Leadership Investigate

Direct Spend Management Optimizing spend and increasing direct material availability

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Executive Summary

In the last few years since the Great Recession, organizations have attempted to optimize supply chain operations and position themselves for growth over the next 3-5 years. This includes tapping "low-hanging fruit" in the optimization journey, largely in the indirect sourcing transactional services such as logistics. Procuring "direct" material, however, seems to be a relatively untapped opportunity for organizations to continue optimizing their supply chains. Inevitably, companies can benefit significantly more by opting for an end-to-end framework rather than through incremental improvements to direct spend management processes.

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