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Combining marketplace intelligence and proven negotiating tools, ProPurchaser delivers what you should know before you issue a purchase order. ProPurchaser automatically pushes simple, clear information to your desktop, whenever there is an opportunity to negotiate lower prices.
Information and Tools to Strengthen Your Negotiating Position
Follow Market Trends
Follow transaction-price histories for hundreds of commodities across North America, Europe and China. You can change currencies, vary time scales and compare several commodities at once.
Build Pricing Models
Pricing Models help you prepare for negotiations by modeling what you should be paying before you meet with your suppliers. This often results in lower prices, less hassle and increased efficiency.
Share Your Work
Share your work easily with colleagues anywhere in your organization. Make sure everyone is plugged into each others' projects, priorities and opportunities. Especially useful for spreading ideas and best practices in organizations that are geographically diverse.
Create your own personal database within Propurchaser. Store data from other websites, histories of prices you actually pay, target/budget prices, transfer prices from affiliates - literally any data you might have a use for. Custom Data can be used in Pricing Models, Comparisons, Price Gauge reports, or simply viewed graphically. Custom Data is secure and requires your password to access.
Create shortcuts for comparisons you want to bookmark. With one click, view steel prices in China, Europe and North America on the same chart; or wood pulp and paper together; or any other data combination you want to see regularly. No need to build the comparison each time.
Time your purchases better. Search Propurchaser's historical database and see how often prices for two selected commodities move in the same direction. Results help you decide if keeping an eye on one commodity can help anticipate another's price movements – like watching wheat in order to better time bread purchases.
Price Gauge Reports
Gauge prices you pay. Compare actual prices paid to a Pricing Model (or any other reference you choose). Ensure you spot opportunities to negotiate lower prices, as marketplace conditions change.
Remove the career risk from forecasting. Forecasting can be a minefield. The solution: take control and responsibility for the forecasting process (not the numbers). Lead peers through structured steps and deliver consensus results that senior management will appreciate.
Remove the career risk from budgeting. Budgeting raw materials can be a minefield. The solution: take responsibility for the budgeting process (not the numbers). Lead peers through structured steps and deliver consensus results that senior management will appreciate.
Reduce your supply-chain carbon footprint. First, estimate the total amount of carbon contained in your company's supply-chain. Next, identify major sources (specific products and suppliers), and then create an action-plan to shrink your footprint. Finally, implement carbon reduction plan and measure progress.
Ask The Expert
Good way to get your questions answered. Ask about anything: missing commodities, how to use tools, what to do if a supplier disagrees with Propurchaser information, cost drivers for items you buy, just about anything you can think of. We'll get back to you in a day or two with either the answer or a progress report.
Export Commodity Bundle
Download historical price data directly into your computer. This tool creates an Excel spreadsheet containing price history data for all the items in your Commodity Bundle.
Material Cost Drivers
A compendium of cost drivers for common products and compounds. Describes how a product is made and its major cost-drivers; useful for building Pricing Models, and preparing for negotiations in general. Built up from responses to "Ask the Expert" questions collected over the past 8-years.
Library of selected 'war stories' and articles collected over the years that provide valuable insights into how to succeed as a supply chain professional. Short and to the point, most take less than 5 minutes to read.
Our Data Sources
Explains where Propurchaser data comes from. A 4-minute read.
Price Report Archive
Archive of emailed monthly Price Reports.
Thumbnail graphs of all your chosen commodities on one page; one click to expand graphs to see details.
Business and environmental issues that affect our profession. An interactive community of Purchasing Professionals who share 3 common goals, namely to: help each other succeed at our jobs by sharing information and best practices; raise the status and profile of our profession in the eyes of senior management; and support our planet by increasing awareness of the environmental impact of our sourcing decisions.