From the Inside Flap
Managing indirect spend
Enhancing Profitability Through Strategic Sourcing
"We pay how much?!"
The story is the same at most companies. CEOs, CFOs, and other executives finally decide that it's time to take a closer look at what they pay for the goods and services required to keep their businesses running. It could be office, telecommunications, insurance, or marketing materials. Indirect spend spending not directly tied to the creation of a finished product or servicecan make up 40 percent or more of an organization's total expenses.
Providing tools to help drive savings as well as a step-by-step presentation of the strategic sourcing process, Managing Indirect Spend provides you with the knowledge and necessary tools to successfully reduce costs in the area of indirect spend. Based on the authors' more than 20 years of consulting experience, the processes and real-world examples presented in this book illustrate how to successfully implement cost reduction strategies for clients of all sizes, in just about every industry and in hundreds of spend categories.
Featuring contributions by notable sourcing professionals, Managing Indirect Spend offers in-depth discussion of:
Data collection and analysis
The best-kept secrets of procurement tools
Little-known free technologies that help you source more effectively
What not to do during a strategic sourcing initiative
Office supplies and the sourcing process
How cell-phone management drives continuous cost savings
Moving away from the status quo can be difficult, but it is not impossible. From controlling administrative costs to managing expenses for facilities, finance, marketing, and IT, Managing Indirect Spend shows you how effectively managing indirect costs can make a huge impact on bottom-line growth. Discover ways to cut corporate costs without reducing headcount with the proven guidance found in Managing Indirect Spend.