We are pleased to present the May 2020 edition of our quarterly "BME Newsletter International".
Main topics:
- New: BME Sourcing-Help-Desk
- The Procurement Process of the Future
- A Finnish perspective on Covid-19 crisis
Enjoy the read!
Olaf Holzgrefe
Head of International & Affairs
Upcoming international events 2020
White Paper Procurement Process of the Future
Recruiting support for medium-sized companies
Service packages Digital Procurement Weeks
Progamme Disrupting Procurement 2020
Save the Date 7th CEE Forum 2020
BME Sourcing-Help-Desk
To assist in finding suitable suppliers. With individual online B2B meetings. 
Due to current circumstances, many companies are suffering supply shortfalls and have to find sourcing alternatives in order to minimize risks on a long term perspective.
For this reason, the BME has implemented a sourcing help-desk that enables buyers to find suitable suppliers for current needs in any region (focus: Europe and Northern Africa) or sector (focus: production material and IT).
What we offer
BME and its partners offer to search for suppliers for any challenge you are facing. Based on your individual needs we will send you an individualized supplier list.
If you wish, we will organize individual online B2B meetings with the suppliers of your selection.
How much does this cost?
Contact us with our individual sourcing needs and we will provide you an effort-related offer.
Your contact person
Giselle Canahuati, BME Sourcing-Help-Desk, +49-(0)6196-5828-186, bme-international@bme.de
BME White Paper “The Procurement Process of the Future”
By BME-Think Tank "Procurement 4.0" / BME-Expert group "Processes & Tools in Procurement" 
The classic procurement process begins with a need and ends with the processing of an invoice payment. The foundation of structuring processes is based on the procurement- and product group strategy. Other processes such as supplier management, procurement control, risk management and master data magement accompany and support the actual procurement process.
The actual procurement, i.e. the steps from identifying a need up to processing, which so far formed the core of the procurement process, could be done autonomously in future. Especially for recurring requirements or standard products, this is a realistic scenario. In the case of complex procurement matters or in project purchasing, it must be determined whether autonomous processes can be created (e.g. order processing, supplier evaluation). It is anticipated that manual activities will continue to be necessary, e.g. in the drafting of complex contracts or in the processing of complaints/claims.
For more information, please conact Judith Richard: judith.richard@bme.de
Read more in the BME White Paper, Download here ....
A Finnish perspective on Covid-19 crisis
By Mr. Markku Henttinen, CEO LOGY / CEO IFPSM 
Dear Readers of BME International Newsletter,
The Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics, LOGY, started a close cooperation with BME in 2019. Therefore please find here a short update from our side on what is currently happening here in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As all over the world, also in Finland, a Northern country with just 5,5 million inhabitants, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit us hard. We have however been lucky as the death rate due to the virus has so far been very low: on 15th of April just 72 persons have died here due to the pandemic. Our state has imposed tight regulations such as a temporary closing of the borders of the capital region. Finland is also lucky to have national stockpiles of medical supplies that have helped the country to slow down the effects of the crisis.
We do realize that the situation is much much worse in many countries and our thoughts are with all you people. We sincerely hope that this pandemic will be under control very soon. Luckily there are many vaccines and medicines being developed at the moment. More ...
Industrial outsourcing partners in Aragon, Spain
Aragón one of the most interesting locations for German companies that want to look for industrial outsourcing partners in Spain. There is a strong manufacturing business environment conformed by more than 250 companies based in the region, with relevant experience and reliable outsourcing capacities.
Machining, boiler making, welding, casting, surface treatments, stamping, molding or foam and plastic injection can be named, as some of the existing capabilities present in the Aragonese companies, among others. More ...
"Many buyers fly by sight during the Corona Crisis"
For the second time in three weeks, BME asked its members about the effects of the Corona Crisis on their business activities. "The latest figures show that the challenges for industrial buyers, logisticians and supply chain managers remain significant," emphasises Olaf Holzgrefe, Head of International and Affairs at the BME.
The survey results of the largest buyers' association in Europe also highlight that the pandemic has affected industrial sectors to varying degrees and that some sectors are proving to be more resilient than others. More ...
