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The Art of the Leverage : Procurement’s leverage Commodity Teams

Those of us who have been in the procurement profession for a while know that other departments within our organization don’t always hold the purchasing department in the highest esteem, regardless of the quality of work that the Procurement Department has done. It’s not uncommon to learn that the Procurement Department was the topic of a complaining session at the…

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How do you Plan to Buy in the New Normal?

Supply Chain Disruptions, Global Pandemic, Mass Layoffs, Economic Downturn, and a New Normal perspective for Supply Chain Operations. An Annual Procurement Plan is critical to efficiently and effectively manage and conduct the essential elements of today’s Procurement Mandates. In this article, we will outline the Framework for a Top-Class Annual Procurement Plan. In later segments of this work, we will…

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Are your Procurement Operations Dashboarded?

Establishing a Procurement Dashboard is an excellent tool for reporting procurement performance. A Purchasing Dashboard is a single-page document that contains four charts that illustrate the performance of a procurement department. The Procurement Dashboard is designed to present procurement performance data to executive management “at a glance.” NLPA has designed the following Procurement Function Dashboard to assist practitioners in designing…

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The Must Know Components of Inventory

Simplifying things, inventory refers to things that are being temporarily stored because they are not quite ready to go elsewhere. Inventory can be things that your organization plans to sell in its current conditions. Inventory can be things that your organization plans to incorporate into something else that it is making. And inventory can be things that your organization plans…

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Role of the Procurement Function

Procurement Departments are created for the understanding and translation of customer needs and requirements to the selection of capable suppliers, to realize the cost-effective acquisition, receipt, and payment of vital inputs and raw materials. Factors impacting the Total Cost of Ownership such as quality, efficiencies, delays, stock-outs, obsolescence and carrying cost are heavily emphasized in the procurement discipline. Procurement Personnel must master 3 critical…

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Vendor Risk Management

  The last decade has yielded many events, forces, and elements in which a greater concern and scrutiny of the concept of Vendor or Supplier Risk Management has risen. At the forefront are driven for Cost Reduction, Top Line Growth, and Competitive Advantage. Supplier Risk Management Processes are underpinned by: Identification of Potential Risks emanating from the interaction of buying…

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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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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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