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2023 Procurement Trends

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Procurement in 2023 

The procurement landscape is constantly changing, and the strategies that organizations employ to ensure their success in the future must evolve to meet the needs of the modern market. As we look at 2023 and beyond, it’s important to consider the trends that will shape the way companies manage their procurement operations. 

Technology and Automation  

The first trend is the increasing use of technology in procurement. Automation and artificial intelligence are becoming more prevalent in procurement processes, allowing companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase accuracy. Automation and AI will also help companies to better manage their supply chains and make smarter decisions when it comes to sourcing and purchasing materials.  

Sustainability 

Another trend is the increasing focus on sustainability. Companies will be looking for more sustainable suppliers and will be using the latest technologies to measure and optimize their sustainability efforts. Organizations will also need to pay more attention to their supplier relationships, as well as their own internal practices, to ensure that their procurement strategies are as sustainable as possible. 

AI Implementation 

One of the most significant procurement trends for 2023 will be the increased use of artificial intelligence (AI). AI will allow businesses to automate many of the mundane tasks involved in procurement, such as data entry, document management and order processing. This will free up valuable resources and allow companies to focus on more strategic activities. AI will also enable companies to better understand their customers’ needs, allowing them to make informed procurement decisions that are tailored to their customers.  

Procurement Digitization 

Another key trend will be the move towards digital procurement. This involves the use of online platforms to purchase goods and services, as well as manage supply chains and contracts. By taking advantage of digital tools, businesses will be able to streamline their procurement processes and reduce costs. In addition, digital procurement will enable businesses to better manage their supply chains and track their suppliers. This will allow them to identify opportunities for cost savings and ensure that their suppliers are meeting their expectations. 

Change in 2023 

As businesses become more competitive and the economy continues to change, companies must find new ways to stay ahead of the competition. One of the most effective ways to do this is through effective procurement strategies. By understanding the needs of the company, the market, and the competition, businesses can create a procurement strategy that will help them get the most out of their purchases.  

 

Contract Cubes for Private Equity

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Contract Cubes For Private Equity Firms

 

Contract Cubes Offer Powerful Advantages For Private Equity Firms

Successful private equity firms know that time is something you want to have on your side. When you’re looking at supplier contracts across multiple portfolio companies, then all of your procurement and contract management habits—whether time efficient or not—become greatly magnified.

PE firms that are able to compound on good contract management skills (and good software) have a massive competitive advantage over private equity firms that are still stuck in data siloes, spreadsheets, or, worse, completely analog procurement records.
SAP’s “contract cubes” are a game changer for data-centric PE firms because of their straightforward approach to accessing contract data near-instantaneously. Here are just a few of the powerful features of contract cubes that PEs can harness to supercharge the combined power of procurement across all of their portfolio companies: 

Use Keywords To Make Better Choices Spanning Your Entire Portfolio

Even disparate portfolio companies often have areas in which they can join forces to negotiate better deals with suppliers or, in some ideal scenarios, offer sourcing amongst themselves. It becomes exponentially easier to get discounts for quantity by combining orders or to find hidden gems amongst suppliers if your database of contracts is centralized and readily searchable. Find the things portcos are buying separately through a simple search and then turn that data into cost savings or even revenue generation while other firms are still flipping through file cabinets. 

Get All of The Numbers On The Table

Data transparency and visibility go a long way toward making better choices in both the short and long term. It’s impossible to capitalize on things that you don’t know are happening. With contract cube functions, you can get all of the numbers you need via simple commands. That can include time left until contract renewals, numbers of orders, financial ratios and other history and stats which can be transformed into even greater savings, revenue gen, and better supplier relationships.

The ability to know who your best-value suppliers are is priceless. Contract cubes can help you determine this based on your own metrics of value (and across a variety of metrics). Prioritize these suppliers during contract renewals, bring them additional business, set up data sharing, and make generally better choices that are data-led. 

Additionally, use data easily pulled via contract cubes to gain insight into long-term financial trends, even as portcos come and go, so you have a big-picture view that can lead big vision (and big money) moves while competitors are still taking a myopic and segregated approach to procurement, leaving you with a clear advantage. 

Handling procurement for a private equity firm is among the most difficult scenarios for even the most seasoned procurement expert who has been working with individual companies. That’s why we at Premikati offer BPO with managed services in procurement catering expressly to private equity firms. We understand how to navigate the complexities of cross-portfolio sourcing and we have the tools and expertise to fully manage this process to the great advantage of the firms who choose to outsource to us. Our specialized knowledge and toolsets bring value to the table that would go entirely unrealized by teams with less pointed expertise.

Reach out to us today to see how we can help you advance your procurement strategy.

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Managed Services for Private Equity

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Sourcing Via Managed Services In Procurement Is A Game Changer For Private Equity Firms

Managed services providers (MSPs) bring with them a suite of finely-tuned skillsets, knowledge, and tools to the companies they serve. In an arena such as procurement, this can mean massive savings and opportunities to scale that are not readily realized using non-specialist teams and archaic, clumsy processes that allow for valuable data to slip through the cracks.

