Lean is an approach developed in the automotive industry where philosophy revolves around working as efficiently and effectively as possible. The main goal here is to deliver the right quantity with the right quality at precisely the right time and thus fully meet the customer's requirements at once. This fits in seamlessly with our vision on purchasing where reduction of costs and risk and the creation of value are central.
Although Lean was originally intended to apply to an organization as a whole or even the entire value chain, the methodology can also be used to improve parts of an organization. This makes it possible to make sustainable improvements with respect to purchasing management by applying the Lean methodology.