Why you owe your Valentine’s Day to Procurement

It’s that time again, the most romantic day of the year (according to companies selling us things!).  Whether you love or loathe Valentine’s Day have you ever thought that you owe your romantic celebration to the hard work of Procurement & Supply Chain? No..well then let me fill you in on how we are the superheroes that make Valentines happen!

People are estimated to have spent $23.9 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2022—up from $21.8 billion in 2021 and the second-highest year on record.  In the UK alone last year the estimated total spent on Valentine’s cards and presents is £155 million.  This is a big business and love alone doesn’t get the cards and presents delivered – this is us in supply chain with a large helping hand from logistics.

  1. We source the raw materials – and help to make these responsible & ethical. A study done by the WWF found mixed tropical hardwood in the card makeup from many UK high street retailers.  This wood is taken from South East Asia, primarily Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Indonesia and Malaysia have the highest rates of deforestation in the world, as a procurement professional we can help our supply chain be responsible and sustainable
  1. We forecast the likely demand to ensure that there is enough supply to meet the demand: Roses are in high demand around Valentine’s Day, causing prices to surge.

Roses typically make it from soil to store within 60 hours or less before being purchased by customers for Valentine’s Day celebrations. After February 14th passes, demand drops drastically causing prices to return back down again.  Without correct forecasting by the procurement & supply chain teams you wouldn’t be able to receive your roses, wine or chocolates!

I always tell my students that Procurement department is the superhero of an organisation, we are there to save the day with efficiencies if sales are not coming in.  However now I will go one step further and say that Procurement & Supply chain are the secret superheroes of your relationships on holidays such as Valentines!

I will leave with a little present, as despite all the commerciality I am feeling the love today.  Our Diamond Package doors open again for Level 4 & Level 5 at the end of March to sit the May exams.  If you sign up for the full level we will give you a 10% discount until the 1st of March, a saving of over £200! All you have to do is get in contact quoting Valentines and we will honour the discount.

Have a lovely day no matter if you are coupled or single

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July