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Because No One is Coming

11 Dec 2019
Because no one is coming, and we’re tired of waiting. Because none of us can avoid bureaucracy, but we can all choose how to engage it. Because fairness and competition need a better role model. Because the procurement industry needs a creative force for change. Because an open government...

Bigger Isn’t Always Better – Don’t Overestimate Economies of Scale

2 Dec 2019
Excerpt from “A Procurement Compendium” Why do we assume that bigger is better in procurement terms? That, if I aggregate my spend, if I have more volume to offer the market, then I will get a better deal? Why should this be so? It can only be because the supplier benefits from the economies of...

Insights from New York City’s Procurement Transformation

20 Nov 2019
NYC’s Journey to Procurement Digitization Digital procurement has the power to unlock significant capabilities for organizations that embrace change and commit to bringing formerly paper-driven tasks online. But as the rate of technology change has outpaced the public sector,...

Top Government Contractors Providing Working Dogs and Related Services

9 Nov 2019
By now you’ve heard the story about how a military working dog played an instrumental role in chasing down the leader of ISIS and helping to prevent major injury to everyone involved in the mission. But did you know that working dogs have been a part of government procurement for decades?...

Discussions

Hello Public Spend Forum community

Hello to everyone, Today had managed to find time to fill my profile and I am happy that I was accepted in this highly valued community. Just wanted to say hello. I think it`s a great platform to share knowledge and learn from various procurement professionals across the globe. Please to be here at...

Innovation

I am looking for examples of public procurement models for tendering and cost reductions which have cost reductions and cost driver built into the RFQ process. Is anyone doing this and looking to use more private sector approaches to control costs and cost increases? ——————————...

thoughts on Dr. Kelman’s recent article – soft touch airbnb suggestion

I wrote this comment after reading Dr. Kelman’s article - “Kudos – superb article. Light touch advantages over harsh bureaucracy. Applies equally to both public and private sector. At the heart of Dr. Kelman’s observation is actionable 360-degree feedback that essentially measures trust....

Value based requirements

It’s often pointed out that Public Procurement is bound by law to source for best value. But, of course, value is not all that well defined. Value is the new way of saying TCO – total cost of ownership and usually stresses risk mitigation, innovation and proper “fit” formerly known as...

Perks of using truck graphics as messages on vehicles!

The increasing interest in vehicle wraps marketing and advertising, including the positive mass reaction to the truck graphics, has paved way for the vehicle wraps industry to mature greatly. The process that once started with stickers and decals on motorcycles and cars have now evolved to...