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Local is Good Donkey: How Social Procurement Changed Shrek

author: Larry Berglund Want to make a deep-rooted difference in your career?  Step 1: Adopt a social procurement strategy for your organization. Step 2: Implement it! What is Social Procurement? Social procurement was a nascent idea which resonated with supply chain professionals across the public sector. Rather than focusing on and defending the lowest cost […]

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7 Key Negotiation Strategies for Contract Renewal in Public Procurement

By Liz Busch Many of the public sector’s contracts for ongoing needs are multi-year, with options to renew or extend.  These contract renewals offer a significant opportunity to negotiate cost savings, improve on terms and extract optimum value from long-term contracts. Changing suppliers for ongoing contractual needs can be difficult, which makes adding options to […]

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Communication Tips for Better Vendor Performance Management

By The Procurement School Without effective communication, relationships with your procurement partners can quickly become stagnant. This and undoubtedly negatively impact your team’s vendor performance management strategy and outcome. To nurture a supplier relationship that optimizes outcomes for both parties, performance management should be an ongoing and continuous process. Relevant feedback delivered when the supplier […]

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6 Best Practices for Public Procurement in IT within Canada

The procurement of IT components and services comes with its own unique set of challenges and responsibilities.  This encompasses cyber security and other IT services, hardware, and software products. One must aim to meet all business requirements and maximize the value of spend. Below we offer best practices for mitigating the many different areas of […]

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Why Procurement’s Statement of Work/ Requirements is Essential for Effective Contract Negotiations

By The Procurement School A Statement of Work (SOW), also referred to as Statement of Requirements (SOR), is a detailed description of the goods and/or services to be supplied under a contract. The job of the document is to clearly stipulate all services and deliverables required to fulfill a contract by defining the tasks or […]

procurement whistleblowers in Canada

Canada, We Have a Problem

The era of whistleblowing and the need for transparency and supportive legislation in public procurement By The Procurement School Whistleblowers can change the world. And the world needs changing. As dramatic as it may sound, real change requires brave actions and loud voices.  However, unveiling corruption and fraud can come with repercussions and grave consequences, […]

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Improve Supplier Assessment Protocols to Skirt Procurement Challenges

It is often said that the best defence is a good offence.  This proactive thinking is prevalent throughout our public procurement training, emphasizing the importance of carving out adequate time to do effective procurement planning. Part of that planning should include considering strategies for selection of the ‘best value’ supplier – which will vary depending […]

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Innovative Vendor Performance Management at the City of Ottawa

It is easy for procurement professionals to understand that the best indicator of how a contractor will do in the future is  how they have performed in the past, but very few are working with a credible, objective and fact-based system for  collecting and utilizing this information on a regular basis. And given the specific […]

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5 federal election impacts on the Canadian public sector procurement process

By The Procurement School On September 21, 2021, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Liberal party leader, was re-elected with a minority Government. As Trudeau will be leading the country for the next 18 months, we thought we would look at what re-election means for public procurement.  It seems the Liberals are investing heavily into keeping up with […]

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how public procurement training can help boost your earning potential

As the effects of the global pandemic unfold, governments the world over are looking to procurement leaders to restructure supply chains that are agile and resilient as well as leverage technology to gain procurement efficiencies. This has led to increased positions and career opportunities for procurement professionals — thereby furthering the need for, and increasing […]