So far this year, U.S. oil futures are down 13%, while cotton prices have fallen 19%. Sugar is 20% lower. Copper is off 21% from its February 2011 record. A glut of raw materials from crude oil to copper to
The benefits of avoiding extraction and primary processing are usually significant, even when collection, transport and reprocessing of recycled material is taken into account. An increasing range of recycled products are coming onto the market, such as glass, steel, aluminium,
For many manufactured products, the majority of their carbon footprint comes from energy used in extracting, refining, processing, manufacturing and transportation. There are several options for reducing the carbon footprint: · redesign manufacturing process; use alternative raw materials and new
A ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE: Never enter negotiations without first researching what has happened to your supplier’s costs Two Ways We Engage with Suppliers As Purchasing professionals, we use two main approaches to establishing prices with suppliers. The first is through
In a Perfect World Imagine the negotiating edge you would have if you knew—and could demonstrate—what you SHOULD be paying for the products you buy, especially when suppliers come to you with sad tales about price increases they just can’t
The struggle to find good-fit suppliers never ends. Unfortunately, you can’t find them from your office or even on the Internet. The solution is an old fashion plant tour. This Negotiating Nugget describes why plant tours are so important, and explains how to get the most from the time you invest in them. Allow yourself 5 minutes.
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It’s still quite scary out there: recession clouds are still lurking. Sales volumes are struggling to rise; unfortunately, costs are struggling less, as suppliers pile on price increases, citing higher raw material costs as the reason. Call to action What
ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Trust your suppliers but not their data. Trust vs. Data Of course you need to trust your suppliers: their products, delivery, quality and service. Makes sense or why would you want to do business with them?