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Strategic Supply Management by Robert Trent

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USING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT SUPPLY OBJECTIVES

Leveraging volumes across business units or buying locations, once considered to be innovative, is now an expected part of strategic supply management. For some companies, the task of combining volumes has not been as simple as it sounds. Consider the case of a global energy company that has dozens of facilities and buying centers around the world. It did not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the company’s uncoordinated buying practices were leaving a great deal of value unrealized.

If it were simply a matter of getting people together in a room and combining their requirements ...

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