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5 Auction Types You Should Consider in Procurement

5 auction type

Just last year, we published a blog outlining the value of a particular auction type: the reverse auction. It listed 5 benefits, which included: Lower purchasing costs through increased competition The potential to gain better savings than a present ‘target’ amount Time savings through a reduced negotiation phase Increased ability…
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Negotiation Approaches in Procurement – 4 Key Tips

A man wearing a crown, proud of his negotiation approaches in procurement

The new financial year means new contracts, but are you ready to negotiate? Here are my top tips for negotiation approaches in procurement. Don’t be afraid to walk away You should always be prepared to walk away, no matter how much you’ve already sunk into the negotiation. Don’t get me…
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The 6 Key Skills You’ll Need to Support Business Recovery Post-Pandemic

Life used to be simple. There were blue collar workers and white collar workers. You either wore denim to the factory or starched and pressed whites to the office. Now, though, the coronavirus lockdown has introduced a “new” collar. The pyjama shirt collar. When we begin to leave lockdown, some…
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Supplier Relationships: Don’t Get Swept Off Your Feet

A not so successful supplier relationship

Choosing a supplier is like choosing a life partner. The wise decision means you’ll have a loving, supporting companion who’ll stick with you through sickness and health until death parts you. The wrong choice leads to a bitter divorce or, worse, a loveless marriage that you stick with because the…
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The Holy Trinity of Procurement Skills

3 Procurement Skills

There’s a joke among engineers that new grads lament not taking more maths subjects during their degree but, as they progress, rue not improving their communication skills. Procurement professionals don’t have the luxury of hindsight. From day one, our ‘soft skills’ make or break us. According to the Ikaros community,…
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7 Tips to Shine During EOFY Period

Because time waits for no one! At the end of financial year – motivation definitely drives decisions, and there is no shortage of motivation from stakeholders to purchase nor suppliers to sell. This is a match made in heaven and an opportunity for you to really shine. Whilst the current…
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5 reasons to use reverse auctions in 2019

Reverse Auctions

“What is the best deal you can offer me?” that is the heart of negotiations. Reverse auctions are a tried and tested tool to get to the “best deal”. A brief intro on “what is a reverse auction”: In the case of normal auctions, the vendor puts up a good,…
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Negotiation using Hagglebots

hagglebots

Procurement is about making deals. What does it mean to make deals in 2019? For too long, savings has dominated the procurement agenda. A success of a procurement department is measured by how much value they derive for the organisation and yes, of course this comes down to savings on…
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Competition vs Collaboration

Competition vs collaboration

How do you approach negotiation as a procurement professional? Do you go in looking to get the best deal possible? What does it even mean to get the best deal? Unfortunately for many procurement departments, getting the best deal means getting the lowest price possible. Procurement departments are still largely…
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Are you the grand-master negotiator that you THINK you are?

Negotiator

There is a negotiation skills gap. This gap arises because negotiation is usually a skill that we acquire through practice and observation. We start by observing our parents, how they negotiate or don’t negotiate with us as children. As we grow up, most people pick up negotiation skills informally from…
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