our services

We act as true partners to our clients. By gaining a deep and personal understanding of our clients’ business and goals, our teams develop custom procurement solutions and business strategies that deliver both immediate and long-term benefits.

insight

Insight-as-a-Service combines 4C’s procurement knowledge and specific sector expertise with cutting-edge data analytics powered by AI and machine learning. We provide a range of focused applications that support the sourcing lifecycle to manage projects, spend, contracts or risk. In addition, our consultants bring a combination of domain expertise and technology skills to support clients on bespoke analytics projects.

Whether your objective is improving data visibility and transparency, finding better ways of managing risk and compliance, enhancing profitability and performance or identifying savings opportunities, generating reliable prescriptive analytics is one of the biggest challenges procurement departments are facing nowadays. 4C will support you throughout the process of turning complex, unformatted and incomplete datasets into valuable and actionable insights.

Our team of procurement and analytics experts specialise in combining datasets into a single all-encompassing model. We build a data architecture that automates tasks and generates reports through deployment of both bespoke and off-the-shelf interfaces, putting insights at your fingertips thanks to the embedded procurement knowledge and analytical capability.

When everyone at your business can access a single, reliable data source, they can spend more time on real ’value-add’ activities. The 4C Analytics Toolsuite will help you be more effective through a range of data-driven decision support tools, which maximizes your profitability and general business efficiency.

please contact Steve Harrison

1-2days

estimated time saved

110k savings

10% savings

insight - case study

challenging turkish towel supplier for a large dutch multinational retailer

  • industry retail
  • turnover €1.1bn
  • location europe

A Turkish towel manufacturer was pressuring our retail client for a 10% price increase across all cotton towels. The supplier was rightfully arguing there was a +34% increase of cotton prices.

4SCAN took into consideration: commodity prices, labour rates, inflation, currency impact, volumes, margin analysis and other cost drivers.

The supplier was omitting an appreciating Turkish Lira against USD (our client’s payment currency). The supplier was gaining up to 27% on FX which more than compensated for the loss driven by the increase in cotton prices.

value delivered

4SCAN simplified the buyer’s job to research all cost drivers including currency, inflation and raw material trends. The retailer challenged the supplier with fact-based analysis, triggering discussions to find cost reduction opportunities.

please contact Steve Harrison
insight - case study

transformation and cost reduction programme for leading european retailer

  • industry retail
  • turnover €1.1bn
  • location europe

The board hired 4C to run a holistic transformation of the GFR procurement function covering sourcing processes, strategic category planning and savings delivery. GFR included hardgoods, textiles and food procurement.

We undertook a full spend diagnostic to understand buying cycles, maturity of procurement execution and process effectiveness. We carried out a deep-dive at category and sub-category level followed by thorough opportunity validation process.

4SPEND allowed our teams to identify in each category multiple projects from short-term cash collection to long-term value delivery with an unprecedented accuracy and efficiently.

value delivered

New global procurement structure aligning all entities, full process redesign and upskilling of procurement community (200+ employees)

Advanced should-cost modelling enabling greater negotiating leverage and increased savings

please contact Steve Harrison

300+

opportunities identified

86m savings

17% savings

1-2days

estimated time saved

110k savings

10% savings

insight - case study

implementing the 4Margin platform in a large british retailer

  • industry retail
  • turnover €1.1bn
  • location europe

As part of a margin improvement project we were challenged to equip buyers and consultants with the tools and insights they needed to inform key strategic decisions and provide them with the insights needed to deliver a £12m project

Working with buyers, we developed and deployed a platform that provided key commercial information at their fingertips and provided the ability to isolate anomalies to develop negotiation strategies that drove improvement.

We used our 4MARGIN tool to quickly identify margin dilutive and low value products, to drive negotiations using margin gap analysis & to facilitate strategic decisions.

value delivered

4Margin allowed buyers & consultants to access all the essential commercial information and drilling down high levels to the granular, as well as a suite of tools for negotiations, range modelling and sku performance.

please contact Steve Harrison
insight - case study

implementing the 4Margin platform in a large european retailer

  • industry retail
  • turnover €1.9bn
  • location uk

Declining sales prompted a range review that aimed to increase revenue through product innovation. Procurement was challenged to manage product costs to ensure profitability whilst meeting quality expectations.

Following detailed analysis we focused on improving and standardising specifications - using cost modelling and benchmark pricing to support supplier negotiation.

We used our tool to analyse and identify margin dilutive products. Specification was identified as the most effective lever for negotiation.

value delivered
  • Savings delivery of ~ €200K
  • Designed profitability into new products
  • Product cost reduction of approximately 18%
  • Improved time-to-market speed
  • Greater visibility of key cost drivers and supply risks
please contact Steve Harrison

300+

opportunities identified

86m savings

17% savings

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