Hackett Group Reveals 2021 Study on Key Procurement Issues
Following a period of drastic change and compromise, organisations are better prepared to tackle difficult procurement processes.
But, there is still a lot for organisations to consider as they anticipate the release of restrictions across the globe.
The report explains that some respondents to the research still remain cautious for the future.
“41% believe conditions will stabilise by the second half of 2021, but 36% predict it will take longer.” the reports says.
“Therefore, the crisis and its fallout will continue to shape procurement priorities in 2021 and beyond.”
Some of the key points the report has highlighted are - spend cost, risk, skills, and digital acceleration.
Spend Cost Reduction
It’s apparent from the report, even some of the most well-prepared companies are expecting a level of instability coming away from the pandemic.
The report suggests that companies should now be focusing on using digitals to their advantage and leveraging business partnerships to maximise savings.
As data analytics and procurement technologies develop, businesses can utilise these specialised tools to source new data and make it more accessible for their sourcing teams.
Risk Management Strategy
Risk management is making its way to the forefront of business development, helped along by the demand of Covid-19.
Although many procurement organisations trust their current risk management strategy, they are at a crucial stage where they can begin to mitigate risks in the early stages of the sourcing process.
Allowing them to manage possibilities throughout the whole supplier life cycle.
Continuous development of risk strategy can be made easier with the use of the correct digital tools to monitor real-time data and gain better visibility throughout the supply chain process.
To get the most out of digital data assets, procurement needs to be aligned with the services and tools that enable them to work in the most effective way.
The report explains that businesses “will need to update both soft skills (e.g., strategic
thinking and business acumen) and hard skills (e.g., analytic decision-making and technology savviness).”
As organisations are adapting to an evolving digital method of working, providing or acquiring skills is a vital part of globalising the workforce.
“Procurement must also carefully place resources with strong analytical skills and provide them
with modern digital tools (Fig. 3).”
At a time of global crises, companies were forced to digitise their processes, from administration to managing critical operations.
Future procurement success will be greatly determined by organisations’ ability to adopt digital means of working.