Launching Allied Waste's Procurement Organization with Eye Toward Success

With more than 600 divisions and purchasing decisions made at the local level, the fairly new Allied Waste (AW) Procurement organization had its share of challenges.

The team's primary obstacle was limited visibility into its spend. What they needed was a system that would enable them to obtain the crucial spend information necessary to make meaningful, sustained improvements. The team, led by Pam Kinney — Director of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management — also wanted to be able to identify what the company buys, from whom, and how much they were paying in order to analyze how to buy more effectively and to leverage the total spend of the company...

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