This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: “It’s like talking to a brick wall”

Written by Philip Ideson


A couple of weeks ago, procurement coach Alison Smith posted a question to her followers on Linkedin: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing procurement?.

(I would highly recommend you take a look at the responses, and add your own!)

As a follow up to the question, Alison has spent the last couple of weeks writing a number of excellent posts providing suggestions of unconventional tools, or new approaches, to solving these age-old challenges.

Today’s must read is the latest in the series, as Alison seeks to answer the question: why do people think they can do something better by themselves, and not need the support of those with expertise?

“It’s Like Talking to a Brick Wall” | Alison Smith

As I write this, Alison is seven posts into the series. Check them all out, here.


To the CPO of the future: Embrace the changing rules of the game | Giles Breault, The Beyond Group

Why Supply Chains Must be Mapped | Bill Michels, Aripart Consulting

Doing the job in the right way for public sector supply giant (An interview with Paul Smith, YPO) | Yorkshire Post

10 Tips: Professionalism in Public Procurement | Jason Soza, Chief Procurement Officer for The State of Alaska

How To Play The Hand You’re Dealt In The Age Of Uncertainty | Laura Ross, Procurious

Picture Your Procurement Strategy as a Pyramid | Conrad Smith, Adobe

What’s the Future of Procurement? How the Rogues Will Become the Heroes | Nancy Clinton, Spend Matters


ISM/ThomasNet’s Newest “30 Under 30” Rising Supply Chain Stars Are Tech Savvy and Well Traveled | Sydney Lazarus, Spend Matters


Podcast: Why Global Buying Strategies Are Often Doomed to Fail & What You Can Do About It, w/ Brian Bancroft


This week was a big week, and one that has been a long time in the making. Along with the Art of Procurement site redesign, I was excited to finally launch Palambridge (read the press release here) with my co-founder, Kelly Barner.

In keeping with the nature of This Week in Procurement, I wanted to share a couple of links in case you want to learn more about what we are building, and how we think it will democratize access to procurement subject matter expertise:

Behind the Press Release | Philip Ideson
Buyers Meeting Point Owner Kelly Barner Branches out as Director of Intelligence for Palambridge | Kelly Barner
2 remarkable applications of the platform economy in Procurement | Bertrand Maltaverne

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.