US backs down on NAFTA procurement demands

The United States has backed down from the procurement projects it previously demanded as part of the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both Canada and Mexico are claiming that the US made this decision because they stood firm against...

Seven Deadly Sins of Public Procurement

The government’s ongoing austerity programme is having predicable knock-on effects on procurement and outsourcing strategies. While there are a number of inter-related themes they all stem from a single overriding imperative – the need to cut costs. These...

Managing risk in the procurement process

Risk management is integral to the procurement process. It is a critical and ongoing process that never really ends, meaning that you will always need to undertake appropriate risk assessments for every level of the supply chain. As a procurement professional, you...