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Definition: Purchasing

Full Definition of Purchasing

Purchasing in a company is the department that buys raw materials and product.

Emerging Trends

Managerial revolution: Strategic sourcing

  • Elevation of purchasing to a strategic position in the firm
  • Sourcing strategies that are aligned with the strategy of firm and supply chain
  • Supply base optimization; supplier relationship management and selective strategic alliances
  • Early involvement of suppliers in product design
  • Better, cross-functional integration of purchasing with other functions

Technological Revolution: E-procurement

  • Use of IT such as EDI, internet, intranet, extranets
  • Greater efficiency in ordering & transaction processing, within the firm as well
  • Effective information sharing with others in the supply chain
  • Supports strategic, global sourcing

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Purchasing. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. May 25, 2020 https://payrollheaven.com/define/purchasing/.
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Purchasing. PayrollHeaven.com. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. https://payrollheaven.com/define/purchasing/ (accessed: May 25, 2020).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Purchasing. PayrollHeaven.com. Retrieved May 25, 2020, from PayrollHeaven.com website: https://payrollheaven.com/define/purchasing/

Definition Sources

Definitions for Purchasing are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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