Boxes Category Procurement Intelligence Report

A complete buyer's guide that provides comprehensive insights on Boxes category spend, spend growth and regional segmentation; in-depth price trends; negotiation levers and analysis of Boxes suppliers.

Our category grouping process defines that the overall Warehousing and Storage market includes all spend related to warehousing and storage including equipment, packaging and charges for space and miscellaneous expenses to run the storage facility. Dynamics of the global Boxes market play out within this wider arena of Warehousing and Storage market. Therefore, our coverage of the Boxes category also operates within this broader boundary of the overall Warehousing and Storage market.

Key questions on L4 procurement answered by this report

Strategic Sourcing Guide to Boxes Procurement

Overview

Several macro changes in the dynamics of overall Warehousing and Storage as well as Boxes procurement trends are poised to change the business practices and procurement thumb rules. Service providers have begun to use advanced technologies and tools such as loT, predictive analysis and big data for optimal asset utilization, geofencing, warehouse management, and smart inventory management. The efficiencies gained by using new technology and improvement in customer service capabilities are significant. More and more suppliers are moving towards adopting these technologies to realize significant efficiency gains in the longer run, however, it may also increase their OPEX in the short run.

Businesses are focused on maintaining a lean inventory of raw materials, parts, components and finished goods. While it is a novel concept to keep the inventory costs in check, it also highly challenging to implement in a global sourcing context and requires a clock work like optimization of logistics and warehousing processes. Companies are moving to a completely digital supply chain footprint to reduce errors and risks associated with such strategies.

Sustainability has emerged as a pivotal theme for procurement decisions related to supply chain. Companies are expecting their suppliers to internalize globally accepted sustainability practices and demonstrate a solid history of putting in practice similar principles. It is worth noting that practices of sustainability are not limited to only environmental impact but has taken a greater meaning of practices that can reduce the overall cost of operations in the long term.

Category managers need to take note of the potential of these developments and reassess the changes required in their procurement practices.

Boxes Procurement Best Practices

Boxes procurement best practices are moving towards a level of sophistication which is typically seen in traditional procurement categories. Category managers now have an attractive opportunity to adapt the best practices seen within this category as well as those being leveraged in other non-related categories. This report summarizes the best practices picked from across multiple categories that could work well for category managers involved with Boxes procurement strategy.

For example, Buyers should assess service providers' capability of predicting the weather, traffic, and other real-time information, which might affect shipments that are in transit or in its delivery times.

Buyers should negotiate for administrative control over all technological systems that contain critical data. This will ensure 100% transparency and visibility over logistics operations. In addition, buyers should demand visibility across the entire supply chain using real-time metrics such as mobile and telematics systems.

It is important that buyers assess the operating model of service providers to determine the best-fit case for their organizations. Buyers need to determine if services offered by the providers are comprehensive and involve adequate resource support and a well-defined customizable execution plan.


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Risks in Boxes procurement

Boxes procurement managers also need to proactively identify and mitigate potential risks that can arise in the supply chain or contracts for Boxes procurement. Some examples include:


  • When requirements of the buyers are not absolutely clear or usage patterns are not stable or predictable, suppliers often build in \"cost buffers\" for unforeseen risks due to a lack of complete understanding on buyer's requirements. This increases the risk of overspending on Boxes
  • The category is highly impacted by the global economic factors. Economic downturn and political upheaval, particularly in major international markets such as the US and China, results in huge uncertainties. Uncertainty in customer demand owing to changes in freight and shipping market from general economic fluctuations and decline in international freight demand negatively impact the category
  • The volatility in fuel prices and capacity constraints affect the cost structures of suppliers. Fuel costs account for the largest part of the operational costs for the suppliers. Therefore, an increase in the fuel costs significantly increases the suppliers' operating expenditure

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Who should read this report

  • The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Boxes procurement strategy and offers a perfect blend of category basics with deep-dive category data and insights. Therefore, it is ideal for category beginners looking for “Boxes: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Boxes procurement market.

