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Purchasing departments need purchasing strategies. But how can a joint approach be ensured when the product groups are enormously diverse and both the purchasing department and the consumers are spread across several regions? This was the challenge facing our client innogy SE.

Goal: A platform for purchasing strategies

Together with the energy company, we realised the strategy platform "CM Hub". The aim of the platform was to support the company's strategic buyers - called international category managers - in the development of commodity group strategies and collaboration with stakeholders.

In order to optimally adapt the platform to the needs of the company and its purchasing department, we first tested it with three pilot commodity groups. Based on the piloting, we implemented the tool. The intensive and individual support provided by KPMG's purchasing experts enabled the international category managers to handle the platform's modern strategy methods both technically and methodologically.

Excellent purchasing through product group strategies

In this way, innogy's purchasing department was able to develop 74 product group strategies and coordinate them with the respective stakeholders within the project period of a few months. The knowledge of the International Category Managers was institutionalised centrally and is no longer exclusively personalised - so that updates are immediately available to all involved.

With the platform, innogy can now create commodity group strategies much more easily - from the analysis of the initial situation and the definition of optimisation potential to the derivation of specific measures and activities.

Or as Dr Ulrich Piepel, Chief Procurement Officer at innogy, sums it up: "The tool has made our purchasing even more excellent."

If you also want to make your purchasing organisation more efficient or processes more digital, we will be happy to help you.