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This Week’s News from the Public Procurement Cafe

Here’s our Friday roundup of news picked up in the (imaginary) public procurement cafe/bar/cave/biergarten (according to your location) — recent public sector stories, snippets and information from around Europe. Well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens is being spent by governments and public sector bodies, so it’s good to pick up on stories on how it’s being spent.

The Global Sourcing Alliance – new partnership formed

Four procurement-consultancy firms from Europe, North America and Asia have joined forces to create a new partnership: The co-founders will cooperate for international engagements and operate under The Global Sourcing Alliance brand. Says Consultancy UK: “the procurement and supply chain landscape is becoming increasingly global, with local organisations more prone to look beyond their country’s border to satisfy their managerial and operational needs. As a result, procurement professionals too are growingly looking for cross-border services, in turn bolstering demand for international third party expertise and support.” The alliance expects to gain a better understanding of international dynamics and price differences between markets, exchange knowledge, tools and best practices and better support (international) tender requests.

Pioneering SME-friendly procurement contract adopted

A UK housing association has become the first organisation to adopt a pioneering procurement contract designed to make it easier for small business to access big contracts — says Builder & Engineer. Changes in procurement laws have removed barriers for SMEs and Futures Housing Group has been one of the first to capitalise by adopting new frameworks and processes to make tendering for contracts more accessible. It has adopted a new Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1) to help SMEs get better access to larger public contracts.

Procurers invited to apply for innovation procurement support

“Public procurers can avail of free support to prepare a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) or public procurement of innovation (PPI) by contacting the EU-funded eafip project by 17 November 2016. The project will assist six procurers, providing them with hands-on and tailored advice and support. All public procurers from EU Member States are eligible to apply,” details on Innovation Procurement Platform.

Supplier warned over breaking G-Cloud procurement rules

A supplier to the UK Homes and Communities Agency has been warned about its behaviour, on G-Cloud and reminded that Crown Commercial Service has the right to audit contracts. CCS revealed in its latest mystery shopper report that “HCA explained that when they had attempted to migrate to another supplier, the number of folder permissions had created unexpected problems with the offboarding.”  A rival supplier had apparently behaved in a way that seemed to lock the HCA into using their services. CCS stepped in after another supplier had complained.

Wambo – the future of global public health procurement

Announced at the end of May, Africa, Wambo.org is a global marketplace offering a growing range of quality-assured, lifesaving medicines and health-related commodities at competitive, transparent prices, and calls itself the future of global public health procurement. Implementers of Global Fund grants can check prices and place orders directly for medicines and other health products — there are plans to expand the reach of the platform further. Aidspan says “Wambo.org will eventually replace the current manual system in which buyers face a complex market with little transparency and data that is either incomplete or overwhelming … It is open to all implementing partners now using the Global Fund’s pooled procurement mechanism (PPM) and will gradually be made available to others as well. Any suppliers, large or small, who meet Global Fund standards for product quality are welcome to join …”

And here’s one for all you cyclists … 

The Bike Europe supply chain conference takes place on August 30th in Germany. It attracts the C-suite and decision makers of bicycle and e-bike manufacturers in Europe, US and Asia, as well as purchasing, procurement, and supply chain directors of Parts & Accessories manufacturers, retail chains, retail cooperatives, retail franchisers, and industry associations. Speakers from Accell Group and Decathlon will discuss the conditions that need to be in place to achieve speed to market and optimisation of supply to demand. Apparently there is huge interest in this conference as the market is rapidly growing along with the need to meet consumer demands and bring OEM component order lead times down. Such is demand for seats that a second room has had to be booked at the venue with a video link to the main event!