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As a buyer, how do you decide to end a negotiation for the purchase of a particular item?

When my target price and terms have been reached.
When delivery of the product must be made.
When a better offer from another supplier has been received.
When the product or service is no longer needed.
When the price and terms offered seem reasonable.

Problems With Various Departments

Date: 03/18/2019

Author: H. E. Hough

In the American Purchasing Soiciety's recent survey, more buyers and purchasing managers indicated that they have the most problems with internal operating or production departments, followed by accounting and finance. Let us know how any of these departments affect what you do.




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Jason Wyatt - Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM

I've had to take a hard line with operations to get paperwork protocols followed, sometimes at the expense of delays, but things seem to be running pretty smoothly now. In the past, the accounting group has put the most strain on my department. When you are on credit hold with various vendors, you not only have to spend more time finding the correct product but lose valuable leverage when it comes to negotiating.


Zdenka Mueller - Sep 25 2019 12:00 AM

Late material requisitions are a big problem, followed by accounting and finance processing invoices late. Credit hold is a huge problem, as just one day without needed parts puts production schedule back.


Amy Boyes-Higgins - Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM

I absolutely do have more problems internally with departments following protocol. I'm constantly chasing paperwork! I have to beg to find out if items were received. Makes it very hard to keep monthly financials accurate. Then, people placing orders without PO#'s on their own without me knowing and vendors wondering where their money is. Vicious cycle! We definitely need more accountability within the individual departments.