Sourcing Strategies for Manufacturers and Distributors - Chicagoland

Herb Shields, President of HCS Consulting has worked with manufacturers and distributors in Chicago.  As a purchasing consultant he has helped manufacturers and distributors to develop sourcing strategies for each of the commodities, materials, components, and services that they purchase.

The basis of the strategy development is a matrix which is developed by the client’s management and purchasing people with input from Herb Shields.

Once the matrix is finalized, the company can then develop commodity buying plans which are done on an annual basis.  These plans include negotiation strategies, key objectives, and historical data for the commodity.

Herb uses his 30+ years of purchasing management experience to achieve cost savings results for clients.  Herb teaches Purchasing at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  He is a frequent speaker on Purchasing opportunities for industry groups in Chicago and across the USA


Sourcing Strategies in Chicago Related Links
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers - Chicago Services


Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers - Chicago Articles
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers - Chicago Newsletters
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers - Chicago Logistics/Education
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers - Chicago Training
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers- Client Comments
  Sourcing  Strategies for Manufacturers- About Us


Find Out More

Contact us and let's discuss your situation. Your initial consultation is absolutely free, confidential, and no-obligation.

Herbert C. Shields, CMC

As President of HCS Consulting since 2000, Herb delivers bottom-line results for clients in purchasing and inventory management.

  • Reduced the cost of purchased materials and services by 20 – 40%
  • Improved inventory turns and customer service by 20 – 30%
  • Trained client personnel in purchasing and inventory management practices.

Satisfied clients include manufacturers and distributors in industrial products, rail equipment maintenance, dyes and pigments, personal care and household products, pharmaceuticals, and food products.