The Inspired Thinking Group (ITG) is a ‘below the line’ technology-led marketing services business in UK and US that improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its clients’ marketing departments. Supplier deliveries and speed of problem solving is an important part of ITG’s customer service across +40 client teams.
Accenture has selected LeanLinking to Accenture’s Digital Procurement Safari as one of the most innovative solutions in the procurement and SRM space.
Spendmatters’ Jason Busch and Michael Lamoureux have been reviewing LeanLinking and have recommended the solution. They state that “LeanLinking goes beyond the basics of managing supplier relationships.” Read more
Numbers and spreadsheets are not enough: Six crucial signs you need an SRM agenda now!
Currently you may get along well enough using tools such as Excel, online surveys, contract management tools and data warehousing to manage the procurement function. As businesses and procurement evolve and become more complex, so does your relationships with your suppliers. Read more
As Europe’s leading manufacturer of design textiles, Kvadrat creates high quality contemporary textiles and textile-related products for private and public spaces. Products such as upholstery, blankets, curtains and rugs are designed in-house while 25 different textile mills around the world, from Italy to Japan, manufacture the finished products.
For Procurement Managers in many companies, measuring supplier performance extends beyond traditional KPIs like cost and delivery times. Cooperation, transparency and innovation are also essential to building productive partnerships between customers and suppliers.
We are busy people. The nature of procurement means juggling many suppliers and internal demands on a daily basis. It can be hard to find time for continuing professional development (CPD) and skill maintenance. But CPD and skill enhancement do not always have to involve expensive online courses or time away from the office.
How did you get your start in procurement?
Lars: It was actually a complete coincidence. I studied Supply Chain Management in business school but my first job was in a research company carrying out customer satisfaction surveys. I quickly discovered that my interest lay elsewhere and found a job as a procurement analyst at Wolseley, the world’s largest distributor of plumbing articles. Read more
For years, driving a hard-bargain and negotiating costs were the primary skills expected from anyone with procurement or purchasing in their job title. Employee profiles, job descriptions and training programmes all centred on principals of saving a company as much money as possible, sometimes
to the detriment of a supplier relationship Read more