I just watched the Week 12 episode of The Apprentice last night.
I couldn’t help but laugh in seeing Lee and Sean depend heavily on their suppliers for building their booth only to be embarrassed by a late delivery and poor quality workmanship. Ah, haven’t we all had that same embarrassing feeling when we were still wet behind the ears as new buyers?
That episode should be a case study for all new buyers to see what happens:
1. When you put blind faith in your suppliers
2. When you choose convenient suppliers rather than taking just a little extra time to get the right suppliers
3. When you don’t drill down into the tasks of a project to determine if the quoted lead time is realistic
Surprisingly, Lee and Sean won despite their inadequacy with the fundamentals of purchasing. But, then again, this season’s group has to be the weakest of any Apprentice season to date, so anything’s possible.
Perhaps the final tasks will be won by the team that utilizes the best purchasing practices. Now that would help demonstrate to the masses how important purchasing is to organizational success!