Strategic Procurement: Organising Suppliers and Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage (Google eBook)

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Kogan Page Publishers, Sep 3, 2010 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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Most organizations, regardless of industry, spend more money on suppliers than they do on employing their staff. Written for the non-procurement expert, Strategic Procurement explores the 'why' and 'what' of good procurement rather than the 'how.' It explains why you should focus your efforts on this previously neglected area of business and rich rewards, where P&L impact is relatively painless and immediate, where benefit to cost ratios of 10 to 1 are realistic ambitions and in-year payback is possible. It covers all the aspects of strategic procurement, including The role of the executive and the organization in procurement; Primary and secondary supply chains; Cost reduction techniques Making yourself important to suppliers; Sustaining procurement improvement; Keeping procurement on the business agenda Showing you how to cut costs without harming your business and the importance of recognizing supplier relationship management, Strategic Procurement offers real understanding of the true worth of procurement in the boardroom.
  

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Believe it or not, logistics can be exciting, especially when presented in a flowing, concise essay spiced with case studies and examples from the authorís experience. Procurement specialist Caroline Booth makes her points clearly through great organization, vivid stories and effective charts. While some chapters would benefit from some refined editing, readers can appreciate and implement her message about the importance of procurement. Managers can easily follow Boothís suggestions on using third-party providers to complement their businessesí core activities. getAbstract considers this valuable reading for senior executives and supply chain managers who want to elevate the role of procurement and make their firms more profitable.
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Contents

1 No company is an island
1
2 Know what your customers value
9
3 Right first time
15
4 Know your core
25
5 Handling the complexity
39
6 Whats the issue? We can all do procurement
47
7 Executive sponsorship and priorities
55
8 Strategy in context
61
13 Sharing the pain in hard times
113
14 Avoiding the perils of outsourcing
121
15 Corporate responsibility
125
16 Good procurement across the company
133
17 Becoming important to key suppliers
139
18 Continuous improvement
151
19 Reducing total cost
159
20 Keeping procurement on the agenda
167

9 Knowing what the business needs
67
10 Picking the right suppliers
79
11 Understanding your spend
87
12 The secrets of sourcing
101
Glossary
173
References
177
Index
179
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About the author (2010)

Caroline Booth specializes in procurement transformation - helping organizations to recognize and exploit the real value of third-party expenditure and suppliers' expertise. She has enjoyed an international career in business and consultancy with Shell and Ernst & Young and more recently, as Procurement Director for Lloyds Banking Group.

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