This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Procurement: Your Job is to Make Other People Successful

This week, I have combined two weeks into one edition of This Week in Procurement.  For the first time last week, I didn’t come across enough good content that I wanted to share! Is that indicative of the fact that a lot of the content out there is too bland, or not that insightful?  It is getting harder to find those needles in the haystack.  I’d love to hear your perspective…

That being said, as soon as I read this week’s “Must Read”, I knew it would be the “Must Read”.  Written by David Atkinson of Four Pillars Consulting, it goes straight to the heart of something I am very passionate about.  “Why” do we even exist, and what is our purpose?

If you do nothing else this week, please read David’s post, and add in your thoughts to the comments:

Procurement: Your Job is to Make Other People Successful | David Atkinson, Four Pillars Consulting


Procurement in the Future: Humans Need Not Apply | Ben Shute, Purchasing Index Australia

Category Management – Critical Success Factors | Alison Smith, The Purchasing Coach

Learning to #Negotiate on the Road | Claudia Roth, Unblandeur Ltd.

Fintech is Much More than Payments and Blockchain | Magnus Lind, Skanor Group

Has Procurement Really Changed? | Tim Cummins, IACCM

The Cost of a Contract | Tim Cummins, IACCM



BMP Radio: October 2017 ISM-New York Report on Business | Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point

NEWS: Buyers Meeting Point (BMP) Radio Joins the Art of Procurement Network | Philip Ideson, Palambridge

LevaData Launches Leva, “World’s First” AI Advisor for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement | James Henderson, Supply Chain Digital


Podcast: 158: Scaling the Power of Freelancers and Independent Contractors w/ Gene Zaino

Podcast: 159: Staging a Supply Chain Intervention w/ Christian Lanng


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.