ProPurchaser Tools and Resources

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.

What is ProPurchaser?
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Find hundreds of market trends to help you drive down purchase costs.

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Gain deeper insight into your suppliers' costs to help negotiate better pricing.

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Share ideas and best practices to gain a competitive advantage for your organization.

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Information and Tools to Strengthen Your Negotiating Position

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    Custom Data

    Create your own 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. It can be used in Should-Cost Models, Comparisons, Price Gauge reports, or viewed graphically.

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    Comparison Charts

    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.

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    Leading Indicator

    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.

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    Price Guage Reports

    Gauge the prices you pay. Compare actual prices paid to a Should-Cost Model (or any other reference you choose). Ensure you spot opportunities to negotiate lower prices, as marketplace conditions change. This comparison will allow you see to see if your suppliers been playing fair

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    Forecast Tool

    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.

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    Budget Tool

    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.

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    CO2 Data

    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 plan and measure progress.

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    Ask a Question

    Ask us 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.

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    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. Once the data has been downloaded you can import it into another system or use Excel formulas to crunch the numbers.

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    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 Should-Cost Models, and preparing for negotiations in general. Built up from responses to “Ask a Question” questions collected over the past 8-years.

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    Negotiating Nuggets

    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. You’ll find best practices for the seasoned professional and novice purchasers.

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    Our Data Sources

    ProPurchasers data is collected and analyzed by our expert staff on the monthly basis. Our rigorous standards ensure that the data is accurate and often irrefutable when presented to a supplier. Click here to read about our data sources in more detail. A 4-minute read.

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    Price Report Archive

    The price reports are sent directly to your inbox on a monthly basis and saved in ProPurchaser for future reference. The archive includes all of the historic price reports for both your tracking bundle and should-cost models, and you can easily find each report by month and year.

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    Bundle Thumbnails

    One screen with a quick view of the commodities that you’re tracking closely. From here you can quickly see if any of the commodities on your tracking bundle are rising or falling in costs. With one click of the mouse you can expand graphs to see details and historical data.

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    ProPurchaser Blog

    Business and environmental issues that affect our profession. A community of Purchasing Professionals who share 3 common goals: to help each other succeed by sharing information and best practices; raise the status and profile of our profession; support our planet by increasing awareness of the environmental impact of our sourcing decisions.