By Hemant Porwal, Executive Vice President: Supply Chain and Operations, WESCO Distribution Over time, the concept of measuring savings has evolved to creating a baseline by comparing items under the form, fit and function framework. Top-quartile procurement teams have taken this further by adopting total cost of ownership (TCO) into their request for proposal (RFP) […]
Total Cost of Ownership
The problem of short-term focus is especially serious when dealing with long-duration procurement, for instance, in the case of a building. Stephen Bauld, a government procurement expert, unpacks the need for long-term thinking in the public sector.
Wouldn’t it be great to lower the costs associated with preferential procurement? The unfortunate truth is however, that the total life costs associated with engaging historically disadvantaged suppliers are often unexpectedly higher than engaging in business as usual. With existing and looming charter obligations, preferential procurement has become a strategic imperative and organisations need
Using a cross-functional team in a strategic sourcing exercise for a key commodity is the accepted and preferred way to go, many teams having delivered successful outcomes. However, it is no assurance of improved performance. But what causes a less than successful outcome? Elaine Porteous asks in this month’s SmartProcurement. Cross-functional teams (CFTs), made