Procurement is no longer a secondary, optional process. It gradually has risen to become a necessity for operational and business efficiency and has become a big part of an organisation’s initial framework. Procurement is now not ignored as an additional cost-saving and efficiency enhancing process but is THE way to move forward for growing and established businesses alike. A comprehensive and forward looking procurement strategy that encompasses and prepares a business for future challenges is ideal and what all organizations should aim for.
Align your goals The first step towards building an intelligent procurement strategy is understanding and analyzing your goals. The organisation’s financial, operational and growth goals should align to each other and thereafter to the company’s vision holistically. A centralized approach to govern your procurement strategy in line with existing weaknesses and strengths is very important; especially if it’s an established business. Established businesses often ignore existing processes and forget to review and revise what actually could be a stagnant process. Allowing the creation of a process that is flexible enough to incorporate constant changes and is firm enough to bridge the gaps between existing and future goals is extremely essential.
Periodic reviews It’s vital to consistently review all processes even though monetary growth is the only measurable yardstick. A procurement strategy which is based on performance measurables is the only way forward to ensure a value addition strategy.
Technology The growth of technology has been witnessed across industries and has become a necessity for mere survival. Seamless processes, reduction in time taken and human hours are some of the prime benefits of a technologically sound framework. Integrate technology in your core processes to ensure there is reduced duplication of work, less chances of error and more return on investment in comparison to a human driven program. The assurance that comes with a technology driven processes is also a great selling point with organisations and assures them of an organisation’s dedication towards productivity.
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