Indirect spend is often thought of as the poor relation in the procurement family. Spend can be low, administration costs high, and rarely do purchases in this category contribute directly to the business output.
For a long time, it has been considered to be too disjointed and the spend too insignificant for it to be an area of specific focus, beyond a few of the larger categories. But as the drive for improved sourcing rigour intensifies, organisations are beginning to pay closer attention to their suppliers in this area.
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