Procurement Consulting
 

Every organization can use occasional support to accelerate a project. We focus our project management skills and experience on the following six project categories that enable lasting change in procurement performance.

 
 

Spend Data Gathering & Cleansing

 

Despite making many system related investments over the last several years, many organizations still cannot easily and accurately identify the specific items they purchase in a way that supports meaningful strategic sourcing events.

When your data isn't quite "analysis ready", we help gather, cleanse, and categorize your item data making what appears to be a daunting task very manageable. Our teams work with you and your suppliers to identify the specific items you purchase based on the manufacturer name and manufacturer part number. The result is actionable information that can be utilized to drive initiatives that deliver real savings.


Spend Analysis & Benchmarking

 

This service helps improve sourcing strategies and plans by stratifying indirect spend by commodity category, location, department or function and even by method of purchase. DSSI completes an analysis of your spend in relevant commodities against a database of pricing that represent what sophisticated, large volume buyers are achieving in the marketplace today. The resulting report provides you with real opportunities to align supplier related requirements, standardize price points and service levels, leverage spend resulting in improved pricing, consolidate the supply base or conduct your own sourcing effort.


Purchasing Process Assessment

 

Are the processes your organization uses to support indirect purchases efficient and effective? Our purchasing process experts can quickly identify specific actions to help improve performance. Many organizations employ several purchasing approaches and processes leading to added complexity and excessive costs. We will identify these areas and provide you with recommended solutions. The functional areas that typically contribute to this assessment include: Accounting, Engineering, Information Systems, Maintenance, Purchasing, Receiving and Storeroom Management.


Consortium & Customer Specific Sourcing

 

Well run organizations focus their time and attention on areas that are likely to yield the greatest amount of benefit. In the procurement area, this means internal resources are most often focused on direct materials. DSSI was founded to provide focused support for indirect materials and services. Our sourcing experts apply two distinct sourcing approaches to maximize value.

Consortium Sourcing  efforts provide opportunities to improve pricing, service and terms by aggregating spend with that of our other clients. There is strength in numbers and we prove it every day to the benefit of our clients. Our sourcing experts regularly track and gather the commodity specific needs of our entire customer base and go to the supplier market in search of the best price and service combinations available. We use a "cyclical bid" process that invites customer participation and schedules commodity categories ensuring a frequent review. Further, our sourcing tools enable us to communicate with a vast number of suppliers electronically allowing optimum analysis and maximum sourcing flexibility. As a result, our clients benefit from contract pricing that few organizations can achieve on their own.

Customer Specific Sourcing  efforts provide project-based sourcing support for specific indirect commodities. We apply our strategic sourcing methodology to understand service requirements, aggregate your enterprise-wide spend data, identify suppliers, negotiate terms and conditions, and support supplier implementation. The outcome is a turnkey solution that delivers category savings.


Item Standardization

 

Large organizations often use many different manufacturer/supplier combinations to satisfy the exact same set of "fit, form, and function” requirements. Many times this presents an item standardization opportunity to reduce complexity and costs. DSSI can assist your organization in identifying and capitalizing on these standardization opportunities. We can even develop specific product standards complete with private labeling. These efforts are supported by cross-location testing to deliver end user satisfaction so your company can realize the identified savings.


Indirect Procurement Strategy Development

 

Every procurement leader has a great sense of the desired end-state to include: better data, streamlined processes, program compliance, less costs, less risk, and comprehensive visibility and reporting. DSSI specializes in developing actionable indirect procurement strategies encompassing people, processes, technology and infrastructure requirements. Each strategy deliverable specifies the areas of impact and quantifies the return on investment associated with our recommendations and plans. If you could use some help in developing an indirect procurement strategy, contact DSSI.