How to secure purchases in a VUCA context

Logismed 2022. Ph. Sradni

Purchasing managers from companies operating in different sectors discussed on Wednesday the best strategies to adopt to secure purchases in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) context. In particular, they noted the need for Purchasers to question their strategies and working methods to ensure the sustainability of their organizations. They also noted that standardization brings benefits in relation to diversification in the VUCA context, calling in this regard for strong partnerships between Buyers and Suppliers, based on transparency and ethics.

Gathered as part of a conference organized by the Moroccan Association of the Purchasing Community (AMCA) on the sidelines of the International Exhibition of Transport and Logistics for Africa and the Mediterranean (Logismed), these professional purchases recalled the many the challenges relating to the health crisis, the price resource and the disruption of supply chains, face the Purchasing function, implying a necessary adaptation of companies. For the president of the AMCA, Yassine Serhani, the important thing is to rethink the planning and operating models while taking into account the adaptability that has become essential as well as the control of information. To overcome the VUCA challenges, organizations and leaders must transform the VUCA acronym into a clear Vision of the organization and the values, mission and strategy associated with it as well as the Intelligence that should materialize by leaders’ ability to step back, observe and listen to employees and customers, he notes. It is also about transforming VUCA into Courage, through making decisions despite potential risks, and into Agility through flexibility, to adapt to a rapidly changing environment without changing the way the strategy unfolds.

For her part, Latifa El Yacoubi, Director of Purchasing & Business Partnerships INWI (WANA Corporate), indicated that innovation provides adequate answers to the current problems of the Purchasing function, adding that the current crisis is pushing buyers to think differently. And to maintain that innovation is the fruit of complex, relevant situations that the current situation requires agile buyers and rapid decision-making. Mounia Khourache, Purchasing Director at LafargeHolcim Morocco, highlighted the importance of the sustainable supplier (purchasing sustainability) in the current economic context, adding that companies must help their suppliers to become more mature and competent and comply with standards. international. It is a question of supporting suppliers in their growth and the reduction of their independence, she pointed out, recommending that companies pay more attention to start-ups, probably due to the role of the purchasing function in the creation of value in its environment. For Youness Taghrichte, Attijariwafa bank Group Purchasing Director, the current crisis offers an opportunity to position the Purchasing function differently at company level and initiates debates on new subjects such as compliance.

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