The buyers of the Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC operate in a wide range of purchasing categories and respond to requests from very remote areas. As part of its CSR approach, a local criteria is expected, and buyers must then identify suppliers located in the same geographical area. In overseas departments, providers can be particularly difficult to find due to the lack of visibility on the local offer.
Business departments can call on them for recurring purchases as well as for one-time or urgent needs. In addition, buyers are sometimes required to source from very specific markets in which they have little knowledge.
The buyers carry out a sourcing for each request by completing the list of potential suppliers sent by the prescribing management. In the absence of a dedicated sourcing tool, buyers conduct their research online and call on other buyers in the group to verify that other suppliers have not already been identified.