October 2018

Benefit from your membership…

Read our white papers, sign up for the relevant events and webinars, and keep up-to-date with your CPD which all counts towards becoming a Chartered Status Professional.


Chartered Status – the momentum is building…

Just six months after its launch at the beginning of May the interest around Chartered Status is really gaining traction. With over 1000 members now upgraded to Chartered professional the relevance to the profession and the benefit to individuals is now being recognised. Chartered Status gives individuals the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills are current and up to date, plus adds weight to the brand of procurement and supply as a strategic profession.

Achieving Chartered Status is a clear demonstration of your commitment to the profession. It shows existing and potential employers that you are up-to-date with all the latest professional thinking and legislation and are willing to embed this in your practice and in your organisation in the pursuit of procurement excellence.

“I love the fact that CIPS has listened to member feedback and are now rewarding members who undertake at least 30 hours a year continuous professional development and complete and pass the annual CIPS ethics test with Chartered Status. This has been a long time coming as I have always thought that it was detrimental to the profession to have people who gained MCIPS status many years ago practice procurement without undertaking CPD to keep abreast with developments in the procurement arena. Procurement is a profession where there have been so many changes in recent years and unless you keep up-to-date with those changes then you are not able to perform to the best of your ability. My motto has always been that you are never too old to learn and to be rewarded for it even if it is just by a piece of paper like this shows that continuous learning pays off and helps you to keep on top of your game in whatever profession you are in.”

Helen Rees, MCIPS Chartered professional
Head of Procurement and Contracting at Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

If you have MCIPS or FCIPS then find out how you can update your status to give yourself a career advantage… More


Putting behavioural procurement into practice

Behavioural procurement expert David Loseby FCIPS explains why understanding emotions and biases could be the key to stakeholder management in procurement for MRO supplies…More


New salary benchmarking map launched

A new interactive salary map enables you to benchmark your salary by UK region and level and find out from Hays what is happening in your region…More


Brexit still top news

Our research found that delays of 10-30 minutes at customs as a result of Brexit could lead to bankruptcy for one in 10 UK business. This has resonated across the globe, and published by both domestic and international media.

We discovered that:

  • A quarter of UK businesses will stockpile goods to alleviate the impact of customs delays
  • One in 10 UK supply chain managers would prefer a no-deal to the Chequers plan
  • Half of UK companies would struggle to find suppliers and skills in the UK post-Brexit

With uncertainty still surrounding the Brexit deal or no-deal, UK coverage included the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, City A.M. and London Loves Business while across the pond it was picked up by the Wall Street Journal. It was also included in the Bloomberg Brexit Bulletin and mentioned in the Times.

Read the full report

The Telegraph reports

The Guardian reports

The Guardian reports further

City A.M. reports

London Loves Business reports

The Times reports

WSJ reports


UK supply chains: our Brexit survey

In our recent Brexit survey, we asked supply chain managers about the impact of re-shoring their supply chains to the UK. One of the survey options was about how using UK suppliers could support in the fight against unethical behaviour such as forced labour.

Among UK businesses (all sectors), 15% of respondents said that bringing suppliers closer to home would help them improve ethical behaviour. This figure went down slightly among UK businesses with EU suppliers (14%). Among sectors, the biggest responders were from the construction industry, where 19% said that UK suppliers would make it easier to spot unethical behaviour, energy and utilities were 10% of respondents, manufacturing at 10% and aerospace and defence, 9%...More


CIPS Brexit paper

With Brexit negotiations still underway, discover CIPS position on Brexit…More


Rethinking the procurement value equation

CIPS Knowledge Partner Jaggaer’s new whitepaper examines a common issue within procurement departments, namely that they are bogged down in manual, cumbersome processes. While some organisations focus on one pain point at a time, automating the entire Source-to-Pay (S2P) process with a unified solution can drive more value across your organisation… More


Catalysing digital business transformation by modernising procurement

This white paper discusses the many benefits of adopting a cutting-edge e-procurement solution over an on-premise ERP system. It explains how a cloud-native procurement software offers CIOs a great opportunity to drive digital transformation of the enterprise, while simultaneously helping CPOs achieve their own pressing goals…More


Updated section for the GSPS

Each year we review a percentage of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply.

