2023 – A Year in Procurement

In 2023, UK procurement teams had to navigate an ever shifting labyrinth of challenges, some lingering and many new.  The effects of Brexit, soaring inflation, and the aftermath of the pandemic continued to create a storm that tested the resilience and adaptability of procurement strategies.

Inflation and Supply Chain Disruptions – With inflation reaching a 41-year high, the cost of goods and services skyrocketing. This eroded purchasing power and disrupted supply chains. Procurement teams had to navigate this while maintaining quality and managing budgets, often requiring renegotiation of contracts and seeking alternative suppliers.

Technological Advancements and Talent Shortages – Rapid technological advancements demanded procurement teams to be agile and innovative. However, the demand for high-calibre talent outstripped supply, challenging teams to build strong internal and commercial relationships.

Strategic Responses and Resilience Building – Procurement leaders took decisive actions to combat volatility and shortages. They focused on creating transparency, assessing risks, and mobilizing cross-functional efforts to build resilience.

Identifying and Reducing Supplier Risk – With global disruptions, reducing supplier risk became crucial. Teams worked to diversify their supplier base and develop more robust contingency plans to ensure supply continuity amid unforeseen events.

Driving Sustainability – Sustainability remained a strategic priority, with teams looking to reduce environmental impact. Sustainable sourcing and by integrating green practices into procurement processes became more important.

Here at Ebit we worked alongside our clients to battle against these headwinds. From delivering innovative projects to transform the way business functions purchased their goods and interacted with their suppliers to identifying and implementing cost out programmes and opportunities for suppliers to add value, 2023 was a year of continued evolution and success.

We’re proud of the projects we have completed and the savings we have delivered. Our ROI remained 5:1. None of this would have been possible without the support and hard earned trust of our clients and the knowledge and skill of our team of SME’s and procurement specialists. If you want to find out how we can make a difference to your business start the conversation.

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