March 19, 2012
Last week we began our series of blogs looking at indirect spend categories with office supplies. The category up for review this week is IT consumables.
You might wonder why I am focusing on this category this week, as many companies consider it to be the same category as office supplies. But I believe the pursuit of best value for any big spender on IT consumables can be best achieved when it is treated as a category on its own. (more…)
March 12, 2012
Scrutinising critical spend categories to ensure your organisation is sourcing at best value from the right suppliers is bread and butter to purchasing teams. But the breadth of spend categories under management in most businesses means those teams have to focus most of their energies on the high value direct commodities critical to business operations, with the danger that savings are left on the table when it comes to negotiating some of the core indirect categories. (more…)