The purchasing operations of our owners are locally carried out by each company. The Nordic negotiations are coordinated through a Nordic collaboration. Individual purchasers from each company come together in purchasing groups consisting of two to six members, depending on how active the product category is within United Nordic. Each purchasing group is led by a Chief buyer who is ultimately responsible for the purchasing process. The Chief buyer is the suppliers’ primary contact.
Purchasing groups consisting of representatives of the six operating units cooperate in an integrated buying process in each product category. Each product category has a Chief Buyer who is ultimately responsible for purchasing decisions.
The purchasing process follows a structured purchasing model (see below) and ends in contracts between suppliers and individual United Nordic member companies. Seamless cross-border cooperation and mutual trust in handling negotiations and purchases are critical success factors.