Industry Insights
25 November 2014
There is a lack of knowledge when it comes to EU procurement, especially among non-procurement professionals.  
20 November 2014
Supply chains need to be used as strategic tools, according to one expert.  
14 November 2014
Thames Water has mandated probing health and safety audits for all of its suppliers. One year in and it has seen contractor health and safety incidents fall by half.  
11 November 2014
SMEs need to ensure they have demand, are compliant, have connections and can boast the relevant knowledge when moving into a new sector.  
06 November 2014
Education is important to ensure non-procurement professionals understand EU regulation.  
04 November 2014
Many procurement risks are more subtle than headline grabbing natural disasters or human rights violations and need managing properly.  
30 October 2014
Suppliers need to understand what is expected of them in terms of health and safety in each sector in which they operate.  
28 October 2014
A lack of sub-contractors is changing the dynamic in the construction industry.  
23 October 2014
Wind and solar technologies are transforming the utilities industry.  
21 October 2014
With the UK geared for growth, businesses that thrive will be those that work to increase their market reach.  
15 October 2014
Bribery is a supply chain risk but many businesses don't take steps to address it.  
14 October 2014
The North Sea is witnessing a decline in production but the future in still bright.  
09 October 2014
The rail sector is a highly competitive market and suppliers need to ensure they're properly prepared before making the move.  
08 October 2014
Fresh from a series of high-profile supply chain incidents across the globe, Achilles commissioned a study to investigate how confident large buyers are in their suppliers - particularly beyond Tier 1, and including providers in emerging markets.  
07 October 2014
The nature of carbon means it's often hard for businesses to realise its impact.  
03 October 2014
Construction companies are having a cash crisis and suppliers need to demonstrate their ability to help companies manage this pain point.  
02 October 2014
The pre-qualification questionnaire covers everything from products/services to corporate social responsibility.  
26 September 2014
Focusing on the 'knowns' of risk management can make the process much easier  
25 September 2014
The supply chain may be becoming more equal, with smaller supplies increasing being able to compete with their larger counterparts.  
24 September 2014
The decision to have a single or multiple vendor sourcing strategy is often a context-dependent one.  
23 September 2014
Procurement professionals need to demonstrate that they can source responsibly.  
19 September 2014
Research shows risk levels are improving in the supply chain but modern day slavery continues to be a real threat.  
18 September 2014
Figures have suggested that consumers aren't putting enough focus on ethical procurement but businesses must not underestimate its importance.  
17 September 2014
Emergency planning is important to ensure supply chains continue to function when disaster strikes.  
16 September 2014
Suppliers can demonstrate their value to utilities buyers by helping them manage their pain points.  
12 September 2014
It's important to make the most out of your Achilles subscription as a supplier.  
11 September 2014
Tesco has been criticised for not living up to its ethics, reminding others the importance of ensuring values run throughout a business.  
10 September 2014
SMEs need to be able to compete against their larger counterparts and ensure a fair market.  
09 September 2014
Suppliers can limit the stress of buyer meetings by having the right processes in place.  
04 September 2014
A frost has wiped out the majority of hazelnut supply, putting Nutella at risk.  
03 September 2014
To be competitive, suppliers in the utilities industry need to ensure they're helping buyers manage their pain points.  
28 August 2014
The majority of buyers believe there are better suppliers out there than the ones they have according to research from blur group.  
27 August 2014
Supply chain management relies on strong relationships in order to be effective.  
26 August 2014
Offshore wind farms are a focus for the UK but rely on supply chain excellence.  
20 August 2014
SMEs are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of risk management but it's still a challenge for businesses.  
18 August 2014
Climate change is recognised as a risk but isn't being properly acted upon, according to research.  
11 August 2014
Flood risk is intensifying and more needs to be done to address it.  
08 August 2014
It’s an uncomfortable truth that when we buy some types of jewellery, a smart phone or a replacement part for a computer, we might inadvertently be supporting armed conflicts and child labour thousands of miles away from our homes.  
07 August 2014
Customers play an important role in the creation of supply chains.  
06 August 2014
External factors can affect who you do business with and how.  
05 August 2014
Businesses need to minimise waste in the supply chain to create more sustainable and cost effective operations.  
04 August 2014
Suppliers need to put their emphasis on quality if they want to be competitive.  
