Quickly Realize Savings

Quickly Realize Savings

Need to drive cost reductions that deliver bottom line financial results?  APD’s experienced consultants and commodity experts execute Optimal Sourcing projects to deliver significant savings, with pricing mechanisms in place to sustain gains over time.  We have a long history of successful cost reduction initiatives…

A Cost Management and Digital Transformation Strategy for Buying Organizations

A Cost Management and Digital Transformation Strategy for Buying Organizations

The global economy is undergoing a Digital Transformation at a record pace. Connected data, departments, companies and industries are driving transformation to use the latest technologies to do things better. Digital transformation enables purchasing organizations to transform from disconnected data and single point decisions to…

How are Historically Low Oil Prices and the Collapsing Global Economy Impacting Resin Costs?

Plastics manufacturers are being hit by the simultaneous forces of supply interruptions, vastly changing demand, and volatile petroleum prices. So far, commodity polymer prices have slid slightly, but there are numerous opportunities to negotiate larger price reductions from resins suppliers if you know where to…

Managing the Urgent and Important During the Covid-19 Crisis

I was the Chief Purchasing Officer of a company when the economy tanked, and the CEO told his senior staff of the requirement to cut headcount by a significant amount. Inside my head, I rejected the directive:  How could my team manage the supply chain disruption of a major recession, deliver our strategic plan, and reduce our…

Ending the War Over Cost Breakdowns

When writing about cost breakdowns, famed negotiation trainer Chester Karrass opined “Buyers should always ask for detailed cost breakdowns and suppliers should always refuse to provide them”. Buyers often win this first battle of the cost breakdown war through the use of carrots and sticks; carrots being incentives like new…