Most procurement departments are familiar with running an office products Request For Proposal (RFP), especially the time, effort and resources required. Years of running RFPs may give a company confidence that they are putting in place an effective office supplies contract with negotiated savings. However, hidden costs are not always uncovered with an Office Products RFP.
Every stage in implementation and compliance is an ongoing process where strong relationships yield the best results. Now that we’ve gone through pre-implementation (read the first post in the series) and implementation (read the second), we’re at the last stage: compliance.
Implementation is the next step following pre-implementation, which we addressed in the previous post. This step is where the rubber meets the road. It’s go time—but not until you have a solid plan.
If hindsight’s 20/20, how much can the foresight of pre-planning accomplish?