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Procurement & Supply Management
This article will focus on the relationship between purchasing, procurement and supply chain management. Many high profile organizations in the United States have implemented an integrated strategic approach to purchasing and logistics management, which is known as supply chain management. As the 21st century began, supply chain management became a significant strategic tool for organizations striving to improve quality, customer service and competitive advantage. Gene Richter, a former chief procurement officer at IBM, developed a framework that defined four stages of maturity in the procurement function. His work allows procurements officials to understand what it means to be strategic in the purchasing/procurement/supply chain management process.