Dates Market Procurement Intelligence Report

Access curated Dates procurement intelligence and solve all your questions on Dates procurement outlook, cost saving opportunities in Dates procurement and potential Dates partners.

Ecosystem of the global Dates category is intertwined with the larger parent market of Environmental Goods. Our category definition describes that overall Environmental Goods market includes all spend related to the provision of materials used for or procured from agricultural, horticultual and animal-related activities.

Key questions on L4 procurement answered by this report

Strategic Sourcing Guide to Dates Procurement

Overview

A changing ecosystem within the Environmental Goods market also affects the procurement process, cost dynamics and supplier attractiveness for the buyers of Dates. Regulatory changes are taking place more frequently and the changes impact multiple functions within an organization. Alignment of procurement practices and decisions with all the new regulations has now become highly challenging, especially when category managers are responsible to centrally procure for multiple regions with different regulations.

Several structural changes including M&As and vertical integration efforts of suppliers are characterizing the broader market. Such strategic developments can erode the strength of previously established supplier relationships due to changed realities in the supplier's ecosystem. At the same time, buyers may also find opportunities to onboard new suppliers with a wider range of offerings or better contract terms for .

Several factors in the value chain of Dates, such as labor cost, logistics, and energy costs are driving up the procurement costs. Additionally, engagement of suppliers who are still operating with outdated assets, technologies and processes is also increasing the cost for buyers.

Dates Procurement Best Practices

The report discusses in detail the best practices that have served well the category managers responsible for Dates procurement.

For example, Buyers should engage with suppliers that can repurchase the used products at fair market value or can offer recycling capability. This assists buyers to dispose of used products in a convenient manner and honor their sustainability practices. Also, suppliers provide credits to buyers for future purchases. This reduces overall procurement costs for buyers.

Buyers need to employ robust should-cost models and total cost of ownership models to aid Dates supplier selection and pricing negotiations.

Investing in benchmarking studies helps category managers in enhancing their knowledge on market pricing of products and costing of maintenance and support services). This arms them with better ammunitions for negotiation.


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Risks in Dates procurement

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


  • Procurement without consulting the actual users of Dates may result in a mismatch in expectations of the buyer's internal stakeholders versus the actual contract executed
  • 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 Dates
  • Contract-related risks where unfavorable credit terms may severly penalize buyers for delayed payments or entitle the supplier to demand pre-payments or shorten the payment terms are not very common in the category but they do exist in certain situations where buyers' liquidity or financial health is in question

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Who should read this report

  • The report is intended to serve as a one-stop reference guide for Dates 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 “Dates: Procurement Report 101” as well as for category experts actively tracking the global Dates procurement market.

     

    You may have just initiated your research to design a winning Dates 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 Dates 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 Dates 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 Dates market?
    • What is the correct price to pay for Dates? What are the key trends and factors that influence current and future pricing?
    • Which selection criteria are the most important for Dates Suppliers Market?
    • Who are the top Dates suppliers? What are their cost structures?
    • Which negotiation levers can reduce Dates procurement cost ?
    • What are supplier margins in Dates market?
    • What are the best practices for Dates procurement and what are the potential risks?

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Dates Category Insights: What is inside

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

    The Dates 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 Dates procurement spend and pricing trends. The report further delves deep into the aspects of cost structure, total cost of ownership and supplier margins for Dates. 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 Dates 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 Dates 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 Dates 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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