For manufacturing companies, the material quota is typically between 40 and 70 percent depending on the industry: KPIs that are affected by purchasing such as delivery quality and reliability, replacement times, costs and inventory are directly reflected in financial statements and earnings reports. With this, purchasing takes a leading role directly affecting the performance of the entire company.

Therefore, optimally organized purchasing is a directly contributing factor in gaining the competitive edge. It is important to note here that this has little to do with short-term cost-cutting measures, but anticipating future developments with regarding the market environment, product portfolio, customer and supplier structure as well as framework conditions. This is to flow into the purchasing strategy and hence, raise company value considerably.


Typical starting points are
  • Disproportionately high material costs and high working capital
  • High levels of inventory and low inventory turnover
  • Inadequate supply of material and insufficient delivery reliability
Competencies of candidus
  • We don’t take short-term measures such as cost cutting, but implement measures with a vision for future developments regarding the market environment, product portfolio, as well as the customer and supplier structure.
  • We support you and your team – from defining future products and setting up the value chain all the way to determining payment and delivery terms with the suppliers selected.
  • Our consultation skills are in both strategic as wells as operative purchasing: ranging from make-or-buy decisions all the way to optimal planning and warehousing strategies.
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Mechanical engineering industry

Building up a global sourcing network in China and Mexico
General results:

  • Drop in material overhead observed by 17 %
  • Shortening replacement time by 28%
Pharmaceutical industry

Analysis and optimization of core procurement processes as well as ordering and supplier structure
General results:

  • Drop in inventory by 25 %
  • Increase in delivery reliability and quality by up to 35 %
Food industry

Analysis, evaluation and reformulation of make-or-buy strategies
General results:

  • Drop in evident material overhead by 10 %
  • Shortening lead times by 15%