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Finding and managing suppliers

We have collected the following resources to help you find suppliers for your business and manage supplier relationships. Our selection of articles, links and guides can help you identify best practice, techniques and tools to fit your situation.

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  • Articles and books from the Library

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Featured article

Putting the pieces together
The article focuses on supplier relationship management (SRM) for procurement managing and capturing the post-contract value from business relationships. The contributors comment on the lack of clarity around SRM in companies and how to maximise the value of interactions with suppliers.

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Featured link

Counting heads
Economia article, July/ August 2013
The author argues that UK companies' CFOs are mistaken in targeting labour when cutting costs; there are substantial savings to be had, for example, in efficiently managing suppliers, especially where companies merge, through reducing numbers and ensuring contract compliance.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How to procure indirect services

Best practices for procurement of indirect materials and services in large organisations.

Category management basics: how to attract top-quality suppliers

Looks at supplier relationship management (SRM) as part of implementing the category management procurement model. The article offers advice on generating contracts with suitable suppliers and how to test supplier engagement.

Putting the pieces together

The article focuses on supplier relationship management (SRM) for procurement managing and capturing the post-contract value from business relationships. The contributors comment on the lack of clarity around SRM in companies and how to maximise the value of interactions with suppliers.

How to negotiate with powerful suppliers

Follow these strategies to regain purchasing power with your suppliers.

Tibco vs Bank of America: A case study in failed supplier relationship

The case of software supplier Tibco vs Bank of America highlights a catastrophic breakdown in supplier relationships, writes Cliff Saran.

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Useful links

Choosing the right suppliers and Managing overseas suppliers
Guidance pages from Business Link. The original website was replaced in 2012; the guidance is now available through the UK Government Web Archive.

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
Professional body representing individuals and organisations in the field of purchasing and supply chain management. Resources on the website include category management and supply management models, a CEO checklist, document templates and glossary.

International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM)
Federation of national and regional purchasing associations. The body produces a monthly Ezine and offers an additional selection each month of useful articles and links.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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