The Finance Perspective on Procurement

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Executive Summary

Supply chains are never static. And the supply chain itself is just one link in a chain of business processes that must work together smoothly for organizations to succeed. If one key component from one supplier is defective or not delivered on schedule in a just-in-time manufacturing process, the repercussions can be disastrous. In fact, according to the Corporate Executive Board's Procurement Strategy Council, "20% of a company's market value can be instantly destroyed by supplier infractions committed across the extended supply network." This thought alone should give finance and procurement executives insomnia.

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