Lights…camera…procurement - Supply Management

Lights…camera…procurement

31 October 2011
As the 55th BFI London Film Festival drew to a close last week, the celebration of the big screen brought George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and all manner of home-grown stars to the red carpet. But what of procurement in film? First up is Blood in the mobile, a new documentary to be shown on selected screens over the next month. It puts the mobile phone supply chain under the spotlight, assessing the wider impact of the purchasing of minerals from the (supposedly) Democratic Republic of Congo. Second, there's this film, produced by Balfour Beatty that showcases the company's efforts to become more sustainable. It's unlikely to be sparring with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy when the Bafta awards come around, but it's an interesting medium to reveal what the construction company is doing. And of course, no SM film-based blog would be complete without one of our very own efforts, such as this highlights reel from the 2011 conference, featuring a sterling performance from John Collington striding the stage like a young Brando. And finally, before the curtain comes down on this blog, I’d like to leave you with a question. Which film has helped shape your views on procurement? Here’s my nomination: Over the years, a number of films have touched on sustainability, risk management and the power of technology, but few have encompassed such a range of procurement-related topics as the 1993 Disney delight that charts the efforts of the Jamaican bobsleigh team. Yes, Cool Runnings taught me a lot about purchasing. Cutting costs isn’t always the answer: faced with a lack of financial backing, coach Blitzer (John Candy) resorts to using another team’s rickety old training bobsled. While it gets them through the training stages, it ultimately kills off their medal-winning hopes. Procurement and technology: the evening before the most important bobsleigh run of his life, Derice Bannock is taken to one side by his coach, who elects to focus his young hopeful's mind by using the inspirational metaphor of the real value of IT to the procurement profession: “If you're not enough without IT, you'll never be enough with IT.” That’s what I took it to mean, anyway. That’s mine, what’s yours?
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