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Tag-Team to Wrestle Costs Down

The arithmetic is simple: profits are being squeezed. Finding ways to drive down costs lower than your competition’s has become more important than ever. Here, we describe a different approach to supplier negotiations that might help you gain an edge.

Negotiate knowing what you SHOULD be paying

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

Don’t Sweat the Details – It’s the Direction that Counts

Years ago, while working for Green Giant, I phoned our steel can sales rep to ask for a 4% reduction. We had information suggesting steel prices had fallen 8%. He certainly wasn’t very happy and, as expected, argued against any

A Supplier’s Advice for Purchasing Custom Tradeshow Exhibits & Environments

Dear Purchasing Professional, We usually don’t get to speak with you directly when we respond to an RFP. But if we could, this is what we’d say. We’d like you to know that to get the best value when buying

Use labor productivity to drive down purchase costs

 Suppliers often use wage increases to justify nudging up prices each year, usually 1 or 2%. And it’s hard to argue: – seems reasonable, and it’s less than inflation. But wages aren’t the real issue – labor costs are. And

BEATING THE BUDGET BLUES

ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Tired of being blamed for price increases that you have no control over?  There is a solution.  The annual ritual Most Purchasers are called upon each year to prepare a budget for the products they buy. Given the

Rack Up Savings

Stan Hankowski, a seasoned Buyer with a major American retailer tells an intriguing story that shows how Purchasers can help themselves by helping their suppliers. He went to market last year to buy steel racking. He expected higher prices because he’d

Purchasers’ turn to shine

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

Fishing with Suppliers: A ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE

ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE #5: Go “Fishing” with Suppliers.   I once had a very smart boss whose favorite expression was “Fish where the big fish are!” So where do the “big fish” lurk for reducing costs for the products and

USE PEER PRESSURE TO DRIVE DOWN COSTS

BEST PRACTICE: Use peer pressure to drive down costs for services where consumption behaviors influence end costs (e.g. travel, hotels, car rentals, etc.)   |   Driving down costs by ‘coaxing’ voluntary behavior change. Anyone who survived the social pressure cooker