There is definitely slavery in your supply chain. Here is how effective supplier management can help you manage that risk

Just this week at the Global SAP Ariba conference in Barcelona, Amal Clooney called on corporations to put respect for human rights at the core of their business, highlighting the trend of ‘doing good’ as a way to bolster profits.

Ten critical success factors to secure SRM value and ROI

Businesses are starting to accept the idea of supplier relationship management (SRM) – a strategic effort to understand suppliers and treat them according to their importance to the business. Last year, State of Flux’s research found the most important business drivers for implementing SRM are cost reduction or avoidance (54%), risk management and reduction (52%) and supplier innovation (43%).

A company-wide SRM programme offers big returns, but requires time and investment part I

Since most businesses depend on suppliers to help deliver their products and services, managing supplier relationships to develop new innovations, avoid risk, and reduce costs can be a key differentiator for future success. But since changing commercial relationships across a whole organisation requires a long-term commitment, can a more nimble programme generate faster returns?

Mergers and cost cutting: careful what you wish for

Times are tough for the manufacturers of our most beloved childhood snacks. Not only are organic and healthy foods attracting consumers’ attentions, many firms are also challenged with rising costs. Stock values have performed poorly across the sector, but Kraft Heinz, which owns brands from Cadbury Crème Eggs to Kraft Singles cheese slices, has experienced an especially severe period.

State of Flux named to 2019 Spend Matters Providers to Know: The best-in-class companies in procurement and supply chain

April 10, 2019

UK Government’s strategic supplier relationship management programme - A great success

The UK Government's strategic  supplier relationship management (SSRM) programme has been judged a great success, by a very favourable internal audit report - an outcome in which we take great pride. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those from the UK Government who have worked with us on this project and wish them every success as they now move in to Wave 2 of this important initiative, to roll out SSRM across another five departments.

State of Flux and 2020 Delivery will shortly be bringing support for Wave 1 of UK Government’s SSRM programme to a successful conclusion. We have worked in partnership with the Cabinet Office and five central government departments over the last 15 months to develop an effective methodology, build capability and roll out SSRM.

Firefighting will not create sustainable procurement. We need a broader approach.


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