Building a consortium: together you can be more

Building a consortium: together you can be more

Owner/Manager businesses often tell us that they feel they are being excluded from public procurement contests. We have written elsewhere about how companies can improve their bid management capabilities (through the development of a better strategy, by seeking bid management support or by obtaining training on writing bids). Increasingly, the consortium is becoming a further, potential […]

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Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

Dealing with a losing bid – part 2

This post is the second in a series of three posts dealing with common scenarios losing bidders find themselves in. In this scenario, we are going to assume: the bid was strong but still lost to a competitor; and/or the company was expecting win and did not do so.   Being beaten by apparently small […]

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Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

Dealing with a losing bid – part 1

It can be hard to accept the submission of losing bids in a procurement process. Independent estimates state that the opportunity cost of submitting a typical bid can be between €2,500 and €5,000 depending on the size and value of the contract. It is easy to see why companies can feel aggrieved when they find out […]

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Key indicators of an ethical procurement model

Key indicators of an ethical procurement model

When we work with companies, we are often told personal stories of experiences that they have had with public sector procurement processes. Assuming these stories are true (and their profit & loss accounts can often corroborate this), some suppliers in Ireland believe that domineering behaviour, unethical negotiating tactics and material post-tender negotiation is widespread. Some […]

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Successful suppliers manage concentration risk

Successful suppliers manage concentration risk

Commercial strategy and concentration risk When we work with clients on their commercial strategy, a key part involves the identification of different risks to their business. We often find that concentration risk features high up the list of critical risks faced by businesses that do not have a diversified customer base. High concentration risk means […]

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Bids and RFPs – what a good bid should look like

Bids and RFPs – what a good bid should look like

When we work with companies, they often ask us what a good business proposal or bid looks like. Normally, they ask what a well produced document might look like but this is not as helpful for many as they initially think it might be. A good works (construction) bid looks nothing like an office supplies […]

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Major sourcing issues in public and private procurement – lessons and opportunities

Major sourcing issues in public and private procurement – lessons and opportunities

Two global super-brands, Volkswagen and Nestlé have been in the news of late highlighting some key issues for purchasers of products in the public and private sectors. While Volkswagen’s travails have been well documented, Nestlé’s proactive admission that they identified instances of forced labour in its seafood supply chain is a development that raises a number of […]

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Procurement innovation – a Polish hospital shows the way

Procurement innovation – a Polish hospital shows the way

Procuring Innovation: a small Polish Hospital shows the world how to do it In speaking with public and private sector clients, we distinguish between traditional and innovative procurement methodologies. Traditional approaches work best for foreseeable needs. Things can often be improved but generally the solutions are known, there is perfect knowledge (or as close to […]

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Public procurement and the internet of things

Public procurement and the internet of things

The Internet of things is transforming the way the world operates. Public procurement is however being left behind by this. In many instances, public buyers and decision makers are not demonstrating the agility necessary to benefit from big data. All too often, management is more focused on maintaining a phoney sort of status quo (which […]

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The 2014 EU Procurement Directives: changes to public procurement

The 2014 EU Procurement Directives: changes to public procurement

Keystone Procurement has analysed and summarised the 2014 EU Procurement Directives changes from a SME perspective. The new directives contain a number of new rules that if transposed correctly, present significant commercial opportunities for SMEs. On the private sector side of the relationship, the 2014 EU Procurement Directives contain some positive amendments. Bureaucracy has been lightened and access […]

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