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What Are Some of Your Current Challenges in Purchasing?

What Are Some of Your Current Challenges in Purchasing?

We’ve all got our problems and procurement professionals are no exception.  As with every business sector, procurement is facing economic, social and technological change that’s coming fast and furious. It can be a little disconcerting how quickly things can change in a dynamic landscape like the one we’re in. So, what are some of your… Continue Reading

Vendor Managed Inventory

Vendor Managed Inventory

There’s good reason that giants like Walmart and Home Depot work with the Vendor Managed Inventory model.  This type of supply chain arrangement makes a lot of sense for both parties and creates a symbiosis which keeps needed supplies and goods on hand, without overstocking. This type of supply relationship allows information to be shared… Continue Reading

Have you performed an RFP for your MRO recently?

Have you performed an RFP for your MRO recently?

The Request for Proposal process tends to be a drawn out one.  There’s much to do in defining the scope of the job on offer, as well as its technical requirements and detailed requests for contractor/vendor information. But when you’re readying an RFP for Maintenance, Repair and Operations, you’re dragging a rock uphill.  At least,… Continue Reading

Don’t Waste Time Running a RFP – use a GPO

Don’t Waste Time Running a RFP – use a GPO

RFPs are rapidly becoming the old way of doing things.  As more companies give these time-consuming, tedious processes the side eye, GPOs (Group Purchasing Organizations) are coming into their own as a better way of doing procurement. Sure, we’re biased.  CenterPoint Group is a trusted procurement advisor (also known as a GPO) that eliminates the… Continue Reading

Is your MRO program managed by procurement?

Is your MRO program managed by procurement?

Every year, US businesses spend over $100 billion on MRO purchases.  Everything from cleaning products to light bulbs falls under the heading of Maintenance, Repairs, and Operations. But every year, inventory languishes on the shelf in supply rooms across the nation.  Why? Simply, about half of US businesses aren’t effectively managing MRO. Grainger’s Consulting Services… Continue Reading

Are You Confident About Your MRO Program?

Are You Confident About Your MRO Program?

Confidence is the backbone of any successful enterprise.  When you know what you’re doing, you have a handle on all the moving parts.  You’re confident because you’re getting the job done and well. But are you confident about your MRO program?  Maintenance Repairs and Operations programs can get away from you in a hurry.  That’s… Continue Reading

Do You Have a Firm Grasp of Your MRO Program?

Do You Have a Firm Grasp of Your MRO Program?

Parts and supplies are coming and going.  So far, so good! But do you have a firm grasp of your MRO program?  If not, you may find yourself waiting for an important piece of your manufacturing puzzle at an inopportune time. And that’s not helpful. Your MRO program is what keeps the wheels turning.  It… Continue Reading

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