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68FARNELL
The manager from
the Internet
Thelatestonlinepurchasingmanagementtools
thatdovetailwithadistributor’swebsitecangive
procurementprofessionalsmuchgreatercontrol
andstreamliningofcompany-widespending
withminimumstress.QuintinKomaromy,
CommercialMarketingDirectoratFarnell,
explainsthenewinstrument.
Purchasingmanagersareresponsibleforlarge
budgetsandcontroloverhowmuchand
wherethevariousauthorizedindividualsand
departmentsspendmoney.This
responsibilitycancausethemquitea
headache,sinceitisimportantfor
engineerstomaintainagooddegreeoffreedomto
researchpotentialcomponentsfortheirnewdesigns.
Thecomponentsmustbeeasytoobtain,without
beingobstructedbycomplicatedinternalprocesses.
Astraightforwardprocessnotonlysavessignificant
administrationcosts,butallowsthepurchasing
managersalsofasterorderandreceiptofthe
requiredcomponents.
Electronics goes online
Therearealreadynumeroussoftwarepurchasing
managementtoolsavailable,indifferentdegrees.
Theseareabletosimplifyandprovidecontrolofthe
cross-businesspurchasingofawiderangeof
companies.However,itisonlyrecentlythat
electronicsindustryspecialistssuchasFarnell,with
theiri-Buyonlinepurchasingmanagementsystem,
haveenteredthearena.
Distributorshaveforalongtimeprovidedavaluable
serviceforR&Danddesign/development
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8 departments.Theyprovidefastaccesstosmall
quantitiesofawiderangeofcomponentstohelp
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engineersmovetheirdesignsthroughdevelopment Budget under control
asquicklyaspossible.Thisservicehaschangedwith Purchasingmanagementsystemsaimtogiveeasycost
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easilyaccessibletechnicaldataanddesignsupport, controlbyallowingindividualuser,departmentsand
previouslyonlyavailabledirectlyfromtheindividual purchasingspendstobeset.Also,workflowsthat
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componentsmanufacturers. reflecttheindividualcompany’spurchasingapproval
structurecanbeputinplace.Advancedtoolscanalso
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Individuality allowmultiplebudgetsalignedtoaspecifictimeperiod
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implementedwithout,orwithonlyalittledisruption Akeyrequirementforpurchasingmanagersisto
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intheusualorderingprocess.Thereisonlyan improveefficiency;theabilitytodownloadreportswith
absoluteminimumamountoftimetospendon lineleveldetailwillaidbetterinformedbuying
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familiarisation.ToolssuchasFarnell’si-Buy decisions,whilefullyautomatedapprovalprocesses
systemhavebeendesignedtooffersuch significantlyeliminatepaperwork.
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personalisationtosuitindividualcompanyneeds. > www.farnell.com
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