European Procurement Excellence Gemeinsam mit dem Lehrstuhl für Logistikmanagement der Universität St. Gallen erforscht Arthur D. Little aktuelle und zukünftige Potenzialfelder für „Supply Chain Excellence“ im Rahmen einer wissenschaftlichen Benchmarking-Studie. Dabei bauen wir auf Erkenntnissen aus existierenden Vergleichsanalysen und lang-jährigen Projekterfahrungen im Supply Chain Management auf. Goals of the study The world economy is suffering one of its steepest downturns and business are struggling to contend with tumultuous markets and are faced with limited liquidity. In these challenging times "cash is king". This calls for shifts in strategy, cost efficiency, even cost avoidance, or working capital management and capital structure. With demand falling and EBIT margins being eroded, more than ever CFOs and COOs mus join their efforts and lower cash flows that threaten necessary future capital expenditures. This benchmarking study is designed for multi-national companies and intended to enable participants to assess the current performance level of their purchasing departments and compare them to the best practice in their line of business. The European Procurement Excellence Index (EPE Index) enables companies to evaluate the relative performance of thir purchasing endeavor, focus on best practices across diverse business fields and identify the improvement potential that can be applied to their own purchasing performance. The results of the study identify clear-cut improvement goals and delineate best practices in the field of purchasing. You will receive an exclusive and customized benchmarking report which will outline all results and compare your company`s performance with all other participants in the study (both within your industry and across all sectors). Further more the three best performing companies will be awarded with the European Procurement Excellence Award. Responding to this questionaire will take approximately 120 minutes. Please send it back to us within the next few days. Further details are provided at the end of the questionaire. Please note that the study can also be filled out in a digital way. We can state categorically that all information provided in your responses will be treated with strict confidentiality. All responses will be evaluated anonymously. We wish to thank you in advance for your trust in us, and for taking the time to work with us on this study.