PLQ Issue III: Volume II takes an in-depth look at the topic of planning and focuses in on whether the cycle that procurement is currently on is the most effective. For many years the function has started thinking about the months and years ahead and has then set a plan that it executes over the following 12 months. That plan has always tended to focus on costs. With procurement now a strategic partner, planning has to catch up and those strategies have to incorporate the goals of the business as a whole as well as individual functions. Failure to do that will have serious performance implications further down the line that simply can’t be ignored.
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