May 4, 2021

Arkad S.p.A Sourcing Strategy includes Ivalua and PwC

Tom Swallow
2 min
Arkad S.p.A works with Ivalua and PwC for long-term spend management to support sourcing strategy for Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects
Arkad S.p.A works with Ivalua and PwC for long-term spend management to support sourcing strategy for Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects...

As the need for a more effective sourcing strategy creates a demand for digital transformation, global businesses are looking at how they can better manage their spending across all areas of business.

From the sourcing stage to the execution of a project and the long-term management, global commerce now requires more innovative ways to select and manage suppliers throughout each project.

Enter Arkad S.p.A

Arkad S.p.A, a world-leading energy services group, - launched in 2018, operates as part of the Arkad Group to deliver technologies and skills to their customers in the oil and gas sector. 

The Arkad Group has a wealth of experience operating in upstream and midstream fields. It has a solid overall presence in the energy sector, completing 300 successful Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects across more than 30 countries - often in environmentally hostile regions.

Arkad S.p.A has taken on Ivalua - recognised as a leading provider of procurement management software in Gartner’s ‘2020 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites” - for its spend management cloud expertise.

PwC is working with Ivalua as a trusted implementation partner with a network of over 284,000 professionals across the globe.

"Being one of the main Ivalua's Alliance Partners as well as a direct user of Ivalua's solutions, that we have recently adopted for our PwC Italy's Digital Procurement operations, enables us to have a deeper understanding of our customers' needs and of the value-added offered by Ivalua's products”, explained Francesco Bandolin, Digital Procurement Director at PwC.

Digital Transformation

Arkad S.p.A started its digital transformation journey in December 2020 as it began implementing the Ivalua supplier management module.

As a result of this and the revamp of its supplier qualification process, it can provide more suitable outcomes for both parties and encourage long-term supplier relationships.

The whole digital transformation has successfully matched the ethos and values of the company. 

It has provided the ability to source, execute and manage its sourcing strategy while maintaining trust, fairness, transparency and respect among suppliers.

"Implementing the Ivalua suite is empowering us to spearhead our digital way of working. This application helped us harmonise the requirements for all of our Sourcing Activities globally, drive compliance throughout our Supplier Management System, and optimise savings from RFx and Auctions," said Marco Del Giaccio, Head of Procurement and Supply Chain at Arkad S.p.A.

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Jul 26, 2021

Critiqom land four-year multi-million-pound procurement deal

3 min
Communications Specialist, Critiqom, secures four-year multi-million-pound agreement for supply of postal services with Scottish Procurement

Critiqom, a Scottish-based communications business, recently announced its ground-breaking multi-million deal, which will see those accessing services through Scottish Procurement given the option to modernise their communications approach. 

By providing an increased amount of choice in communications, the company says it will succeed in ensuring a reduced environmental impact linked to mail production. 

The Opus Trust Communications company, which is accessed by the likes of local authorities, police, universities, central government, and other public sector bodies, insists that choosing a local supplier to aid in enhancing the efficiency of public sector communications would subsequently speed up its goal to go green.

“This is an opportunity to look at the bigger picture and to use our knowledge to accelerate change for public sector organisations in Scotland,” says Director at Critiqom, Gerry Crawley. 

“We know that we can deliver great efficiencies and cost savings by encouraging the public sector in Scotland to adopt a new approach that embraces digital technologies.”

The tender also introduced a second lot, focusing on digital communications and hybrid mail, in an attempt to administer reduced costs for its customers. All services within the framework agreement will also be delivered in-house. 

It seems the overall aim for the deal with Scottish Procurement lies with innovating and modernising the communications sector, resulting in lower prices and an increased focus on sustainability. 

Who is Critiqom?

Based in Bellshill, Scotland, Critiqom supplies omnichannel solutions for companies, businesses, and organisations, all while claiming to provide innovation and drive engagement simultaneously with reducing the costs of its operations. 

Its vision: to become the UK’s multi-channel communication service of choice. But how is it aiming to get there?

Critiqom insists that by spearheading customer communications with partnership and modernisation, they can achieve exceptional levels of service and choice delivered to their clients. By churning out consistently high-quality operations and by generating revenue with an emphasis on sustainability, it intends to achieve the reduced costs in communications that its clients are looking for. 

Why sign the deal now?

Increasingly, more and more companies are being put under pressure to ensure their carbon footprint and sustainable strategies are aligned with, or surpassing, competition in their field. As attention is drawn to the climate and concerns arise over the sustainability of large companies in the future, the majority of businesses are battling with time to decrease their impact on the environment and ensure policies are put into place to show their progress.

Crawley states that, where possible, the company aims to provide as little distance as necessary between manufacturing and the recipient. The tender boldly claims it looks to help steer the direction in which organisations think and showcase how digitalising communications can only serve to benefit the economy and environment on a large scale.

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