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Purchasing is a determining factor in the profitability of a business. As such, Groupe SEB’s Purchasing Department is an increasingly powerful negotiating partner for suppliers, negotiating not only on price but also on quality, punctuality etc. Groupe SEB’s panel of suppliers is made up of companies that have been carefully selected and tested, as much in terms of their performance (delivery deadlines, quality, cost etc.) as their social and environmental credentials (environmental impact, human rights issues etc.).
Production purchases cover both materials (metals, plastics, paper/ cardboard for packaging) and components (parts, sub-assemblies) for manufacturing. For several years, production purchases have benefited from a centralized structure, organised by project and market.
For the purchase of sourced finished products, in 2010 the Group created a Finished Products Purchasing Department and a Finished Products Purchasing function for business areas with larger, dedicated teams within the SEB Asia subsidiary in Hong Kong. For outsourced fi nished products, the set-up organisation:
strengthens purchasing quality processes by guaranteeing the technical and methodological assistance of Group teams for suppliers
demonstrates the Group’s desire to integrate suppliers upstream in the product development process in order to foster greater fluidity in creating the product offering,
obtain a more concentrated panel of approved finished product suppliers, which, at year-end 2016, comprised 52 companies representing 91% of purchases made.