31 July 2014
As reshoring kicks into gear, buyers need to look at how they can capitalise on the changes.  
30 July 2014
If you're considering entering the construction industry there are a few things you need to consider.  
29 July 2014
Buyers need to work with suppliers to ensure compliance with carbon reduction initiatives.  
24 July 2014
The Water Act will bring benefits for both buyers and suppliers.  
23 July 2014
Achilles audits and assessment are a crucial part of validating the capability, competence and compliance of suppliers.  
22 July 2014
Finances often get prioritised over the environment, but it's possible to cultivate both.  
21 July 2014
Feedback is important for businesses to ensure they are able to continuously improve.  
18 July 2014
To tackle slavery businesses need full visibility of their supply chain.  
17 July 2014
Businesses need to understand their obligations under ESOS.  
16 July 2014
To ensure supply chain excellence consistent data is crucial.  
15 July 2014
Insurance is crucial for suppliers when trying to secure a contract.  
11 July 2014
If suppliers want to be considered for certain opportunities, they will need to complete Additional Questions.  
11 July 2014
PwC claims businesses need to better manage their risk in order to thrive.  
10 July 2014
Weather, politics, economics, compliance and reputation are five key areas of supply chain risk that need to be properly managed.  
09 July 2014
Suppliers considering moving into the utilities sector should be aware of five key industry touch-points.  
08 July 2014
Supply chain ethics are integral and businesses need to understand what they are and how to maintain them.  
07 July 2014
Suppliers need to ensure they disclose everything when filling out the Achilles questionnaire.  
04 July 2014
Becoming an Achilles-verified supplier comes with many long-term benefits.  
03 July 2014
Achilles can help supply chain businesses improve their carbon reduction and ensure their operations are sustainable.  
02 July 2014
Supply chain mapping is important for businesses to realise their corporate social responsibility policies.  
01 July 2014
Buyers need to deliver return on investment to ensure procurement adds values, so how can Achilles help?  
30 June 2014
If you decide to move into the oil and gas sector there are a few imperatives to be aware of to ensure the transition is a success.  
27 June 2014
ESOS will require businesses to report energy usage and there are four ways this can be done.  
26 June 2014
Buyers need to cut down on risk in their supply chain but how can this be balanced against rewards?  
25 June 2014
Community building is important in procurement to improve transparency, increase reach and get the best deals.  
25 June 2014
With large sums being spent in the rail sector, we need to ask if procurement professionals are protecting their investments by adequately mitigating risk?  
24 June 2014
Achilles validation and communities can help create a competitive advantage for suppliers.  
23 June 2014
The tender process can be complicated and there are a few things that must be done to ensure it runs smoothly.  
20 June 2014
Supplier management is key for an effective supply chain that is properly optimised and accountable.  
19 June 2014
M&A activity is on the up, so what should you do if your supplier is involved in consolidation?  
18 June 2014
Achilles is impartial and transparent, meaning it provides verification you can trust.  
16 June 2014
Buyers need to cut down on risk in their supply chain but how can this be balanced against rewards?  
11 June 2014
As a truly globalised industry, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare is increasingly turning to emerging markets to develop new business opportunities and reduce costs by diversifying the manufacturing supply chain.  
10 June 2014
Achilles can help buyers and suppliers conform with upcoming energy rules, while lowering carbon emissions.  
20 May 2014
After months, if not years of pressure, utilities companies will now have to prove they have tried to help SMEs win an increased share of work – as a raft of new procurement directives has just been agreed by the EU.   
20 March 2014
A gang comprising more than 1,000 people push counterfeit drugs; dozens are arrested amid claims horse meat for trials entered the food chain and a company’s sales plummet 61% almost overnight. This sounds like the plot of a thriller movie, but these are all real issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry, in terms of reputation and the bottom line.  
06 March 2014
Infrastructure bosses must act now to protect themselves from supplier challenges. It sounds like a dream come true for anyone working in regulated procurement. After the biggest shake-up in a decade, a raft of brand new EU Directives look set to speed up, simplify, and reduce the cost of utilities procurement. The new rules are also aimed at creating a level playing-field for suppliers of all sizes while clarifying ‘gaps’ in legislation.  
30 January 2014
Food manufacturers urged to ‘map’ supply chains as 40% don’t know the identity of all their suppliers.  


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