29 March 2001
Consumer products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark is anticipating closer co-operation with its European supplier base as it implements a process of standardising direct and indirect purchasing.
"The object is to source from fewer preferred suppliers," explained Richard Champion, director of European purchasing. Within the past year the company has reduced its suppliers of corrugated paper cases from 11 to two.
"It came about as an increasing awareness that our supplier base is a rich source of creativity," said Champion.
Kimberly-Clark is also upgrading its SAP system and in August will open a shared services centre (SSC) based in Brighton. This SCC will improve efficiencies by centralising support services across 14 European countries.
A number of supply chain initiatives will be launched by the SCC, including an electronic catalogue for spare parts in France.
Earlier this month Kimberly-Clark held its first European "supplier of the year" awards ceremony with awards in four categories, including innovation and product and service quality.