You have just been appointed as the procurement consultant for a large multinational with operations based in Brisbane. Your superior, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company, has just asked you to deal with a niggling problem (purchasing arrangement) which although not considered strategic, is causing untold grief in the organisation. As the CFO says Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is the mud between our toesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
You are to analyse the situation, and taking account of recommended procurement principles and practices detail how you would determine the best approach to the supply of printing, scanning and copying for staff in the office complex.
Step 1. Discuss the issues provided above in terms of what information they provide and how they impact potentially on a purchasing arrangement. In the process comment on the issues with the current management of supply and the supply arrangements.
Step 2. Add any other issues that you believe should be addressed.
Step 3. Propose how you would determine the best approach to dealing with the supply issues. In the process you should indicate the information you need to deal with the issues and propose a method or methods to gain the information necessary to make an informed decision and to then propose acceptable options to the company.
Step 4. Propose alternative potential supply arrangements to dealing with this supply issues. Note there are a number of practical solutions to this problem. Some though will be better than others.