13 June 2008
The head of OGCbuying.solutions (OGCbs) has urged public sector purchasers to increase collaboration and improve efficiency.
Alison Littley, chief executive of OGCbs, said buyers must increase co-operation to avoid the costly overlapping of time and effort. "[It's] about working together to understand where needs are common. Making overt decisions around where suppliers are used and working closely with suppliers to be more joined up."
She also urged vendors to work together and provide services for the public sector more efficiently. Littley told supplymanagement.com: "I think more and more you've got the collaboration of procurement, but I think there is a reality around supplier collaboration. Providers are going to have to be better connected with each other in order to serve common customers. And that is a major challenge, how do suppliers work with their competitors in a way that allows them to remain competitive?"
The OGCbs chief added the profession's challenges, including corporate social responsibility and the public sector spending review, means there has never been a better time to work in procurement.