EMI: Output falls at fastest rate for nearly 11 years
The progression of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak into a pandemic saw the downturn in Germany's manufacturing sector deepen in March. Latest PMI® data from IHSMarkit and BME showed steep and accelerated falls in both output and new orders, driven by growing weakness in international demand and increased supply-chain disruption.
Employment capacity was meanwhile scaledback as business confidence posted a recordfall, slumping to its lowest for at least eight years. More ...
BME supports hospital buyers in securing their supplies
This year BME entered into a cooperation with the European Innovation Council (EIC), via its subsidiary BMEnet GmbH. The EIC has a network of more than 5,000 innovative start-ups and medium-sized companies from all over Europe.
The coronavirus poses new challenges for healthcare services in hospitals. The EIC, in cooperation with the BME and other partners, had therefore organised an ePitch on the 30th of April 2020, which brought together hospital buyers and start-ups from the healthcare sector. More ...
SMEs go digital to fight the Corona downturn – BME online conference
May 7th 2020 
Due to the Corona crisis, the buyers' association is converting the originally planned onsite event "Digitisation in Medium-Sized Enterprises" into an online conference.
For the First time BME presents the "Digital Offensive for SMEs” Forum on May 7th 2020. "Participants can listen to an array of lectures on topics such as how to set up a value adding procurement department, how to improve strategic procurement in difficult times and how to benchmark your procurement department against other SMEs. Moreover, we recently added to the programme an idea exchange session on SMEs response to Corona crises and the challenges coming along with it – expecially in procurement and supply chain", informs Mirjam Zeller, Managing Director of BME Marketing GmbH.
This new online series offers numerous advantages as it is a "low Corona risk" and "contact barrier compliant" platform, allowing participants to network with each other and challenge their peers. Additionally, on May 6th 2020 the BME offers a digital pre-conference workshop, to get a better understanding on the topic "Procurement cannot be done alone. Purchasing 4.0 - the most important KPIs for my purchasing".
The focus of the forum will be on “Status of purchasing in medium-sized companies - Establishment of strategic purchasing in medium-sized companies - First steps towards creating value to succeed - Medium-sized companies in troubled waters the insight and outlook of the CoViD 19 crisis and the impending recession - opportunities and risks: How does it go on?".
For more information and registration, please contact Mirjam Zeller: Mirjam.Zeller@bme.de
Programme / Free Registration here
Recruiting support for medium-sized companies
SRM Migration 2020 – SAP S/4 HANA and alternative scenarios
25 – 29 May 2020 BME Digital Procurement Week – enjoy one week of intense learning 
How does a future-proof procurement cockpit look like? How can a new supplier portal and data pool be integrated into the existing IT and ERP landscape? How can you evaluate challenges and oppertunities of new technologies like SAP S/4 HANA? And how can you convince your people to work with a new tool?
The BME Digital Procurement Week delivers fresh information on SRM migration to S/4 HANA and beyond.
The advantages for you as a participant at a glance:
• Take advantage of the free further training on tools, trends and topics and benefit from practical examples from purchasing and current case studies
• Choose from five webinars on different topics according to your needs and put together your own individual training programme
• Integrate further training into your everyday work - ask your questions and take part in the discussion live, directly from your workplace, and call up the contents on-demand afterwards
As a service provider, you again have the opportunity to book a one-hour slot for the presentation of your tools and case studies.
Your advantages as a service provider:
• Qualified contact and lead generation
• High target group presence
• Proven concept with constantly high numbers of participants
• Product presentation and hands-on tool presentation
For more information and registration, please contact Mirjam Zeller: Mirjam.Zeller@bme.de
Programme / Free registration here
Service packages Digital Procurement Weeks
During the current corona crisis, the importance of transparent supply chains and digital processes becomes clear. RPA, artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies can help to be better prepared for crises in the future. It is up to companies to integrate the technologies into existing corporate goals and thereby create room for new ideas. However, digitization is not only changing purchasing processes. New working methods are necessary and new collaborations are possible, but it is only through their proper use that the full potential of digitization can be unleashed.
