OIA launches procurement management service

First of two initiatives run by PartnerSave now available

The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and PartnerSave are working together on two procurement management initiatives designed to save association members thousands of pounds.

The first of these, Affinity Pro, is already up and running and is designed for larger businesses. It begins with a detailed and bespoke analysis of a company’s spend in areas such as banking, packaging, print, property, logistics, office and industrial supplies, utilities and waste disposal. 

PartnerSave then works with the business to identify where savings can be made and help negotiate terms and conditions with suppliers.  On average, the process finds savings of 20 per cent for companies, OIA claimed.

In addition, all of the work is carried out on a ‘success fee’ basis, so that payment for the work is made through sharing the savings achieved over the duration of the project.  Access to the PartnerSave Affinity Pro service is free to all OIA members.

OIA has also been working with smaller businesses to identify their individual procurement needs and will launch a second scheme with PartnerSave later in the year, designed for members with lower overhead spends

OIA chief executive Louise Ramsay (pictured) said: “Over the last 18 months, the OIA has added numerous benefits and services to its portfolio as part of our commitment to delivering outstanding value to members. 

“Some of these have been tailored for small businesses and particularly independent retailers, while others such as Affinity Pro will have more appeal to larger companies, who will find that they can derive significant savings from the scheme. 

“PartnerSave has great expertise in helping companies to make big procurement savings and I am sure that Affinity Pro will prove to be of great value to those who use the service, in many cases justifying the investment in OIA membership on its own.”