Site Visits Should be ‘Insight’ Visits

Visits to suppliers’ facilities should be considered an essential ingredient of effective procurement, and can be an invaluable source of useful information and insight that cannot be obtained in other ways.

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An often underrated, misunderstood and underutilised role of the procurement professional is the site visit. Seen as many as a bit of a jolly or a waste of time, the site visit has become a low-priority activity to be completed only in dire circumstances or when there is nothing better to do. On the contrary, visits to suppliers’ facilities should be considered an essential ingredient of effective procurement, in particular in today’s turbulent economic climate, and can be an invaluable source of useful information and insight that cannot be obtained in other ways.

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