Category Hub

Welcome to our Category Hub an online resource written by experienced procurement practitioners offering free advice, best practice, and sourcing templates for running sourcing events on some of the more popular procurement categories.

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PPE

If you want advice on running a tender on personal protective equipment, then please have a look here.

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Office Supplies

An extremely popular category for eTenders but one which can be extremely time-consuming. A highly competitive category with great potential to drive down costs.

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IT Hardware

A potentially complex category depending on the expectations of the business. Liquidity will largely depend on spend but there are certainly savings to be made.

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Print

A category which requires clear definitions in order to keep stakeholders and clients happy. Good liquidity within this category requiring relatively regular events.

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Raw Materials

An easily definable category requiring relatively high volumes to gain supplier interest. Great liquidity with potential for dual sourcing with carefully defined lots.

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Manufactured Parts

A highly profitable category but also highly challenging. Great liquidity in this market but certainly worth exploring local, national and international suppliers.

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Energy

Energy is a highly competitive and exchangeable category. However, it needs to be fairly sizeable or time efficient to attract competition between participants.

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Packaging

A popular category when it comes to eAuctions, but huge importance on a well-defined specification. High liquidity but ensure quality standards are met.

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Freight

A great category to consider but can take time to define routes, delivery times, weights, quantities etc. Very good liquidity and a market familiar with eAuction events.

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Construction Materials

An easily definable category with quality being of paramount importance. Great liquidity, however, there will be minimum volume requirements to attract suppliers.

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Retail Supplies

One of the most popular categories for eTender events. A highly competitive category even if your spend is low, with many suppliers being familiar with eSourcing events.

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Chemicals

A relatively easy category to define but ensure quality and grade is of high enough standards is essential. Liquidity will depend on spend size, consider several lots.

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Telecoms

As with most tenders, the opening paragraphs of your tender documentation should discuss your company. Not just who you are and what you do but also to act as a sales pitch.

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Telemarketing

As well as obtaining the basic company information around their address and account details, you want to look at other areas which will help you judge their experience and potential risks.

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Data

Data is a tricky area to manage especially given new data guidelines, such as GDPR. If you choose to source your own data, it is key to establish any data provider’s track record...

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Penetration Test

Performing a penetration test is a highly skilled job. Having a clear scope definition is important when specifying your requirements...

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Index Linking

Index Linking or Commodity Price Indexing can be used to reduce the risk in a contract for the buyer and supplier.

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MLIBS

This page has been put together to assist you in running a tender when you have a category with a large number of line items.

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