The Millennials are here and there is nothing you can do to stop them. Those born between 1982 and 2000 have surpassed the Baby Boomers in sheer numbers and are now the top consumers globally. Hospitality is one of the most challenged industries when it comes to ‘Keeping up with the Millennials’, as it is … Continue reading Stop…Millennial Time!
What is the procurement profession doing to create communities of practice? Building on Tania Seary’s keynote speech and the idea of collaboration across the procurement profession, David Noble, Tania Seary, Diego Barilla and Sue Steele discuss what can be done to bring a dispersed community together. From spend entrepreneurship to professional accreditation and certification, the … Continue reading Procurious Big Ideas Panel Discussion #4 – What Are We Doing to Create Communities of Practice?
“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” John Glenn, NASA Time was that the old-school view of procurement, as illustrated above, prevailed. Of course, since then, times have changed, and procurement has emerged after the Lopez era to prioritise quality … Continue reading Cost Breakdowns – As Much About What’s Important As About Price
It was tarnished as a fad, or worse still, a hipster trend. But the ‘sharing’ or ‘collaborative economy’ is here to stay. This new purchasing practice is changing the way we consume products and services in our daily life. There is hardly an article about this new economy that doesn’t discuss the way that companies … Continue reading Buy vs. Lease – The Sharing Economy and Procurement
The New Year brought the tragic news of the passing of David Bowie. The term genius is often attributed to artists, though not all deserve it. David Bowie was a true genius and more. Completely unique, forever surprising with a rare ability at multiple reinvention throughout his career. Bowie was responsible for some of the … Continue reading Eternal Flame
Barcelona – a city of churches, tapas and endless Gaudi landmarks – boasts an intriguing procurement initiative that is fundamentally changing public procurement methodology. The concept is new and the way changes are being made is a stroke of genius. Traditionally, public procurement initiatives have looked something like this: Determine the problem Determine a solution Develop a scope of work … Continue reading Smart Cities – Revolutionising Public Procurement in Barcelona
Humour can help to diffuse tension, break the ice or create camaraderie. However, frequently humour can get lost in translation when crossing the cultural divide. After Christmas I enjoyed a short holiday on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria with my family. As we were enjoying a walk along one of the many beaches I couldn’t … Continue reading Braving the Cross-Cultural Humour Divide