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Top 3 Procurement Challenges and Solutions Companies Need to be Aware of in 2019

Feb 7, 2019

The future of supply chains is not just confined to ensuring reduced price and timely delivery of goods. It is dominated by various other factors such as legal issues, sustainability concerns, and regulatory compliances. This creates the need for companies to utilize procurement services that can enhance the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of their processes. Through this article, we’ll discuss what are the major challenges that companies face while procuring goods and services and why they need procurement services providers like SpendEdge.

Why use procurement services?

Maintaining domain expertise in every category of spend is still an expensive and difficult task for many organizations. Leveraging a procurement service provider can assist companies to conduct a rapid analysis of an organization’s spend, negotiate with suppliers, and avoid the burden of building an effective procurement infrastructure for non-strategic categories.

At SpendEdge, we understand that not every organization can employ a strategic sourcing process and train employees on sourcing automation tactics and category and supply market assessments. Therefore, our team of experts has highlighted some major challenges that companies face while sourcing good/services and have offered viable solutions that procurement services can offer.

How can procurement services address top supply chain challenges?

Challenge 1: Complex spend

Every year, businesses make millions of purchases that are either too small to be handled or are too infrequent to be included in a single vendor catalog. For most businesses, such categories are sourced manually using internet searches or emails, increasing the complexity of the process.

Solution

By utilizing strategic procurement services, companies can prioritize categories on the basis of market size and product innovations and provide a comprehensive overview of all efficient suppliers in the market. Companies can even employ online procurement solutions to decrease the complexity of spend.

Challenge 2: Risk

Not only big businesses, but mid-market companies are also becoming vulnerable to various strategic and operational risks in their procurement process. They require a holistic risk strategy that can minimize total risk exposure and enhance their supplier risk management.

Solution

Procurement services help companies with risk mitigation investments and risk transfers. They analyze the suppliers before onboarding them and continuously monitor them to improve supply chain visibility and reduce the risks of working with new vendors. Also, procurement services help companies to evaluate the procurement process and manage procurement risks across various business units.

Devising a holistic risk strategy can be a herculean task for many companies. Request a free proposal and know how our portfolio of procurement services can help you successfully mitigate risks.

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Challenge 3: Information

Companies sticking to traditional methods can never gain a competitive edge in the market. They need their procurement department to be comfortable with advanced data mining and analysis technique in big data to become market leaders.

Solution

Firms offering procurement services possess the capability to analyze data from multiple sources and prioritize business processes. They help companies to recognize the equipment and applications associated with each business process and provide the needed procurement services.

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