Retail Procurement professionals should visit the SafeSourcing Wiki?

February 22nd, 2010

So, just what is a Wiki and why visit the SafeSourcing Wiki?

According to the king of all wikis, Wikipedia; a wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. For example, the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in businesses to provide affordable and effective intranets and for knowledge management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, originally described it as “the simplest online database that could possibly work”.

“Wiki” is a reduplication of “wiki”, a Hawaiian word for “fast”. It has been suggested that “wiki” means “What I Know Is”.

So, what is the SafeSourcing Wiki and why is it any different? SafeSourcing is a company dedicated to procurement, to retail and to e-negotiation while also supporting a supply chain that is safe and environmentally sound. It makes sense that the SafeSourcing Wiki would be referred to as a specialized wiki (in this case retail e-procurement) that concentrates at a minimum on any or all of the following.

1. Retail procurement terms and links.
2. Safety standards and definitions and links.
3. Environmental certifications and definitions and links.
4. Educational content for procurement and supply chain professionals.
5. Procurement templates for commonly sourced products and services.

The nice thing about wikis is that the definitions are not static. Authorized users or members can add to definitions or create new definitions and terms as well as rate site content. In this way a body of work can grow from the collaborative contribution of all users and visitors and assist in to providing a reliable source of data for professionals in a specialized field.

Please visit the Safesourcing wiki regularly and add your comments, terms, definitions and suggestions. This section of the SafeSourcing website is free tool, and it is for your use as a retail procurement and supply chain professional, the most difficult job in retail.

We  look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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