It may seem out for character for someone with procurement and supply chain background to say cost reduction is not the most important thing to work on, but sometimes, it is better to do the exact opposite of what was taught as best practice in business school.
When a much-heralded technology like 3D printers comes along, you might well ask if it can solve some of these challenges. Well potentially yes, but it also brings risk too, raising difficult questions around intellectual property and liability.
There are certain things that belong together – the reaction and the action, the chicken and the egg, In their own right, separate entities and concepts, however, in existence one thrives from that of the other. For procurement, cost savings and risk are similarly difficult to consider in isolation.
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