One of the most efficient ways to gain insight into how best to run a supply chain is to examine how the top players do it. Celine Suarez has written an article about lessons learned regarding sustainable procurement from researching AT&T, Best Buy, and Dell:
- Align the strategy with the nature of the category and supplier relationship.
- Involve the right players in the sustainable procurement discussion.
- Establish a clear business case for purchasing more sustainable products.
- Start with what is measurable and scale up from there.
With particular regard to the second item, AT&T’s supply chain team required the input of facilities and operations experts who could help determine the business case and requirements for purchasing more energy-efficient equipment. Dell similarly needed to work with supplier management and original design manufacturers to improve supplier energy efficiency. Review the full article for useful in-depth information derived from studying these big name organizations.