Speaking to Kobi Efor magazine for its November issue, our General Manager Mehmet Apak discussed where the purchasing sector is today, and the effects of the pandemic on it, emphasizing that the pandemic was a pre-warning to companies to pay utmost attention to their purchasing management.
Stating that digital transformation activities, already on the agenda of many companies before the pandemic, have now become a must for all, and that related efforts have accelerated, Apak noted that, “Creating maximum benefit at minimum cost remains the most critical goal of purchasing. However, in today’s world, the only way to achieve this is by creating user-friendly systems not only for purchasing professionals, but also for the entire staff of the company. Creating a transparent, traceable experience where processes are digitalized from end-to-end is essential for the new normal.”
Mentioning in his interview disruptions to the global supply chain due to the extraordinary changes in the supply-demand balance, and the setbacks in purchasing processes, Apak added that, “Where purchasing is concerned, without any doubt, there can be no return to the ‘good old days’ of traditional thinking and processes. The best product, the most affordable price and the most reasonable lead-time are no longer adequate. More flexible strategies, back-up plans and the expertise, right data source and reporting functions are required to achieve these plans.”
Apak also stated that the services offered by Zer technology were holistically included in all steps. He shared the technologies that will come to the forefront in purchasing, along with his views on how to overcome the obstacles that companies will be facing during transition and adaptation once finally ready to fully integrate technology into their processes.
Adding that digital purchasing processes will spread from multi-center companies towards SMEs in the upcoming periods, Apak reiterated that not only should direct and voluminous purchases be considered in analyzing the process, but also small, but frequent purchases.
For the full interview, please click here.