“On too many occasions the civil service has failed to design effective contracts or to monitor contracts adequately,” said Liaison Committee chairman Sir Alan Beith.
“Few niche, emergent and specialist consultancies have succeeded in securing work through the framework,” said the Management Consultancies Association.
“Comfort with paper” and a “mindset of disbelief in the savings available” are reasons for the slow take-up of e-invoicing, according to a report.
“The new rules address a crucial imbalance in global trade whereby large multinationals from newly-industrialised nations profit from open access to EU markets, but are protected from global competition at home,” said European Parliament rapporteur and MEP Daniel Caspary.
Purchasers need to change their approach when buying cloud computing services because there is little room for negotiation, according to a lawyer.
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Andy Milner is procurement and supply chain director at WSH, the catering provider behind brands like BaxterStorey and Benugo. He tells Paul Snell about the challenges he faces.
After years of debate, controversy, objections and legal wrangling, the expansion of the domain name world is imminent, says Edwina McDowall.
With the theme ‘do one good thing and do one in return’, new CIPS president Craig Lardner is keen to repay the faith shown in him by his peers and by CIPS. He talks to Paul Snell about his focus for the year ahead.
By Michael Comer and Timothy Stevens
A traditional adversarial approach to procurement is unlikely to bring about a harmonious positive relationship but adopting target-cost pricing can see improved efficiency and innovation.