New Zealand Defence Force: On the procurement frontline…

Delivering a successful procurement programme in any industry or enterprise is challenging. Add to that the sensitivity and reliability demanded of a military organisation based in one of the world’s most remote locations, and the challenges become significant. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is the organisation which, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, […]

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How a procurement transformation enables greater value for KPMG

Historically speaking, procurement has often been seen as a mere cost centre and the part of the business where buying was done. In recent years however, procurement has taken a dramatic shift as more and more businesses around the world, from large scale global organisations to smaller and younger companies, have redefined their understanding of […]

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AXA Hong Kong: customer centricity in the digital transformation of insurance

In early 2019, the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS) was introduced in Hong Kong by the Food and Health Bureau to regulate indemnity hospital insurance plans offered to individuals, with voluntary participation by insurance companies and consumers. The VHIS was designed as a means of encouraging and supporting customers to purchase private healthcare services and […]

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AECOM Management Services: developing and optimising procurement

Joseph Lee, Vice President of Procurement and Subcontracts, explores how AECOM Management Services optimises its procurement to become a strategic sourcing organisation… Whether it’s building iconic skyscrapers, mobilising defense programs, solving complex environmental challenges, delivering clean water and energy, providing infrastructure to secure the future of nations or protecting people and property from natural and […]

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Elanco: a procurement lens on business growth

Jill Robbins, Senior Director, Global Procurement of Indirect Goods & Services at Elanco, explores how a procurement lens enables smarter business growth. By Dale Benton The typical career journey for any procurement professional is often one of great variety, but it’s this variety that enables a greater understanding of the value that procurement brings to […]

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Digital transformation for procurement at du

Through a digital transformation, Anis Tabka explores how du and Virgin Mobile embrace innovation in procurement. By Dale Benton In 2017, it was announced that the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) would launch a mobile service and bring the Virgin Mobile brand into the UAE. Virgin Mobile UAE is a wholly owned business unit within […]

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Sainsbury’s Tech: powering the UK’s no. 1 multi-brand & multi-channel retailer

Let’s meet the team behind Sainsbury’s Tech: a brand-new technology division delivering integrated tech solutions across all Sainsbury’s brands and channels… Sainsbury’s is a beloved British institution with a long-standing reputation for quality and service, at fair prices, from its 1,400-plus UK stores for 150 years. From a butter shop on Drury Lane, the retailer […]

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UPC Switzerland and a Catalyst for B2B digital transformation

Bruno Schenk, Head of Digital Transformation at UPC Switzerland, explores how the company successfully navigates a digital transformation… By Dale Benton In today’s technology-driven world, many stakeholders are seeking answers to the question: what is digital transformation? It is something that we hear more and more as companies look to embrace a new era of […]

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Vyaire Medical: technology intersection in the medical device market

Edward Rybicki, SVP and Global CIO of Vyaire Medical, explores how the company embraces digital innovation in the medical devices market… By Dale Benton Working in the modern technology space is challenging, regardless of industry. Technology is transforming and disrupting industries the world over at an increasing rate, presenting a time of both great opportunity […]

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Renson Ventilation: no speed limit on innovation

Koen Van Loo, CIO of Renson Ventilation, explores how the company’s investment in IT enables efficiency and innovation… By Dale Benton By its own admission, Renson Ventilation is a rapidly growing competent company that is constantly one step ahead of the game. In order to remain one step ahead of the game in an industry […]

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The University of Derby: an education in digital transformation

We caught up with Neil Williams, Director of IT and Digital Transformation at the University of Derby to see how a massive digital transformation is enriching every element of this forward-thinking educational establishment… These are highly disruptive times in higher education, just as enterprises in many sectors battle it out for points of differentiation while […]

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Verizon: delivering the next level of customer experience

We caught up with Verizon Consumer Group’s Executive Director of Sales Experience John Walker to discuss the telco’s transformation of its customer journey… Communication technology companies exist in highly competitive and increasingly disruptive waters. With the technological landscape constantly shifting, and customer expectation following suit, the journey a company offers both its clients and its […]

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Aldar Properties: Embedding procurement excellence

From its humble beginnings in 2005, Aldar Properties PJSC has established itself as the leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi and become one of the most well-known developers in the United Arab Emirates and wider Middle East region. The company is built on solid foundations, which emanate into each and every project it delivers. […]

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Sievo: procurement insight delivered through data

Unreliable analytics hold back the potential of digital transformation in procurement. According to a recent study by Deloitte, most CPOs view analytics as the technology area with the highest impact on business; and yet almost every one in two CPOs considers poor data quality or data integrations as the greatest barriers to effective digital procurement. […]

