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Category: Supplier Relationship Management

Get to Know Your Business with a Commercial Business Review

External spend can typically run from 30 to 70 percent of a company’s total expenditure, depending on the industry. It’s a staggering amount – but it’s also an opportunity. This level of expenditure can be used to transform a business by not only reducing costs, but by achieving competitive advantage…
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Open vs Closed Tenders: the Benefits & the Downsides

Which tendering process is right for what you’re trying to source? Choose wisely – the wrong path can put you in bed with the wrong supplier, which always leads to unwanted ramifications for the broader business.  There are, obviously, many steps to the procurement process, but none more important than…
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4 Vital Criteria of Supplier Selection

Few things have more impact on a business than supplier selection. Who you work with and where you source your materials and resources determine your future success. This isn’t only about providing a product or service that performs as needed, but about what it took to create it. Price is…
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Negotiation Approaches in Procurement – 5 Key Tips

It’s one of the oldest art forms in the world, but that doesn’t mean negotiation doesn’t need an update every now and again. A pandemic, supply chain issues and high inflation have combined to transform the negotiation landscape in 2022. Tactics we once relied upon may be more damaging than…
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You Shouldn’t Have! How to Manage Gifts from Suppliers

It used to be de rigueur. Gifts from suppliers, particularly around the festive season, were commonplace and expected. Up until the end of the 20th century, tickets to corporate boxes at the footy match or meals at fine-dining restaurants were all part of doing business, and a gift policy rarely…
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How to Implement Proper Vendor Risk Management

For the vast majority of organisations, key strategic imperatives involve the use of third party suppliers. To achieve processing efficiency and cost savings, among other objectives, there’s simply no other way. But, as much as sourcing and offshoring initiatives are beneficial, they’re not without their risks. And as supply chains…
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6 Tips for Supplier Risk and Performance Management

supplier risk and performance management

The common thought is that COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in our supply chains. The reality, however, is that most organisations have been dealing with significant unforeseen vulnerabilities and disruptions for at least the past decade. The word to focus on in that sentence is ‘unforeseen’. Admittedly, there are some disruptions…
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Want Responsible and Resilient Supply Chains? Wise Negotiation is the Key

Let’s be blunt. Negotiating with large enterprises is not the same as negotiating with small businesses. More specifically, we cannot apply the same risk management standards to a small company that we can to a larger one. It’s a pickle, because we want small businesses to be a part of…
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It’s Time to Think About the Total Cost of Ownership

United symbols of business and environment, achieved though total cost of ownership

‘High quality, affordable products, and services that don’t harm the environment, delivered on demand!’ Sound familiar? That’s the mantra of the modern customer. No longer is it acceptable to sacrifice quality for a cheaper price tag. Nor is it acceptable to cut corners at the expense of the environment and…
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Make or Buy: It’s Time for a Rethink

What is the point of sales departments? To create markets and stoke demand. Sales departments have been a standard part of industry for so long that we sometimes fail to remember that, for much of human history, sales activity was business to consumer. Business to business sales wasn’t a concept…
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