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In our online class “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals,” we cover types of suppliers and supplier choice methodologies. Today, a student asked for more reasons why an organization may consider single sourcing beyond what is already covered in the class and/or in a more summarized format.

Here are the summarized top reasons for single sourcing that I shared with him:

1. Lower pricing due to consolidation of all requirements with one supplier

2. More consistent quality

3. Lower purchasing workload due to communication with fewer suppliers

4. Easier to manage supplier performance because you are tracking fewer suppliers

5. Easier to track down the source of problems as well as affected products in the event of a quality investigation/recall

I hope this helps you, too.

But you should know that there are also downsides to single sourcing. I recommend that you also read our article “Dual Source vs. Single Source.”

Now I gotta go cook a Thanksgiving meal for the first time…

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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