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What is a Purchase Order, and How Does it Work?

A purchase order (PO) is a commercial document and first official offer issued by a buyer to a seller indicating types, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services. It is used to control the purchasing of products and services from external suppliers. The purchasing process starts with a need. That need should be verified. The item requirements are checked and noted the PO.…

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Achieving Supply Sustainability through Effective Metrics

  Every Procurement Department should have a strategy to ensure a stable and sustainable supply of raw materials and mission-critical inputs. Procurement Functions are mandated to ensure cost-effective, continuous support of operational | strategic objectives. Procurement is also responsible for implementing robust risk management mechanisms to realize supply sustainability. A supply sustainability strategy is the game plan or action of…

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3 Pillars and benefits of Sustainability

Sustainability is the capability to continuously conduct certain activities indefinitely. The study of sustainability is evolving and is often viewed in three dimensions known as the Three Pillars of Sustainability. Environmental Sustainability is: The capability of the globe to sustain levels of pollution, nonrenewable resource depletion, and renewable harvesting proceeding on an indefinite continuum. These environmental sustainability parameters are: Nonrenewable…

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Direct vs. Indirect Spend

One of my students asked about the difference between direct and indirect spend, so I thought I’d post my reply here so that others may benefit from the definitions, too… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Direct spend refers to purchases of goods and services that are directly incorporated into a product being manufactured. Examples include…

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Strategic Cost Reduction for Supply Chain Success

Strategic Cost Reduction for Supply Chain Success – Reduce Spend, Risks & Cost The are many avenues to realizing cost reduction, including the traditional areas of price, delivery, quality, warranty, and payment terms. In this blog, we will explore many other avenues for cost reduction realization. We will examine the methodology and benefits of a big picture, strategic systems thinking…

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Is Partial eProcurement Adoption Right for Your Company?

Pros and Cons of a Piecemeal eProcurement System More and more companies are implementing eProcurement software solutions in order to make their procurement processes more efficient and less costly. But because those systems can require significant up-front investments of money and time, some companies choose to use only the pieces they need at that particular moment. This partial eProcurement option…

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What Does Invoice Processing Cost?

How to Save Your Company Time and Money on Invoices You know about all the major costs of purchasing, but it’s the little costs that can add up to really eat away at your bottom line. Incremental, high-volume costs (such as invoice processing) may seem unchangeable; however, new technologies are changing the way this basic process is handled. Not only…

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Next Generation Procurement Model

The Procurement Function currently exists in an environment of ever-increasing technological advancements. Procurement Leaders are tasked with the responsibility of paving the way for transforming their operations to meet the demands of the modern business landscape. Currently, Procurement Function Models are fragmented, tactical focused, cumbersome, siloed, and labor intensive. The future requires the Traditional Core Competencies of: Category Management Supplier…

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Making a case for Procurement Automation

The Procurement Function is a vital part of the Supply Chain Mechanism, which is responsible for the acquisition of mission-critical inputs for the realization of business objectives. Even though procurement plays a pivotal role in supporting critical operations, managing spends, and mitigating supply risks, it often receives less regard than due. A close examination of Procurement Operations would reveal that…

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How to Manage Spend before it Starts

Managing Spend is a critical part of the Procurement Function. Spending in an ad-hoc manner often results in rush orders, overspend, and excessive inventories. Ensuring a robust, planned, budgeted and technologically equipped process will indeed yield the opposite effect. The following are ways to Manage Spend before it Starts: Leveraging RFQs. Ensuring that all major spend goes through a robust…

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