Google or Bing certainly might help here, but in the old days we needed to know this stuff. So let me give you an old fashioned answer.
Typically this author thinks of this process in the six steps that follow
1. When buying a product or a service a decision is required to do so.
2. Once the decision has been made, analysis of what you are currently buying in what volumes for use in what locations that will continue to satisfy your needs to be completed.
3. Your purchase offer is submitted to a supplier or suppliers in order to collect pricing and other information such as the Terms and Conditions required in making your decision.
4. A contract is signed for the product or service that outlines the responsibilities of the involved parties as well as remedies if contract terms and conditions or volumes are not met.
5. A purchase order is issued with the appropriate approvals that match to the specifics as outlined in the contract in order to properly manage the contract.
6. Payment is generated based on the purchase order submitted against the contract.
Sometimes there is a steep where an LOI or letter of intent is issued between step 3 and step 4 in order to take advantage of contract terms earlier in the cycle.
So now what happens if you don’t have a contract management system or a purchase order management system? Generally it’s referred to as leakage. In about 12 months you will be very familiar with it.
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