The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part II

PurchTips edition #277


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Ready To Go Beyond The Original "5 Rights?"

In edition #275, I introduced the first of the "25 New Rights of Purchasing" to replace the traditional "5 Rights of Purchasing." Today's edition adds Rights 6 through 10. I'll continue this list every other edition of PurchTips until we get through all 25.

  1. Right Product or Service - As a purchasing professional, part of your job is ensuring that demand is satisfied by supply. Traditionally, this meant ordering a product that matched what the end user specified and getting the proper quantity delivered on-time. Today, you are counted on to know the products and services you buy at least as well as your internal customers to verify that the ideal product or service is being specified.
  2. Right Warranty - As businesses now focus on lifecycle costs and cradle-to-grave value, getting a product that works upon delivery isn't enough: you now must secure assurances that the products or services you buy will serve your organization for the long-term. You should negotiate the optimal warranty for all significant purchases.
  3. Right Payment Terms - With interest rates being so low for years and little upward movement expected, organizations rely on purchasing professionals more than ever to improve cash flow. You do so by negotiating longer payment terms and obtaining early payment discounts that exceed returns from alternate cash uses.
  4. Right Innovation - Almost every organization wants to build an advantage over competitors. As such, you must look to your supply base for innovative ideas that will give your organization a unique value proposition unmatched by competitors.
  5. Right Social Responsibility - In order to compensate for past societal inequities, broaden their appeal to certain demographic segments of their client bases, and/or to improve their public image, today's organizations try to direct percentages of their spend to diversity suppliers, local suppliers, small businesses, and other classes of suppliers. You need to ensure that these special groups are given the opportunities desired.

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