Purchaising groups help to buy cheaper
A joint procurement helps to achieve better prices. This discovered according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung the Swiss mountain railway operators. They had found that providers from abroad offered their products in Switzerland at a much higher price than in their own countries because they attempted to benefit from the high Swiss price level.
In 2012, when the Euro was weak for the first time the mountain railway operators built a purchaising group. Meanwhile, they receive products 15 to 20 percent cheaper, in some cases even savings up to 60 percent are possible. According to the newspaper it was not always easy for the management to enforce the centralization of procurement, as long grown relationships between purchasers and suppliers had to be cut. Some of these relationships might have been “too close” the newspaper writes discreetly.