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Find out more about purchasing and procurement with our selection of articles, links and guides to help you identify best practice, techniques and tools to apply to your business.

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Featured eBook 

Better business decisions using cost modeling: for procurement, operations, and supply chain professionals 
(Business Expert Press, 2012) 
This book provides the business student or professional with a concise guide to the creation and effective use of both internal and external cost models. Development of internal cost models is discussed with illustrations showing how they can be deployed.

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Featured article

Time to take a smarter approach to procurement
The article argues that a procurement team can provide leadership teams with valuable data, analysis and insights that influence what a company buys. It describes examples of companies benefitting from creating a collaborative partnership between procurement and the business.

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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.

Boohoo, Asos seek to rescue failed clothing brands online

Online fashion retailers Boohoo Group Plc and Asos Plc are looking to buy up ailing high street UK retail brands like Debenhams and Topshop.

UK property boom will last another year, Rightmove says

The surge in UK property prices will persist into 2021 as housing needs outweigh economic uncertainty, according to property website Rightmove.

Negotiating the economic downturn

Six supply chain strategies to help carry manufacturers through difficult times.

Procurement of software and smartphone apps

The article offers tips to companies on implementing protocols for the procurement of software and smartphone applications. Before making a purchase, firms are advised to have a clear definition of the problem to be solved by the use of the software. The request for proposal should be reviewed by multiple individuals at different levels of the organization for thoroughness, priorities and risks.

Get smart about cybersecurity

Article details the imperative of having a disaster recovery plan and comprehensive cybersecurity policy in place. Purchasing cybersecurity insurance to mitigate the risk is also an option to be considered.

Green utility breaks up UK's 'Big Six' oligopoly with SSE deal

Ovo Energy's purchase of Scottish utility SSE will catapult it to being one of the largest energy suppliers in the UK.

The most effective employee benefits don't have to cost you anything

Article looks at the end of more 'gimmiky benefits' in favour of a smaller number of genuinely core benefits are much more attractive such as flexible working opportunities, the baility to purchase extra holiday, high street discounts and cycle to work schemes.

Farmers 'dodge a bullet' as HMRC loses VAT battle

A Scottish farm business has won a battle against HMRC to be able to reclaim VAT payments worth more than £1m.

Global luxury retail in the digital era

High-end brands are adapting their business models for a younger Millennial and Gen Z consumer base.

Keeping tabs on cloud costs

The article focuses on the issues regarding costs for cloud services and cloud contracts need to be managed effectively. It mentions approach offers huge benefits to the business, enabling pilots and projects to consume cloud resources and public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. It mentions software as a service (SaaS) is easy to procure and deploy that it often bypasses procurement and information technology policies.

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Useful links

Chartered Institute of Purchasing & 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.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected material

The power of p-cards
Treasurer, March 2014
Procurement cards are essentially a type of credit card that a company issues to employees to buy goods and services from suppliers. Physical p-cards are now becoming obsolete, being replaced by virtual cards that are activated by mobile technologies.

How to cut IT procurement costs without harming service quality
Financial Management, October 2013
Since IT often represents a substantial cost, it may be seen as a prime candidate for cuts. However, the costs of IT procurement can be controlled without harming the business.

Buying professional services
(Profile Books Ltd, 2010)
This book explores what providers of professional services need to do to ensure that the users' money is well spent, using a variety of real-life examples.

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