Whether you are a new procurement professional or a seasoned interim, you should not disregard the power of social media. Coupled with big data, social media can help procurement professionals resolve supply chain issues and also aid in better supplier management.

Here are some ways that social media can help procurement professionals become better and more efficient in their jobs.

Relationship building

While most companies use social media for customer engagement, procurement can use these platforms to engage with their suppliers. Using networking platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, will allow you to connect quickly and effortlessly with your suppliers and also allow you to stay up-to-date with the latest news related to them. Social media makes communication informal, helping you to build a personal relationship with suppliers and ensure open communication.

Share knowledge and innovation

Most social media platforms help procurement professionals share their knowledge and ideas. However, if you can find sites that are specific to procurement professionals, it will ensure that you enjoy more comprehensive knowledge sharing. You will be able to get ideas and advice from other procurement professionals that you can use to drive innovation in your organisation. However, make sure that you do your own due diligence before taking up an idea and using it in your organisation.

Real-time news

Social media has become the go-to platform for people who want real-time news. You will be able to get the latest news and information related to your suppliers, product recalls, innovations, and even supply chain disruptions. It will make it easier for you to work and organise yourself. You will be able to identify issues quickly and take measures to stay a step ahead of your competition.

So, if you are a procurement professional, you should not hesitate to log onto social media. Being active on these platforms will only help to improve yourself as a procurement professional and also your output in your organisation.

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