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Senior construction industry managers still do not appreciate the importance of professional and efficient purchasing.This is the warning from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), whose report - Professional Purchasing Adds Profit - was welcomed by the industry when it was published last year.Despite the encouraging response to its report, the CIPS has had to cancel a conference for senior managers in the construction industry because of lack of interest.The CIPS believes that the target audience for the cancelled conference - top construction managers - might feel satisfied that purchasing in their own organisations is already making the maximum contribution towards profits.But Tony Pollington, secretary of the CIPS says: 'The problem is that so much of their purchasing power is done by other professionals who are trained to be fully aware of the benefits of a coordinated strategy.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS