Can procurement really add value to logistics?

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As businesses increasingly turn to procurement to drive company growth through savings, concerns continue to emerge about the functions’ lack of sector specific knowledge.

Logistics professionals are often reluctant to work with procurement, as they feel the function is purely geared towards making savings and does not have the expertise to judge quality of service. Procurement professionals argue that they provide an invaluable external outlook when it comes to negotiating contracts and have the skillset to ensure the best quality for the best price.

4C Associates will be hosting a debate entitled: “Can Procurement really add Value to Logistics?”. Craig Bunker, Managing Partner at 4C Associates and Keith Newton, International Secretary General, CILT International, formerly Logistics Operations Director, UK&I & Nordics for Kraft Foods will argue for and against the function’s involvement.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Does procurement lack the knowledge to buy complex logistics services?
  • Given the importance of logistics, how much of a consideration should price be?
  • How can procurement and logistics best work together to insure the purchase of the right service at the right price?

The debate will take place on Tuesday 18th September between 8.30am – 9.30am at The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ. Attendance is free and attendees will be given a chance to ask questions and share their own experiences.

If you are interested in attending Please register via our website or email Petra.urhofer@4cassociates.com.

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