Are you a member of the procurement police?

18 September 2009
This week when reading about how residents in North Lanarkshire in Scotland have been warned against companies offering to install "free" home security systems I realised that good procurement skills are essential in all areas of life. When speaking about the security systems Shiona Campbell, of Scottish Scambusters, said: "I would advise consumers not to buy anything based on a cold call.” This may seem like insulting advice to an experienced procurement professional, but are essential words of wisdom to less experienced people as seven incidents involving cold calling offers were reported in Scotland in the past week. It seems that while at work people are always willing to drive a hard bargain and get the best deal available for their company, they are less likely to adopt these methods at home. Other advice included: "If you are making a major purchase, try to get at least three quotes from reputable companies."  Again this is advice for a procurement novice, but do you give you friends and family advice on buying? Do you apply the same procurement rules for work and play? Do you spend as much time checking out the best deals for white goods in your new kitchen as you would sourcing new contracts at work?
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