At this event, you can learn from inspiring pioneers in purchasing, progressive leaders from other sectors and brilliant start-ups. Gain insights into the latest trends and innovations for purchasing and for the supply chain.
Among other things, we will be addressing the following key questions at the conference:
• How are RPA, AI, process mining, blockchain, etc., profitably used in the purchasing and supply chain?
• What is the disruptive element of new technologies?
• How can purchasers develop digital skills which they are going to need in their daily business in the future?
During this two-day conference, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate different technologies into an effective purchasing strategy, transferring technology-oriented processes and harmonizing the changes within the organization. Give the buzzwords content and digitally set up your purchasing organization.
For more information and registration, please contact Vanessa Timter: Vanessa.Timter@bme.de
IT-SOURCING between digitalization, economic crisis and COVID-19
In these times of crisis, there are a few constants: We continue our fruitful cooperation with VOICE - Federal Association of IT Users! 
Our 6th „IT-Sourcing – Procurement meets IT“ congress will provide insights into the most challenging aspects of IT Procurement, such as:
• Current IT sourcing strategies: successful solutions despite recession, pandemic and digitalization
• Purchasing in digitization projects: expertise and collaboration determine success!
• Negotiations and contracts: creating "breathable" structures, agile contract design and supply chain security
• Efficiency and transparency: AI and data analytics - the digitalization of IT purchasing
• Proven business cases and pitfalls
We invite you to join information sessions and lectures by specialists from the following leading organizations:
Commerzbank AG | Dräxlmaier Group | BSH Hausgeräte GmbH | Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Universität Hamburg | W&W Informatik GmbH | BASF AG
The event will provide numerous round table discussions, network conversations, workshops and an evening event, as well as a trade exhibition.
As of today, we can welcome the following partners and exhibitors:
For more information and registration, please contact Daniela.Schulz@bme.de
Regarding sponsorship and exhibition, please please contact Silva.Certan-Mallmann@bme.de
Qualified Sourcing in Central and Eastern Europe
Individual B2B-Matchmaking | Conference | Network
✓ Compare your procurement performance in CEE
✓ 5 minute pitches from buyers & suppliers
The platform to connect with Central Eastern European suppliers from 20 countries
Opportunity to meet buyers with active sourcing needs
Commodity Focus: automotive, machinery and plant engineering sector as well as the electronics
B2B for buyers
Complete a standardised company profile, stipulating your sourcing needs. Suppliers will be searched accordingly. (free of charge)
After registering for the event you receive an overall list and can select your potential suppliers.
Meet these suppliers at the event in pre-scheduled B2B-Meetings or at a Meet and Greet table.
B2B for suppliers
Complete company profile template provided by organisers and receive a list of interested buyers and their sourcing needs. (free of charge)
After being selected by the buyers for an individual meeting in the B2B-Matchmaking you can register for the event.
You will receive an individual meeting plan one week before the 7th CEE Procurement & Supply Forum.
More information here ...
Voice your interest now by contacting anke.koch@bme.de
BMEnet Seal – Software certified by the Buyers´ Association
BME gives approvals for e-solutions for the optimisation of purchasing and logistics. The test is based on criteria catalogues listing the requirements of procurement solutions, defined from the perspective of the professional association. Purchasing managers and users thus receive the security of obtaining software with tested quality standards.
IntegrityNext awarded with the BMEnet seal of approval "Platform for Sustainability” 
BMEnet GmbH has awarded the software platform IntegrityNext with the BMEnet seal of approval "Platform for Sustainability".
Today companies are facing a dramatically increasing awareness for all aspects of sustainability. Companies are held responsible not only for their own actions but those of their suppliers.
IntegrityNext enables companies to monitor 100% of their suppliers for sustainability and compliance in order to meet regulatory requirements and mitigate risk. More ...
New Service on BME-JobSource
BME-JobSource will shortly publish an overview of all trainee programs in the areas of purchasing, SCM & logistics.
For more information, including the possibility to be included in the overview, you can contact us at: manuel.steckermayr@bme.de
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