News, Events & Insights: Supplier Relationship Management

The role of Procurement is to guide the organization through an uncertain future and help realize new sourcing strategies for what lies ahead.Award winning author and CEO of Positive, ... Read More
We are pleased to announce that a new 2-Day Intensive Supplier Relationship Management public course has been added to our schedule. We have pleasure in confirming that this will ... Read More
We all know that managing your supply chain efficiently will save your company money and time, and reduce risk. But where can you start? If you are considering a realignment of your supply chain or just want to properly evaluate it, then a strategic supply chain map can be beneficial. Reasons for constructing a mapSupply and value chain network mapping helps ... Read More
Adapting to survive… why the fittest companies demand the evolution of procurement with SRM at its core. Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is the trending topic of the moment in procurement circles, but what is driving this heightened interest? Jonathan O’Brien considers why we need SRM like never before and how we can make it happen.In today’s operating environment, companies need to better know and move ... Read More
Avoiding Bribery and Corruption in your Supply Chain. Dealing with suppliers could potentially put you at risk bribery and corruption. In much of Northern Europe, North America, Australia and Japan, such practices are rare and regarded as unacceptable (Global Corruption Barometer, 2013 – http://www.transparency.org/gcb2013). They could also be illegal. Elsewhere, it could just be how business is done and is simply ... Read More
10 tips for successIf we engage a supplier to work for us we have a contract with them, whether formalized or not. All we need to do is manage them to this contract and what we have agreed between us. Then, if they don’t perform, we have legal remedies open to us. Easy, right?In theory, contract management should be straightforward, yet it ... Read More
Why and how supply side CSR is something we must take seriously. Pick up an annual report and you are highly likely to read a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) statement setting out the company’s commitment to making the world a better place. Progressive organizations turn policy into action and can proudly demonstrate a range of initiatives that have achieved a successful social, environmental or ... Read More
A guide to help CPOs better demonstrate how their function adds value to the organization. It’s all about savings, savings, savings! Once upon a time such a statement would have rung true for most procurement functions. But times have changed. In a post-recession and ever more volatile, fast-changing and unpredictable world, the leading companies are organized so that procurement functions are focused on ... Read More
How to really do itIt’s difficult to read an article on innovation without seeing Apple mentioned somewhere. The common association of Apple with innovation is old news, but few stop to think about how this actually happened and the lessons that can be learned from this. Apple’s innovation wasn’t the sole outcome of a bunch of clever people working out of a lab in ... Read More
The third and final book in the strategic procurement trilogy by Positive Purchasing’s CEO, Jonathan O’Brien, is now available, published by Kogan Page.“Supplier Relationship Management” is Jonathan’s third book ... Read More