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Supply and Purchasing Agreement Clauses I

December 14, 2020

So, you are a buyer and received a demand, looked for new suppliers if needed, evaluated the best source of supply, negotiated the commercial conditions, registered the item properly in your system and … done? Not at all! If the item in question is classified as an "A" or "B" item on your ABC curve, the development and signing of a Supply & Purchasing agreement is essential.
A properly written contract is one that clarifies to the parties “who does what.” Ideally, the contract should be...

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If you touch it...fix it!

December 8, 2020

Regardless of the size of your company (and your department), purchasing professionals know that no matter how careful we are, there are always those processes that “fall behind,” and the reasons why are numerous: urgency, change of scope, a buyer left the company and did not finish the process, etc.
Obviously, the larger the company and the larger the purchasing area, the greater the chance of encountering these types of processes along the way. If you have already gone through an...

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Purchasing Late Involvement

November 20, 2020

Often assessed as preciousness or centralization of information, the late involvement of the purchasing area in a process can bring unfavorable results that are perpetuated so long as the relationship with the supplier lasts.
In times of rationalizationing resources and increasingly urgent demands, combined with shorter deadlines, succumbing to the temptation of ignoring the correct acquisition process is one of the differentials of a leader with strategic thinking. Deviating from the...

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What means to be a buyer?

November 20, 2020

Doctor, airplane pilot, astronaut, fireman, there are countless possibilities, but I doubt anyone has ever heard the answer, “I want to be a buyer!”
Especially in countries where the Supply Chain area has been more popular in the last few decades, education in the Purchasing area is still quite scarce and restricted. Typically, new buyers learn from more experienced buyers.
At the beginning of my purchasing career, I heard from my manager, who today is still one of my mentors, “Flavia, the...

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Main KPIs

November 20, 2020

Hello buyers, today we are going to talk about the main purchasing indicators.
We always hear something about Cost Saving and Cost Avoidance (definitely the two main indicators of purchasing performance). But there are other indicators that we want you to know, and clarify if they are still unclear to you.
It is common to hear about KPIs, but what are these KPIs? KPI stands for Key Performance Indicator. I will list examples of indicators here, which may or may not be used all the time. The...

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