In this year’s review we’ve updated Theme 11 Ethics in Procurement and Supply. The new content focusses on a number of crucial subject areas within the profession, such as Modern Slavery, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Bribery, Corruption and Fraud. It reflects that a significant update was required to meet this fast-moving key area of knowledge, understanding and capability for those working at all competency levels within the profession…More


Walmart deploys blockchain to track leafy green vegetables

Walmart identified the need to improve traceability to help public health officials investigate foodborne disease outbreaks and find the source of contaminated food.
As a result, the farms that supply Walmart with leafy green vegetables will be required to input detailed information about their produce into a blockchain database…More


B2B Marketplace Knowledge Partnership launched

CIPS has joined forces with award-winning, online B2B marketplace and AI-powered delivery platform Maistro to launch a new Knowledge Partnership exclusively for CIPS members. Find out more about the opportunities this growth area with a range of resources, including information and insights, case studies, blogs and more

The Procurement Predicament: a new white paper that explores the issues and potential solutions as business leaders and CFOs seek to address the procurement challenges presented during a time of huge global uncertainty…Download paper

Access indirect category spend reports

CASME and CIPS have a close relationship in order to share knowledge and resources with CIPS members…More


Commodities Index now live

Our Commodities Index is now available to members, offering comprehensive commodities data provided by IHS the producers of the Purchasing Managers Indices…More


Regional Update: MENA

As another year draws to a close there have been a number of significant ’Firsts’ in the MENA region this year.

We hosted our first Branch events in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Muscat, Oman; Ras Al Khaimah, UAE and also our first AGM in Sudan.

CIPS Qatar Branch hosted an event this month on Legal Battles in Procurement/SCM which attracted over 200 attendees.

Our branches are still working actively to provide knowledge and networking opportunities to the community

CIPS Northern Emirates branch is looking to host their very own annual conference in November and we are also hosting a branch event in Beirut – the first of many more to come for Lebanon.

We also engaged in corporate memberships with Emirates, Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi - Formula 1) and Emirates Global Aluminium, in addition to our existing global corporate membership with SABIC

Although Nikki has visited the region on a number of occasions it is with great anticipation that we look forward to hosting the international congress meeting here in Dubai for the first time. It’s a shame that Nikki will not be present on this occasion, but we look forward to welcoming congress representatives here in the UAE for what promises to be an eventful session.


Regional Update: Africa

CIPS SA Pan African Graduation ceremony

The 17 September 2018 was a historic day in the history of CIPS SA. It was the day on which a resoundingly successful graduation ceremony was held. Over 400 persons attended to celebrate the achievement of the students who had completed the Professional Diploma during 2017-18.

Excited students came from as far afield as Nigeria to be a part of this important milestone in their lives. Parents, friends and loved ones also shared in the celebration. It was a true Pan African event, with representatives from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Kenya, Zambia Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria in attendance.

In addition to students graduating, Corporate Award awardees of the MCIPS designation were also given their pins in acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.

A total of 128 students and 44 Corporate Awards recipients of the MCIPS designation were acknowledged

Members of the academic procession also complimented CIPS SA for the impeccable organization and the huge impact it created. Some comments received included:

“It was a wonderful function and you can be assured that CIPS is making a material contribution to learning and development in Africa” Divya Singh, key note speaker.

“Thanks to the CIPs Team for creating the opportunity for us to celebrate in the success of these graduates. It was a nice touch, and created opportunities for several graduates to network with members of the procession”. Nawaaz Khaliq, KZN CIPS Branch chairperson.

“It was a pleasure to participate. Given the diversity of the graduating class, without any doubt, CIPS is making a huge impact in Southern Africa. Congratulations to you, your team and your graduates, including recipients of the corporate designation, MCIPS.” Ozias Ncube, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, UNISA SBL.

