There is technology available to do this, integrating your P2P solution
to the suppliers website through the use of internal catalogs which can then include contract priced items. The main benefit for users here is that they are able to speed up the searching and buying process. After all, we want to know we can get something quickly when we need to. Internal catalogs, when used and implemented correctly, should be as easy to use as walking into a supermarket and picking something from the shelf.
Typically, requisitions that come through a guided buying experience facilitate faster approvals. This in turn helps Procurement teams direct their focus on more value-add activities such as mitigating risk and developing supplier relationships. These relationships are vital to any business, especially with core suppliers which the organization relies on for key goods and services. While the wider business may not see it, there is a significant amount of time invested in these relationships – which is why guiding buyers through the process is so important.
With the right digital tools in place, employees should be able to access the right information at the right time, providing a more Guided Buying experience to the right suppliers and contracts.
So if you’re seeing orders being raised that don’t align with your internal policies and preferred suppliers, ask why. Perhaps put yourself in their shoes and go and experience using the system. Is the system guiding them to what we want them to do? If the answer is no, get in touch
and we can help you create the right Guided Buying experience.