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Supplier Relationship Management

Blog articles relating to Supplier Relationship Management (or SRM) – the practice of managing relationships across your supply chains to get the best value and service from your suppliers.

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Procurement contract management

The better your relationship with your suppliers, the better the overall deal you are going to achieve both in procurement and within Contract Lifecycle Management. In this guide, we provide insights into the contract management process and how to optimise your long-term supplier relationships.

By Jane Shortall on 23 September 2021

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Sustainable sourcing
Why it’s as much about the journey as the destination

Sustainable sourcing is increasingly on the agenda for many organisations and those that are seeking to improve their environmental and ethical credentials are looking to procurement as a key enabler of the change required to make a difference.

By Aarun Bains on 13 July 2021

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Building resilient supply chains
Why – post-pandemic and BREXIT – it’s time to look forward, not back

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that procurement organisations must look forwards, and not backwards. To guard against future disruption and uncertainty, now – more than ever – it’s time to build supply chains that are truly future-proof.

By Aarun Bains on 8 June 2021

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Why procurement teams need to be doing category management right now
The benefits it brings, top tips for success, and where to go if you need help

Experienced procurement professionals will no doubt have heard the terms ‘category management’ and ‘category planning’. For some, they may represent an ideal way of working that feels very far from the reality of their day-to-day experience. For others, they may be synonymous with a past attempt to try something new that sadly failed due to […]

By Steve Lemon on 4 May 2021

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Top tips for outsourcing IT services in the NHS
How to balance risk and reward when lives are on the line

The NHS is the biggest employer in the UK, and every NHS trust will outsource some element of there IT contracts. How, then, do you choose the right outsourcing provider and, more importantly, how do you ensure value for money?

By Steve Rowland on 6 April 2021

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Supplier relationship management: the importance of collaboration in your supply chain
Why renegotiation, not re-tendering, might be the answer.

In this blog we explore how collaborating with your suppliers, through good supplier relationship management, and renegotiating contract terms might be a better solution than going out to tender.

By Mick O'Donnell on 27 January 2021

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Volume commitments as part of contract negotiations
How do you ensure that you can meet the demand?

When you signed that contract, you were absolutely sure that you could guarantee that spend. Now though the world has changed and that contractual obligation for a volume commitment could cause irrevocable damage. What can you do?

By Steve Rowland on 29 December 2020

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