As people begin to return to the office environment there is much talk about what the new work-life will be like. Employees may feel apprehensive: they want to experience interaction with others, but they also want to feel comfortable and safe.
Sourcing and contracting Human Resources (HR) services is a complex and challenging area and it is not getting any easier. The pandemic has had a big impact on how we work and how we staff our organizations. Employment regulations are also subject to constant change.
Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are increasingly becoming more prevalent in the challenging procurement environment within the private sector. Traditionally, GPOs Have been associated more with the public sector and specific industry sectors such as healthcare and non-profits where they focus on volume consolidation to increase purchasing power on behalf of members.
One definition of a successful purchase is the right product or service, delivered in the right place, at the right time, of the right quality, for the right price. There is scope for failure in each one of these elements. Managing procurement risk means understanding what can go wrong and having plans in place to avoid unwanted outcomes. Many organizations are not fully aware of the many types of procurement risk they are exposed to and are therefore not ready when supply chain disaster strikes.
Today’s economic environment is exerting extra pressure on companies to find new ways to reduce expenditure. Cost-saving is still the #1 goal in procurement.
A Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) is a member-based organization that provides companies with purchasing benefits that they would struggle to achieve on their own. GPOs have traditionally focused on obtaining discounts for their members through their ability to leverage volume purchases. Modern and successful GPOs now provide a wide range of benefits, way beyond savings.
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Embracing the new business environment implications will help companies rise to the occasion and be a leader in longevity. By empowering companies to adopt change, leaders can increase agility and resilience, making any crisis disruption an opportunity for innovation - rather than an impediment to overcome. Whereas businesses hesitant to adopt new strategies, or avoiding change, are risking being left behind with diminishing returns. Enterprises looking for ways to simplify adoption, streamline processes, future-proof, and contain resource expenditures can look to their group purchasing organization (GPO) to help turn crisis into profit by implementing impactful change.
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Disruption quickly, and often, dramatically alters the purchasing landscape. Enterprises nationwide are experiencing the impact this is taking on their human resource professionals. As the pandemic progresses, the HR function will be continually challenged with keeping workers safe, healthy and informed, in addition to their everyday performance duties. Soon - if not already- HR teams will face permanent changes such as:
Purchasing professionals are constantly being tasked to do more with less. There is an ever-growing savings goal and an unmanageable number of suppliers/categories to be responsible for, in addition to improving long-standing contract savings and service-levels, benchmarking results on current contracts, and satisfying end-user stakeholders’ priorities. Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) can narrow the scope of priorities for procurement as they take on and deliver on the most important value drivers.
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