Procurement Power-Up: Unleashing Tools in the Chemical Industry

May 29, 2023 | Procurement in manufacturing industries

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May 29, 20232 min

In the rapidly evolving chemical industry, procurement tools offer a transformative shift, enabling companies to optimize processes and gain a competitive edge. Benefits include enhanced collaboration, improved risk management, better data analysis, streamlined supplier management and enhanced compliance.

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, procurement in the chemical industry is undergoing a transformative shift as companies increasingly turn to procurement tools to optimize their procurement processes and gain a competitive advantage. These specialized tools offer a wide range of benefits that are specifically tailored to the unique requirements of the chemical sector. By integrating these procurement tools into their operations, chemical companies can unlock significant value and achieve operational excellence. Let us delve deeper into the key advantages that procurement tools bring to the chemical industry.

What are the benefits of procurement tools in the Chemical Industry?

  • Enhanced Collaboration: Procurement tools offer a centralized platform for managing all procurement activities, which leads to better collaboration between procurement teams and suppliers. This helps to improve communication, reduce errors, and ultimately results in a more streamlined procurement process.
    ⁠For instance, BASF SE, the largest chemical producer in the world, implemented a procurement tool to manage their global procurement activities. This resulted in improved supplier collaboration and increased efficiency, leading to significant cost savings for the company.
  • Improved Risk Management: Procurement tools allow companies to better manage and mitigate risks associated with the procurement process, such as supply chain disruptions, price fluctuations, and supplier reliability. By providing real-time visibility into supplier performance, companies can quickly identify and address any potential issues before they become major problems.
    ⁠For example, Dow Chemical Company implemented a procurement tool to streamline their procurement process and improve risk management. This led to a significant reduction in supply chain disruptions and increased the company's ability to respond to unexpected events.
  • Better Data Analysis: Procurement tools offer advanced analytics capabilities, which enable companies to gain valuable insights into their procurement process. By analysing data such as supplier performance, pricing trends, and contract terms, companies can identify opportunities for cost savings and process improvements.
    ⁠For example, AkzoNobel, a multinational chemicals company, implemented a procurement tool to improve data analysis and gain greater visibility into their procurement process. This resulted in significant cost savings for the company and improved overall procurement performance. According to a report by Gartner, companies that invest in data analytics for procurement can achieve a 2-3% reduction in overall procurement costs
  • Improved Supplier Management: Procurement tools can help streamline the supplier management process by enabling better tracking of supplier performance and contract compliance. For example, a chemical company may use a procurement tool to automate supplier onboarding, manage supplier relationships, track supplier performance metrics such as quality, delivery, and price, and ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions. This can result in improved supplier collaboration, reduced supply chain risks, and better negotiation leverage.
    ⁠According to a report by SpendEdge, effective supplier management can lead to a 15% reduction in overall procurement costs.
  • Enhanced Visibility and Control: Procurement tools can provide chemical companies with real-time visibility into their spend data and help them identify opportunities for cost savings and process optimization. For example, a procurement tool can help a chemical company track spend across different categories and business units, analyze spend patterns, and identify areas where they can negotiate better pricing or consolidate suppliers. This can result in improved control over spend and reduced maverick spend.
    ⁠According to a report by Accenture, companies that implement procurement automation solutions can reduce their operating costs by 10-15%.
  • Increased Efficiency and Productivity: Procurement tools can automate many manual and time-consuming procurement processes such as supplier onboarding, purchase order creation, and invoice processing. This can free up procurement teams to focus on more strategic activities such as supplier relationship management and contract negotiation. FactWise enables organizations to automate RfX creation, management, and negotiations as per pre-defined parameters and requirements, invoice and purchase order creation, to ensure teams can improve efficiency and accuracy, and reduce time spent on error-prone, repetitive, low-value-add tasks.
    ⁠For example, Huntsman Corporation, a global chemical manufacturer, implemented a procurement tool that automated its purchase order processing and invoice matching, resulting in a 50% reduction in procurement cycle time and a 25% reduction in manual efforts.
  • Improved Compliance: Chemical companies must comply with a variety of regulatory requirements related to safety, quality, and environmental standards. Procurement tools can help ensure compliance with these requirements by providing tools for tracking supplier compliance and automating compliance checks during the procurement process. For example, a procurement tool can ensure that all suppliers are certified to meet relevant safety and environmental standards and that they are following the agreed-upon compliance protocols. According to a report by Deloitte, effective compliance management can reduce the risk of regulatory penalties and reputational damage. For instance, SABIC, a leading chemicals company, implemented a procurement tool to improve compliance with their supplier code of conduct.

FactWise is a unified E-procurement platform with a fully integrated suite of procurement products. The platform is used by global product manufacturing companies to transform their procurement organization via analytics and automation to reduce costs, improve supplier diversity and strengthen supplier relationships, mitigate risk, meet ESG goals and standards, and increase compliance and efficiency.  

At FactWise, we are committed to building truly distinctive procurement software solutions that delight users and provide sustainable positive impact to the organizations we serve. We do this by providing transparency and insights to leaders (31% increase in governance), streamlining and automating processes to improve efficiency (20% increase in efficiency), and driving bottom-line impact by unlocking savings potential (25% cost reduction for direct spend). 

In conclusion, procurement in the chemical industry has its unique set of challenges. The complex nature of the industry, combined with its regulatory requirements, makes it particularly well-suited for the implementation of procurement tools. By adopting a procurement tool like FactWise Source-to-Pay, companies in the chemicals industry can achieve a range of benefits, including cost savings, improved supplier management, enhanced compliance, and increased transparency. As such, implementing a procurement tool should be a top priority for companies in the chemicals industry looking to optimize their procurement processes and stay ahead of the competition.

About the Author

Stawan is the founder and CEO of FactWise. Before founding FactWise, Stawan was the NA TMT-Procurement Leader at McKinsey. Passionate about procurement, Stawan has 15 years’ experience in enabling clients of all sizes to achieve business impact via procurement.


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