comparisons of various metrics available, the relationship between sales and marketing performance, and the act of incentivising and managing agencies to deliver first class marketing performance. Peter Marson, Non-Executive Director of 4C, argued for the motion that revenue growth is the only …

The changing balance between risk and reward will see a rise in onshoring over offshoring

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4C Associates‘ third debate of 2013, focused on the changing balance of risk and reward in relation to offshoring and onshoring. Topics discussed included the rise in labour costs in many emerging markets, the risks associated with outsourcing to another country and implementing best practice. Ed Ainsworth, Managing Director at 4C Associates argued for the motion, whereas Rob Lees, Managing …

Risk Management Roundtable 2013

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The combination of increasingly globalised supply chains and tighter margins, has seen risk management move to the forefront of many business strategies. Companies are more vulnerable than ever before and lack the funds to put in place multiple mitigation initiatives. In this context, the scope for error has been dramatically reduced. This situation was recently highlighted by events such as …

Effective Performance is not Dependent on Qualifications

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4C Associates‘ first debate of 2013, focused on the benefits of qualifications versus experience. Andrew Cox, Chairman of Advisory Board & Vice-President at International Institute for Advanced Purchasing & Supply, argued against the motion, whereas Tina Greer, Managing Partner at 4C Associates, debated for. Effective Performance is not Dependent on Qualifications Hiring managers agree that the key to selecting candidates, …

Can Procurement Drive Strategic Business Decisions?

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  Given the current financial climate, cutting costs and maximising efficiency have become key priorities for many businesses. As a result, the procurement function has not only gained in visibility, but also in strategic importance. In this context, 4C brought together a selection of professionals from several sectors to determine whether procurement can drive strategic business decisions. Jamie Ogilvie-Smals, Director …

Effective SRM: A Win- Win Situation?

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  With procurement functions under increasing pressure to deliver quick win savings, long term projects such as Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) are often put to one side. In addition, there is a divide in opinion regarding the involvement of buyers in SRM; in some business the functions are kept separate whereas in others SRM is part and parcel of the …

Can Procurement Really Add Value to Logistics?

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With many economists making bleak predictions regarding the ongoing economic crisis, optimising spend is a priority for many businesses. This has led to increased pressure on numerous functions, including logistics and supply chain, to work with procurement to maximize efficiency and drive company growth. Despite this, there remain many who are unconvinced by procurement’s ability to work with logistics and …

Does Procurement stifle Marketing’s Creativity?

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A growing number of businesses are looking to drive growth by cutting costs and optimising spend. In this context there is an increasing amount of pressure on marketing and procurement to work together. Traditionally, there has been some scepticism regarding these functions collaborating given their respective mandates. 4C brought together a selection of professionals from several sectors to determine whether …

Growth through Innovation Roundtable 2012

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Speaking to the Treasury Select Committee, Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King said; “When this crisis began in 2007, most people did not believe we would still be here. I don’t think we’re yet half way through this. I’ve always said that and I’m still saying it. My estimate of how long it will take to recover is expanding …

Cloud Computing: An IT Revolution, or a Rebranding of Old Ideas with a New Price Tag?

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Cloud computing has long been heralded as an IT revolution, on the verge of delivering a cheap and flexible solution for the workplace. However, despite promises of huge gains in efficiency and flexibility, cloud computing has not convinced everyone. 4C brought together a selection of professionals from various industries to determine whether cloud computing is revolutionary or simply a rehash …

Supply Chain Roundtable July 2012

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Once very much at the centre of consumer activity, the high street is rapidly losing ground to online retailers. This is not the first time traditional outlets have come under threat, however, the ease and convenience of online shopping has drastically altered consumer behaviour. These changes have radically affected supply chain strategy. The reduction in stock heading to the high …

Issues in Supply Chain Roundtable Spring 2012

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Tackling Supply Chain Issues Natural disasters, strikes and more mundane occurrences such as factory fires have all kept supply chain risk in the news. Recent examples include Pace losing $55m due to floods affecting Asian suppliers and the car industry losing up to half its supply of brake lines after a single factory shut down in Germany. This abundance of …

Procure to Pay Systems – Critical for CPOs to Deliver Value?

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With businesses constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to cut costs, procure to pay, or P2P, systems are often touted as possible cost saving solutions.  There are, however, those who believe their implementation is a waste of money. We brought together a wide selection of professionals from various sectors and industries to debate this issue. Industry expert, Mike Crowley, argued …

Breakfast Debate: “External Legal Services – best bought by Procurement, or the In-House Counsel?”

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With legal expenditure coming under increasing scrutiny, 4C assembled a group of procurement and legal professionals to debate the pros and cons of sourcing external legal services with procurement involvement versus the in-house legal counsel sourcing the services themselves. Antony Ray, Senior Category Manager at 4C Associates, argued that procurement was best placed to secure legal services whereas Emmanuelle Recoules, …

CFO Roundtable February 2012

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Between the first and second day of the Economist CFO Summit 2012, 4C assembled a group of senior finance leaders from different industries at The Savoy Hotel, City of Westminster. Attendees included Teuta Bakalli, FD, Vanguard Asset Management, David Fry, CFO, North and South East Asia, Pepsico, Richard Jones, FD, Anglia Regional Co-op, Kazimierz Przelomski, Vice-president and CFO, Selena Group, …