Many PE firms are now taking a closer look at existing supply contracts—on valuation, it is clear the direct link that exists between exceptional procurement capabilities and competitive advantage. 

Aided by seasoned experts, the procurement process in private equity firms can move away from limiting goals like capturing low-hanging opportunities in favor of more strategic and impactful approaches to value creation so that rapid sizing and added risk mitigation and transparency, the impacts of which will clearly converge on the bottom line.

These are some of the major benefits to managed services in procurement for private equity firms:

Sophisticated Procurement Functions Provide An Edge Over Clunky, Outdated Approaches

Procurement has matured from cost-reduction into value creation.

Procurement has been on oft-overlooked space that’s brimming with value potential. In order to get ahead, companies must leave behind old ideas about ruthlessly slashing costs and simple cost-saving actions like asking suppliers for deals. Rather, today’s procurement—when handled well, ideally via experts from an MSP—is more transformative and comprehensive.

Procurement today involves advanced spend analytics, process automations, predictive technology such as machine learning for demand planning, and a host of other intensive processes that were once reserved for Fortune 500 companies. Now, PE firms can use advanced technology and expertise to look beyond easy wins into all categories of spend to extract value that is far and beyond what could otherwise be achieved. 

Sustainable, Scalable Approach

Utilizing more sophisticated procurement strategies results in a more sustainable, scalable approach. With supply shortages hitting many industries, sustainability is a concern for all companies both in terms of classic factors like environmental sustainability, but also sustainability among suppliers. Will companies be able to get the goods they need when they need them? Is there too much reliance on one or two suppliers? 

Similarly, if a company achieves unprecedented growth, will current suppliers be able to scale accordingly or will they prove to be a bottleneck? 

Managed procurement services help PE firms navigate these types of questions—plus, they are able to see portfolios as a whole unit to achieve even deeper (and verifiable) scalability and sustainability than looking at each portfolio company’s supply strategy from within a vacuum. 

Risk Mitigation

To step back a moment to the question of whether or not a company relies too much on a small pool of suppliers for some critical product, it’s much easier to spot these sorts of risks while doing the deeper work provided by MSPs in procurement than it would be using a more scattered approach which can leave considerable risks entirely unknown.

Private equity firms are latching on to the value that mitigating supply risks provides over simply cutting costs. MSPs are also more likely to see ways to mitigate risk from amongst portfolio companies before having to turn externally.

Digitization, Transparency, and Value Optimization

Digitization is a major driver in the managed procurement renaissance. Technologies once reserved for only topmost companies are now readily available at SMB sizes. Digital systems that are nimble, agile, and simple to implement while retaining robust, enterprise-grade features—systems that come par for the course with a good MSP in procurement—are a staple of effective procurement strategies within private equity firms.

Using digital tools, managed services providers are able to aggregate data from all sources both within individual portfolio companies and across the entire portfolio and then clean and categorize this data to create a single source of truth that is free from the confines of data silos.

Then, using advanced spend analytics, machine learning, demand planning, and similar techniques, MSPs can quickly capture value for private equity firms. Electronic sourcing in particular is one arena of procurement that offers considerable benefits in terms of saving time and money.

Having the combination of transparent data and digital tools leads to value optimization that goes far deeper than what procurement pros could have expected to achieve in times past. 

Cross-Portfolio Collaboration

All of the benefits listed above become magnified multi-fold when considered from a cross-portfolio collaboration perspective. MSPs in procurement are more readily able to take on the task of cross-portfolio procurement strategies which can be among the most complex sourcing work a firm ever encounters.

MSPs can consolidate spend, look for strategic cross-portfolio opportunities to either supply each other or collaborate on sourcing and achieve economies of scale which can be achieved only through transparent data and accurate spend analytics. This collaborative approach offers unique challenges but can work to mitigate risk as well as spur exponential growth among symbiotic portfolio companies. 

Long-Game View

Rather than get bogged down in the details of any one new portfolio company, MSPs in procurement are able to help capture value in the long game by surfacing longer-term overall spend trends and executing long-term procurement strategies that can span multiple years and multiple portfolio companies. 

Managed services in procurement today is much more than outsourcing. It isn’t a replacement so much as an expansion of your team, working closely alongside the firm to understand, prioritize, and execute the most suitable strategies capture value, capture opportunity, and support rapid sizing with reduced risks, increased transparency, and far, far fewer headaches. 

See what Premikati’s managed services in procurement can do for your private equity firm. We will help you quickly see ROI through our white-glove expert team of procurement pros, advanced and agile toolsets, as well as a state-of-the-art (but simple to use!) procure-to-pay marketplace with bespoke options to onboard current favorite suppliers that are already adding value to your portfolio.

Reach out to us today to see how we can help you advance your procurement strategy.

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