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Ovation 2021: Vision, Purpose, Self

Ovation 2021 was indeed a "Festival of Inspiration & Personal Growth." Now in our eighth year, Ovation is the most influential, global community of group-level CPOs. It was a privilege to witness the power of the Procurement Leaders’ community coming together to help shape the future of a shared recovery for organizations, industries and societies.

Digital collaboration platform

Clariant’s approach to establishing a digital collaboration platform for agile project delivery

Speciality chemicals company Clariant have built an engine to drive innovations to support delivery of the enterprise strategy, build procurement excellence and improve operational efficiency.

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Next generation category management

Find out how CPOs will be upgrading category management through overhauling structures, focusing on growth and resilience and harnessing technology.

Procurement agility

How procurement’s agility kept Primark moving during the pandemic

International fashion, beauty and homeware retailer, Primark, like all nonessential retailers, has experienced huge disruption during the Covid-19 crisis.

Category Management Strategy

Discovery’s data-driven category management strategy

Following its acquisition of media company Scripps Networks Interactive in 2018, Discovery spotted an opportunity to consolidate its spend data across the newly merged enterprise.

Procurement technology roadmap

A procurement technology roadmap to solve today’s problems

We gathered together some of the leading procurement thinkers in Asia to debate the current and future of technology in the function.


Why procurement leaders must prioritise digital innovation to thrive in today’s economy

To succeed in a fast-changing world, procurement leaders must use digital technology as a competitive advantage, delivering an intuitive, easy-to-use experience to stakeholders on their terms


Thoughts from Day 3 of Innovation In: Digitalisation and Tech

Over the past three days we’ve had the opportunity to hear from a great selection of speakers and presenters from across our network as they discussed all of the ways that digitalization and technology impact their businesses.


DSM’s approach to developing a holistic digital platform strategy

Nutrition, health and sustainable living company DSM has developed a platform to centralise the user experience that is already delivering value, led by a comprehensive change management approach


Top strategies for procurement to help grow revenues

With businesses' focus shifting from damage control to restoring growth, innovative CPOs are encouraging their procurement teams to prioritise supplier innovation and revenue opportunities


Procurement as a growth engine

Forward thinking business leaders are exploring how procurement can bring new opportunities for growth, as they become increasingly aware of the huge potential that exists in the upstream supply base.


Innovation vision for procurement in the next 3 years

Skills, processes and technology need to be developing harmoniously to make your procurement roadmap viable. JAGGAER's Justin Sadler-Smith digs deeper into those vital components.

Innovation in resilient supplier networks

Identifying risk and driving resilience

As we conclude the third and final day of presentations, discussions and networking at Procurement Leaders’ IN:IN – Resilient supplier networks event, we reflect on three key take-aways from this virtual event.

Innovation In Resilient Supplier Networks

Driving resiliency through action

Day two of Innovation: In virtual event carried over the momentum from day one of the event with a variety of great speakers who touched on several important themes pertaining to procurement’s role in establishing resilience.

Resilient supplier networks

Procurement’s role in establishing resilient supplier networks

A potential competitive advantage, resiliency is a growth driver that is becoming a critical capability for organisations. Through the events of the past fourteen months supplier risk has become part of board level discussions, and after all of procurement’s efforts throughout these events, CPOs now have a clear case for why they should be central to any resiliency effort.

Supplier switch

Pharmaceutical giant manages little disruption with big supplier switch

A pharmaceutical giant wanted to explore opportunities for replacing one of its longstanding suppliers. Until 2018, it had been using the same two advertising agencies for 25 years, seeing it as a good way to keep costs down.

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How JLL uses procurement to drive new revenues

By exploring new opportunities and leveraging its experienced resources, JLL's sourcing and procurement teams are leading the way in the corporate and commercial real estate industry. Read their story to find out what they're doing, how they're doing it and what's next.

Tools for Risk

Invest in your process and tools for risk

15 of the most progressive Chief Procurement Officers from both Australia and New Zealand, explored the issue of risk management in the future of the procurement function during a virtual roundtable hosted by Procurement Leaders.

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Benchmarking to rebuild better with sustainable procurement

Procurement, supply chain and sustainability leaders alike are search for guidance on how they can rebuild better, more resilient supply chains in the face of massive uncertainty. EcoVadis global content marketing director David McClintock looks at key factors to their success.

Digital Procurement Change

How Rolls-Royce uses behavioural science to manage digital change

Managing change from a people perspective is one of the most critical aspects to get right when rolling out digital transformation projects. Regardless of how sophisticated or cutting edge a new technology tool is, it will fail to make the desired impact if its intended users – whether staff or suppliers – are not engaged.

Business Travel

Ready for the return to business travel? Not so fast.

With government-imposed lockdowns still in place in most regions around the world, business travel continues to be significantly reduced in the first quarter of 2021. Although more and more employees are ‘zoom-fatigued’ and eagerly packing their suitcases, the reality is that most companies are in no rush to pick up business travel.

Robotic Process Automation

Rise of the machines: Uniper turn to Robotic Process Automation

The procurement leadership team at Uniper, an international energy business, has started to use Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to improve the efficiency of their procurement operations.

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