The Strategic Sourcing Plan of Attack
By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
Does Your Strategic Sourcing Plan Flow Nicely?
Every strategic sourcing organization should have a long-term plan for its work. I suggest a three-stage plan.
Stage 1: "The Easy Wins." When launching a new process, starting with little risk and gradually accepting more is wise. So begin your strategic sourcing initiative with a category where success is easier to achieve.
Office, shop, and janitorial supplies are often the first "easy wins" pursued. Why? Well, in these industries, there are many good suppliers who compete hard against each other. In many cases, any big supplier can perform. And the price wars you incite can produce nice savings.
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