2020, we aren't sad to see you coming to an end.
But as we look back on what we’ve seen from public procurement this year – the survey results, podcast interviews, and thousands of supplier reviews – we do not have to look far to find the good:
- State and local governments turning over every stone to get PPE for their communities
- Creative supplier product offerings and distribution strategies to let them be where they needed to be, when they needed to be there
- A renewed sense of purpose that only interesting, frustrating, all-consuming challenges can provide
With that in mind, we’ve collected the top ten posts shared on the Procurated blog this year. Revisit your favorites, or read for the first time if you missed one along the way:
1. Podcast: Finding a Mentor & Building a Career in Procurement with Jenn Myers
Building a career in any profession takes a lot of hard work, and public procurement is no exception.
2. Blog: 4 Steps to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Pennsylvania's State Government
Learning from others' experiences enables us to make more efficient decisions and increases the likelihood of success.
Procurated Founder and CEO, David Yarkin, had the opportunity to “sit down” for a virtual interview with Curt Topper, Secretary of the Department of General Services (DGS) in Pennsylvania. Over the course of the hour-long conversation, Curt walked through the actionable steps DGS has taken to improve diversity and inclusion
within the procurement department’s people strategy as well as their state contracts. We deliver the biggest takeaways on our blog.
3. Podcast: Merging Technology & Procurement with Becca Moran
4. Survey Results/Podcast: Fall 2020 Procurement Trends Survey Results
Back in October we released the results of the Fall 2020 Procurement Trends Survey
, with answers from leaders across public procurement (read: YOU) about the biggest procurement trends and challenges impacting the industry.
5. Blog: How Peer Reviews Can Help Solve These Two Common Procurement Challenges
Bad experiences with suppliers. We’ve all had ‘em, right? According to a 2019 survey, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” 68% of government procurement officials reported having a bad experience with a supplier within the past year. And that number went up to 95% in a five-year time span.
6. Podcast: Creating Procurement Hurdles, Not Roadblocks with Stacy Gregg
Here at Procurated, our tagline is Every Decision Matters. Because when you are choosing how to spend taxpayer dollars, every decision truly does matter. As does upholding proper process and ethics that get you there.
7. Blog: 5 Considerations to Make Besides Price in a Best Value Procurement
As procurements become more complex, Best Value Procurement contracting has become increasingly popular amongst state, local, and educational organizations.
To best award these RFPs, procurement professionals need a reliable and accessible way to evaluate suppliers on non-price considerations such as niche expertise, durability, sustainability, and more. Peer reviews add credibility to the research process, allowing you to invite the most qualified suppliers to bid.
8. Podcast: The Differences Between Higher Ed and State & Local Gov't Procurement, with Judy Smith
For purchasers in K-12 and higher education — there are no easy decisions right now. Whether your school is in person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two, we know you are doing everything you can to protect student and staff's safety and ability to learn.
9. Blog/Podcast: 7 Tips for Creating a Disaster Preparedness Kit with Tim Hay
10. Blog: 5 Reasons to be Thankful for your Suppliers in 2020
While this post was written in honor of Thanksgiving, gratitude doesn't stop when the turkey is cleared from the table! This time of year is a great time to reflect on the suppliers you’ve worked with this year. These 5 Procurated reviewers share their thanks
for suppliers who stepped up and supported their agency in 2020.
Thank you all for learning and growing with us this year.
We look forward to even more great interviews, learning opportunities, and growing experiences in 2021. Have a safe and happy new year!