I hope that you enjoyed the article “Maverick Buying:  6 Steps For Stopping It.”

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In the article, I only had space for four of the six steps.  So here are the other two!

Step #5:  Monitor spend and take corrective action.  It would be nice if all you had to do was to put in rules and they would be followed.  Unfortunately, that’s not how the world works.  That’s why there are security guards, police, referees, prefects of discipline, and others in enforcement roles.  You have to watch for unauthorized purchasing and then approach the offenders.  Doing so may reveal weaknesses in policies, procedures, or communication or, on the other extreme, it may reveal individuals who have less-than-noble intentions.

Step #6:  “Outbuy” internal customers.  As explained in PurchTips Edition #264, some internal customers will think that they can perform purchasing activities better than you.  When you’ve demonstrated that you’ve made the best purchasing decisions on behalf of the company, compliance will be at least a little easier.

So, as you can see, there is no single “magic bullet” for stopping maverick buying.  It requires a multi-dimensional plan.  But the good news is that it can be stopped.  And I hope that this post and the article helps to give you the structure you need to eradicate maverick buying from your organization.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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