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William Hill “We partner, we grow”

David Medori, Chief Procurement Officer at William Hill reveals how strategic procurement is aiding the global gaming giant… by Andrew Woods During 2018, 600 million bets were placed with William Hill, further establishing its reputation as a world leader in gaming. Employing more than 15,500 people in 10 countries, the 85-year-old bookmaker and games provider is continually innovating […]

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EnterSolar: The philosophy of procurement

Edgar Lim, Vice President of Technology and Procurement, explores how a sound procurement philosophy achieves growth in a “solar-coaster” market.  Written by Dale Benton Since 2005, EnterSolar has established itself as a trusted, single source for corporations looking to advance towards clean energy. In the years since, it has become one of the largest commercial […]

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Staffordshire University: clicks and mortar

Director of Digital Services at Staffordshire University, Andrew Proctor, explains how digital is leading the way at one of the UK’s emerging tech powerhouses… For a sector steeped in tradition, it’s perhaps not surprising that higher education has taken longer than most industries to wake up to the digitisation of operations and offerings that have […]

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TalkTalk: a mature start-up

We travelled to Salford, Greater Manchester, to catch up with TalkTalk’s Managing Director of Technology, Change, and Security, Gary Steen regarding the telco’s commitment to thinking, and acting, differently in a highly competitive marketplace… TalkTalk is an established telecommunications company that fosters a youthful, pioneering spirit. “I like to think of TalkTalk as a mature […]

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Vinnell Arabia: Procurement excellence – a business enabler

We speak to Dr. Preston Butler, Jr., Director of Procurement and Subcontracts at Vinnell Arabia, a unique US/Saudi company of former military expat personnel who provide training and logistics to the Saudi National Guard… Vinnell Arabia is under contract with the United States Army and has been around in various different formats since 1975. Its […]

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HCT – a procurement revolution

Tasked with a revolution of procurement, Mahmoud Al Alawi, HCT’s Director of Procurement and Contracts discusses the organisation’s digital journey… As the largest applied higher education institution in the UAE, The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) encompasses 16 men’s and women’s campuses across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Dhafra region, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah […]

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Veeam: a procurement transformation

CPOstrategy interviews Natalia Graves VP, Head of Procurement at Veeam Software to discuss the company’s procurement transformation Natalia Graves is the first Vice President of Procurement at Veeam Software and when she joined in January 2018, she was asked to further evaluate already existing best practices at the software company, broadening those practices across the organisation, as well as […]

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FWD Philippines: accelerating towards digital excellence

FWD Philippines’ CTO Rogelio “Nooky” Umali explains how a digital transformation has accelerated its time to market with a new range of innovative life insurance products… As markets ripe for disruption go, the financial sector in the Philippines is open season with only around 30% of the population possessing bank accounts. With just 2.5% of the […]

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University of St. Thomas: a customer-centric digital transformation

We speak to Edmund Clark, Vice President for Information Technology Services, Chief Information Officer, University of St. Thomas regarding a holistic, collaborative approach to transforming the student experience… These are challenging times for higher education with increased tuition raising expectations and new establishments popping up to challenge the old guard. Universities and colleges are having […]

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Inteva Products: unlocking digital transformation

Inteva Products, a major supplier of interior products to the automotive industry, has been working hard to unlock the benefits of digital transformation, both in its manufacturing and back-office operations. We spoke to Dennis Hodges, Inteva Products’ Chief Information Officer… The automotive industry is in the midst of a revolution. Hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) […]

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LEO Pharma: humanising the supply chain

Procurement is being transformed by new technologies, but people are the secret to success according to LEO Pharma’s Head of Operational Procurement, Martin Starcke who talks us through the company’s digital transformation. Founded in 1908, the Denmark-based multinational pharmaceutical company LEO Pharma has a storied history, but over a century after its foundation the company […]

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Welcome to the launch issue of Interface!

We are proud to announce the launch of Interface, a brand-new magazine looking to disrupt the digital landscape. Interface joins our other new magazine launch this week, CPOstrategy. A unique blend of exclusive executive-level interviews and thorough investigative reporting, Interface is a one-stop destination covering the digital age. Read the launch issue here! This month’s […]

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The barriers to smart procurement technology

Of all the sectors I’ve worked in – automotive, aerospace, retail, construction and housing – the last two face the greatest barriers when it comes to smart procurement technology. Pressured by tiny margins and led by giants such as Amazon, the retail industry has perfected the art of getting the right products in front of […]

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