Electronics procurement challenges upcoming year

Tackling Electronics Procurement Challenges in the Upcoming Year

By Muirae Kenney  |  December 21, 2023

As we edge closer to the end of 2023, procurement leaders are reviewing their current strategies and making changes for the coming year. Many challenges like material shortages have begun to fade, yet procurement professionals continue to grapple with issues like inflation, rising costs, and an acute talent shortage. Procurement experts in electronics have to deal with these pressures every day.

Earlier this year, the Hackett Group presented its 2023 Procurement Agenda and Key Issues Study, shining a light on the evolving challenges within the procurement industry. Due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2022, maintaining supply continuity remains a pressing concern for a second year. Given our unpredictable economic climate, addressing inflation is of utmost importance.

Building on those urgent matters, the Hackett Group study revealed another significant trend: the ascending role of data analytics in procurement. As organizations expand and their operations span globally, the demand for trustworthy, timely, and predictive data intensifies.

Given this heightened focus on data, one might wonder: how can procurement teams best prepare for a more efficient 2024?

Getting Ready for 2024: Looking Ahead

As 2023 gives way to 2024, the procurement landscape undergoes significant shifts as foundational principles drive changes and mold the industry. Procurement leaders look to these principles for guidance and direction for the upcoming year. Here are five potential changes to consider for a smooth transition into 2024.

Strengthen Team Capabilities

Strengthen team capabilities

A shortage of new talent makes it imperative to utilize existing employees to the fullest extent possible. Upskilling and crosstraining can fill crucial gaps, especially when key employees leave or take extended time off. Consider having multiple experts in strategic sourcing, price intelligence, cost modeling, and similar capabilities. By refining these skills, organizations can proactively manage volatile economic trends, even when resources are tight. Additionally, cross training can help to build confidence and encourage collaboration across departments.

While upskilling takes time and can result in increased wage demands, it may decrease employee burnout, increase retention, and drive higher financial returns.

Utilize Technology in New Ways

It is increasingly important for procurement strategies to use digital solutions. A balance between enterprise solutions and specialized point solutions can revolutionize procurement operations. Digital solutions can help organizations become more agile and efficient, as well as reduce costs.

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Maintaining close relationships with suppliers, distributors, and manufacturing partners can help you get things done.

In addition, innovations like AI-driven negotiation and category management tools could reshape the procurement industry by helping procurement experts strike a balance between finding enough of a scarce resource quickly without ending up with a surplus of it.

These AI-driven technologies can also help procurement teams identify potential risks and opportunities, improving decision-making. Further, technology-driven procurement can boost efficiency and automate processes.

Accelerate Digitization Efforts

Digital transformation is essential in today’s business landscape. Prioritizing the digitization of core transactional processes improves efficiency and accuracy and also establishes a strong digital foundation. This foundation is pivotal for leveraging advanced analytics, resulting in informed business decisions.

Historically, procurement professionals have struggled with limited visibility beyond their primary interactions. Understanding the nuances of supplier relationships is vital. Advanced analytics offers a clear insight into supplier performance, enhancing negotiation strategies at all tiers.

Prioritize Responsible Procurement

Prioritize responsible procurement

The call for sustainability is louder than ever. Organizations must embed and expand responsible procurement initiatives. Establishing a solid framework of policies and governance will ensure ethical and sustainable management of suppliers.

It is true that such ESG initiatives can be costly, but by attracting new customers, limiting legal and regulatory risks, increasing employee satisfaction and productivity, and ultimately driving growth, they can create value. This value can be recouped over time, making the investment worthwhile. Responsible procurement initiatives can also help organizations build positive relationships with stakeholders, which can enhance their profitability.

Nurture Business Partnerships

One of the cornerstones for elevating procurement’s role is enhancing business partnering capabilities. Such a collaborative approach with business stakeholders can redefine the value procurement brings to an organization.

In spite of having a smaller headcount, maintaining close relationships with suppliers, distributors, and manufacturing partners can help you get things done. When you have open lines of communication, you can handle the inevitable bumps in the road. This also helps to create a more trusting and collaborative environment between all stakeholders. It also enables organizations to better anticipate and plan for changes in the market. Ultimately, this can lead to cost savings and more efficient operations.

As 2023 comes to a close, it’s evident that the field of procurement goes far beyond mere purchasing or sourcing. It integrates strategic foresight, the art of harnessing powerful analytics, and the ability to deliver exceptional value.

Armed with this knowledge and guided by a well-defined vision, procurement professionals are well-positioned to create a positive impact on 2024, setting benchmarks and driving industry excellence.

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