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Why Every Food Retailer Needs a Strategic Procurement Outlook in the New Decade

Jul 14, 2021

Strategic Procurement Outlook for the Food Retail Sector

The rapid pace of growth and advancement that every industry is currently experiencing, has led to the rising need for constant oversight, reviews, and a comprehensive understanding of all the factors that impact the industry. As companies grow, CPOs and supply chain managers struggle to prepare for the next step for their business, and fail to fully understand the impact, future implications, and major changes incurred over recent times. A strategic procurement outlook provides companies with a detailed and comprehensive understanding of their past processes, functions, strengths, weaknesses, potential opportunities for change, and other external and internal factors. Utilizing this data to develop and implement changes that propel growth, enable improvement, and provide companies with a substantial advantage over recent decision-making, initiatives, and processes. The food retail industry has transformed significantly in recent years, and many retailers find themselves in search for better systems, improved operations, and increased efficiency. A procurement outlook can help these food retailers efficiently prepare for the coming year, study major patterns, industrial developments, potential risks and challenges, and the ideal course of action accurately using data, and studying patterns from current and previous terms.

Why Should Food Retailers Leverage a Strategic Procurement Outlook?

Informed Decision-Making: Creating efficient, effective, and sustainable business plans is extremely challenging, and food retailers have been significantly struggling to do the same since the advent of new dietary needs and restrictions, significant change in consumer demand, and rising competition. Making the right decisions requires the effective and accurate implementation of data, a comprehensive understanding of the potential factors that could affect any initiative, plan, or approach, and determining the ideal path forward. With a strategic procurement outlook companies can analyze previous patterns, assess similar occurrences in the developing market, and study the upcoming factors that will impact their business in the coming term. This enables accurate, data-driven, and well-informed decision-making.

Better Strategizing: The development of an effective and accurate strategy can serve as the biggest differentiator between companies, and developing a strong and novel business plan has become increasingly challenging due to the rise in competition, and diversity of potential competitors in the market. In the food retail industry, the rise of dietary requirements such as vegan food, lactose-free options, gluten-free options, and items that clearly stipulate potential allergens has given rise to new, niche markets, varying competitors, and challenging target consumers. To improve a company’s approach to strategizing, leveraging a strategic procurement outlook can provide the necessary data required to develop unique, well-researched, and effective strategies, as well as give professionals insight into upcoming industry developments and help strategize accordingly.

Preparation and Improvement: As companies enter a new financial year, new era of production or demand, or a new market, preparing for upcoming challenges, changes, developments, and consumer expectations is extremely crucial to succeed. A well-researched strategic procurement outlook provides companies with an unparalleled understanding of what they can and should expect in the coming era, year, or market, and how they can appropriately prepare for the same as they plan procurement, production, and distribution. This also helps companies set more realistic and achievable targets and goals, and promotes clarity, cooperation, and well-planned preparation. In the food retail industry, companies are susceptible to frequent and unexpected changes, and can often face a sudden surge in demand, or a need for immediate change, and this process enables them to establish clear systems that can tackle unforeseen challenges.

Strategic Advantage: Understanding and employing the data and information made available to companies through various systems can enable a more well-rounded approach to business, a stronger strategic plan, and efficient data-driven strategies. Additionally, the utilization of data provides companies with an unprecedented strategic advantage over competitors due to their wide array of available data, well-executed plans, and novel business approaches. Standing apart from the competition is crucial to success in the food retail industry, and a strategic procurement outlook provides companies with insight into the best strategies, systems, and plans for procurement that can enable unparalleled strategic advantage, in an extremely competitive market.

Increased Transparency: Maintaining clarity, developing robust systems for communication, and enabling sustainable transparency within an organization is crucial and highly beneficial. It provides potential and current partners with necessary information regarding the company, helps stakeholders understand shortcomings and strengths, improves inter-departmental relationships, and promotes trust along the supply chain. A strategic procurement outlook helps companies achieve and maintain this transparency by providing all professionals and stakeholders with crucial data regarding the operations, potential improvements, and necessary changes required along the supply chain, and helps maintain data-driven transparency and honesty when developing partnerships.

Success Story

Due to the rapid rise of demand, changing preferences in the market, and significant increase in consumer awareness during and after the global pandemic, companies are facing various challenges, including maintaining low costs, tackling rising competition, and increasing profitability. They are also subsequently losing significant market share, struggling to keep pace with new trends, and unable to adopt and employ rapid technological advancements. To stay ahead of the market, and overcome these challenges, a leading food retailer in the UK chose to partner with SpendEdge and leverage our expertise in leveraging a strategic procurement outlook. Our experts conducted in-depth research of the current, past, and expected trends in the regional food retail market, assessed the impact of changing market dynamics and challenges on the business, and developed a comprehensive report. This report included information regarding the company’s performance, procurement decisions, and external factors that impacted the growth, savings, costs, market share, and customer satisfaction of the company. With this data, the experts provided the company with detailed recommendations regarding the effective and ideal course of action, and helped the stakeholders make data-driven decisions, that accounted for the various contributing factors that impact the success and growth of a business.

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