1998 Purchasing Today Article Index
Term selected: Purchasing Strategies
A valuable reference tool, the Article Index is a comprehensive list of articles that have appeared in Inside Supply Management® (formerly Purchasing Today® and NAPM Insights®) magazine. Articles are organized by subject for easy locating and study.
Outsourcing the customer service function requires a synergy between the purchasing organization and provider that holds customers and businesses on the line.
What can purchasing and supply professionals do to help implement a successful temporary services program?
"Reduce the supplier base." "Consolidate requirements." "Cut costs." In today's environment, where these comments are the orders of the day, there is a model that establishes and defines logic for purchaser pricing expectations when negotiating a broad supplier alliance. The fact is, suppliers are concerned about the high cost of selling and are generally willing to reduce margins on sales and increase service levels in return for more business volume, particularly where they have some assurance of the volume and their selling cost can be reduced. Still, a purchaser's expectations of improved pricing should be supported by logic and reason.
Develop a portfolio of contract alternatives for your different purchases.
Here are the essentials that purchasing and supply professionals need to know about buying healthcare.
Using a supplier, or ghost account, saves steps and adds control to the procurement card process.
By definition, finance and purchasing departments have a working relationship; see how some organizations are optimizing it.
Several players can contribute to the contract management process, each lending their expertise.
Sue Smith recently took over the job of program manager for Anyco's 2-year-old purchasing card program. While the number of cardholders and card transactions had grown since its inception, Smith thought the program wasn't as robust as it could be. She began a project to determine exactly how well the program was performing and, if her suspicions were correct, where the weak spots were.
Find out how a defense applied contractor CAPS' industry benchmarks to improve its purchasing function.
Whether or not conditions exist for your department to influence strategic planning, there are initiatives to take upon yourself.
List your "wants" and "needs" to select the best commodity segmentation consultant.
Before you sign on the dotted line, check out these frequently asked contract questions and the responses given by attorneys.
When forming a contract, be sure to cover all your bases.
How do you know if you are using the right tools?
Need to find ways to reduce cost? Start by learning the key areas to look at first.
Considered one of the most time-consuming purchases, the capital equipment buy lends itself to cost-cutting strategies.
Being familiar with the constantly changing healthcare industry can equip you with tools to cut your organization's costs.
Several strategies can help you trim your raw-material costs. It begins with research.
Deregulation means competition among providers. Here's how to pull the plug on high utility costs.
You don't want to be without these specific terms and conditions.
Not satisfied with the terms and conditions of a proposed warranty? Negotiate.
Do favorable conditions exist for your purchasing department to influence strategic planning?
In the ever-changing world of advertising, purchasing and supply professionals need to learn how to maximize their advertising dollar.
It's not where in the world, but how, as purchasing and supply professionals take different approaches to global sourcing.
Purchasing has become a world-wide enterprise. Learn how to take a greater strategic approach to considering cultural issues in your global sourcing.
Purchasing and supply professionals need to understand the business of getting rid of garbage.
There is more to consider than meets the eye when trying to measure price negotiation performance.
Global sourcing is only successful if the goods and services you're receiving are up to your standards.
Four keys that can help maximize your organization's travel buying power.
Need to bulk up your organization's negotiating strength? Try strategic market analysis.
What makes a procurement card procurement successful? Technology is part of the answer.
Develop the strategic thinking skills of your staff to change your department's focus.
Purchasing and supply professionals need to look at the big picture when purchasing construction services.
Outsourcing logistics is one option for moving goods and materials in, out, or through your organization.
Your success may depend on where, when, and what insights you gather at the table.
Open to buy deals with the authority to expend dollars, commitment to a specific category or program, and management of inventory.
Organizations choosing to have information technology services performed by a third party must ask, answer, and prioritize many tough, and sometimes confusing questions.
Get out your magnifying glass and follow the clues to reducing costs in your organization.
Purchasing's internal customers share what they like and dislike about procurement cards. What do your end-users think of procurement cards? Do the cards streamline processes and make life easier? Or are they another encumbrance?
The rise in global sourcing and the availability of data on the information superhighway means purchasing professionals have to be more cautious in safeguarding proprietary information.
Take advantage of value-added services by challenging suppliers and educating customers.
An overview of trends in the chemical industry reveals positive and strategic opportunities for chemical purchasers.
Read one purchaser's philosophy on strategic planning and discover what the former president and COO of Honeywell says about fitting into an organization's strategic plan.
A cost reduction program hits the mark for realizing financial rewards and showing how purchasing and supply management adds value.
Establish a sure-step process and you'll find the perfect consultant for your needs.
Lighten up your organization's utility costs by offering to become a utility-services expert.
Distributors see the internet as a useful tool – not a threat to their jobs.
What strategies can you use to positively impact your organization's financial performance?
Pre-planning can help organizations deal with goods and property loss issues with their suppliers.
Many issues need to be worked out in order to pave the way for electronic contracting. How will these affect the "look" of the contract in the future?
Purchasing and supply professionals need to understand the changing landscape of the office products industry.
Create an incentive plan that encourages your suppliers to uncover savings.
Purchasing and supply professionals around the world are holding their collective breath as Europe ushers in the era of the single currency.
Sourcing across U.S. borders is a good idea in some situations, but a poor choice in others
If your organization is starting up or strapped for cash, implement these strategies to increase your liquidity.