This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Avoiding The ‘CatMan Badge’: How To Make Sure Your Organization Doesn’t Fall Into An All Too Common Trap

It’s crazy to think that we are in the home stretch for the rest of the year, but here we are with only 1 month of the year to go. As we wind down on the year, this will be the last This Week in Procurement of the year (with the exception of a “Best of ‘17” edition), as we take time to reimagine how TWIP can improve and bring more value in 2018….

For this week’s “Must Read”, I wanted to share an article from Jonathan O’Brien, CEO of Positive Purchasing and a recent guest on BMP Radio. Jonathan considers why some procurement organizations struggle to realize the benefits of their investment in Category Management while for others it is a game changer. As seemingly more and more procurement organizations undertake transformation programs, this is particularly timely.

Check out Jonathan’s article, and more more, in this week’s This Week in Procurement:

Avoiding The ‘CatMan Badge’: How To Make Sure Your Organization Doesn’t Fall Into An All Too Common Trap | Jonathan O’Brien, Positive Purchasing


If You’re Still Negotiating With the Carrot and the Stick … | Sourcing Innovation

Debt as a Source of Risk in the Supply Chain | Procurious

Leadership’s Distaste for Uncertainty | David Loseby, CIPS



Jaggaer to Acquire BravoSolution: Initial Thoughts and Considerations | Sydney Lazarus, Spend Matters

Tesla Semi Will ‘Cut Cost of Cargo Transport’ | Will Green, Supply Management

Line Up Alternative Suppliers, Firms Warned | Jacki Buist, Supply Management


Podcast: 161: Sourcing Optimization is About Visibility, Not Complexity w/ Alan Holland

Podcast: 162: The Role of Procurement in the War Against Data Security Threats w/ Chris Camejo


Have a great weekend!


About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.