I’m one and a half weeks deep into 2019 and I ate half a bag of potato chips last night as I simultaneously began to lose interest in ‘book #1’ of my 2019 reading list.
Supplier bases are a great source of potential innovation. But, unlocking collaborative supplier innovation requires clearly defined strategies and operations by a sourcing, procurement and/or purchasing team to ensure that suppliers’ competencies are being leveraged to their fullest potential.
Procurement and sourcing teams are heavily reliant upon the effectiveness of the suppliers they choose to collaborate with. Relationship management between buyer and supplier is crucial to the success rate of a partnership, and both parties must learn to give and take to create fair/shared value.