Sourcing and Procurement

Logistics Today summarizes AT Kearney's 2004 “Assessment of Excellence in Procurement” study on trends in outsourcing procurement. The gist: there are savings to be had by outsourcing at least some of the decidedly unglamorous back-office procurement function: “'Companies are chasing savings through overseas sourcing, but their internal structures are likely to prevent the full benefits of these savings from occurring,'” says John Blascovich, an A.T. Kearney vice president and leader of the study

Related: a feature article in the February 2005 issue of Internet Retailer on Netherlands-based Royal Ahold's use of Web-based sourcing, using Emptoris's software, at