Explaining what social value in procurement means

Explaining what social value in procurement means

Social value in procurement: a complex concept founded in good intentions Recently, the Irish book industry expressed dismay at the outcome of a national public tender on the supply of library books, saying it poses “a real threat” to Irish booksellers and suppliers. Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland claim 60 per cent of the €6 million annual contract was awarded last month to […]

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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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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 quick guide to tendering

The quick guide to tendering

There are a number of good reasons why businesses should tender. I could fill several pages of reasons but for the sake of brevity, I will limit it to three here: Ingenuity – if you don’t look for ideas or seek out alternate perspectives you are at best keeping pace with the market, not getting ahead […]

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Can public procurement contests inspire SMEs?

Can public procurement contests inspire SMEs?

Can public procurement contests ever be a source of inspiration? This is an important question as many SMEs that I work with have given up on public procurement. It can cost up to €6,000 to bid. They also feel the drive towards national frameworks for product and service supply is cutting them out of the […]

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Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure

Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure

Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure Larger businesses with procurement functions have outlined that maverick expenditure by non-procurmeent personnel is the biggest challenge relating to indirect procurement. There is however no apparent consensus on how to tackle expenditure that is not under the control of the procurement function. There are a number of downsides from uncontrolled […]

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Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management refers to the formal and informal means by which businesses manage their suppliers. The suppliers each business deals with support the buying organisation in some kind of way that helps them to succeed. Notwithstanding this, not all suppliers are equally important. Businesses need to consider how tactically aware they are in the management […]

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