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    MCIPS brings credibility to your career – and confidence to employers. Recent developments will cement its status as the “professional licence”.

    09 September 2014

    By Christian Schuh, Michael F. Strohmer, Stephen Easton, Mike Hales, Alenka Triplat, Apress, £29.50

    09 September 2014

    By Carlos Mena, Martin Christopher, Remko van Hoek, Kogan Page, £44.99

    09 September 2014

    The terminology of EU public procurement law can often be confusing. SM asked some 
lawyers for their definitions of the most common, and frequently misunderstood, words and phrases.

    09 September 2014

    The GCA will examine how retailers and suppliers adhere to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice – and will take action where necessary.

    09 September 2014

    The sourcing rules will apply to a number of crown entities from February 2015.

    09 September 2014

    Many organisations still try and predict the future based on what has gone before, but this is no longer sufficient says Paul Rogers.

    09 September 2014

    Companies claim to be making progress on improving the ethics of their supply chains. But can consumers ever be certain what they are buying is 100 per cent ethical? SM investigates.

    09 September 2014

    The EC is not advocating more regulatory action on unfair trading practices, but it is paying close attention to member states.

    09 September 2014

    How would a ‘reasonable well-informed and normally diligent’ tenderer interpret criteria?

    09 September 2014

    A survey has found large businesses don’t plan to increase their use of small firms. Tom Grand has five tips for SMEs who want to attract the attention of buyers.

    09 September 2014

    The Nigerian economy has surpassed South Africa to become the largest on the continent. But there are many challenges facing the country, as Anna Scott discovers.

    12 August 2014

    Paul Vincent exposes a number of tricks that FM services suppliers use to bump up their bills.

    12 August 2014

    The difference between SRM and SPM is often misunderstood. But as Alan Day explains, SPM is only a part of what’s needed to build a valuable and broad-based SRM strategy.

    12 August 2014

    Luxury brands have snapped up many suppliers, buying smaller, specialist companies to ensure craft skills and high-quality parts remain accessible, says Simon Brooke.

    12 August 2014

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"The art of persuasion" illustration © Cristobal Schmal

Although essential to procurement, skills like persuasion and influencing are not often given the importance they deserve in the profession. Anna Scott discovers more.

08 Jul 2014

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