Supporting the local businesses and wider business community is a priority for the Site Infrastructure Team based at BHP Port Hedland Port Operations.
When important events such as NAIDOC Week come up, the team takes the opportunity to identify possible engagement with local suppliers through the LBP, adding local elements to the event’s success. In this instance, BHP Site Infrastructure Team required the supply of locally produced meats for site-based NAIDOC events.
This year, the team was supported by LBP Supplier, TenderspotMeat Co. The supplier was able to source local meats such as kangaroo and emu, which are often associated with celebrations, and are not readily available through mainstream suppliers. They also processed the items as required and ensured the speciality products were delivered within the given timeframe at a competitive price.
• By utilising the Local Buying Program, BHP Buyers gain a greater understanding of the businesses operating locally and what goods/services are available. The program offers a competitive process to engage local suppliers so buyers can investigate the best possible outcomes for price, delivery dates and business capability.
• Sourcing local products directly supports the development of locally based suppliers, which in turn builds effective supply chains which further strengthens the wider business community.
• Continued relationship building between BHP and LBP Suppliers is establishing strong, local supply networks.
• Engaging small, local businesses ensures a timely, reliable and flexible service delivery timeframe compared with deliveries from most larger retail companies.
“The Local Buying Program opens your eyes to what local companies are available that you sometimes forget about.” Catherine Widdup –Site Infrastructure Administrator, BHP WAIO Port.