Organisation - October 28, 2004

Buyers save millions

The purchasing department of Facilities Management has made savings of 4.3 million euros this year, partly through negotiating a cheaper contract for gas and electricity. Senior purchaser, Nicole Poldervaart, is pleased with the savings made so far and thinks that even more can be done in the coming years. A number of different measures have been implemented. A letter to all suppliers with a request to moderate prices resulted in savings of more than 400,000 euros and new agreements with chemicals suppliers took another 155,000 off the costs. Next year Poldervaart plans to negotiate a contract with one company for all of Wageningen UR’s waste disposal. ‘I know we can find a few more millions,’ said Poldervaart. / KV

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