The chart below was created using Google’s graphing tools.
This pie chart shows the percentage of companies, responding to a Deloitte survey, that separate their supply management activities from their purchasing activities. This data and other results of the survey are in a report entitled “Driving New Value from Direct Materials Supply Management – Opportunities, Trends, and Best Practices in Direct Materials Sourcing and Procurement”. This report can be assessed by clicking here (PDF file).
The report suggests that because of Internet communications developments, sourcing offers important opportunities for reducing costs in a company’s supply function. And, therefore, separate sourcing teams are now finding success, not found previously.