     

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Boxes procurement strategy, or you may be a category expert looking for strategic insights and updated data.Either ways, the report has your requirements covered.

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Key questions on Boxes procurement answered by this report

    Procurement decisions can prove to be costly in the absence of careful deliberation and evaluation of every available option. In fact, more than 90% of the decision makers we work with acknowledge that timely availability of up-to-date category intelligence can help them make better purchasing decisions. More than 80% of them believe that in-house category intelligence needs to be updated periodically to achieve full benefits. If you have read so far, we are quite sure you agree!!

     

    The Boxes procurement report helps take more informed decisions by placing all the critical information and advice at the fingertips of a decision maker. It also specifically answers some of the key questions that we have been routinely asked during our industry outreach initiatives:

     

    • What is the spend potential in the Boxes market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Boxes? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Boxes Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Boxes suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Boxes procurement cost ?
    • What are supplier margins in Boxes market?
    • What are the best practices for Boxes procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Boxes Category Insights: What is inside

  • A comprehensive drill down on category sourcing execution: Data, insights, advisory

    The Boxes market report offers a complete picture of the supply market and analyzes the category from the perspective of both buyers and suppliers. Analysis of the category trends, procurement best practices, negotiation levers and overall category management strategy advisory are interspersed with in-depth data and commentary on spend outlook, pricing ecosystem and supplier landscape drilled down to a region-level coverage.

    Data

    A key highlight of this report is the in-depth outlook created on Boxes procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Boxes. A dedicated section to supplier profiles and evaluation helps decision makers cast a wider procurement net and identify gaps in existing relationships.

    Insights

    Along with specific category and supplier intelligence, the publication also includes curated insights on Boxes market trends, price influencers and inherent risks. These insights help the decision makers prepare for market shaping trends in advance and create alternative strategies for changes in the market conditions.

    Advisory

    Additionally, the report also advises on the best practices and strategies to manage the Boxes category efficiently. Negotiation levers and opportunities are explained in detail along with quantification of their potential. Benchmark KPIs for supplier and buyer performance management are also aggregated to better organize the category objectives. Other themes of advisory include ideal procurement organization structure, enablers to achieve KPIs or category objectives and ideal SLAs to have with suppliers.

  • Unrivalled breadth of category analysis: at your fingertips

    Category Ecosystem

    • Buyer and supplier ecosystem
    • Competitiveness index
    • Buyer and supplier power
    • Threat of new entrants and substitutes

    Global and Regional Sourcing Insights

    • Category spend
    • Spend growth
    • Dynamics
    • Opportunities

    Pricing and Cost Analysis

      • Pricing outlook and data
      • Drivers of pricing
      • Cost structure and inputs cost
      • Total cost of ownership
      • Pricing models and margins

    Cost Saving Opportunities & Negotiation Strategies

    • Buyer and supplier side levers
    • Quantified cost saving opportunities
    • Negotiation strategies and quantified outcome

    Procurement Best Practices, Strategy and Enablers

    • Procurement excellence
    • Sustainability and innovation
    • KPIs and category enablers
    • Risk management and outsourcing

    Vendor Analysis

    • RFx essentials and selection criteria
    • SLAs
    • Supplier evaluation metrics
    • Detailed supplier profiles
  • A lucid, easy to read format: Enabling fast decisions

    Our research is complex, but our reports are easy to digest. Quantitative analysis and exhaustive commentary is placed in an easy to read format that gives you an in-depth knowledge on the category without spending hours to figure out “what does it mean for my company?”

Category Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of Boxes procurement solutions by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.

Information Sources

Primary research
Secondary research
Procurement heads
Industry journals and reports
Category managers
Periodicals and new articles
Sourcing consortium professionals
Category webinars
Industry experts and thought leaders
Internal categiry playbooks
Procurement managers
Industry/government websites on regulations, compliance
Category heads of suppliers
Internal databases
Client account heads/managers
Industry blogs/thought leader briefings
Client and industry consultants

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