This is a highly concentrated presentation that addresses the differences among price, cost, and TCO; what cost reduction strategies to focus on; and an overview of various techniques, as well as when and where to use them. Faced with excruciating competitive pressures, many senior C-Level executives require maximum effort from every part of their organization to survive. Today, purchasing, acquisition, procurement, contracting, and supply management professionals must be the most progressive cost reduction oriented group in the company.
For many organizations, senior C-Level executives set forth annual purchasing, acquisition, procurement, contracting, and supply management goals that mandate cost reductions. Regardless of the cost savings, avoidances, or containments achieved previously, you are faced with new cost reduction initiatives and objectives.
To make the goal of cost reduction a reality, we cannot focus solely on the price. We must examine the total cost of ownership to your organization, which means moving beyond the organizational environs to include suppliers, internal customers, other allied business functional entities, and external customers. By working both internally and externally with these stakeholders, cost reduction opportunities will become visible.
A typical purchasing, acquisition, procurement, contracting, or supply management professional will help reduce supplier prices and avoid incremental costs. A good purchasing, acquisition, procurement, contracting, or supply management professional will reduce costs by lowering both costs of acquisition and risks of supply. A great purchasing, acquisition, procurement, contracting, or supply management professional will reduce total costs across the board, increase service levels to the internal customer, make a significant contribution to the bottom line, seek value-added opportunities, and help to delight the organization’s customer. This type of professional also balances supply related costs and cycle time for the lowest overall cost, at the best value, while seeking risk optimization rather than risk minimization strategies.
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