Local Buying Program stats are revealing an upward trend in Request for Quote (RFQ) Work Instructions being released by Buyers at BMA Blackwater mine. 30% of Work Instructions created in May were RFQs, well above the national average of 11%.
This outstanding result demonstrates Blackwater Mine’s desire to expand local procurement opportunities which will deliver commercial cost benefit outcomes.
Current supply chain unknowns are causing some delays on site and Buyers are becoming increasingly aware of LBP solutions provided by small local businesses.
- When a Buyer releases a Request for Quote Work Instruction via the LBP portal, all suppliers in the relevant supply category are informed of the new supply opportunity – saving the Buyer time as quotes are collated simultaneously by the due date
- There are many experienced and reputable local businesses registered as LBP Suppliers who have capacity and capability to meet supply requirements of sites
- During these uncertain times with unknown supply chain capabilities, the LBP is connecting Buyers with local suppliers who in turn are delivering quality goods and services to site in a timely manner
- A competitive RFQ process gives the Buyer access to a broader range of suppliers
- Building strong business relationships between site and small local businesses, enhancing local supply chain
- RFQ also expands procurement opportunities for local suppliers, which increases social value and return to local communities within BHP’s operational footprint
“RFQ is a great purchasing tool to ensure site remains competitive on cost when engaging with a broad range of suppliers through the LBP. It also provides benefit and opportunities to more local suppliers who are the heart and soul of the local communities where BHP operate.”
John Aurisch, C-Res Business Development and Communications Manager.