I hope that you have enjoyed the article “RFP Requirements For Strategic Purchases.”

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One of the things that I suggested in the article was to require suppliers to bid in total conformance with the RFP requirements, but to also give them the opportunity to submit cost savings and value creating ideas.  Too often, buying organizations write their requirements so stringently that they end up paying more than they need to and they fail to take advantage of the expertise that resides in the supply base.

Requesting cost saving and value creating ideas in RFP’s can really open some doors to profit-boosting approaches that your organization may have never considered.  Doing so can really help a procurement department achieve its maximum potential for financial impact.

This type of procurement contribution should not go unnoticed.  But it very well might.

Therefore, you should record all of the implemented cost savings and added-value that results from soliciting these ideas from suppliers.  Visualize yourself in the future, giving a presentation to your board of directors, saying “By adding one line to our standard RFP, we were able to boost profits by $10,000,000 over the past five years.”

Pretty powerful, huh?

Don’t let the results from this technique go unmeasured.

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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