5 Critical Mistakes When Restructuring the  Supply Base 

Tariffs, covid, shortages, war, and inflation.  We have experienced over 5 years of chaos that have had purchasing professionals restructuring their supply chains.  However, due to the unprecedented issues requiring immediate firefighting, sometimes shortcuts are taken and the restructuring results are not favorable.  What mistakes are being made, and what are the lessons learned?  We…

How Purchasing Cost Models Help Companies Succeed

Cost models provide buyers with valuable benchmarks to validate supplier pricing. Used effectively, they help drive optimal design, reduce the time required to bring products to market and help companies succeed. When it comes to understanding supplier cost structures, I admit that I am biased. After all, understanding supplier cost structures was what started my…

Say Good-bye to Should-be Costs and Hello to Predictive Pricing 

I have been around cost estimates and should-be costs since 1984 when I joined Ford Motor Company with my newly minted MBA and partial head of hair (yes, it is all gone now).  While should-be costing provided real insights into costs and pricing, I always found it to have some drawbacks:  Many suppliers find the…

Finding Untapped Savings Opportunities

Having experienced unprecedented upward pricing pressure over the past 2 years, purchasing leaders are telling us that they are under increasing pressure to increase cost savings efforts and results.   A commodity-by-commodity review of company spend can often turn up untapped, easily implementable savings.   To start, take the time to write down the questions you should be asking about each commodity that…

Go Bionic

Go Bionic – is the recommendation made to CEO’s the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) recently published book makes in its recently published book Profit from the Source1. BCG lays out some ideas for creating a bionic purchasing department combining technology/data and skilled and knowledgeable personal just as man and machine came together in The Six…

Achieving Cost Savings in the 3rd Year of Covid

2022 started off with a significant Covid surge, once again impacting the daily routines of many.  Time will tell how badly manufacturing and logistics will be affected, and how much delay this will add to supply chains recovery from the prolonged disruptions of 2020/2021.    Purchasing organizations have been consumed by the urgent demands of ensuring…

Negotiating Price Increase Requests

As a buyer or a seller, one of the most difficult negotiations is a price increase request.  Despite the difficulty, there appears to be a lot of it going on in the marketplace.  Whichever side of the negotiation table you are on, we are seeing success from the side that outperforms the other in two key aspects of negotiation:  Preparation  Active Listening  Preparation –…

Quotation Whack-a-mole

In whack-a-mole a person hits the mole forcing it down only to have it pop right back up in another location.  In quotation whack-a-mole buyers push on an area of supplier costs to get pricing to go down only to have costs pop-up in another area bringing prices up as well.  Buyer and suppliers continue this…