Procurement Costs - Supplier Management Money Saving Tips

Last Published: Jul 12, 2022 |
Antonia Renner
Antonia Renner

Sr. Principal Solutions Marketing Manager

Supplier management can be expensive. Did you know that companies could save up to $6 million annually in supplier spend by leveraging trusted supplier data quality? *

Cost efficiency, cost reduction, and spend analytics continue to be among the top business priorities in supply chain management (SCM) and procurement. According to Deloitte’s 2019 Global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Survey, 93% of CPOs are citing cost reduction as a strong business priority for the upcoming 12 months.

In today’s complex supply chains, CPO’s and Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCO) need to achieve cost reduction in many different ways.

One thing we know is that it’s all about data. Data powers supply chain visibility. Supply chain visibility is a prerequisite for successful cost reduction and increased Return-On-Investment (ROI). Clean, consistent and connected data is required to fuel supply chain, procurement, operational and analytical applications and to achieve a 360 view of products, raw materials, services and suppliers. Based in this view, the business can make informed decisions, align tasks and find new ways to significantly reduce costs. However, 60 of CPOs cite poor master data quality, standardization, and governance as the biggest procurement challenge.

Let's take this example of a global Oil & Gas company: Their CPO realized they were wasting $2 million per year!

Why? The downstream supply chain team, which was negotiating contracts and sourcing products from “The Coca-Cola Company” for thousands of gas stations was operating independently from the upstream procurement team that was negotiating contracts and sourcing products from “Coke” for hundreds of offices around the globe. Like many companies, they simply did not have a total understanding of their supplier relationships globally. Their teams were storing and managing supplier information in multiple siloed systems, making it impossible to get access one trusted view of their vendors, their relationships with other vendors, and the products or services they supply.

Here are 5 data strategies that can help reduce supplier spend, procurement and even logistics costs:

  1. Data can empower your negotiation capabilities - Get a 360°- view of your suppliers.
    As described in the example of the oil & gas company above, you need real-time access to a consolidated 360°- view of all vendors if you want to achieve cost reductions in procurement. In order to negotiate corporate prices and payment terms with suppliers, you’ll need a total understanding of all relationships and spend with your suppliers across your business. A master data-fueled application for supplier relationship management allows you to uncover hidden costs connecting all supplier master data in one app.
  2. Increase agility! Streamline your supplier lifecycle management.
    Reduce costs by eliminating the business overhead required to manage your suppliers’ lifecycles, analyze and assess their information and performance. Speed-up and simplify processes, like supplier onboarding, by automating your supplier relationship management (SRM) and workflows using a supplier lifecycle management application with a supplier self-service portal. This leaves your supplier management teams more time to strengthen important relationships with strategic suppliers and drive innovation.
  3. Automate product data exchange with trading partners.
    For manufacturers, distributors and retailers, master-data fueled product information management (PIM) is the foundation for successful omnichannel commerce providing accurate and complete product data across all channels. It results in higher margins & conversion rates in e-commerce as well as faster product launches. A Product 360 view significantly reduces manual efforts and costs as it streamlines the process of updating, managing and sharing product information with trading partners, for example via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).
  4. Cleanse your data! Data quality is key for saving costs.
    It doesn't matter if it’s your supplier, products, raw materials or contact data. Data quality is key for an accurate 360°- view of all supply chain operations in order to make the right decisions, successfully manage relationships and avoid manual workload. Therefore, data quality rules should be part of any business application. Data quality, especially contact and address data verification, is also an aspect when it comes to optimizing your logistics: Do you know how much it's costing you to deliver to the wrong shipping address? How about how much you are penalized for late payments because it was sent to the wrong address?
  5. Increase efficiency! Leverage AI/ML to automate workflows in your supply chain.
    1. 68 percent of CPOs rate improving and automating procurement processes as at op priority for their organization. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques embedded in your supply chain workflows can boost performance in many different ways as manual and redundant workflows can be significantly reduced or completely removed With the right solutions, you can speed up supplier onboarding and time to market, increase agility and have you teams focus on what matters most.

    Remember: Saving costs often means saving time! Time that you can utilize in order to strengthen relationships with your strategic suppliers, develop and drive innovative business ideas, or explore new products and markets.

Want to learn more about digital commerce platforms and supplier relationship management? Then register for our Digital Commerce and Supply Chain Summit, or download a copy of our eBook, “Unleash the Power of Supplier Data,” to discover how a 360º view of your supplier data can save you millions of dollars, year after year.

* Result of an Informatica Business Value Assessment conducted in 2015.

First Published: Jun 24, 2016