Profit from the Source: Transforming Your Business by Putting Suppliers at the Core

  • 7h 34m 9s
  • Alenka Triplat, Christian Schuh, Daniel Weise, Wolfgang Schnellbacher
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

Procurement can be your company's surprising secret weapon for winning in turbulent times.

In most companies, procurement is an unglamorous, unloved part of the business. Sourcing and supplier management are strictly about costs, the thinking goes, and all that matters is playing hardball to get these as low as possible. No connection to innovation or strategy or creating positive value.

Not so fast. As BCG thought leaders explain in Profit from the Source, procurement should be regarded in a new light because it has the potential to be a CEO's secret weapon in these fast-moving, disruptive times. With vivid stories and in-depth case studies, they illustrate that no other business function offers the same holistic view of a company—from suppliers who provide the organization with raw materials and components through to consumers who buy the finished product. While it's true that a core task of procurement is to control costs, the authors show how it can help businesses generate phenomenal value in innovation, quality, sustainability, speed, and risk reduction.

Drawing on BCG research and the authors' first-hand experience working with some of the world's leading companies, Profit from the Source provides proven strategies to drive new bottom-line, and top-line, growth for your company.

About the Author

Christian Schuh is senior partner and managing director based in BCG's Vienna office, in Austria. He focuses on global leaders in the Automotive and High-Tech sectors, and he is best known for the book The Purchasing Chessboard and his YouTube channel, Procurement in the Park.

Wolfgang Schnellbächer is partner and managing director based in BCG's Stuttgart office, in Germany. He wrote his PhD thesis on game-theory-based negotiations in procurement, with a focus on auctions. He leads BCG's procurement activities in Europe, and he advises global leaders in the Industrial Goods and Consumer Goods sectors.

Alenka Triplat is partner and managing director based in BCG's Vienna office, in Austria. She advises global leaders in the High-Tech, Defense, and Industrial Goods sectors, and she often works at the intersection between the procurement function and other key functions, such as engineering, product marketing, and manufacturing.

Daniel Weise is partner and managing director based in BCG's Dusseldorf office, in Germany. He leads BCG's procurement activities globally, and he advises global leaders in the Industrial Goods, Energy, and Consumer Goods sectors. His work concentrates on creating maximum value from suppliers and often focuses on postmerger integration, restructuring, and transformation.

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In this Audiobook

  • Introduction - Suppliers and Procurement: The Keys to Your Company's Future
  • Chapter 1 - Start at the Top
  • Chapter 2 - Treat Your Suppliers as Friends
  • Chapter 3 - Empower Your “Shoppers”
  • Chapter 4 - Go Bionic
  • Chapter 5 - Cut Costs-Fast
  • Chapter 6 - Dream Big Together
  • Chapter 7 - Settle for Perfection
  • Chapter 8 - Share Your Tomorrows
  • Chapter 9 - Get Quicker, faster-as One
  • Chapter 10 - Anticipate the Inevitable