Addressing transformation and capacity building in the South African supply chain

The 12th annual Smart Procurement World Indaba highlighted a number of key issues within the South African supply chain sector. Two of these ‑ driving economic development and transformation through supply chain incorporation; and capacity building and supply chain competence ‑ underlined the need for a complete stakeholder partnership.

“With regard to the former issue, we need to address the gap in the market for accessing and facilitating the connection between supply chain and small business. We should also be addressing the knowledge gap and understanding of small business and how one should engage the supply chain and meet their requirements. Furthermore, there needs to be a reduction in the occurrence of ‘tenderpreneurship’ and of the reliance of small businesses on just one large government or corporate contract,” says Mediacy Mudekwa, head of content for Smart Procurement World.

With regard to capacity building and supply chain competence for supply chain management in the public and private sectors, Mudekwa says that there is a need to both reduce wasteful expenditure and corruption, and concurrently increase procurement efficiency as a result of enhanced service delivery.

Mudekwa explains that it is important for the sustainability of the supply chain and procurement sectors that a collaborative supply chain partnership comprising public and private sector, Government policy support, small businesses and small business support organisations, be developed as a matter of priority.

“Achieving this is not without its challenges as was apparent in the session presented by Miyelani Maluleke, Macro Economist: South African Research at Absa. He highlighted that while there is optimism about political change, economic challenges persist and that SA’s rating fortunes still maintain a negative outlook. The key is to maintain open lines of communication and see these relationships as opportunities rather than as threats,” says Mudekwa.

The Hon. Deputy Minister of Finance, Mondli Gungubele says: “Harmony is key to the success and sustainability of both South Africa and its business environment. Democracy must be healthy; humanity must be the supreme determinant and should transcend both culture and gender. Prosperity will be guaranteed when these things are in place.

“The three Cs ‑ consistency, coherence and continuity ‑ come into play in the procurement process and trust becomes the anchor of the organisation. Furthermore, competency, systems and leadership should be key determinants within the award of tenders or job positions, rather than them being contingent upon the political party you belong to. We need to liberate ourselves from this misconception in order to build the South African civil service, and procurement is at the centre of this. Tender awards should be based on whether they meet the stipulated specifications, and should not be open to dispute after they have been awarded because it is suddenly realised that they do not meet these specifications. Assessments should therefore be based on the ability of the tenderer to meet the requirements,” he adds.

Debbie Tagg, CEO of Smart Procurement World, says that the Smart Procurement World Indaba is designed around moving SMMEs from being beneficiaries to being beneficial suppliers. “We are thrilled that Government is recognising the importance of Smart Procurement World Indaba and the issues we openly tackle. We have gained the support of the National Treasury, the Provincial Treasury and our host city ‑ City of Johannesburg. In terms of the private sector, Absa Bank has generously assisted with funding and has created extensive market interest in the event.”

Just say for more information to visit www.smartprocurementworld.com for more information. 


Regional Update: Australia

We are delighted to announce that Malcolm Harrison will be visiting the region in March 2019 and members will have the opportunity to meet him at the following events:

CIPS New Zealand conference on the 21 of March in Auckland. Register your interest in the event and be first to hear the details.

Public Sector Innovation Show in Canberra on the 26 of March. Malcolm will be giving the key note speech. Find out more.

CIPS Singapore has partnered with professional services firm KPMG in Singapore to offer training and support leading to the CIPS certification of procurement professionals and supply chain professionals, and the CIPS accreditation of organisations. Find out more


Regional Update: USA

CIPS was celebrating the start of a global partnership with APICS, the American professional association for supply chain management, while attending the APICS 2018 conference in Chicago last week.

Having previously signed an MOU which established guiding principles for collaboration and knowledge sharing, during the conference the two organisations announced their commitment to new initiatives next year. In 2019, APICS and CIPS will jointly launch a new procurement qualification for the North American market.

Speaking at the conference were CIPS representatives: Malcolm Harrison, CIPS new CEO; Bill Michels, CIPS VP of Operations for the Americas; and Jesus Campos, an assessor for the CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme.

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