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Implementing Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Best Practices in Market Research

Published Dec 12, 2006

by Nancy Nicosia, Nancy Young Moore

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The U.S. Air Force plans to improve procurement through the implementation of additional purchasing and supply chain management practices. To emulate the success of commercial enterprises, the Air Force is establishing commodity councils to develop proactive, enterprise-wide strategies for purchasing key Air Force goods and services. This monograph helps the commodity councils approach the market research task. This monograph is organized around the process for conducting market research. It begins with background information, proceeds through the how-to steps for conducting market research, and ends with recommendations for next steps. The authors highlight lessons learned from both a literature review and from interviews with personnel at leading commercial enterprises.

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