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Acquisition strategies vary based on types of purchases and their significance. The purchase process proceeds more efficiently when management uses a Purchasing Policy to document how the purchase approval process is to work.

The Purchase Strategy Tool poses a set of questions that generate a purchase significance score. Based on the purchase type and significance score, the tool recommends a purchase strategy that includes the following:

  • Type of purchase strategy required (from basic orders to complex RFPs). 
  • Who should comprise the purchase evaluation team. 
  • Clear steps outlined in a purchase evaluation plan.

Selecting an appropriate purchase requires balancing out purchase significance with the appropriate amount of research, evaluation, and purchase process formality. Too involved a process can be a waste of time, but skipping important steps in the process where purchase significance is high can have catastrophic results.

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