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3 Ways the New VGPB Policy Can Reduce Your Risk Profile

For many government agencies, getting aligned with the new VGPB goods and services policy is a daunting task. But nothing worth doing is easy, and what the new policy can do for your procurement processes is certainly worth pursuing. Traditionally – and this may sting – public procurement is done…

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Aim for the Stars with a Skills Gap Assessment

So you have some candidates for an open position to interview? Great, but if you want to save some money and time, why not just flip a coin instead? It may sound trite, but the standard 30-minute interview gives you little more than a 50/50 chance of picking the right…

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Why Sustainable Procurement is Commercially Savvy

Why Sustainable Procurement is Commercially Savvy

The pandemic has done its best to divert our attention from the issues of global warming, but the latest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has once again made it front and centre – where it should be. What the report detailed was predictable and dire. Longer…

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Give it to Me Straight: How to Write Effective Tender Evaluations

For procurement officers, the job is never done. You may have gone to market and found the right tender, but now it’s time to convince the decision-makers. Tender evaluations are powerful documents, with the ability to greenlight a project and get the contract underway quickly, or act as a roadblock,…

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You Get What You Ask For: A Guide to Specification Writing

In the beginning, there was … the specification. The difference between what you needed and what you got can be traced back to this all-important document. And in today’s volatile markets, good specification writing has never been more vital. Here’s why. Problems in the specification document create ripple effects that…

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The right way to do virtual negotiations

Part science, part art, face-to-face negotiation is hard enough to master without the COVID curve ball. Unfortunately, time and tide wait for no one, so being stuck in the office or at home doesn’t mean business takes a break. Negotiations must continue, deals must be brokered, and all of it…

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Employee benchmarking is the answer to a widespread skills shortage

A magnifying glass on workers; gert employee benchmarking

Globally, procurement departments are suffering from a skills shortage. Employee benchmarking is the only way to know what areas need addressing and where you can gain a competitive advantage. New demands require new skills The perception of procurement has changed. Once considered a back-office function that existed solely to cut…

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Price Benchmarking: The most important element of strategic sourcing

Have you done price benchmarking lately?

Are you getting the best price from your suppliers? If you haven’t conducted a price benchmark, then this question should be keeping you up at night. Humans like to get comfortable. We like to establish routines and then settle into them like a big, plush, La-Z-Boy recliner. This attitude, however,…

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Procurement Fraud: It’s time to say ‘no’ to the quid pro quo

A hand reaching down for money sitting in a bear trap, representing procurement fraud

Globally, the cost is US$3.7 trillion annually. Your organisation alone is losing anywhere from $10,000 to $150,000 a year. For some departments, that’s a conservative figure. Based on these numbers alone, you’d assume those in managerial positions would be doing everything they can to stop the bleeding but, for several…

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5 Steps for a Robust Contingency Plan

Contingency plan

The modern supply chain is a beast, operating on a ‘just-in-time’ basis at a large scale. This fast and loose style works well when things are going smoothly and predictably, but when disaster strikes – like a pandemic – the vulnerabilities can no longer be ignored. The best way to…

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