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Rewarding a Procurement Legend

09NOV

Rewarding a Procurement Legend

09. 11. 2017 09:23 Jan Šlachta

The highlight of the FSA prize-giving ceremony was the award of the Grand Prix for outstanding achievement in the field of procurement that Milan Kaplan bestowed on that legend of procurement management and our very special guest, Dr Peter Kraljič.

"It is a great surprise for me and also a great honour to receive this award," said the author of the famous Kraljic Matrix, which has been and sill is the cornerstone of procurement since its publication in 1983,


We're surfing the right wave!

09NOV

We're surfing the right wave!

09. 11. 2017 09:21 Jan Šlachta

The highlight of the first day was the announcement of the 7th annual Fair Sourcing Awards (FSA), in which professionals are rewarded for the original use of digial procurement solutions. "We are surfing the right wave, which is confirmed by entries from nine countries, including Mexico, Ukraine and Portugal," said the FSA organizer Marcela Turčanová about the global reach of the competition.

And who won? In the Start category, the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice was awarded first prize, second was PBS Velká Bíteš and third SBD Krušnohor.

The Trend category was won by innogy CR, second was the City of Eindhoven and third Erste Group Procurement.

The Master category was taken by the ProZorro Team from Ukraine, second was the Mexican Social Security Institute and third was Pavel Hrnčíř of Equa Bank.


The Magic of eBF

09NOV

The Magic of eBF

09. 11. 2017 09:19 Jan Šlachta

Many professional conferences just rely on a top-class programme to succeed. However, at eBF we have a festival whose magic lies in the fact along with the excellent quality of the presentations we also do what we like to do in our free time.

As the first afternoon turned into evening, it was a beautiful change. Those who had earlier been delivering their procurement expertise picked up musical instruments and played and sang for their colleagues, friends and acquaintances just for the joy of it. What else? We are at a festival after all!


There’s no lemon like a lemon

08NOV

There’s no lemon like a lemon

08. 11. 2017 14:55 Jan Šlachta

Maybe we can all agree that lemons are sour. However, they may taste even sourer if you pay for a kilo and end up only eating half. Have you ever tried to buy from a supplier a kilo of pure lemon without the peel so you’re not paying for the waste?

If so, you probably know the precise specifications of what you’re buying. Michal Kristiňák from Amazon was speaking about this on the main stage. According to him, you have to know clearly what you want to buy, explore the market, analyse it critically, know the risks, involve the suppliers and, above all, be active!


How to enjoy the age of robots

08NOV

How to enjoy the age of robots

08. 11. 2017 13:33 Jan Šlachta

Robotics, Automation, Procurement 4.0; these are concepts that shape almost the whole procurement world. However, are they the future, or already with us? As one of the collection of insights from our festival, we were convinced by Jiří Šmela from Siemens that both are true.

Robots in the form of a variety of software that read emails, download data or fill out web-forms are already with us. They save hundreds of thousands of hours of work per year in large corporations. Smarter artificial intelligence, however, remains the domain of IT industry.

You need to choose a supplier and negotiate with them yourself. This will be the case for many years to come, as you will see in many of the presentations to come. eBF is running on full!


Enjoy being here with us

08NOV

Enjoy being here with us

08. 11. 2017 12:26 Jan Šlachta

The Congress Hall at the Imperial Hotel in Ostrava was the venue for he start of eBF at nine on Wednesday morning, and practically everyone was there. It was indeed packed to the rafters. This year is the thirteenth anniversary, which is not a round number, but the symbolism is still strong.

"Welcome to Ostrava. I sincerely hope that you all enjoy it here and take away many good memories. And most importantly, I hope that we look forward to meeting each other again," were the words of Milan Kaplan, the festival director, who this year hardly glanced at his prepared speech.

Otherwise, everything is as always. eBF for all of us is and will be something like an extraordinary team-building exercise that we enjoy together every year.


We are TOGETHER again, so let eBF start!

08NOV

We are TOGETHER again, so let eBF start!

08. 11. 2017 11:35 Jan Šlachta

There are many reasons why eBF in Ostrava is a procurement festival. For some, it is the number of discussion spaces, for others, the ever growing interest among participants. Yes, we are growing, but at the same time we retain what we really are: civil, human, creative, inspiring and festive.

For the third time running this was confirmed on the eve of the festival at the TOGETHER exhibition vernissage, where works of art from buyers, public procurers, the PROEBIZ team and other partners were on display.

These beautiful paintings, photographs, sculptures, metalworks and original jewellery can be admired throughout eBF in the exhibition space at Dlouhá 6. See more in our photo gallery.


The Mosaic is Finished!

25SEP

The Mosaic is Finished!

25. 09. 2017 14:40 Jan Šlachta

Do you feel as if you can't believe your eyes? That's only to be expected, because right now you're looking at this year's eBF programme :-) Thanks to all those who will speak, join in the discussions or take part in any way. We are all part of an intricate mosaic that put together makes a spectacular whole. Let's do it! We look forward to seeing you all :-)


Supplier-Marriage Counselling

15SEP

Supplier-Marriage Counselling

15. 09. 2017 13:57 Jan Šlachta

A relationship with a supplier is often like a partnership or even a marriage. There isn’t always a cloudless sky and sometimes there is a storm on the horizon which can build to a crisis needing to be resolved in some way, or at least ironed out. To find out how to maintain good supplier relationships in procurement and to share her valuable experience we have invited Petra Vrbová, who will be joined by a further trio of experts: Róbert Obmaščík, Magdaléna Slámová and Monika Weiss.


Finding the Modern Buyer

29AUG

Finding the Modern Buyer

29. 08. 2017 12:56 Jan Šlachta

Karel Otýs has a lengthy wealth of experience as a procurement manager. He has decided to take advantage of this and pass on his professional know-how to his followers. In Wednesday’s programme he will lead the Buyers & Procurement Teams block, where he will be joined by Martin Růžička and Ctirad Fischer discussing today’s ideal buyer and whether human resources are really finding the right people for procurement teams. Completing the line-up is Vojta Klézl, who has conducted extensive research on this subject. Together, they should come up with recommendations on how to develop a modern buyer and how to strengthen their role within the company.


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