The rise and rise of the purchasing director

Discusses the increasing power of company buying departments. Various factors have been responsible: supply shortages in the 1970s put emphasis on continuity, not price; at a time of rampant cost and wage inflation, consumers would pay any price asked; but after the recession of 1989-92, in a low inflation economy, consumers will not accept price rises.

the rise and rise of the purchasing director

Tony ScoullerRPM Ltd

When I joined a marketing department as a trainee in the 1960s, there was a very polite gentleman on the executive committee who had the title of buying director.

I was told that he...