Get Supply Chain ready for Brexit

Supplier Relationships and Your Purchasing Portfolio

Manufacturing firms have a range of items in their purchasing portfolio with different characteristics such as cost, the number of available suppliers for the item and the likelihood of disruptions to supply.  Firms often employ a purchasing portfolio technique to allow them to select an appropriate supplier relationship management strategy for each item based upon its characteristics.  You can also use this technique to analyse how supplier relationship management can deal with the impact of Brexit on your purchasing portfolio.  This analysis will allow you to categorise your purchasing portfolio into leverage, strategic, routine and bottleneck items, and then select an appropriate supplier relationship management strategy for each item in the context of Brexit.  You should focus this analysis on items that you think will most likely be impacted by Brexit.

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An overview of the purchasing portfolio framework and how you can use this framework to analyse how supplier relationship management can deal with the impact of Brexit on your firm. Supplier relationship management and your purchasing portfolio
This resource shows a case study of supplier relationships and the purchasing portfolio at Kelly’s Kitchens. Case Study: supplier relationships and the purchasing portfolio
Useful background on consigned stock. Understanding Consigned Purchases in Inventory Management
An excellent summary of general supply market risks and strategies for mitigating them.

Chopra, S. and Sodhi, M. (2003) Supply-chain breakdown, Sloan Management Review46 (1), pp.53-61.

 

A background to the original purchasing portfolio matrix. Kraljic, P. (1983) Purchasing must become supply management, Harvard Business Review, 61 (5), 109–117.
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A template you can use to identify your purchasing portfolio. Purchasing portfolio template

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