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As businesses start to return to some sense of normality, the need for clear and decisive communications with suppliers is critical.  Whether that is discussions over predicted demands as production ramps up, or forging stronger relationship and collaborations with new and existing suppliers.  The mechanics of managing relationships is often overlooked, especially when we are looking for collaborative partnerships.

This week our focus is on supplier relationships, the skills required and the steps to take to reach collaborative relationships.  

Throughout the pandemic, CIPS will continue to bring you news, resources, case studies and virtual events to give you the support and inspiration you need.

This Week's Featured Resources

Supplier Management

Supplier Management

To manage a supplier is to assess their capability to meet your contractual needs

Soft Skills

Soft Skills

The key to good relationships is emotional intelligence and soft skills, which we are becoming increasingly important to our profession

Sector Focus: Food

Sector Focus: Food

Featured stories from within the food sector in managing supply chain challenges during the impact of the Coronavirus

Coronavirus FAQ

 
If a supplier is experiencing financial challenges or is at risk of going out of business, it is sensible to seek alternatives to secure your supply – but you should also consider the longer term benefits of helping suppliers deliver on their commitments. This could take several forms, such as payment in advance, upfront payment for raw material...Read More
Just as adhering to inflexible contract terms or taking legal action can irreparably damage supplier relationships, so proactive engagement and collaborative working can position you as customer of choice. For this, there are three core principles: prioritisation, communication and organisation. Firstly, using your procurement strategy... Read More
Data can help procurement professionals to monitor and manage risks within their supply chains, which is especially important at a time when many are experiencing supply chain disruption. The first step to setting up a data analysis programme is to ensure you are working with clean data, as this will put you in the best position to… Read More
When reviewing existing contracts and fast-tracking new or temporary ones, it may be beneficial to consider “smart” contracts which offer greater flexibility than a traditional agreement. Rather than locking both parties into strict deliverables at a time of widespread and unpredictable disruption, smart contracts include broader… Read More

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Supplier Collaboration

Supplier Collaboration

Prof. Richard Wilding FCIPS: Three steps to supplier collaboration

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Coopetition

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Supplier Relationships

Supplier Relationships

Prof. Richard Wilding FCIPS: Do you manage supplier relationships effectively?

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Food Supply Chains

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Heroes of Procurement

Thales

Thales

Thales in the UK was tasked with producing 8,000 ventilators to support NHS hospitals fighting Covid-19

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, has joined forces with the hospitality sector and supermarkets to feed the community and reduce food waste

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See All Hero Stories

Procurement heros have risen from all sectors to push companies forward in this rapidly changing environment

Support and Knowledge

Suppliers in Difficulty

Suppliers in Difficulty

It has always been important for P &SM Professionals to be aware of the financial health and trading position of suppliers

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Kraljic Matrix

Kraljic Matrix

The Kraljic matrix is a tool used to determine the risk of supply of materials from suppliers

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Managing Relationships

Managing Relationships

Building a trusted relationship with the supply base, be that existing or new prospective suppliers is a critical skill for procurement

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SRM Tools

SRM Tools

Download valuable SRM tools including the Kraljic matrix

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Soft Skills

Soft Skills

The key to good relationships is emotional intelligence and soft skills, which we are becoming increasingly important to our profession

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Stakeholder Management

Stakeholder Management

Gaining and maintaining the support and commitment of stakeholders requires a continuous process of engaging the right stakeholders at the right time

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Behavioural Procurement

Behavioural Procurement

The evolution of the principles established in Behavioural Economics

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Procurement Team

Procurement Team

Procurement Team encompasses all aspects of managing and developing your team to realise their true potential

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