Inside Procurement: Benchmark Vs. Best Practices

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In our second episode this week, Omer Abdullah explores Benchmarks Vs. Best Practices in the procurement function – particularly when and how to use benchmarks, and where to obtain best practices from.

Benchmarks are a means to drive high performance, but how much emphasis should be placed on them in a function? Are they legitimate and valuable? The term comes up frequently in discussions around functional and corporate performance, and senior executives do like to use benchmarks to quantify both financial and operational performance. However, although benchmarking is an important tool, it does have constraints – as it can divert discussions from the main substance to details and numbers, and sometimes benchmarks can be used wrongly by senior management to drive changes that don't make business sense - particularly with functions such as procurement.

Omer thinks it's far more meaningful to focus on best practices. But where can businesses get these best practices from?

Watch the full video to find out this and more. 

You can also read Omer's opinion piece "Benchmarks versus Best Practices: A Case for Both" in Future of Sourcing, which publishes content for opinion-formers and decision-makers at the heart of the global sourcing community. Its columnists and contributors are global sourcing thought leaders, and provide innovative, cutting-edge insights on challenges and opportunities in the industry today.

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Omer Abdullah

Omer Abdullah

Omer Abdullah is Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Smart Cube, a global provider of procurement intelligence and analytics, including category excellence, commodity volatility management, supply chain analytics and supplier engagement strategies across sectors including Life Sciences, CPG and Industrials. Omer leads the company's business across The Americas.

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