Managing the Tail: 

How to Optimise Tail Spend through Vendor Consolidation

This whitepaper addresses the challenges that supply chain & procurement professionals face in attempting to efficiently manage long tail supply chains. It also outlines the techniques available for optimising tail spend management.

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While managing the tail effectively and efficiently is a challenging prospect for most organisations, there are a number of techniques available, which include:

  • Consolidating the company supply base

  • Reviewing and comparing prices from different vendors

  • Bypassing distributors and buying direct from suppliers

  • Monitoring supplier performance and lead time issues