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Categories and Commodities

Category Management is a strategic approach which organises procurement resources to focus on specific areas of spends. Find out more.

View category specific white papers and reports below.

Buying Commercial and Professional Services

Find out more about the buying of Professional Services such as recruitment, PR and legal.

Public and private sector organisations are spending huge amounts of money buying professional services.

Buying Energy

Discover more about the buying of energy.

Organisations are spending more on energy than they have ever done before, and the drive towards a low carbon economy is creating new challenges and opportunities for procurement professionals. Through CIPS Knowledge our members have a range of industry-specific resources including guidance, market insight and data reports and acces to expertise across the globe.

The CIPS Energy Specialist Knowledge Group also offer independent advice for buyers in all sectors.


Learn more about buying for construction and engineering projects and services.

Construction and Engineering

Learn more about buying for construction and engineering projects and services

Investment in new construction or refurbishment represents a significant decision for any enterprise and should contribute to more effective business. In order to achieve this, clients increasingly need access to best practice in both briefing and purchasing and supply management skills.


Find out more about buying functions such as laundry and security services.

More than ever, public and private organisations are outsourcing their facilities management to third parties while at the same time increasing the range of services covered by the function, creating a variety of new challenges and opportunities for procuement professionals.

Financial Services

Learn more about buying of financial services, including insurance and technological support

Key Procurement Topics around buying Financial Services.

IT and Telecoms

Buying IT and Telecoms Services, including project management

Improving the efficiency of IT departments is often the area wheregreat savings can be made within any organisation. In addition, and sometimes more importantly, it can also help to act as a catalyst for other organisational benefits and transformation programmes (Frits Janssen CEO BuyIT Best Practice Network).

Logistics / Freight

Discover more about the logistics and freight procurement.

One might initially think that freight transport services is relatively straightforward. However, the subject is vast and there are many considerations that you should ideally think about.

Marketing / Marketing Services

Find out more abiout buying marketing services, including print, events and digital media.

Procurement topics relating to marketing/marketing services.

Metals & Mining

Learn more about the Metals and Mining Industry and the associated procurement practices

Procurement topics relating to Metals and Mining

Outsourced Services

Find out more about outsourcing services

Most support services are natural candidates for outsourcing. Cleaning, catering and IT services, to name but three, have their own subtleties and sometimes their own jargon. But a common procedure, backed by robust contracts and service-level agreements (SLAs), can be used to ensure effective service delivery of them.

Public Sector Services

The public sector refers to the part of the economy concerned with providing various government services.

The composition of the public sector varies by country, but in most countries the public sector includes such services as the military, police, public transit and care of public roads, public education, along with healthcare and those working for the government itself, such as elected officials.


Find out more about purchasing travel services

Research has shown that, in many organisations, T&E expenditure is the second or third largest item of controllable expense. This means that, particularly at times of business activity downturn, travel can be one of the first areas to be cut back.