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How to improve the procurement department?

Conventionally, procurement departments have been dominated by scattered processes and inefficient communication channels. The personnel often do not have access to sufficient data, making them approve POs and PRs without enough insight. Approvers have to be manually hunted, and problems such as dark purchasing and maverick spending are common. All this results in multiple inefficiencies.

In order to improve the procurement department, you’ll need to improve communication and visibility alongside better overseeing mechanisms. Centralizing your procurement processes and moving to a digital platform may be your best bet in this regard. Procurement software brings all related activities to a single platform. All PRs, POs, and Invoices can be stored based on their approval statuses, so accessing data becomes straightforward for the department. The need to leave notes and make phone calls for approvals is eliminated because the software automatically routes documents for approval and notifies the relevant personnel. Communication becomes smarter this way.

Having digital records also eliminates dark spending, allowing more oversight into finances. Better supplier consolidation also gets rid of maverick spending. Automation reduces manual input, reducing errors and eliminating redundant and repetitive work. In this way, smart, automated technology intelligently optimizes procurement departments.